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Congratulations Jonna & Joe!

I had the pleasure of shooting with another great Chicago photographer (Irene Kijak) last weekend to capture Jonna & Joe’s wedding! It was a little different than my typical wedding because they had a church ceremony & a reception at the Allstate Arena for a Chicago Wolves game! It was a blast. Here are a few images from the day!

-Andrew

St. Hyacinth Basilica

If you live near Chicago and have never been to St. Hyacinth Basilica, you are definitely missing out on an experience. I’ve been to many beautiful churches and cathedrals in the past, but there is something about this place that is very awe inspiring. Here are a few photographs from a wedding I shot there a couple weeks ago.

I also put together a slideshow of a few of the images I took of the church. Check it out here!

I definitely recommend it to any brides looking for a beautiful enchanting traditional wedding location.

-Andrew

Kathy Molisky - July 5, 2007 - 3:30 pm

Hi Andrew:

My niece, Jocelyn Eighan is getting married at St. Hyacinth Basilica on August 11 of this year. Her parents have asked me to do a drawing of the church to give to Jocelyn as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, as I live in Pittsburgh and the church is in Chicago, I have no other ways to view it other than the few photos I have found on the web. They are either too low resolution, or they are not of the entire structure. Any chance you took any photos of the entire outside of the church that you would be kind enough to share with me? I simply need a clear print of the entire church to begin my sketch. It would not be for any purposes other than that. Please let me know if you can help.

Thank you for your consideration.
Kathy Molisky, aunt of the bride

Justin Bartholomew - July 6, 2007 - 7:25 pm

Hey Andrew! Awesome pics of the Basilica, Dude!! We went to a wedding there last week, and were speechless at the classic architecture. Of course, the ceremony itself was awesome, too! But still, in that venue, it was quite impressive. Your photos are very artistic, and I must say, do justice to the whole place. I wish I could’ve seen your slide show…..I tried the link but it didn’t work. Anyway, keep up the good work, Bro!
Justin

Andrew - July 6, 2007 - 8:07 pm

Thanks for the compliments Justin. I fixed the link.

Andrew

Jenny - July 26, 2007 - 7:51 pm

MY PARENTS GOT MARRIED IN THIS CHURCH BACK IN 1980 AND MY FATHER’S FUNERAL WAS ALSO THERE IN MARCH OF 2006. THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING PLACE FOR ANY OCCASION. AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT IN ONE OF YOUR PICTURES YOU MANAGED TO CAPTURE ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF THE CHURCH.

Patricia Shue - February 27, 2008 - 11:47 am

I grew up in this parish, and my mother’s funeral was there in 1960. It’s wonderful to see these photos of this magnificent church. The folks who sacrificed so much to build this beauty should be remembered forever more.

Jason Burdette - April 2, 2008 - 6:45 pm

Hi

My Wife and I got Married at Saint Hyacinth in 2005 My Wife and I attend Polish Mass there on regular basis. To me this my number one faviort parish in Chicago to Saint John Cantius and Saint Mary of Angels.

Ernie Stetz (Stec) - December 4, 2008 - 1:39 pm

My whole family from my great grandparents on (both sides) have always been involved in St. Hyacinth. I along with all my family cousins, uncles, aunts you name it were either baptized, married or their funeral mass was offered at St. Hyacinth. At one time in the school English was used in the morning and Polish in the afternoon. Made no difference if your name was Wolski or O’Hara. But then times were different and close neighborhoods were important. Oh yea, the Sunday bulletin was printed in Polish only till I think the late 70’s or early 80’s. It was and remains the mother Polish church of Chicago, even though there are 45 other Polish Parishes in the city this is THE Church. May it remain forever. (I live in Florida now but when my time comes I will be buried from that church just like I was baptized so many years ago)

Scott R. Lucado - May 6, 2009 - 6:46 am

I was married in this church in 1997, before the restoration and designation as a Basilica. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful and moving places on the planet. To be even more impressed, attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve; truly incredible, even if you don’t speak Polish (which I don’t; I married a Polish girl–best decision I ever made!).

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