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Mackenzie & Lukas: Intimate Lake Ellyn Boathouse Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

About the Couple

I’ve had the good fortune of being friends with Mackenzie for years. We attended the same college, Trinity International University, and we also were active in the same church for a little while, too. When Mackenzie mentioned to our young adult bible study group that there was a guy in the picture, I knew something good was coming!

Mackenzie’s mom must have known something good was coming, too, because when Mackenzie first introduced Lukas to her family, her mom’s response was, “I have rings!” Thanks to the generosity of Mackenzie’s mom, Lukas was able to propose to Mackenzie using a set of treasured, family heirloom rings.

Lake Ellyn Boathouse Wedding

Hidden away in the western Chicago suburbs, the Lake Ellyn Boathouse overlooks a picturesque lake and is surrounded by wooded trails and scenic views. Maintained by the Glen Ellyn Park District, the Lake Ellyn Boathouse was the perfect place for Mackenzie and Lukas’s late-summer wedding celebration.

Mackenzie and Lukas opted not to do a first look together before their Lake Ellyn Boathouse wedding, but that didn’t stop Mackenzie from showcasing her gown and cathedral length veil in a mini-first look with her dad. An ordained minister himself, Mackenzie’s dad would preside over their shoreline ceremony just a short while later.

Before Mackenzie and Lukas’s Lake Ellyn Boathouse wedding celebration began in earnest, they took time apart for themselves by sharing what they called a “first touch.” Think of it like a first look, but blindfolded. With some help from the guiding hands of their maid of honor and best man, the pair met on the dock overlooking Lake Ellyn where they shared a few quiet moments together to hold hands and pray.

Mackenzie’s father presided over their Lake Ellen Boathouse wedding ceremony, leading the couple in a prayer of blessing surrounded by their families, their first communion as husband and wife, and helped them assemble a unity cross to keep in their home as a reminder of the commitment they made to each other.

The couple’s wedding cake was lovingly prepared, baked, and decorated by a family friend, and it was so beautiful in its simple artistry! To complement the cake, Mackenzie and Lukas curated a delicious dessert buffet including Krispy Kreme donut trees and berry-covered cupcakes for their Lake Ellyn Boathouse wedding reception.

I was glad to be able to serve this wonderful couple on their wedding day. Congratulations, Mackenzie and Lukas!

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