A Nod to Neverending Romance: Marcie and Montel’s Chicago Wedding Day

It might sound like an old story, but it never goes out of style — two young students meet on campus and end up falling in love. That’s exactly what happened for Marcie Tigas and Montel Viudez.

When these college sweethearts met at the University of Missouri, Montel was a sophomore. Marcie had just recently arrived on the college scene and was in her first year. As soon as they started dating, they knew they had discovered something special. In other words, no one was surprised when they made it official and got engaged.

Creating the Perfect Chicago Wedding With Lots of Family Traditions

Marcie and Montel wanted to incorporate their Filipino heritage into their wedding. They decided the veil and cord tradition was a must.

The Filipino veil and cord ceremony has been around for generations. During the ceremony, the wedding couple’s sponsors place a cord and veil on them. The cord and veil symbolize the bond that’s being acknowledged and supported. It’s a gorgeous nod to the past — and, as you can see in Marcie and Montel’s wedding video from Shutter & Sound, the moment was emotional for everyone.

Checking out Chicago Wedding Venues

Every wedding needs a venue that fits the vibe. For example, a modern wedding requires a contemporary setting. A nature-loving couple might opt to say “I do” in a place like a preserve, park or another location with lots of outdoor access.

For Marcie and Montel, experiencing a ton of fun and romance during their wedding event was important. They looked around the top Chicago wedding venues, including Lyman Woods Nature Center. Eventually, they decided to have their ceremony and reception at Harry Caray’s. As it turns out, Harry Caray’s gave them exactly the ambiance they were looking for.

Love and Laughs Captured by a Chicago Wedding Videographer

The lead-up to any wedding takes time and energy, but the day can whiz by in a flash. That’s why Marcie and Montel, like so many other couples, wanted to find the right Chicago wedding videographer to catch and preserve their big day.

Their choice? Shutter & Sound. And you can check out the resulting wedding video from August 2021 here. We wish them the best as they embark on the next chapter of their life!

If you’re looking for a videographer team that knows the best Chicago spots for wedding photos and videos, give us a call. We can offer up a few suggestions of where to capture your first wedding look, and we’ll work with you to create a piece of art that will help you relive the sights, sounds and emotions of the big day. Reach out today to get started.

Dazzle, Delight and Devotion: A Chicago Wedding to Remember

For couple Matt Knutson and Brittany Finlayson, the lead-up to their dream wedding on August 1, 2021, began on the League dating app.

Though they lived in different states, they found each other after Brittany got tired of the Milwaukee men she was meeting. After refining her search results to get in touch with guys from Chicago, she and Matt met online. From there, a rapid flurry of texting began.

Who can be satisfied with texts, though? Matt sensed he’d found a gem, so he rented a car to see Brittany in person. They went out on their first official date and, as the old saying goes, the sparks flew.

Brittany Moves to Chicago and Wedding Planning Begins

Matt and Brittany continued dating from afar for a while. Then, Brittany landed a job in the Windy City and moved in with Matt. It wasn’t long before they got engaged.

Like most couples, they had lots of conversations about what they wanted their wedding day to look like. Some came to fruition, and you can see them in their Shutter & Sound Chicago wedding video.

As Matt explains, the global health concerns of 2020 and 2021 tossed a bit of a wrench into their original concepts for the wedding day. “We started with all of these grandiose ideas for surprises,” he says. But over time, all the big stuff became unimportant. In the end, what mattered most to the couple was being able to get married in a beautiful Chicago wedding venue in front of all the family and friends they hadn’t seen in a while.

Creating a Unique Chicago Wedding and Capturing It for Life

Ultimately, Matt and Brittany settled on a classy wedding theme. The bridal party would wear black and white, echoing overtones of elegance and glamour.

For a venue, the couple settled on the stunning Ovation in Chicago and peppered it with lots of flowers. Ovation is a private event venue with a loft space and tons of atmosphere. It’s incredibly popular due to its flexible layout and attractive location.

As for the vibe, Matt and Brittany opted for a combination of refinement and fun. Music was essential. Before the pandemic, they loved to head out to concerts. So why not bring the concert to them on their wedding day with lots of dancing?

To capture the feel of this shared, life-changing moment, they hired Shutter & Sound as their Chicago wedding videographer of choice. They wanted to keep things candid with all the sights, sounds and emotions of the big day.

Togetherness, Matt and Brittany Style

Now that Matt and Brittany have tied the knot, they look forward to the decades ahead. No doubt they’ll continue traveling, trying new restaurants, enjoying concerts — and looking back on their wedding video from their Chicago wedding at Ovation.

If you’re inspired by Matt and Brittany’s story, check out their finished video here! And if you’re planning a wedding of your own, we’d love to help you capture it. Get in touch today.