Lucinda & Justin's Chicago Wedding. The Little Goat.

Lucinda and Justin rocked so hard.  When Lucinda got in touch with me about shooting her wedding, she was on a pretty tight timeline, and I had planned to take no more weddings for June, but after about 3 emails back and forth, I knew we were meant to be (probably how she felt about Justin, but sometimes I pretend that as a wedding photographer it's the same)--her name was Lucinda (my momma's name is the same!), she works in social justice education, in Chicago, and she loves food. THEN when she mentioned the wedding would take place at The Little Goat in Chicago and that she and Justin wished their two dogs could attend, it was sort of a sealed deal.  

I am SO glad it worked for us to shoot the day because these two were truly fantastic.  A few unique details: Justin and Lucinda exchanged engagement watches rather than traditional rings, she carried her late father's wedding ring in her bouquet and her shoes were out of this world.

The invitations--well, Lucinda explains it best: We did design and make them! I got fixated on the idea of making them out of wood, ostensibly because Justin is a woodworker but also because I worried that I love paper products too much to ever commit to one. Then I randomly saw that you can buy the font from the titles of Moonrise Kingdom, and I had to have it-- it's the first movie we saw together, and we have Sam and Suzy-related prints that I adore. So we watched some Illustrator tutorials, Justin whipped up the design, and we spent a couple of marathon sessions manning a laser cutter at a hackerspace. There was a very steep learning curve and lots of broken walnut along the way, but man I love those little suckers.   

After a first look outside The Little Goat, we explored the city--Up for a walk, we wandered all around the West Loop for photos and then the ceremony took place on the rooftop deck mere moments before the sky opened up with a warm summer rain.  What a fabulous evening of dancing and food (oh, the food...the pork...in my dreams...still), laughter and toasts.  There was not a dry eye in the house when they said their vows to one another, including me! Congratulations Lucinda and Justin--we are so happy for you!

Venues: The Little Goat Diner, The Inn at Longman and Eagle

Catering and Cakes: The Little Goat Diner (Guys, there was a Captain Crunch cake. I know)

Florist: Fab Flora

Dress: Ivy and Aster

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

YAY Flag: Lucinda

Suits: Men's Warehouse & Nordstrom

Welded L and J letters: Welded by Justin (!!)

Makeup/Hair: Sona Di Vita Salon & Briette Madrid

Photography: Watassa Wedding Photography

Referral Source: A Practical Wedding