Spirits were high and smiles were all around as our bride and groom got ready for their wedding day in the Windy City. As much as we swoon over the dress, the flowers, and that 4-tiered cake, weddings have and always will be about the people it’s shared with. For Mari and Jonas, this was definitely a family affair, and their siblings, nieces and nephews were always nearby to share in the moment. We love capturing the look on people’s faces when they are with the people they love, but there’s nothing quite like the way a bride and groom look at each other on their wedding day. As we strolled along the Chicago Riverwalk with this happy couple, we couldn’t help but notice the way their faces lit up when they looked at each other. They were completely head-over-heels in love.

A beautiful ceremony and 300 of their family and friends awaited them at Germania Place, with four different generations present to witness the union between these two families. The celebrations continued as the newlyweds shared their first dance, their first meal, and a few thankful words for their families. It was all so heart-warming and sweet; nobody had any idea what was just around the corner!

Just as the evening seemed like it was coming to a close, trumpets and guitars were heard coming from the balcony. Soon, a full Mariachi Band showed up to start the party! Some of the employees from Mari’s family restaurant had put together this surprise to bring some dancing and music to the wedding, and it didn’t take long before the whole family was out of their seats and skipping around a giant sombrero on the dance floor. It may have been a confusing mix of different cultures, but that’s also what a wedding is all about—different people, cultures and traditions coming together to create a whole new family. And that’s worth celebrating!

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