Nico Osteria Wedding Photography: Kerry & Evan
Kerry and Evan‘s Nico Osteria wedding photography explained one fantastic thing they have in common. These two are in love, and they also love to laugh… something I am a big fan of, so I fell in love with them immediately. Kerry also asked me to photograph her wedding day yoga class for her bridesmaids, which I also loved! Their beautiful wedding had some very unique touches that said a lot about them as a couple in love.
I asked Kerry for some words about her wedding:
“Evan and I met on eHarmony under the unlikeliest of circumstances. I had just joined at the urging of a friend who worried that I’d never find my match if I didn’t break my long hiatus from dating. Evan had been dating on eHarmony for some time but had become discouraged and cancelled his account. As Evan waited out the last few days until his profile was deactivated and I entered the dating world again after almost three years away, we were matched.
I instantly fell in love with Evan’s sense of humor; the thing I remember most about our first date is how much I laughed. Evan immediately fell for my love of food, cooking and all things culinary. Having grown up in his mother’s bakery, Evan loved a good meal…and any woman who would order chicken liver mousse on a first date. As we got to know each other, though, we discovered in each other a partnership we couldn’t have imagined. We are an incredible team.
Evan and I both live in Chicago near our families, so having the wedding here was an easy choice. We selected Nico Osteria as our venue after meeting with the incredible events teams of several One Off Hospitality restaurants. Our first date was at the Publican and we’ve spent quite a bit of time touring the OOH restaurants throughout our relationship, so it seemed fitting to indulge our foodie tendencies at one of their properties for the biggest dinner party we’ll ever throw. We cannot recommend Nico, its event planner, Ann Beteta, and the entire staff enough. Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be and we could not have pulled it off without them.
One of the best decisions I made in planning the wedding was setting up a private yoga class for myself and my girlfriends the morning of. I’ve been practicing yoga for 15 years and having an entire hour to center myself, reflect on the gravity of the commitment I was about to make, and enjoy some space before all of the festivities began. Our first look was also a moment that stood out to me because it was a bit of quiet time for Evan and I to connect by ourselves before the ceremony. I also loved having an open mic during our (very lengthy, four-course) dinner. It kept our guests entertained without delaying meal time and allowed many more guests than we might normally have chosen to get up and say a few words.
We were delighted with the photos of our wedding; they really captured the emotion and excitement of the day. We look back on them often!”
Thank you so much, Kerry and Evan! Enjoy your wedding blog post!
Wedding Consultant: Lisa Wandel, Liven It Up Events
Ceremony and Reception: Nico Osteria
Hotel: Thompson Hotel Chicago
Associate Photographer: Thomas Pham
Florals: Alice Hanson Design