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Adler Planetarium Chicago Gay Civil Union Wedding : Sofya & Juliene

What a ton of fun!  I have photographed my share of gay weddings and civil unions (when they were still not legal), but not like this!  Talented wedding designer Frank Andonoplas from Frank Event Design brought together an incredible team of vendors which made my job 10,000 times easier.  Go on, take a look!  Oh, be warned the long blog post of images.  Too much time, energy and artistry went into this event to cut it short with a concise edit.

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Juliene & her wife, Sofya, held their gay civil union at the Adler Planetarium. Frost and Kehoe had about 1.5 hours to take out all the seats and turn the Grainger Sky Theater into a custom, in-the-round, wedding ceremony with the most spectacular cobalt blue ceiling.  The ladies were a hoot, and hired me to document their entire weekend from Friday night through Sunday.  Saturday was tricky, as both ladies dressed at the Princess Diana Suite at the Drake Hotel, but did not want to see each other until their official first look.  Complicated?  Yea.  Completely.  But, with success.

Because this was my first gay wedding that was a legal marriage between the same sex, I have to admit, it was a special time for me as well.  Having just been married 2 weeks at that time, the understanding of what was happening between them was fresh and quite clear.  However, my wedding had 4 people.  But truly, on an intimate and emotional level, I got it.

The ceremony was spectacular and special.  Tears were shed.  Some were happy tears, while others were sad. Not everyone showed up to join the ladies.  And while there are close friends and other family in strong support, it still doesn't take away the pain.  I rode the roller-coaster with them.  The reception was met by some touching toasts (and a drag queen) and followed by constant dancing to not only a DJ, but a VJ who projected music videos on white bubbles suspended over the dance floor.  No tears were shed on the floor and no one left the floor.  The only thing that stopped the party was the end of the night when it was time to shut down.

Juliene & Sofia, thank you for allowing me to celebrate your marriage to one another.  I am looking forward to building your album.  It is going to be beautiful. 

Stay Tuned. 

Juliene Britz and Sofya Asfaw

June 1, 2 and 3rd, 2012
Ceremony: Adler Planetarium
Reception: Adler Planetarium

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Chicago Civil Union Gay Wedding Adler Planetarium Kevin Weinstein

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Ceremony: Adler Planetarium
Reception: Adler Planetarium
Wedding Consultant: Frank Event Design
Caterer: Food for Thought
Wedding Cake: Sarah's
Florist: Kehoe
Lighting: Frost
Host Hotel: The Drake Hotel
Wedding Dress: Alda Designs
Wedding Rings: Tacori and Jane Dee

Second Shooters: Chadd Foy and Carlos Baez

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Holy monkey these are crazy awesome dude! WOW WOW WOW!!! :D

Jul 10, 2012  /  David

Amazing!  I love the pictures, floral, moments captured!  Everything looks truly amazing!

Jul 10, 2012  /  Melissa Meadors

What a spectacular venue! And as always your work is amazing - such beautiful imagery.

Jul 17, 2012  /  Serena Rain

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Feb 02, 2014  /  Elizabeth

What a farce. Please let me explain myself. I am Juliene Britz’s legal brother and after the stunt she pulled one week before her so called wedding which was nothing but an inappropriate freak show of flaunting how much money she has, nothing more. You have to understand that Juliene who fancys herself a lawyer has Never worked for a lawferm or stepped into a court room to spend some of the thousands of dollars waisted on her education that someone else who really wanted to help the justice system could have had the chance. Juliene,who paid for one hundred percent of the bloated joke of a wedding got every cent from Mommy and Daddy. See she only got her degree so the IRS would not go sniffing around a check out the fact that The Only work she has ever done is work for her parents personally owned company, industrial Gas Engeneering, in Westmont, IL. There as far as I can tell she is nothing but a overindulgence secretary who took the place of a lady named Marcella. She comes in maybe four or five times a month, and her main focus is too use a simple computer program to do the dwindling act of paying the employees. I can imagine everyone else there is just friendly too her because they don’t want to loose their jobs to Daddy’s princess. The strange thing to me is how my parents can say they didn’t pay for a cent of the pushing half a million dollar wedding when they give her one hundred percent of her pay check. Oh, by the way I’m 39 and ride a bike because of a wet and recklace over 8 years ago and she Owns a two million dollar home in Kennilworth, IL, a home for her bride in Ohio, and soon a home in Pitsburg. I have a rental that is less then two thousand dollars a month and am constantly chastised for the seven hundred dollars a week I get in Allowance at 39. You may ask yourself as to why I am so bitter about this, we’ll she sent me and my friend ounce again bloated tacky and Way overdone invitations to the wedding maybe a month prior to the wedding. Tux’s were rented, presents bought, and then decides less then a week before this joke, I mean a drag queen singing in front of children?, she disinvited both me, her own brother, and my friend. The cruelty and heartack I went through and still do is astronomical. I mean I’m her brother, her only brother, and she invited the dyke parade she barely knows over me. So you wanna think I’m bitter, you betcha. Just think about the logic here, she’s working for daddy and mommy who treat me like I don’t exist at a family run Engeneering company when she has No Engeneering education what so ever. And she spent enough money on a wedding that she could have bought two thousand beds for a homeless hostel just in the name of showing off for a relationship that is already crumbling. So nice pictures, now I know just how extravagant the afair was . You should be ashamed of yourself for even being involved, if you didn’t even know the truth. Oh and any one who says that this was written with homophobic intent, guess what I’m gay. The only difference is that I will have to get mairred in a court room as I ride there on my bike, while my sister rides around In her brand new Mercedes that she wrote off throug the company yet has Never done one minuets of work with. Isnt that illegal ? Hmmm. Sorry to destroy your little fantasy with the truth no one in my family can handle .
It’s just so pathetic.

Mar 19, 2014  /  Robert Raymond Britz

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