Christy and Matt were married this past weekend at the Allerton hotel in downtown Chicago. Since they got ready at the hotel, had the ceremony at the hotel, had their reception at the hotel, and didn’t want to go off-site for photos, it was a super smooth day.
When these two first contacted me about shooting their wedding, they were quick to tell me that they “weren’t photo people,” and they wanted me to know that they weren’t interested in doing portraits; they really just wanted to get candid shots of them enjoying their full day–no interruptions! (They also asked me if I was afraid of heights, but we’ll get to that later.)
So, I made sure to give them exactly what they wanted. We spent a grand total of maybe 30-45 minutes photographing their first look, taking about 5 minutes of portraits, shooting the wedding party and the family, and then getting back to more exciting stuff!
I sometimes get a little nervous, wondering whether or not couples will regret not having the perfect picture of them on their wedding day. Then, I have to remember that there’s no such thing as perfect, and being fully present on their day SHOULD be the most important thing.
And it’s worth mentioning that I rarely see a couple enjoy their own wedding as much as Christy and Matt did. Here are some sneak peeks from a couple who could teach all of us a thing or two about just letting go and having fun!
Since the whole plan was to be easy, we did most of the photos in the ceremony space, including this first look.
Still every bit as sweet and special!
Remember that question about my fearing heights? Yeah, well–this is why! The one shot they knew they wanted was on this fire escape. 24 stories high. (Even Christy started second-guessing this once we stepped out, but we all toughed it out for this awesome shot!)
I was in love with the girls’ dresses and bouquets. I love the mixed shades trend!
There were lots of laughs!
And also some touching moments. Christy helped Matt along when he got choked up during vows. (Look at those peeping bridesmaids. How cute are they?!)
Some reception details…
And, of course, I couldn’t blog this wedding without including this shot, showing just how much Matt LOVES Meatloaf sing-alongs! 🙂