The blue and gold interior of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois is, hands down, one of the most gorgeous churches in the country. I was privileged to photograph a beautiful 50th-anniversary vow renewal there one spring. It was especially beautiful since I had been on hand to capture this family's son's vow renewal in Door County. The anniversary couple here had originally married in very a simple ceremony--and the family posted framed photos at the reception of that special day from a half century ago. The whole day was exceptional, with a depth of feeling and love you don't often get to witness. But the most exceptional moment for me was walking into this church. I've seen churches in Europe--a place known for ornate and beautiful architecture and interior decorations (think Michelangelo) But this church rivals all of them. It was breathtaking. And I worked hard to capture the majesty of interior--the soaring ceilings, the spectacular blue and all the architecture. This has been the family's church for decades, and it was a beautiful way to celebrate a 50th anniversary event. After the ceremony (in Spanish) the family gathered at a local reception venue for a spectacular meal of tenderloin and Mariachi music, and, after the dinner, desserts and a fun dance.
Location: 1429 W. Wellington Ave. Chicago, Illinois.