Shar and Jeff were getting ready at a South Loop hotel and had a brief window of time before the start of their winter wedding day. The historic Printers Row neighborhood nearby provided a classic Chicago backdrop for their wedding portraits. © Wedding Creativo Photography
We had the pleasure of having an extended amount of time for intimate portraits with Nadia and Bill. Their chilly and rainy September wedding day began at the Hotel Sax, with lots of unusual and diverse areas for indoor portraits. Our brave troopers then faced the windy and chilly elements outdoors at a few Chicago landmark locations, before heading to the Ivy Room for their ceremony and reception.
There was a slight rain delay, but thankfully, the clouds eventually parted so the ceremony could carry on as planned in the outside courtyard. Afterwards, their intimate lounge-style reception featured a gourmet Mediterranean spread. Colors of purple, orange and brown were a perfect pallet for their cozy autumn evening soiree. Of course, a favorite moment for everyone was their fun rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" choreographed dance...complete with the trademark silver glove.
Also, for a fun interactive activity for their guests at their reception, Nadia and Bill included our fun Polaroid cameras and guest book.
Jessica and Daniel had a fun and spontaneous idea for this portrait. This couple met while the bride was living and working in Italy for several years, and she "chased" him to join her back in her hometown Chicago. They arrived in America only one week before tying the knot! Bravissimo!
We always try and keep the portrait portions of the wedding day as painless and stress-free as possible. But some days, especially hot summer days, it can be a challenge for bridal parties to muster up the energy and enthusiasm during the portrait time.
It is never a good idea to be overly ambitious in the limited time frame we have for portraits on any wedding day, but especially not when when temperatures are soaring and bridal party patience can be limited. With a good and realistic game plan in place, we are able to do plenty of creative as well as traditional portraits at a relaxed pace and also keep stress levels down. We work with each couple well in advance of the wedding to come up with specific ideas, but also tips specific to the time of the year. For example, for summer weddings, it is also a good idea to have plenty of water and a few salty snacks available on the trolley (or other transportation) to help replenish folks after the portraits are finished. The best transportation companies always provide water and other drinks, but it doesn't hurt to grab a few extra bottles, some salty nuts or other snacks, and even a roll of paper towels to throw in for good measure.
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.