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Chicago Wedding Photographer at Ivy Room

It’s always lovely hearing a couple loved their wedding photography so much, they referred their friends to me. You might remember when Annie and Sunil got married last year at the River East Arts Center in downtown Chicago. Sunil knows Rich, so when Rich and Jo were going to get married, Sunil recommended me. The rest is history! The wedding ceremony and reception were held at the chic Ivy Room at Tree Studios. Any venue in Chicago that allows for a couple to have natural light incorporated into their wedding day wins in my book!

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Ivy Room | Rich & Jo by Heather Parker Photography Boston / Chicago

Getting Ready Hotel: Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park
Ceremony Venue: Ivy Room
Reception Venue: Ivy Room
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering
Dress Make: Jenny Yoo
Tux Make: Indochino
Hair: Nkauj’lis Lyfoung (also did the hair at Annie’s wedding)
Makeup: Nkauj’lis Lyfoung (also did the makeup at Annie’s wedding)
Officiant: Pastor Jonathan Ramos
Wedding Coordinator/DOC: Tiffanie Yau and Olivia Pan
Band/DJ: Roberto Monastero Entertainment
Florist: Event Creative
Lighting design: Event Creative
Wedding stationery company: Wedding Paper Divas

W Hotel Wedding | Milly & Ross

I had so much fun photographing Ross and Milly’s engagement session, and was very much looking forward to their wedding at the W Hotel! I will have lots more wedding photos to share with you, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek! Milly wore a Vera Wang gown, and since her favorite color is pink her bridesmaids wore ASOS Midi Dress in Chiffon. Of course pink flowers were in order from Flor del Monte! After Ross and Milly had their first look, we traveled around to some popular shoot locations as well as to the park near their old apartment. Back at the W Hotel, they had their ceremony followed by a fun reception. The toasts certainly had everybody laughing up a storm, including the bride and groom.

Congratulations again, Ross and Milly! I had a fun time working with you both again. Thanks so much for allowing me the opportunity to document your wedding day!

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If you would like to see more Asian weddings including Chinese weddings, Taiwanese weddings, Korean weddings, or a mix of Asian American traditions, and other similar weddings please check out:

Jo and Rich’s Ivy Room wedding

John and Panle Le Meridien wedding

Pei-Chi Claire and Andrew’s wedding at OceanCliff Newport

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Vickie and Ted’s White Elephant wedding on Nantucket Island

Ivy Room Chicago wedding photography | Rich and Jo

It’s such a great feeling knowing clients are not only fans of my work, but advocate for me. Fans of my photography might remember the images from when Annie and Sunil got married last year at the River East Arts Center in downtown Chicago. They love their wedding photos and put their friends Rich and Jo in touch with me. The rest is history! In going through the final edits on their wedding photos, this one stood out as one of my favorite photos taken at their wedding reception at the Ivy Room. Such a great couple to work with!

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Getting Ready Hotel: Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park
Ceremony Venue: Ivy Room
Reception Venue: Ivy Room
Dress Make: Jenny Yoo
Tux Make:  Indochino
Hair:  Nkauj’lis Lyfoung (also did the hair at Annie’s wedding)
Makeup:  Nkauj’lis Lyfoung (also did the makeup at Annie’s wedding)
Officiant:  Pastor Jonathan Ramos
Wedding Coordinator/DOC:  Tiffanie Yau and Olivia Pan
Band/DJ:  Roberto Monastero Entertainment
Florist: Event Creative
Lighting design: Event Creative
Wedding stationery company:  Wedding Paper Divas

White and green fabulous wedding with flowers by Dilly Lily Chicago

For Wendy and Chris, I wanted to capture the emotion and joy they experienced on their wedding day. They were such a fun couple to photograph. After their wedding ceremony, they gave me complete creative freedom to choose imaginative locations as we journeyed throughout the city before sunset. It was an unforgettable experience! This fabulous white and green wedding bouquet loaded with succulents was designed by the ladies at Dilly Lily.

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Loft Chicago wedding venue Gallery 1028

Here is a sneak peek from a recent shoot at Gallery 1028. I have shot many weddings at this “blank canvas” modern wedding venue in Chicago including the Laura and Mike’s wedding as seen on Style Me Pretty which had the best lighting design and event styling I have ever seen. You might also remember Halley and Josh’s indie wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, as well as Angela and Sam’s ceremony and reception held there. Jason’ and Kristen who got married at St. Clements in Lincoln Park, also had their rockin’ reception at the Gallery 1028 warehouse venue.

This time around, PJ Acosta transformed the raw warehouse space to create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere adding natural elements. The long farm tables and raw wooden chairs fit perfectly. Chandeliers and dozens of candles added the perfect glow for the evening and were a huge hit!

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Photography: Heather Parker Photography
Venue: Gallery 1028
Catering: Calihan Catering
Event Design: PJ Acosta
Music: guitarrista Neil Dixon Smith
Florist: PJ Acosta
Specialty Items: Hall’s Rental Service

Real Weddings Chicago | Detailing Emotion

Wedding blogs are often buzzing with catch phrases like “real weddings” and parading around lots of creative, personalized details that piece together a common theme. When browsing the web looking at wedding details and searching for a wedding photographer, photos of peonies, or a Vera Wang gown hung up are without a doubt useful in planning ideas. Details that may be more meaningful to you in 20 years that are rich with emotion tell a story in a different way. The trendy theme that you put together (that might seem quite dated looking back) might be less relevant than the little details a seasoned photographer captures. Rather than the reaction photo of a bride smiling as she listens to her maid of honor toast, I wanted to share this photo. This shot weighed in with just as much emotion as the expression on the bride’s face.

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Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Chicago wedding photography

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Chicago wedding photography by Heather Parker. This church made of Michigan buff sandstone has red oak pews, an historic Johnson & Son tracker organ and some very unique stained glass. These are a few photos from Jennifer and Kyle’s wedding ceremony held here. After they got married, they held their reception at the Rookery building.

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Chicago Wedding Band Ken Arlen Music | Entourage

Chicago Wedding Band Ken Arlen Music | Entourage

Here are a few reception photos from one of my favorite weddings at the modern gallery space River East Arts Center, where Ken Arlen Music’s live wedding band Entourage performed. They were such a fun band and really jammed the dance floor. People were getting down! They rocked all night with a soulful flair and a modern edge. One of the things that stood out to me is that they brought a youthful energy to the venue and played some of the most accurate renditions of both current pop songs and classics.

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Adler Planetarium Chicago wedding venue

Adler Planetarium Chicago wedding venue offers one of the best skyline views available. With seating for over 300 guests and partnering with Food for Thought Catering, hosting a wedding at the nation’s oldest planetarium couldn’t be easier. Skyline views are unmatched and there is even the possibility to have an outdoor wedding ceremony if the weather is cooperating! The photo below is from a fun reception in Food For Thought’s Café Galileo at the Adler.

Adler Planetarium wedding photographer Heather Parker

 

Located at 1300 South Lake Shore Drive | Chicago IL 60605 | 312-922-STAR (7827)

Queensberry Duo Wedding Albums | Navy Blue 14×10

Queensberry Duo wedding albums | Navy Blue 14×10

This beauty is was handmade in New Zealand using a smooth classic leather. While it was a Christmas time wedding with lots of festive holiday colors in red and green, I opted for navy blue. Why? The bridesmaids wore navy blue, and the reception room shared the same color. It was supplied in an upgraded display box with simple, modern embossing on the front cover. The craftsmanship and customization options on these wedding albums are unmatched. This particular Queensberry contains Duo pages. The blend of flushmount and matted images has gotten so popular because it combines a current trend with an option that will always remain timeless.

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