Parisian Style at The Murphy

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Jessica and Joe were married in January.

We began the day with the groom at the Intercontinental Hotel, and with the bride at her home. The couple was excited and nervous about the day to come. Their family and friends surrounded them to have fun as they dressed and prepared.

The ceremony was held at The St. James Chapel. Snow lightly fell outside as the couple were wed. Baby, it was cold outside, so we did some photos at the Church and traveled to Union Station for group pictures. We also traveled to the space where the couple met, an office building where they both formerly worked. Of course, we were chased out of the building, but the snow on the ground and the glass and steel building made for lovely pictures and a reminder of where they met and fell in love.

They chose The Murphy as the venue to hold their Paris flea market themed wedding. The theme was carried to fruition by the ladies of Lola Event Productions. Helping with the beautiful event was Paramount Catering, Elysia Root Cakes, Arlen Music, Kloekner’s flowers, Frost Lighting, and Magnificent Milestones paperie.

As the night drew to a close, we asked the couple to come with us for a good night photo. We asked them to make out in the phone booth. They ran in, so excited just to have that moment alone at last!

Bonne Chance Jessica et Joe!

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Gallery 1028 Wedding

June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Bryan and Rusty were married this spring!

We couldn’t have been luckier to photograph this couple who are so in love. We started our day with their first meeting on the Cherry Street pedestrian bridge on Goose Island. They were both nervous as they approached, but as soon as they saw each other, their steps quickened to meet and embrace on the bridge. Yes, we were all in tears, already!

We made our way to Gallery 1028 where we met up with the bridal party and saw the venue being made beautiful by Lola Event Productions and Exquisite Designs. We were so happy to see that our engagement session photos made their way onto fun Trivial Pursuit cards to test guest’s knowledge of the couple! It was a beautiful ceremony and a really fun reception. Style Matters played music that got everyone on the dance floor.

As the night came, we stole a moment with the grooms outside of the gallery for a little good night portrait session. A perfect ending to a lovely day.

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Geneva Engagement Session

May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Jordan and Nick wanted a rural setting for their session.

So we traveled near their home in Geneva to Peck Farm Park. The couple came prepared with their adorable dog Honey, a sign for Honey to wear for their save the date cards and their Blackhawks jerseys. We love when couples show their personalities in an engagement session. A little tip, if you want to be photographed with a pet, please just bring a friend along to mind the pet while we photograph you alone. Jordan and Nick enlisted some family members to do just that, and everything went very smoothly. Even Honey had fun!

We arrived early to scout a few cute locations on the property. We found barns, fields, water and lots of blue sky, it was a perfect day to be out making photos. We are so excited to see these two lovebirds marry in the fall!

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Blackstone Wedding

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Rebecca and Darren were married on a gorgeous autumn day.

The Blackstone is in such a beautiful location, we didn’t have to travel anywhere to make wonderful photos. Rebecca had a lovely suite for getting ready while Darren and his gentlemen were in the Hubbard Room. When we first saw Darren, we noticed his broken finger gained from a basketball game that morning. Since this drama of the day was now out of the way, everyone was ready to have fun!

The couple had their first look in Grant Park as the sun set. We were so taken with the light, this lovely couple, and the gorgeous city of Chicago. As we walked back to the hotel, we photographed the couple kissing while crossing Michigan avenue. It was a romantic moment made perfect with the last bit of daylight. The Ketubah signing took place in the English Room, while the ceremony was held in in the Barbershop. The room was filled with guests, flowers and beautiful details with seamless planning by Lola Event Productions. As we moved on to the cocktail hour, ceremony, and reception, we got to really know the couple, their families and friends. No event is complete without a good night kiss photo in the lobby and these two got cozy together and reflected on their amazing day and kissed to their future.

Congratulations to Rebecca and Darren!

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The bride and groom get ready for the big day!
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First look in Grant Park, right across the street from the Blackstone.
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Portrait session at the Blackstone. So many great rooms here.
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Signing of the Ketubah.
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Their ceremony in the Barbershop at the Blackstone is elegant and stunning.
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Now to the reception!
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A kiss goodnight after a great day!
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More Chicago hotel weddings:
Ritz Carlton Wedding
Knickerbocker Hotel Wedding

Tips for Wedding Day Formal Family Photos

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Because you want to get to your cocktail hour…

We’ve devised a list of things to do to get your post ceremony family photos done quickly and beautifully. Believe us, this is the hardest part of your day, and our aim is to make it fun and seamless.

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1. Write it down.

A few weeks before the wedding, we will ask for a list of formal family photos that you want. Then, start with the brides’ side, parents, add siblings, add extended family. Same with the grooms’ side. It really helps to have their first names.

2. Tell somebody.

Please notify all family members that they are wanted after the ceremony for pictures. Why not make an announcement at the rehearsal dinner? This way, we’re not rushing to try to find a brother who went off to the cocktail hour. Assure them we’ll get this done quickly so they can get to the party.

3. Assign a wrangler.

If you have a big boisterous family, assign one person from each side as wrangler. They can chase down that brother for the picture.

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4. Let us know of any family uniqueness.

If parents are divorced, someone has an illness or there are little kids, just let us know so we can prepare and be aware.

5. Ask family members to allow your photographer to be the only photographer.

Families tend to look at the camera of someone they know. If a niece is taking a picture over the photographers shoulder, chances are great that they will look at that camera. We want all eyes on us!

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6. Timing.

Each group can take 3-5 minutes for us to make. Keep this in mind when putting together your must have list. Believe us, you will want to get to your cocktail hour, so it’s great to get this done in under 30 minutes.

7. Groups at reception.

If you want a picture with your college friends or kickball team, or mom wants a photo of all her friends, it can all be done at the reception. Have a friend or family member round everyone up and do a fun picture next to the dance floor. Just give us a heads up when making that original list.

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8. Hijacking the family pictures.

Sometimes a family member will want additional pictures, maybe of their family or all the uncles. We get it, it’s not every day you all get together. It’s best to have any additional photos done at cocktail hour or reception. We always let family members know, we’re here all day, just tap us on the shoulder!

9. Bride and Groom together in all photos.

We recommend that the bride and groom are present in all the pictures. This is, of course, your wedding day! Time to join families! It can take lots of extra time to make the photos with only the bride and her family, then to add the groom and vice versa.

10. Have fun!

Formal photos don’t have to be boring. Going outside or in a unique place can make the pictures more true to the nature of your family.

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Lincoln Square Engagement Session

April 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Bryan and Rusty are adorable!

And they are to be married in a month! I’m sure they are both getting excited, and maybe just a little bit nervous. Much like they felt before we did the engagement session. But within a few minutes of walking around their Lincoln Square neighborhood, they found that being photographed together can be a blast! We chatted, they held hands, smooched a bit for the camera and we found some very sweet and secluded spots within the noise of the city¬†where they could enjoy a little time together.

We can’t wait to hear¬†them say their vows next month!!!

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University of Chicago Love

April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Mara and AJ spent the morning of their wedding day getting ready at the beautiful Palmer House.

Their first meeting took place in the great lobby then we were off! To one of our favorite locations, the University of Chicago

The location serves as a perfect backdrop for photographs, We walked around campus on what could only be described as a perfect fall day. The ceremony itself took place in the Rockefeller Chapel, the light in there…. Let’s just say we could have just taken pictures in there all day and would have been two happy photographers. From the ceremony the guests and the bridal party walked over to Hutchinson Commons. The commons typically serve as the Uof C student union, but on this night it was transformed by the very talented girls of SweetChic Events. Harry Potter’s dining hall has NOTHING on this space. To cap it off Alex from Exquisite Designs had each table outshining the next.

Thank you AJ and Mara for letting us be a part of your wonderful wedding day!

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