Mike & Phil’s wedding at the Keith House in Chicago was the kind of intimate, emotional affair that wedding photographers love! It gives us an opportunity to get to know the couples’ family & friends, and have a great time capturing what is so unique about the day!

Now, Murphy’s Law states that if something can go wrong, it probably will go wrong. Such a statement is always a wedding day fear, and rain is probably the most well-known example of Murphy’s adage.  It did indeed rain on this day, though you wouldn’t know it from Mike & Phil’s smiles, and from all the laughter and love at their ceremony and reception.

We talked to their photographer Alissa to get a closer look!



What makes Mike & Phil a unique couple?

Alissa: They have such a strong bond, and their personalities complement each other completely. From the moment I met them, I could just feel the happiness radiating from them!




How would you describe their wedding day?

Alissa: Mike & Phil wanted an intimate, classy wedding to celebrate with close friends and family.  I was excited to hear they were interested in in capturing authentic, memorable moments.







What was your favorite moment from their day?

Alissa: Definitely their vows! Both Mike & Phil crafted deeply personal expressions of commitment. They had the whole room in happy tears & laughter. 





What’s the silver lining of something like rain on the wedding day? 

Alissa: Rain didn’t stop us! Everyone was game for grabbing umbrellas & walking around for some pretty spring rain photos. It’s important to be prepared for weather, and just roll with it. Different weather means you have unique visual opportunities, like reflections on the pavement and interesting colors!









What do you love about intimate weddings?

Alissa: I love when guests are able to spend quality time with each other, as well as the couple. It often means the schedule is a bit more relaxed, allowing for more organic moments and photo opportunities. The key is to think about what you truly want that makes your day special for you.






Vendor Team

Venue: The Keith House // Printing: Minted // Musicians: Chris White // Florals: Mariano’s South Loop // Caterer: Connie’s Pizza // Dessert: First Slice Pie Cafe

Enjoy seeing more Gold Grid couples on the Gold Grid blog, including Mike & Phil’s engagement session!