The great thing about shooting weddings in the Chicago area is the vast amount of beautiful and unique venues. Each year we are fortunate to shoot weddings at venues which are new to us. The Monte Bello Estate is a venue that has been on our radar for a few years and tops our venue bucket list. It was natural for me to get excited when Anita first reached out to me last year and told me her plans for a summer wedding at the gorgeous Lemont Estate. The grounds are impeccable as they are surrounded by wild prairie land which provided a naturally elegant background for Anita and Cameron’s day. As I sat and chatted with Anita and her mom about the wedding at our initial consultation, I knew the Monte Bello would be the absolute perfect place to capture her elegant greenery wedding vision.
When Marc and I pulled up the morning of the wedding, the weather was picture perfect. Anita was finishing up hair and makeup in the bridal suite as the guys were shooting pool in the lower level man cave. The vibe all around was full of cheer and excitement. Cameron and his brothers are talented musicians and as Marc and I buzzed back and forth shooting details, Cameron sat at the piano playing melodic classical pieces to pass the time until he saw his bride.
The first look between Anita and Cameron was not only sweet but had us all smiling as they bantered back and forth and had each other laughing. The chemistry between them was so natural and fun. After meeting 5 years ago in college, they were both ready to begin this new chapter of their lives. Everyone from their families, to their bridal party, to their friends, were just as joyous as these two.
If anyone stole the show away from Anita and Cameron that day, it had to be their little mini-poodle mix, Reggie. He was even a part of the wedding party, dressed up in his little tux – it had to be one of the most adorable things I have seen all season. Especially when Cameron was giving Reggie kisses as he put the mini tux on this mini dog. I could ramble on about how many pieces of this wedding I adored – it was perfect from start to finish. The Monte Bello is such a beautiful venue to host an equally as beautiful celebration.
A special thanks to all the vendors who made Anita & Cameron’s day beautiful!
Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Monte Bello Estate – Lemont, IL
Officiant – Juan Martinez
Bridal Dress Shop & Designer – Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaids Dress Shop & Designer – Jenny Yoo
Grooms Tux Shop – Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup – Brandi @ Bridal Brigade
Florist – Petal Play Design
DJ – Jay @ Something 2 Dance 2
Papergoods – Vistaprint
Videographer – Acosta Cinema