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Elegant Notre Dame Wedding – Gabi & Nathan – Chicago Wedding Photographer

On the most gorgeous day in June, Gabi and Nathan became husband and wife in front of their closest friends and family. These two love birds met during the pandemic and quickly realized how much they had in common. After dating for over a year, Nathan popped the question during a surprise trip to Boston. This is Gabi and Nathan’s wedding day story. ❀️

Grace and I arrived at the Morris Inn to find Gabi and the gals getting their makeup done. I began photographing all the wedding details, starting with the invitation. The navy blue backdrop really made their elegant invite stand out beautifully. 😊

A Tiffany & Co. box is always the best spot for a ring shot. πŸ’

As the ladies continued getting ready, I hopped over to Nathan’s room. Nathan’s two best men and father made sure he looked his best. πŸ™‚

Doesn’t Nathan look so dapper! Sorry ladies, this one’s taken. 😎

I love how Gabi’s details came out! 😍

Gabi’s mom, Monica, helped her into her dress.

Gabi looks so radiant in her portraits. She has that natual elegance we all wish for. πŸ₯ΉπŸ˜

A quick first look with dad before heading to the Basilica. 😊

Ceremony time.

That moment when you see each other for the first time. ❀️

Beautiful. 😍

The ceremony continued with several readings, the Gospel and a very sweet homily.

Gabi and Nathan made their declarations in front of the church.

Then they exchanged vows and rings. πŸ’

For the nuptial blessing, Father Wayne had both sets of parents come up to the alter and prayer over Gabi and Nathan. Communion followed.

After communion, Gabi and Nathan offered a flower to Mary in the Lady Chapel.

Wow! 🀩

Final prayer.

It’s official! πŸ₯³

Mr and Mrs Nathan Grow! ❀️

After the ceremony, we took family formals at the front of the church.

Our amazing wedding party! 😊

The Newlyweds! 😍

Obsessed! 🀩

Cheers to the new Mr and Mrs Grow! πŸ₯‚ πŸ₯³

The Torrance and Grow families. 😊

After finishing up family photos, Gabi and Nathan headed down to the grotto to light a candle. πŸ•―οΈ

These two are perfect for each other. You can feel it when you see them together. ❀️

Love! πŸ’•

This is such a great walking shot. I’m obsessed with this moment too! 😍

Gabi really wanted a gorgeous veil shot but why stop at just one? πŸ˜‰

We joined the wedding party back up in God Quad for a celebratory Dome shot! 🀩

The light on these two is so gorgeous thanks to Matt, our tallest groomsmen (and MC for the night) who shaded Gabi and Nathan from above. 😊


Under the shade of the law school arch, we had a little wedding party fun. πŸ™‚

Such a great group! 😊

Gabi and Nathan look incredible under the Fitzpatrick arch. I couldn’t narrow it down, they’re all so good! And that light! 😍

So intimate. ❀️

Our final stop was Touch Down Jesus. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky so we embraced the sun for some wedding party shenanigans. 🀣

Gorgeous! 🀩

As guests enjoyed cocktail hour, Grace and I got busy capturing all the reception details. The Dahnke ballroom was decorated beautifully. Each detail was personalized, down to Gabi and Nathan’s custom logo. NG

Matt did an incredible job as our MC. Gabi and Nathan were all smiles as they entered their reception in style. 😎

Time for speeches! First up Nathan’s sister Allison, who spoke about how tenacious and intelligent her big brother is. Then Kate and Lisa reminisced about their times at Stanford with Gabi. Lastly, Blaine recalled a very hilarious incident on the Brooklyn bridge when a friend group went to New York City. 🀣

As dinner was being served, I went around to each table for a photo. Now Gabi and Nathan have a photo of every guest. 😊

After dinner, Gabi and Nathan shared their first dance as husband and wife. ❀️

Cake time! πŸŽ‚

Than Gabi’s dad, Scott, joined her on the dance floor for the father/daughter dance.

Party time! πŸͺ© πŸ’ƒ πŸ•Ί

As the reception was coming to an end, we ended this perfect day with portraits on the terrace. The light and weather was perfect. 😊

The perfect end to the perfect day! ❀️

To Gabi and Nathan – Thank you for sharing this incredible day with us! Grace and I truly enjoyed getting to know you both and capturing this amazing journey. We wish you all the best in this next chapter of life and we can’t wait to see you again for your album reveal. All my love – S

To see their full day, click here.


Photography: Sarah Sage Photography LLC

Hotel: The Morris Inn

Church: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Venue: Dahnke Ballroom

HMU: Beauty & Bliss

DJ: In-Tune DJ Service

Catering & cake: Three Leaf Catering

Floral: Always N Bloom

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