Here are some of our favorite pictures from Sheila and Nik's wedding at the Chicago Illuminating Company; we'll be adding the favorites gallery soon!
Focus is sometimes overrated. While photography is often more about "showing" than "suggesting," there is great power in suggestion. This photo purposefully obscures the details that focus usually provides but in doing so conveys a certain stillness and emotion that can easily be lost or overwhelmed by detail.
Though we've shot a lot of wedding receptions at the Chicago Illuminating Company, this was our first time shooting a ceremony at CIC. The light there is bright, diffused, and soft, which are exactly the qualities of light we look for. As a result, the colors really pop against the the white drapes. I also love the emotional content of this photo as Sheila and Nik exchange rings while Sheila's brother and the Maid of Honor, look on with huge smiles.
I took this photo as they retreated to take a few minutes to themselves after the ceremony. I like the quietness in it, and on a formal level, the way sharp geometry of her dress and neck standout against the blurred shapes of the abstract painting in the background.
We don't often post a lot of detail shots. Not because our weddings lack interesting detail (to the contrary), but because we always find images of the people at these weddings so much more compelling. This photo warranted an exception. The cake in and of itself is spectacular. I chose to shoot it at this angle for several reasons: I wanted to highlight the gradual color shift of the flowers and it played off the colored uplighting in the room. I wanted to show how the beading on the cake changed so dramatically as light hit it from different angles. Lastly, I wanted to capture it's reflection on long granite bar, a distinctive feature of the Chicago Illuminating Company that makes this photo possible only there.
Capturing the actual atmosphere of a dance floor is an enduring challenge for me. I'm always looking for images that can convey the unique mixture of sound, light, movement, shadow, passion, and energy present in different propotions at each wedding. For this image I used a hand-made glass filter to try and convey some of that.
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Florist: Scarlet Petal
Event Coordinator: Jessica Schultz with Sweetchic Events
Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company
Caterer: Food For Thought