December 30, 2012

Erica & Jeff :: Galleria Marchetti Wedding

Erica and Jeff were married this past weekend in downtown Chicago. They had their ceremony at St. Paul’s and their reception at Galleria Marchetti.

I first met Erica a couple of years ago; she was the wedding planner for a wedding I shot in the city. Fast forward a couple of years, and Erica was contacting me to shoot HER wedding. I was thrilled to work with her and, though I usually don’t book any weddings between Christmas and NYE, I couldn’t say no.

Even though it was freezing cold and a little snowy–this is Chicago, people–we still made the best of it! Erica and Jeff were troopers, and they braved the cold and wind for some evening portraits. We took most of these nighttime shots at the Lasalle St. bridge, and I’m so happy with how they came out! Natural light is a photog’s best friend. So, when Erica and Jeff said we’d be doing all of their portraits outside–IN THE DARK–I was a little nervous. As it turned out, we had lots of ambient light from the Chicago street lamps, and I had a great time trying something a little new.

Erica and Jeff are off to sunny–and warm!–Mexico. Here’s some sneak peeks to send them on their way!

Erica wanted a photo of her wedding dress… and her Christening gown and first communion gown. I love that idea!

Erica was a BEAUTIFUL bride!

While I was with the girls, Alyssa, my second shooter, was with the guys. Love this shot of Jeff getting ready.

Erica was just a little excited to see her soon-to-be husband!


I caught this quiet moment right after Erica and Jeff had walked the recessional. They stole a quick kiss before any of their bridal party could come out to congratulate them. Love this.

Speaking of the bridal party… this is one of my all-time favorite wedding party shots.

I may or may not have asked a random stranger, “Hey! You want to hold a veil for a second?”

Galleria Marchetti’s tent was beautifully done-up in champagne and ivory.

After the couple’s first dance, they had a “family dance” with Jeff’s two kids. So sweet.

Let the party begin!