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Pre Wedding Photos at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Daniel + Rachel are getting married in Hong Kong later this year and they wanted to take their pre wedding photos here in Chicago! So if you seeing these photos from Asia – welcome! The soon-to-be bride and groom thought long and hard about their location…and they wanted to do something different and unique- so we headed to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I’ve always wanted to shoot a bride and groom on the steps of this iconic Chicago museum…and here’s my favorite from their pre wedding session!
The soon-to-be Bride and Groom really wanted to take photos on German Submarine – The U-505. Here they are in the diesel engine of the U-505!
A picture Rachel at the controls – indicative of their future? =)
Stealing a kiss by the captain’s bunk
A photo outside the U-505 submarine!
Pictures outside of the Museum
A grand photo by the Museum steps and columns!
A cute romantic moment on a bench!
Congrats again Daniel + Rachel! Best wishes as you count down to your wedding! I hope all the people seeing these photos overseas enjoy seeing you both in Chicago!
Luxury Wedding Photos at the Chicago Trump
I am thankful to have been able to work at the Trump Chicago Hotel a few times this past wedding season – from a Chicago wedding photographer point of view: it’s one of my favorite luxury wedding venues in our city! The staff is incredible and the attention to the little details are never overlooked! Here’s one of my favorites of Kate + Jim on the 16th floor terrace of the Trump!
If you haven’t already seen their engagement photos, be sure to view Kate + Jim’s Winter Trump Engagement Photos Blog Post!
Inside her Trump hotel suite…I found a cool reflection for this creative wedding dress photo!
A picture of their wedding rings and hanger!
Love this note that Jim sent up to Kate…no distractions on their wedding day!
Mom helping with the wedding gown!
A few stunning portraits of the bride! The Trump Chicago windows and view on display on these next few photos-
So beautiful- I’m just going to stop writing so you can enjoy these portraits of Kate-
The guys were getting ready elsewhere in the Trump-
Great job by Tom, my second photographer – who captured this great portrait of Jim!
We took some photos together at the Trump before leaving for the wedding ceremony- I love these front steps – and don’t forget about the reflection!
Some wedding pictures along the Chicago Trump riverwalk-
One of my favorite places for a wedding picture at the Trump-
I think they are happy on their wedding day =)
Bridal Party wedding photos on the Trump stairs-
Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding Pictures
We decided to stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art for a few photos on their beautiful stair case! I love the modern architecture and the visual lines throughout!
Using an ultra wide lens and unique perspective allows for this creative wedding photo at the Museum of Contemporary Art-
4th Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue
You can’t take photos at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue without taking a wedding photo ON Michigan Avenue! =)
Love the columns of the courtyard at 4th Presbyterian
And so here we go…the photobombing groom started it all- these two photos make me smile every time I look at them!
And not to be outdone…the photobombing bride =) Please note: I don’t condone photobombing on wedding days. But if you are the bride and groom…you can do whatever you want =)
Love the arches of the Fourth Presbyterian Church
A photo that looks like a wedding magazine ad!
Wedding Ceremony Photography at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
They put the top down for their getaway Thunderbird convertible! I was taking photos all around their car til I found the perfect photo!
Chicago Trump Wedding Reception Pictures
A photo of the gorgeous Trump Grand Ballroom!
Wedding cake photo incorporating the city lights through the large Trump Ballroom windows in the background!
First dance photos!
And the perfect picture to end Kate + Jim’s wedding at the Trump Hotel! Good night Chicago!
Congrats again to Kate + Jim! You guys kept me smiling while I was editing your photos – especially those photobombs! Thank you for having me as your Trump Chicago wedding photographer! Kudos to Rachel Bradley Events for coordinating this luxury wedding flawlessly!
your Chicago Wedding Photographer,
Chicago Luxury Wedding Photography
It was a wonderful day for Stephanie + De’s Luxury wedding in Chicago! Before we get into the details of their wedding at the Chicago Langham, here is one of my favorite photos from their day with the Chicago skyline!
The wedding day was spent at the Langham Chicago – I love their modern decor and the luxury vibe! Not to mention the wonderful + helpful staff! We took some Chicago Skyline photos at Olive Park before heading to Lincoln Park for their outdoor wedding ceremony! The gorgeous wedding flowers were handled by Sarah from Vale of Enna + the day was coordinated by Linda from Liven It Up Events! Videography & DJ responsibilities were handled by the great folks over at Fig Media- Thanks to Tom for being my second photographer!
Here’s her stunning Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes – ummm…wow!
Letterpress stationary with pearl beads on the cover!
I thought to incorporate their wedding rings into their wedding invitation! I’m always looking for something creative and new as a wedding photographer!
Her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown framed by the Langham mirror and her Manolo Blahnik shoes on the table
The bridesmaids helping her put her Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes on!
Looking out the Langham window…the bridesmaid dress are the perfect color and the detail on the back is perfect!
This silhouette photograph is perfect in black and white…the clean lines of the Langham help with the creative composition
The beautiful bride!
I combined the two elements from the previous photos for this creative picture…a silhouette and a reflection in her Langham suite! I feel like my experience as a wedding photographer really aids in creating these multilayer wedding photographs-
The perfect amount of light coming in the Langham window as you see Wabash Avenue below – almost like magazine ad!
Grooms boutonniere photo by Vale of Enna – loving the matching pocket square with the bridesmaids dresses-
The groom was getting ready elsewhere in the Langham-
Great capture by my second photographer, Tom
We headed downstairs to take some photos in the Langham Chicago lobby! As a wedding photographer, I love to be creative with my bridal party photos!
A full bridal party picture with the beautiful glass orbs hanging from the ceiling above them!
Had to take one with just the bride and groom!
Incorporating the gold drapery in the Langham into this bridal party photograph – and you can see the Marina City tower in the background!
The happy couple just outside the Langham!
The bride and groom in front of the Langham Chicago!
We walked over the Chicago river to take some wedding photos on top of a classic Chicago bridge! I incorporated the Langham in the background of this bridesmaid photo!
The groomsmen in black and white-
I love the juxtaposition of nature vs urban in this wedding photo right next to the Chicago river – it showcases our famous Chicago architecture!
I went in tight to frame Stephanie + De with the tree branch- I love her smile!
The setting sun added that creative element for this photo in front of the Marina City Towers-
Olive Park Chicago Skyline Wedding Photography
We headed to Olive Park for a photo with the Chicago Skyline- Stephanie was getting a little tired…so De was sure to help her out!
The Chicago skyline! Olive Park is so close to the city…the buildings feel like they are right on top of you!
A cute moment dancing at Olive Park!
Lincoln Park Wedding Ceremony Photos
Their ceremony was in the heart of Lincoln Park…right in front of the conservatory-
Lincoln Park was such a serene place for a wedding ceremony! An urban oasis -
The groomsmen were a little happy for De after the wedding ceremony!
So yea…their getaway car was a Ferrari!
Making sure not to cover up that Ferrari logo!
Stephanie had a boy & girl “Stitch” plush animals in wedding outfits to ride with them in the Ferrari- I love how this photo showcases a little bit of their personalities…the Ferrari & the Stitch stuffed animals-
Langham Chicago Wedding Reception Photography
We had to take a photo with the Langham lights!
The Langham is luxury all around – one last photo before we go up for the wedding reception!
A statement card table piece by Sarah from Vale of Enna
The Grand Ballroom at the Langham Chicago
The head table-
Vale of Enna centerpieces
One last room shot of the Langham Ballroom
What would be more perfect for Stephanie & De than a Hello Kitty wedding cake! Elysia Root Cakes did a wonderful job!
First dance photo in the Langham Ballroom-
The toasts by Stephanie + De’s closest friends-
I think Stephanie was surprised to see De getting a little emotional – powerful words were shared by his best friend-
One last photo of the bride and groom on their wedding night!
Thanks Stephanie + De for having me as your wedding photographer! Great choice in venues with the Langham Chicago + Lincoln Park! We captured the Chicago Skyline & Bridges too! Fabulous team of vendors with Liven It Up Events, Vale of Enna, Elysia Root Cakes and Fig Media!
your Chicago Wedding Photographer,
Chicago Sofitel Wedding Photos
I love the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower! It’s a hidden gem amongst beautiful Chicago hotels! It has gorgeous windows and a clean and modern vibe throughout! The Sofitel was on a short list of Chicago venues I had offered to Jimmy + Kristine when they had first got engaged and I was excited to be their wedding photographer! I’ve known Jimmy for a long time through his brother Eric and I had a great time getting to know Kristine through their engagement session on Lake Michigan this past spring – be sure to check out their Lake Michigan Chicago Skyline Engagement Photos blog post!
One of my favorites from their wedding at the Sofitel Chicago-
A picture of her wedding dress shot through a pair of doors
A reflection for this getting ready picture-
The bride’s mom helping with her earrings!
Her bouquet made by Vale of Enna
The bride is ready!
A beautiful of Kristine on her wedding day =)
Jimmy was having his boutonniere pinned on downstairs
Love these next two portraits of the groom- The sun came out for just a few moments!
4th Presbyterian Church Courtyard Wedding Photos
We walked to the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue for a few photos with their gorgeous old world architecture and ivy covered walls!
I love the juxtaposition of classic vs modern…old vs new!
Their Vale of Enna bouquet adds just the perfect amount of color!
A kiss underneath the 4th Presbyterian Church arches!
My second photographer, Tom, took this photo from the outside!
Looking like they belong in a fashion magazine!
The peaceful courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian. Would you believe this is in the heart of downtown Chicago? Right on Michigan Avenue!
Bridal Party pictures-
A classic Nakai wedding photo! Dramatic landscapes – Love the light, the architecture & the touches of green!
The Fourth Presbyterian has a covered walkway that is perfect for wedding photos!
One more wedding photo with the John Hancock in the background!
Returning to the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
I can’t help it…I love including nature in the urban context – here the Sofitel hotel balances out the bridal party in the foreground!
Sound a really cool reflection in the Sofitel!
A small ray of light for this dramatic portrait-
Full bridal party photo with the clean lines of the Sofitel-
As a wedding photographer, I am always trying push my creativity…I placed the groomsmen in the reflection – and had just their silhouette showing!
Kristine loves to do this! =)
Two large Vale of Enna arrangments were used to frame the aisle runner-
Wedding ceremony at the Sofitel!
After their wedding ceremony, they held a Paebaek ceremony…the traditional Korean wedding ceremony!
During the Paebaek ceremony the parents throw chestnuts and dates for the bride and groom to catch!
And in an effort to show his strength, the groom picks up his wife and runs around the room!
Sofitel Chicago Wedding Reception
Gorgeous centerpieces by Vale of Enna-
Great choice on plates and linens!
Head table centerpieces by Vale of Enna
Wedding cake photo!
Had to share a photo of my good friend Eric…giving the best man toast to his younger brother!
First dance photo in the Chicago Sofitel ballroom!
I don’t normally post father/daughter dance photos on the blog, but these two were having too much fun!
Congrats again Kristine + Jimmy! It was a pleasure being your wedding photographer! So happy for you both and it was a wonderful celebration at the Sofitel Chicago! You assembled a great team (Vale of Enna & Ryan Alexander Events) to help make your special day go smoothly!
Hope you enjoyed the photos!
your Chicago wedding photographer,
Chicago Venue Six10 Wedding Photography Slideshow
Pearl + Charlie’s Chicago wedding photography slideshow! Wedding Ceremony + Reception took place on Michigan Avenue at the chic & modern Venue Six10 and they got ready right down the street at the Chicago Essex Inn! My favorite moment in their slideshow…when she wiped his tears away during the ceremony! =)
To read more about their wedding be sure to check out Pearl + Charlie’s Venue Six10 Wedding Blog Post!
Enjoy the slideshow! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch their video in HD! And if you happen to know anyone getting married…I would appreciate it if you passed my name along! Thanks!