Carl and Norhan made their love official in a Chicago civil union at the Chicago Cultural Center just a week before their wedding reception at the Park Hyatt Chicago. I normally meet with all of my couples before the wedding day to get to know them a little. This was not the case for Carl and Norhan as most of our communication was on the phone and through e-mail. Normally, I would anticipate that, in this situation, a couple would take some time to warm up to the camera, but our first encounter was great; these two were very relaxed and natural in front of the camera in no time at all which allowed me to freely document in my usual photojournalistic style as the day unfolded. They had lots of great friends and family join them in the celebration. Norhan had many guests come from Egypt to join the celebration. As you can tell they were lots of laughs, dancing and just plain awesome moments. Enjoy!