Here is the full selection of favorites from Maddy and Audie's wedding at the Chicago History Museum. Register to be notified when the full set of images is available on Pictage and receive a free 4x6.
Jamie and Missy first met at a Get Up kids concert and afterwards went to Delilah's where in Missy's words they "drank cheap beer while bonding over punk rock." Their wedding at Gallery 1028 was truly a reflection of who they are; it was punk rock and edgy, with a romantic vintage twist it. After seeing what Missy and Jaime did with the space it is now our favorite loft-type wedding venue.The room was lit with gorgeous chandeliers that hung from wooden beams; the colors were warm and inviting and the flowers and centerpieces provided just enough of a contrast with the industrial feel of the room. The music, provided by DJ's who regularly spin in clubs and bars and not weddings, made the evening truly feel more like a night out at one of Chicago's music venues. There were craft beers, cupcakes, and best of all a Viennna beef hotdog stand at the end of the night!
Here are just a few of our favorites from their wedding as well some of our favorite details; be sure to check back soon for their slideshow.
Missy just before seeing Jamie for their first look; her bird cage veil could not have been more perfect!
Missy and Jaimie at the Dana Hotel just before we all left for pictures around the city. I loved this room updstairs because it had such a city feel to it, and was a great backdrop for their first look.
A shot from above as they head to the trolley for photos.
We had the opportunity to shoot the bridal party in some very fun, unique industrial locations.
Their dog may be my favorite ring bearer of all time; he behaved very well despite all of the tempting hors'd'oeuvres being served just above him.
Their ceremony at Gallery 1028 was emotional and intimate; I loved that they had a friend officiate their wedding.
The chandeliers hanging from the ceiling added just the right amount of a vintage feel to the room, and the mix of warm light with soft purples and greys was a great combination.
Their first dance was full of laughter; I would really like to know what was said here :)
And of course, the hot dog stand at the end of the night; how cute is this!
We bring you at the end of this delightful holiday weekend, our full selection of favorites from Stephanie and Ian's wedding at the Ivy Room. Register on Pictage to receive a free 4x6 and you will be notified once the full set is available.
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Amber and Spencer are getting married next year at the Chicago History Museum. I've included their proposal story from Amber's perspective below :)
Here are just a few of our favorite images from our afternoon with them. Happy Thanksgiving!!
"The night before Spencer proposed, we went on an impromptu dinner date. We were planning to go to Arizona the next week for vacation. While at dinner, Spencer asked me if I would be okay with leaving a day early for vacation and if it would be okay if we went to Jamaica instead. Clearly, I was extremely excited and so in love with this amazing surprise.
The next evening, Spencer and I went shopping on Michigan Avenue for some vacation items. It was nice out so we decided to walk home. On the way, we stopped at our local wine shop to get a bottle of wine to enjoy together. Spencer suggested getting a bottle of champagne for mimosas in the morning to kick off Chicago Green Beer Day; I thought that was a great idea.
Spencer said that we should take the shortcut through the park to get home. This is not a shortcut and I was admittedly a little annoyed. I quickly walked home, as Spencer took his time. Little did I know he had his own plans. As I hurried along, Spencer said, “Babe, would you wait up a minute!” I turned around to see the love of my life dropping to his knee with a ring box in hand.
Spencer asked me to marry him and I wholeheartedly said “YES!”
We went home and enjoyed the champagne, purposely bought for this special occasion. Spencer’s wonderful surprises continued as we went to an amazing dinner where we spent time enjoying our new relationship status over a delicious tasting menu paired with wine. A few days later, we left for a week in Jamaica for our practice honeymoon and engagement celebration!"
Although the day started out a bit rainy, it turned out perfectly with just the right amount of wet on the streets, and a crisp feel to the air. The intimate ceremony which brought together their two faith traditions, Catholic and Jewish, didn't leave a dry eye in the room. Afterwards, we discovered that both their families really knew how to party, which made for an exceptionally fun evening of dancing! These are just a few of our favorites form the evening; we'll be posting the full slideshow of favorites soon.
Danny looking out of his hotel room at the W as it begins to rain a bit.
Danny and Cara see each other for the first time before their wedding ceremony at the W; I love how happy Cara looks in this photo!
We did some portraits of just the two of them on LaSalle street before meeting up with the bridal party.
This is one of my very favorite pictures from the day.
I love wedding party tableau photos!
The Ketubah signing was perhaps the most emotional part of the day; it was beautiful to see all of their parents and siblings tearing up as Danny and Cara became officially married.
There were many very meaningful and beautiful toasts throughout the evening.
The hora has got to be on of my absolute favorite wedding traditions; it is the most raw expression of joy during the day, and also the craziest and most fun 15 minutes.
Before leaving, we sneaked out with Danny and Cara for a few last shots of them as newly married couple.
Maddy and Audie's wedding at the Chicago History Museum was full of fashion flair and lots of emotion. The wedding ceremony took place outside at the Chicago History Museum; just as the ceremony was ending and they were walking down the aisle as husband and wife a few drops of rain started to fall. the timing could not have been better! Their reception was full of animated toasts and very lively dancing. The evening was perfect, and we were so glad to have been there to document the day.
Quinn and Ryan's fall wedding at Cafe Brauer moved me to tears more times than I'd like to admit. Their wedding is one I am not likely to ever forget. Quinn's father was diagnosed with terminal cancer some months before the wedding, and they did not know if he was going to be able to attend the wedding. He did. And he fulfilled Quinn's dream of having him walk her down the aisle. Their faces as she was walking down the aisle were so completely full of joy and happiness; it was contagious. I always get a bit emotional during the father-daugther moments at a wedding because I know how special they are first hand. But on this day, they felt even more important.
As photographers we are to immortalize one of the most special days in two people's lives. The way we document it is the way it will be remembered by our brides and grooms, and it is the way their children will see it. My job that day felt very important; there was an immediacy to the importance of our photos. As I fought back tears, I was also smiling because their wedding could not have been more perfect. From the beautiful room at Cafe Brauer, to Ryan's face while they shared their first dance, to the amazing and lively party as their guests filled the dance floor, to their sparkler exit, it was a spectacular day.
Here is a larger selection of our favorite images from Jessica and Greg's wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center. Register on Pictage to be notified when the full set of images is available and to receive a free 4x6.
April and Joe are getting married next year at a New Leaf. We've decided to start sharing our couple's proposal stories on the blog to give our readers some meaningful background to the photos. Here's an account of Joe's proposal to April, from April's perspective.
"Joe taught me to golf. It was the first outing this year and he took me to St. Andrews golf course right by our house. I teed off on the first hole and played the hole and knew he was "acting funny," but I had no idea that he was going to put the ring in the first hole. When I putted the ball in the hole the ring was in there! He then asked me to marry him and I cried the rest of the 8 holes."
Stephanie and Ian's wedding at the Ivy Room was full of warmth, very good food, and fantastic music. The Boka Group (the wonderful people behind Boka, one of our favorite restaurants, as well as The Girl and the Goat, Perennial, and Landmark) catered their wedding; any words I use to try to describe the food will not do it justice. It was simply incredible. The party that ensued after dinner did not disappoint. Everyone from the tiniest of kids to the oldest of adults were on the dance floor.
Most of the photos we're featuring today are from our portrait time with Stephanie and Ian and the bridal party before the wedding and during cocktail hour. They scheduled a perfect amount of time for us to be able to do some very unique portraits and really have fun with it. We love what came out of that time! Stay tuned for the full slideshow of favorites, but for now, here are just a few.