Scott and his bride Joyce met when a mutual acquaintance played matchmaker. And, as they say, the rest is history. These two and their large wedding party were a delight to work with and we couldn’t have asked for a better day for their Chicago wedding photography.

As always, I am interested in traditions surrounding the marriage ceremony which is, to me, the most important part of the day and a sacred time. In these images from their ceremony at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Chicago, you will see traditions from the Coptic Orthodox Christian tradition, a small, but growing faith community in the Chicagoland area. The bride shared with me that the word Coptic basically means “Egyptian,” and the word Orthodox means “unchanged,” so it is basically one of the oldest, unchanged forms of Christianity. You’ll see one of the symbols for the ceremony in the images below: crowns to show husband and wife as king and queen; they also represent martyrdom because every marriage requires self-sacrifice.

After the ceremony, we were able to spend some time on The Magnificent Mile taking images of the couple before they let loose and enjoyed their reception with guests at the InterContinental Hotel, a prestigious Chicago wedding event location. Enjoy!

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