Lisa and her mother couldn’t stop themselves from doing a happy dance. The day had finally come for Lisa and Mark’s wedding, and this bride was ready to go! I met up with these to in the bridal suite at the Whitehall Hotel, just a few minutes before the couple’s first look at each other.
We had a fantastic time photographing their engagement session earlier this summer, and I couldn’t wait to team up again with this fun couple. We didn’t waste any time…
…as Mark took his place on the terrace of the suite shortly after, blindfold in place. Lisa followed him out and peeled away the blindfold for a big reveal. There were plenty of smiles and kisses as the two got a good look at each other, and after savoring the moment for a bit, we were off to take pictures around town.
Our first destination for pre-ceremony pictures was Union Station, and on the way there, the Mark and Lisa exchanged gifts.
These two were so easy to work with- they’re always having a good time. You can especially feel that vibe in this next group of pictures, all taken at Union Station.
Isn’t Lisa’s bouquet wonderful? I love how the bright colors pop in all the pictures. This, and all the other floral design for the day, was done by Erin at A Stem Above.
Next up was the Art Institute garden, a perfectly green oasis in the middle of downtown Chicago. It didn’t take us long to walk through the garden and pose for a handful of portraits.
This gentleman had some advice to give Lisa as she climbed into the limo. Thanks for the words of wisdom, pal, but we gotta get moving to our next stop…
…the LaSalle Street Bridge. Mark and Lisa put on their best smiles as they posed on (and around) the bridge.
We took one shot in the middle of LaSalle before jumping in the limo again, but we weren’t done playing in the street quite yet.
We had to get a picture of the view from the middle of Michigan Avenue, too! The day was too perfect… how could we not?
With the pre-ceremony session over, it was time to shuffle back to the suite to take off the boots and put heels and veil on. Luckily, Lisa had some help in getting that list completed!
The ceremony and reception were held at Promontory Point in Burnham Park. Lisa expressed how happy she was that the day was sunny on our ride to the park. And I couldn’t have agreed more. The day was perfect for a wedding.
And while Lisa was enjoying the weather, someone else in the limo began passing around a flask. I absolutely love this picture of Mark’s Mom taking her turn.
Soon after arriving, it was time for the ceremony. Guests had already arrive and were in their seats, but most importantly, Lisa and Mark were ready to say “I do”. So after getting the veil tamed, the ceremony commenced.
A friend of the couple officiated the wedding. And what a beautiful wedding it was, too. Lisa and Mark made their vows of marriage surrounded by their loved ones, an amazing view of the lake and the Chicago skyline.
After the vows and rings were exchanged, Lisa and Mark began their marriage with a big kiss. Congratulations!
Their friend also got a big hug of thanks for helping them to make it legal.
And then it was time for the party! Guests mingled, took in the view, and enjoyed each other’s company while enjoying cocktails and appetizers from Blue Plate. The celebration was off to a great start, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Melissa from Clementine Custom Events, who served as the event coordinator for the day.
Whoops! It’s not a party until someone breaks a glass!
After enjoying cocktail hour, guests made their way inside the pavilion for dinner. When the meal was just about finished, Mark’s father kicked off speeches with a toast to the newlyweds.
Mark’s brother took to the microphone as well to offer his well-wishes.
And Lisa’s friend and old roommate wrapped things up with his address.
As the reception went on, the sun began to set. It was so gorgeous. I had to grab Mark and Lisa for a few quick photos outside before we lost all the light completely.
Upon going back inside, the newlyweds turned the microphone back on and thanked all their guests for their love, support and for spending the day with them.
And then they shared their first dance as a married couple.
Big finish! Then it was time for DJ Emily from Toast & Jam to start playing all the best dance hits and invite the guests to the dance floor. And what a party it was, too! Enjoy this collection of pictures documenting the fun:
…and a fantastic time was had by all. Thanks for inviting me along for the ride, Mark and Lisa, and congratulations on your marriage!