I’m so pleased to share Mona and Pete’s wedding at Chicago’s Salvage One. This venue is just as unique and special as they are, and was the perfect setting for their special day.
I got to know these two during our engagement session at North Ave. Beach and knew their wedding would be quite unique, with a strong focus on family. Mona had recently experienced the devastating loss of her father and friends and family members worked quickly to help these two plan an amazing wedding, which it certainly was!
Mona and Pete wrote a bit about their story, which I am including at the end of this post. Thanks so much, you two, I loved being part of your day! Your warmth is contagious and certainly made us feel like part of your family. Very best wishes to you!
Photo of Pete by Travis Haughton.
Upon arriving to the ceremony at St. Paul’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Chicago, Mona’s friends and sisters kept her hidden from the eyes of their guests before she entered the church.
Photo of Pete’s reaction to his bride by Travis.
I love this fun sock photograph that Travis made!
Detail photographs of Salvage One by Travis.
A nice black and white moment by Travis.
Church: St. Paul’s Coptic Orthodox Church
Reception: Salvage One
Catering: Maison Cuisine
DJ: Knight Sounds Entertainment
Cake: Swedish Bakery Chicago
Videographer: Film Fidele
Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago
“When Peter and I met on a rainy summer day 2 years ago in Logan Square, we had no idea what change would come, that I’d be watching sports games, that Pete would be traveling all over to see my friends and family. We didn’t know that the best of days and the worst of days would soon hit us, and that the two extremes would sometimes be separated by days. We did not know that the following few months would be full of Pete’s hilarious impersonations, followed by my hysterical laughter.
We didn’t know that we would be celebrating our engagement 5 days before grieving the loss of my father. We didn’t know that we had each just met our best friend and soul mate, the person who would listen when needed, come up with the right words to say, and always find a way to make the other laugh. And of course we didn’t know;life always takes you by surprise!
However, It’s in the midst of these ‘surprises’ that we’ve found happiness/growth in our relationship. Every day has been an amazing adventure, and we continue to grow together as a couple. The few months before the wedding were interesting, to say the least– grieving my father while planning a wedding! Despite the sadness, we had a lot of fun planning too— spending hours choosing invitations and straws for our couple’s cocktail, and decor for the church and reception. When the wedding day arrived, it was magical. Our family and friends are so important to us, and having all those were cared about around us, smiling, and hugging, and dancing, full of love and support, was so beautiful.”
Love, Mona and Pete