We love shooting in the suites at the Trump both because of the beautiful natural light that streams in from the huge windows, and the stunning views of downtown Chicago. Initially I shot this as a silhouette, but as I continued to watch the moment unfold, I was drawn to Ernie’s reflection in the window which creates this sort of bridge between the foreground and background.
When I’m not shooting from 3 blocks away, I’m usually shooting really close to fill the the frame with the action, but I really like how Nancy uses the space in this frame to give atmosphere to a really emotional story. Ernie is overcome upon first seeing his bride, and looks away to try and stop his tears. The gold light on the pillars adds to the warmth of this moment.
We found this wall in an alley, and though we have no explanation for the mysterious painted squares, Nancy used it as contrast to Agnes’ movement. I also love the movement and flow of her dress in this shot.
When you meet Agnes, the first thing you notice about her is her eyes. We had to capture that. A simple composition, good light, and no discernible background is all it takes sometimes - oh and a beautiful subject.
At dusk, the Ivy Room’s courtyard becomes this hidden enclave full of greens, and blues, and warm yellow light that causes you to forget everything but that moment, then and there.
I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of photography’s magic ability to freeze time and show us moments we’d miss otherwise.
This picture is special to me because of what was going on at the moment. The band was playing, friends were doing shots, and talking, and dancing, and in the middle of all of that, this quiet space just opened up and he kissed her, and the world was still for the 1/30 of a second it took to make this photo.
Michele and Ed planned a wedding that in every detail reflected who they are as a couple. Rather than starting their wedding off with the ceremony, Ed and Michele's family welcomed guests with cocktails and hors d'oerves in the lush green courtyard at the Ivy Room. Guests mingled and drank and Michele and her father walked down the aisle amidst the party. The ceremony just sort of happened organically and afterwards their guests continued to enjoy the wonderful food and drinks provided by Boka. As the sun went down guests were invited inside to a room transfromed with long tables, benches and high boys where more eating, more mingling and generally more merriment happened.
Before their wedding began, we had the opoprtunity to do some creative portraits of just Michele and Ed. We shot mostly around where they got ready at the Trump and those images are some of our very favorites. Here are just a few images we especially love from that day.
I absolutely love this photo of Michele, Ed and their shelty, Kody, taken inside their suite at the Trump.
Michele and her dad walked down the aisle amidst guests enjoying the cocktail hour.
I love the secret garden in the city feel that the courtyard at the Ivy Room has. It has to be one of the most romantic spots in the city for an evening outdoor wedding.
Sara and Carolyn planned a beautiful wedding at the Ivy Room, and the day could not have been more perfect. Their outdoor dusk ceremony in the courtyard at the Ivy Room was one of the most romantic I have been to. As dusk fell, guests enjoyed cocktails in the courtyard, and then moved into the warmly lit room at the Ivy Room for dinner and dancing. There was an overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy, and as the party continued, Sara and Carolyn could not have looked more radiant.
Here's a few of our favorite images from the evening; to see a sneak peek of a few more, check out the Ivy Room's blog. We'll be posting the full slideshow in a few weeks.
Once again, we are a bit behind in our blogging. This is a time of year when we take advantage of fewer weddings happening and travel to pursue work on personal projects and better ourselves as photographers and artists. In between two trips, we had the honor of working with Donna Albertson and some of Chicago's best wedding vendors at a Valentine's Day party at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios. There was incredible food from the Entertaining Company, Blue Plate, Berghoff, and Limelight. The decor was all designed by the amazing Erin McDonald at Heffernan Morgan, and the lighting was all by Frost. Larry King Orchestra kept everyone dancing; they are a ridiculously talented band, and so fun! We were honored to be a part of such a talented team.
Here are a few of our favorites from that evening.
If you want to see more images from the evening, check out the slideshow.