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!
W Hotel Wedding | Milly & Ross
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
Bob and Theresa’s travel and passport themed wedding
Vickie and Ted’s White Elephant wedding on Nantucket Island
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!
Ivy Room Chicago wedding photography | Rich and Jo
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
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.
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!
Loft Chicago wedding venue Gallery 1028
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
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.
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.
If you’d like to see more photos of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Chicago wedding photography, click here.
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.
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.
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