I just spent an incredible Sunday with Lauren and Mark for their Chicago wedding at The Signature Room At The 95th floor of the John Hancock building. We met up at the Cambria Hotel where the soon to be wed couple scribed some messages onto the colorful bulletin board in the lobby. Then we taxi'd off to the Chicago River area for some downtown Chicago wedding photos.
The Chicago River and skyscrapers and busy streets were all part of the Chicago / city vibe we were going for, and the L train passing by above was also too good of a classic to pass up.
I was told that Mark had a penchant for candy so off to Dylan's Candy Bar we went. Kudos to the tourists of Chicago who let us have the entrance all to ourselves for a brief 30 seconds.
Lauren's request was an iconic shot of a dip on Michigan Avenue....
To get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, our next destination was the serene Lurie Garden with a brief stop at Cloud Gate. Then we were off to Museum Campus area for a 10 degree temperature drop and..... fog. (more on that later)
While I love the clouds and fog forming over the city in the above image, it turned out to be our nemesis when we got back to the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. Chicago also started to live up to it's nickname of the windy city so after a few images here, we headed to The Signature Room At The 95th for the ceremony and reception.
The wedding ceremony saw Lauren walked out by her Dad and included the emotion of the couple's children joining them. Mark made light of the fact that there was NO CITY VIEW DUE TO FOG and everybody had a laugh or two. We were still hopeful. Perhaps after dinner when it got dark the fog would burn off. The staff the Signature Room by the way were terrific and very accommodating to us all. A big thank you to them!!
The reception featured a caricaturist (something the groom's Dad once did) and the singing voice of Blake Alexander. After the couple's first dance, my assistant Michelle gave me the news that we all needed to get to an unused ballroom on the other side of the building immediately.
I'll end the suspense now. Yes, the fog finally did clear out for a bit on one side of the skyscraper (thanks for notifying us Michelle) and we nabbed a few night time portraits of the bride and groom with the lights of the city down below.
I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek look at Lauren and Mark's Chicago wedding at The Signature Room At The 95th. To inquire about photography for your big day, whether it be Chicago, Northwest Indiana or elsewhere, be sure to fill out the Contact Form.