Rainy, Romantic Hyde Park Engagement

 
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In October in the Great Lakes area, especially Chicago, weather can be unpredictable- with gorgeous sunshine and warm, dry weather followed immediately by a gusty rain-shower (sun-shower?).

I followed the lead of these two adventurers, whose good faith lucked out with an engagement session that began as a walk in the sunshine that turned into a rather romantic stroll in the rain. Both lovers of Chicago history, culture and architecture, this future bride and groom explored the University of Chicago's Gothic Revival buildings in Hyde Park as the sun set. 

While I love an engagement session that flows naturally toward the sunset (golden hour, as we photographers call it), the portraits in the second half of this session in the rain might be my favorite. I've found time and time again that couples who embrace unanticipated weather and roll with what light we're given on the day come away with truly stunning, genuine photos that capture their spirit. Matt & Meghan, I'm grateful for your leap of faith into dancing in the rain! 

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English Gothic Univ. of Chicago Wedding

The 2016 wedding season is officially off with a champagne pop! This weekend we celebrated Victoria and Michael's wedding, with a ceremony in Bond Chapel on the stately grounds of University of Chicago and reception following at the Thompson Hotel Chicago.  

This is a preview of the day... a sneak peek of wedding highlights that you won't want to miss! Bouquets & centerpieces were created by Exquisite Designs.

The bride, known for her affinity for fancy footwear, wore a custom Oscar de la Renta gown with strappy Jimmy Choo sandals. The groom and his men made a dapper appearance in spring bowties.  

A real show-stealer, Hercules, the couples' much-loved rescue pup was present for their balcony first look.

Toast & Jam DJ Leslie impressed at the reception with a blend of spice and jazz featuring Bebel Gilberto to Etta James and Nina Simone.