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Sarah and Ben’s wedding day was a little miraculous. I try not to check the weather too much before a wedding, but these two were so excited for their reception at Morton Arboretum that I couldn’t help peeking each day leading up to the wedding – and each time a very dreary day was in the forecast. Little did I know that Sarah’s mother spent the week prior to her daughter’s wedding with a group of nuns, who were all praying for a sunny day that Saturday. That morning Sarah’s dad told me that “thanks to the power of 100 nuns” the day had turned out to be the most perfect spring day you could ask for. I can’t resist a good story like that, so I’ll stick with it. Thank you, nuns, for giving me such a beautiful day to photograph this lovely couple outdoors!

Sarah and Ben planned a wedding that was down-to-earth and true to them. They held the ceremony in the little church that Sarah grew up attending, and their reception was simple and full of nature. They ditched the traditions that didn’t work for them, deciding instead on brunch and lawn games. It was the perfect way to celebrate not just their wedding, but the decade that they have already spent together.

Thanks to Sarah, Ben, the nuns, and to my fantastic second photographer Elena Bazini.

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