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Traditional Thai Dancers with Bagpipes & Kilts – Nina + Bruce get married!

A Chicago Wedding on November 11th, 2011

Nina and Bruce were married in Chicago on 11/11/11! It was an amazing time with friends and family at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago! There were so many traveling internationally for their celebration! Bruce is from Canada, but since Nina grew up in Chicago they chose to celebrate here in the Windy City! One really unique part of their story: they met on a medical missions trip! And now they are making it an priority to regularly give back to those in need!

Warning: There are a TON of AMAZING WEDDING PHOTOS in this blog post. Please take the time to scroll through them all! =) You won’t be disappointed! Here’s one of this photographer’s favorites from the day:

We started their day at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. Their rooms have great window light and an amazing view of Chicago. You look out and see the famous Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue.

A photo of her wedding dress-

A fun moment with her mom as the garter was going on-

Nina looked stunning! I love her hair – done by my favorite hair stylist Livia Caporale! I’ve photographed brides throughout the years…and one thing I can say…good hair and make up matter! And when it comes to hair…not many stylist stand out to me as a photographer. But I can honestly say…Livia Caporale is consistently the best hair stylist I work with. Don’t believe me? Check out her yelp reviews– I’m not the only one who thinks so!

I love this photo of Nina- simply stunning!

How about this moment on their 11-11-11 wedding day…11:11am!

We took photos at throughout the Ritz Carlton-

Bruce was all smiles when he saw his bride!

Love the Ritz Carlton decor- Makes for a ‘classic yet modern’ photo look even better!

I love their expressions. I love their gaze. I love the Ritz Carlton furniture. I LOVE these photos!

A timeless wedding photo.

Since they will be living in Canada- we wanted to grab some wedding photos throughout Chicago. But you know me…I don’t like to be cliche with my wedding photos. My fellow Chicago wedding photographers know that I am a creative wedding photographer and so I sought to find cool poses and locations for these Chicago photos!

First up: the Bean in Millennium Park! My creative take on one of the most photographed icons in Chicago

Had to incorporate these fall colors in Millennium Park into the photo session.

These metal panels are well known in Millennium Park. And they make for a great backdrop!

I love the smiles in this photo!

Nina’s wedding dress and shawl were perfect!

Downtown Chicago in the background-

Incorporating Millennium Park’s fall colors and the pavilion into this photo! The pavilion in the background lets you know this photo was in Chicago without it being cliche-

Had to take a wedding photo under the Chicago “EL” train tracks.

The most STUNNING WEDDING PHOTO from the whole shoot- They look like models! Except they are ‘normal’ people getting married on 11-11-11!

So romantic! Almost feels like a scene out of a movie! This wedding photo was taken on a Chicago bridge…just one more way to bring Chicago to Canada!

This wedding photo of Nina and Bruce almost feels like it belongs in a magazine!

This photo was requested by the groomsmen- and it turned out perfectly! Right off the pages of Vanity Fair!

After the amazing photo shoot throughout Chicago, we returned to the Ritz Carlton for their Thai traditional wedding ceremony! The Thai water ceremony is truly unique! The first Thai water ceremony I photographed was in Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year with Nina and Phil

Nina changed into her Thai traditional wedding dress for their water ceremony.

I wonder if this was the first Thai wedding ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton. =)

And after the traditional Thai ceremony was over, Nina changed back into her wedding dress and walked down the aisle for their traditional western wedding ceremony!

After the wedding ceremony- the Ritz Carlton staff flipped the ceremony room for the reception!

A full Ritz Carlton reception room photo

Bruce’s dad played the bagpipes as they entered the room!

A traditional Thai dance performance-

First dance photo!

And then something a little more fun for their first dance! Who said wedding dances had to be serious?

And to close out the night…a wish was made by all in attendance…at 11:11pm and 11 seconds! What a great way to cap off a wonderful night!

Thank you Jintana and Bruce for having me as your wedding photographer! I truly hope…with all that you went through looking for a wedding photographer…that your wedding photos blow you out of the water! I can’t wait to make your wedding album! Merry Christmas you guys!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,


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