April 21, 2013

Janet & Eric :: Spiaggia Wedding

This past weekend, I shot Janet and Eric’s wedding–my first wedding of the 2013 season! They had their ceremony and reception at Spiaggia in downtown Chicago; I’ll be seeing a lot of that venue this year, as it turns out.

For anyone in Chicago, you know that the last two weeks have been rainy, grey, and cold. So, needless to say, Janet was checking Accuweather obsessively as her day approached (we’ve all been guilty of that, right?). Luckily, though, we had lots of sunshine on their big day!

Even though it was bright and sunny, it was still very cold and very windy. Janet and Eric were such troopers. They really wanted some lakefront photos to represent the beautiful city they were married in, and they didn’t complain one bit as we battled the brutally chilly wind for photos.

I was so happy to work with these two, as they are unendingly kind, courteous, and loving. What a great way to kick-off wedding season!

Here are some photos from their big day.

So happy to get her veil on! This is the moment when most brides say, “It’s real!”

Janet was very touched by the letter–I mean novel–that Eric wrote her on their wedding day. 😉

Eric was equally touched by Janet’s letter.

Much to my delight, Eric and Janet decided to do a first look. I love these moments I captured as they first saw each other.

Next, we headed down to the lakefront for a few portraits.

It looks warm, right?!

We also made a quick stop on Michigan Ave. for the ever-popular shots in the middle of the street. This was actually a candid I caught as we were about to cross the road. Love it–even more than the “real” portraits.

The ketubah!

And a few shots from the lovely ceremony at Spiaggia.

Lots of smiles.

The reception was beautifully decorated, thanks to Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling. She did an amazing job!

I loved all the purple hues and the candlelight–very romantic!

There were some entertaining toasts…

…and plenty of dancing.

But nothing can top Janet’s face as she was lifted up during the hora. (Sorry, Janet. I had to do it.)