There is so much emotion involved in a wedding, and no one is better at capturing that raw emotion than Jeffrey and Julia Woods. They are able to relate to the couple so wonderfully well that their happiness simply shines out of every single image the talented duo takes. It’s total magic, if you ask me. Click here to see more of this gorgeous downtown Chicago soiree!

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August 18, 2012 began with the beautiful sight of Chicago’s Air and Water Show. As I watched the Blue Angels fly past my Drake Hotel window, I knew that this was the perfect day for a downtown wedding. Brad and I met in college while we were both working at Lou Malnati’s pizzeria in Lincoln Park. Five years later, he popped the question at one of our favorite downtown restaurants. I couldn’t have been more surprised as I watched him get down on one knee and hold up a beautiful engagement ring!

We started planning right away and immediately knew that we wanted a classic summer downtown wedding. As we searched for the perfect venue, nothing seemed better than the beauty of Holy Name Cathedral and the classic elegance of the Drake Hotel. Before we knew it, our big day had arrived!

As I walked down the aisle, all I could think about was how excited I was to finally be marrying the love of my life, and my best friend. After our ceremony, we rode around downtown in a classic Rolls Royce to take pictures. Being in the middle of Michigan Avenue in my wedding gown with so many people around felt like a dream!

When Brad and I arrived back at the Drake and got our first peek at the Gold Coast Room, we were in awe. The room was absolutely stunning, and it literally took our breath away! The rest of the night went off without a hitch. We were surrounded by family, friends, love, and laughter. We danced the night away to the incredible Ken Arlen orchestra and finished the night off with some Lou Malnati’s pizza. Our wedding day was everything we’d hoped it would be and more. We couldn’t have asked for a better florist, venue, band, or photographers. They certainly made our wedding day a day to remember.

Photography: Jeffrey and Julia Woods / Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral / Reception: The Drake Hotel / Flowers: Yanni Design Studio / Wedding Dress: San Patrick / Veil: Jennifer Leigh / Shoes: Angela Nuran, from The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery / Groom’s Suit: Formally Modern Tuxedo / Groomsman: Formally Modern Tuxedo / Wedding Planner: Kristina Taheri Special Events  / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lazaro / Band: Ken Arlen Orchestra / Video: Poetic Productions / Invites and Menus: Be U Brides

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