Y'all. We do not have enough words to do justice our experience with the Golans. And I wuz a English majerr, so you know it was exquisite. Melissa and Dani live here in Dallas but have roots in Chicago. Melissa initially inquired for engagement portraits only, but after meeting them, shooting their portraits, and having dinner with them, I did what Shaun likes to call "juggernauting" the bride. That basically entails me passive aggressively bombarding the couple with our work and incessantly "following up" until they're completely deflated of any other hope. Then they hire us! Photographers, workshop coming soon.
In all seriousness, we were ecstatic when Melissa and Dani decided that it was worth taking us out to Chicago with them. They initially searched in Chicago for a photographer, but I like to pretend that never happened. When I received the "We would love to hire you!" email, my heart skipped a beat.
Their wedding was a traditional Jewish affair with Tish, Ketubah signing, ceremony, and reception complete with the Hora. They chose the Standard Club for its rich Jewish heritage and Old World feel with luscious dark woods and intricate tapestries. Oh my, it was beautiful. On a side note, I don't think I've every seen anybody so stinkin' composed and elegant whilst being flung wildly about in a chair. And she's a tiny little thing, so they really could have launched her, but Melissa was ON POINT. And everybody was going HARD for definitely the most memorable Hora we've seen.
Wedding aside, on a personal level, Melissa and Dani are simply the best. They are intentional and kind, so incredibly sweet, and fun to be around. They have a really cute proposal story. It was Friday night after Shabbat dinner, and Melissa had fallen ill (the thought of sweet little Melissa feeling sick is heartbreaking), so she went to bed and woke up the next morning completely refreshed. She ran downstairs and was greeting by her sweet, handsome, gentle, caring boyfriend yelling at her to go back upstairs and get changed. When she came back down, Dani had set up a reconstruction of their first 40 dates. You see, Melissa, having been convinced of Dani's superb character and husband potential early on, had documented their dates since the beginning. Dani used that material to construct a "proposal wonderland," I like to call it. Well, Dani is an eccentric romantic, so Melissa wasn't quite sure he was proposing until he led her to a picture of an airplane, told her he wanted to travel the world with her, and got a little quiver in his voice. That's when Melissa knew. She obviously said "yes." They celebrated with family, planned their Chicago wedding, and here we are, with new and wonderful friends.
To Melissa and Dani: We have loved every moment, and we hope to have many more with you two. Mazel tov to one sublime couple, and so much love from the Menarys! xoxo
And thank you, thank you, thank you to all the Chicago-based professionals we got to work with, especially the fantastic and talented Graham Buss, who helped us shoot this one and delivered some wonderful images.
Wedding Coordinator: Affairs with Linda
Venue: The Standard Club
Floral Design: Stems of Chicago
Cake: Cake Chicago
Makeup: Glow by Claudia
Hair: Rikki Bassmann of Dear Clark
Entertainment: Stitely Entertainment
Favors: Glazed and infused
Rehearsal Dinner: Pecorino Restaurant
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