a trip home for a wedding and other fun { frost on flower }

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing my friend’s sister’s wedding in Chicago.

It was a wonderful set up – Tyler, Olive, and I drove to Illinois the day before the wedding and shared a hotel room at the Blackstone downtown with our friend’s Brooke & Scott. I’m from just outside of Chicago and Chicago is where Tyler and I met while we were both living there.

We all woke up Saturday morning and I headed upstairs with Brooke to photograph the ladies getting ready while Scott, the brother of the bride and my fellow photographer, captured what the men were up to. Tyler and Olive did some adventuring around the city.

The ceremony took place at the Chicago Veterans Memorial in the middle of downtown, right on the river. It was a hot and sunny day! I think we all complained about the heat that day but it’s been so much worse since then – I’m so glad they got married at the beginning of the month! After the portraits were done in the same area we headed to Reza’s where the reception was being held. Scott walked with Tyler and Olive while I took a cab with the bride and groom.

It was so much fun to photograph this wedding. Starting early with a wedding party, photographing them getting ready, and having time to get to know each other really makes for a wonderful atmosphere and experience for the entire event. And its always fun to work with friends. It was extra special that Tyler and Olive were able to pop in to visit every once in a while and also attend the reception. The reception was enjoyable and exciting well into the night. Scott and I made sure to put our cameras down and get in on the dancing.

We spent the rest of the weekend visiting with my family in the suburbs. Tyler’s family also drove in from Iowa to visit. Our moms watched Olive for the day while we took a trip up to Six Flags Great America with Tyler’s little brother and sister. Overall it was a wonderful weekend. I love photographing weddings and events out of town but love it even more when I can turn it into a trip to visit family as well!

Here are a few of my favorites from the day:

Be sure to check out my flickr gallery if you’d like to see more and to see Scott’s perspective of the day you can see his work here.

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Congratulations!! :)

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4 comments
  1. Brooke said:

    I loved the photos of everyone’s shoes and the ones of Katie and Dennis in the cab.

    • oneowl said:

      I’m really glad I took a cab with them – it was a lot of fun and a lot of neat photo opportunities. It was a little challenging though.. Trying not to blind the driver with my flash. It was way too bright when we’d be in the sun but way too dim for no flash when we were behind buildings. And it was a really short drive!

      I like the shoes, too. I figured I could do something useful while Scott took some big group portraits. :)

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