It’s about time we made it back to Chicago! Karl and I used to visit several times a year when we lived in Michigan, but it’s a bit more off our beaten path these days. (In fact, we spent one of our first ever days together wandering around Chicago.) Thanks to Becky and Alex we were able to spend a long weekend enjoying the city, hanging out with their super nice family and friends, and photographing their extraordinary wedding. See some of their engagement photos here.
We were fortunate to stay at The James, just a block off of Michigan Avenue, where the wedding took place. If you’re looking for a downtown hotel I absolutely recommend The James- we had a fabulous stay! Our Friday morning involved filling fifteen massive balloons and eating some delicious croissant paninis. Not a bad way to kick off a wedding day if you ask me! Plus, carrying all of the filled balloons (to be used for photos later in the day) a few blocks to the hotel and up the elevator proved to be pretty comical.
A vintage Rolls Royce drove Alex and then Becky to their first sight at Washington Square Park. (The same park where they once had a snowball fight on a date.) It now has to be one of our all-time favorite first sights. The anxious and excited looks on their faces, the dress and the tuxedo, the beautiful park… the whole scene was just classic. The vintage car was the icing on the cake and complemented the moment perfectly. After that we headed to Millennium Park. When Becky and Alex stood underneath The Bean a crowd circled around them and cheered when they kissed! The wedding party joined us there for some fun with balloons. From there it was on to the church for the ceremony. Since we shoot mainly outdoor ceremonies in SWFL it was such a treat to shoot in a big, old, beautiful church!
Once the bride and groom were officially married the group headed back to The James for a stylish and modern reception. The space was really neat, from a room-sized chalk line drawing of the Chicago skyline to one of the most beautiful cakes we’ve seen yet. The dance floor stayed packed all night and the fotobooth kept both the kids and adults entertained. Mr. and Mrs. Hahn, we were honored to be a part of your wedding weekend. Thank you so much for having us, and congratulations!
Venue: The James Chicago | Dress: Amsale through Boca Raton Bridal| Wedding Planner: Tara with Lola Event Productions | Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design | Florals: Asrai Garden | DJ: Style Matters
See at the flower girls in the window waiting for the bride?
That’s our friends Natalie and Jordan, and they’re expecting their baby girl Greta in less than two months now!!