We had a great time last month at Corrinne and Jeremy's wedding. For our featured photo this week we share one of our favorite moments from their day as they practiced their first dance. More pictures from thier wedding will be featured soon, and we'll be back to regular blog posts next week...we've been busy bees and have lots of fun weddings and inspiring ideas to share soon.
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You couldn't get more cozy than Trisha and Scott's small wedding held at their home and in their back yard. And oh yeah, their back yard is Chicago's Millennium Park and Grant Park.
We had a great time with this fun-loving couple, and from their first playful moments and all throughout the day, the theme for their wedding was fun fun fun! We admired the bride's "Pippa-esque" gown, vibrant orange and yellow flora, and the groom's navy blue suit with orange striped tie.
The happy couple escorted each other, arm-in-arm, to their ceremony at the Cancer Survivors Garden in Chicago's Grant Park. This beautiful outdoor area is a gem among Chicago Park District's special event spaces.
There, they met their closest family and friends for what was possibly the smallest wedding gathering we've ever photographed. It was very cute with everyone, including the bride and groom's dogs, circled around the couple while they exchanged vows.
After the kiss, it was hi-fives for all around, and a first dance that literally swept the bride off her feet!
Needless to say, the portrait time for this wedding was very relaxed and accomplished rather quickly, even with different variations with everyone. One of the portraits included everyone attending the wedding ceremony in one group shot!
Then it was off to their private reception at their home, which had absolutely stunning views of the city from their high-rise balcony, where more guests joined the couple for their evening celebration.
The bride changed into a lovely cocktail dress, and nearly committed cake-a-cide! Then after the reception dinner the gang headed out to the after-party at one of their favorite bars.
Congratulations Trisha and Scott, and thanks for showing everyone that even a small wedding can be a big celebration!
We want to congratulate one of our couples, Wendy and Neil, on the birth of their baby girl last week! We were so surprised to find out that they named her Sophia because Giorgio always thought Wendy had a striking resemblance to the famous Italian actress Sophia Loren. Giorgio was fortunate to make a portrait of her years ago (I'll ask him to scan the print and post it here some day). Anyway, he would often refer to Wendy as our "Sophia bride." Maybe you'll agree. This week's featured photo is one of Giorgio's all time favorites, which is of Wendy in the car on the way to the ceremony.
Today is the 5th wedding anniversary of Kristian and Claudia! Congratulations you two! Their wedding reception is still memorable to us as one of the most fun parties we've ever experienced. The bride and groom were a "rockin'" couple and incorporated the awesomeness that is Live Band Karaoke to be the highlight of their reception. After all of the usual traditions of toasts, cake cutting and first dance, all of the sudden their reception transformed into a local live music dive bar vibe. After the Live Band Karaoke musicians warmly encouraged the first few brave souls to the stage (Kristian of course opened the show!), soon enough EVERYONE was taking multiple turns singing, with all of the "fans" dancing and screaming with excitement at the stage. No one was embarrassed because all of the guests treated each other as if they were the Beatles or Rolling Stones. It was so much fun that we didn't want to leave when our time was up late that night! This was one of our all-time favorite receptions and we wish more couples would consider this idea for their reception. Thanks Kristian and Claudia for single-handedly changing our opinion about karaoke from that day forward!
Giorgio and I find challenging weather interesting for photography. Being based in Chicago, we really have no choice but to embrace the crazy weather changes we can have in just a matter of hours, especially this time of year. Like they say, if you don't like the weather in Chicago, just wait five minutes.
It is a good idea to have a contingency plan for outdoor portraits in case of a relenteless downpour or severe storms, and we're always happy to help our couples with different suggestions for indoor alternatives. However, in the case of this week's featured wedding photo, we like to show that a little rain isn't always a bad thing. And, as Giorgio says, "sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata," which is an old Italian saying for "wet bride, lucky bride."
Katie and Ben had a beautiful sunny day for their Chicago wedding at Holy Name Cathedral and reception at Fulton's on the River. Vibrant pinks and greens highlighted their elegant fashions and decor. Also, the groom's family flew in from England and helped the couple incorporate many lovely British wedding traditions into the festivities.
The groom presented personalized pocket watches as gifts to his groomsmen, who were all sporting green ascot ties, similar to the one that was part of David Beckham's dashing Royal Wedding attire.
After the ceremony, we had fun taking creative wedding portraits of the bridal party at landmark downtown Chicago locations while making our way to the reception at Fulton's.
Note to Giorgio's photography students: notice his award-winning technique using a bridesmaid's pink flip-flop to extend his lens hood. Ha ha.
We loved all of the touches of British wedding customs including Ben's mum's fascinator hair clip, the bride's lucky wedding horseshoe, and the handmade personalized candies that the groom's parents brought for all of the guests to enjoy. Ben also surprised Katie with a traditional German silver wedding cup that they both had to drink from at the same time, but be careful not to spill for good luck. They were successful and didn't lose a drop!
THE emcee of class and impeccable music taste, Al of Okyne Media Lab, kept the party train on schedule and guests dancing all night.
Last year we tried to feature a "photo of the day" and that was kind of overly ambitious to keep up. So, this year we're going to try a new feature. Introducing - - - Wedding Photo of the Week! It could be from one of our recent weddings, or from anytime in the last two decades, but it wil always be one shot that makes our creative hearts smile.
This week's photo is from Cat and Matt's wedding from a couple weeks ago. We love them under this majestic weeping willow tree at Cantigny Gardens.
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