When Dennis and Julia told me their wedding ceremony would be at Navy Pier in Chicago, I knew we would be getting more than a few images of the iconic ferris wheel in the background. The above shot is our first photo of the day just before the rain started and a good 4 hours before the ceremony was to take place on the upper deck of the Mystic Blue cruise ship.
Bravo to Dennis and Julia for their bravery in sticking with me as we made our way around the city via an Uber car dodging the on again, off again stream of rain and wind. We achieved some real unique wedding photos and had a good time while we were at it.
The forecast was calling for a constant stream of showers, but in Chicago you just never know. We'd get clearing and then it would start again. We kept going, taking photo after photo - cute stuff along with dramatic images too. If you look closely at the image below you will see how much rain had collected on Dennis' suit at this point.
I admit that I was a little worried about the weather at this point because I really wanted this wonderful couple to have their outdoor wedding on the upper deck of the cruise ship as planned. Soon we would be heading back to Navy Pier for family photos and then the ceremony. Come on Windy City, send those rain clouds somewhere else!! :)
We made it back to Navy Pier with rain starting again as we took family photos. We were 30 minutes from boarding time and suddenly the sun appeared in a big way. Dennis waved to guests as they arrived to board the vessel. The ceremony was wonderful as the children of the bride and groom stood up in the wedding and friends and family looked on. Occasionally another ship would pass.
From this point on the weather was simply perfect. Having your wedding reception on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan and overlooking the Chicago skyline at night is a breathtaking experience. It's a feeling of calm and excitement all at the same time.
We covered the party on the lower deck with dinner, dancing and drinks and also took night time portraits on the upper deck with the city lit up in the background.
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