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Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding

Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago weddings are always a treat to photograph, but they come with a unique challenge. The church has a particularly strict set of photo restrictions that require careful planning to be able to get a variety photos that encompass the whole scene as well as closeups of the key ceremony moments. In a search online, most of the wedding photos at this church look pretty similar, but there are ways around this. The wedding ceremony coordinator requests that photographers stay stationary throughout the ceremony. Photos from the same location all look the same (you’ll see what I mean with a quick Google search) but after photographing here so often, I’ve developed a plan and technique that allows me to capture a variety of wedding ceremony photos even with the restrictions.

I met Matt and Lacey in New York City for their Central Park and New York Public Library engagement shoot in the winter and learned about their wedding day plans. at “Fourth Pres.” Fourth Presbyterian Church is a majestic Gothic landmark located right across the street from The John Hancock Center and has some of the most striking architecture of all Chicago’s ceremony venues. I especially love the Tudor-style buildings that surround the church’s courtyard. Its a charming backdrop that allows for stunning editorial style wedding photos.

Onward to the wedding day – I began photographing Lacey, her mother and her bridesmaids in the bridal suite at the Ritz Carlton Chicago where their reception would later be held. The team from Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio provided hair and makeup on location for the girls.

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Lacey had timeless and luxurious wedding invitations, Badgley Mischka peep toe pump bridal shoes and glamorous wedding gown – everything was so tastefully coordinated ahead of the big day.

Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding invitation Badgley Mischka peep toe pump Wedding shoesI headed downstairs to the groom’s suite to photograph the Matt prepping for the wedding day. I was nervous that I would get confused between he and his identical twin brother Dan who was his best man but I was able to tell them apart. Phew!wedding suite Chicago Wedding at Ritz Carltongroomsmen wedding suite Chicago Wedding at Ritz CarltonBack up to the ladies suite, Lacy gifted personalized pink satin robes and unique jewelry to her bridesmaids.Ritz Carlton Chicago bridesmaid gift at wedding Ritz Carlton Chicago bridesmaid gift at wedding Ritz Carlton Chicago bridesmaid gift at weddingI thought it was so sweet that Lacey had gotten embroidered handkerchiefs for her parents. They were visibly touched by the personal message to them.Ritz Carlton Chicago weddingChicago mother of the bride Chicago mother of the brideIt was time to for Lacey to get ready for her wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids in their lavender dresses helped her with her gown and shoes, while the mother of the bride helped her with jewelry.Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding gownFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding gownFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding with Reception at Ritz CarltonFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding gownFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding mother of the brideBefore heading to the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Ave, Matt waited patiently to see his bride at the Promenade at the Ritz Carlton. Ritz Carlton wedding ChicagoRitz Carlton wedding ChicagoWe headed over to the church for some quick portraits in the cloisters and courtyard area before the ceremony began. Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding with Reception at Ritz CarltonFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding with Reception at Ritz CarltonFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding with Reception at Ritz CarltonFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding groom and twin brother best manFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding bridesmaids in lavenderFourth Presbyterian Church Chicago Wedding portraits

The wedding coordinator at Fourth Presbyterian has a set of guidelines for photography, the ceremony and portraits that works very well. Its known to be one of the most strict churches in Chicago from a photography standpoint, but knowing this ahead of time, a great set of photos can be had with the right planning.

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St. Alphonsus Church in Chicago wedding photographer

St. Alphonsus Church in Chicago wedding photographer Heather Parker:
Jackie is my favorite kind of bride. she wears shiny red shoes under her wedding gown and goes with a simple bouquet using just red. guess what color her trolley was. yep, you guessed it, red. The wine? Red. Okay, okay you get the picture. though the jackie and mike did a “first look,” because of the limited amount of daylight at this time of year, after the church ceremony at St. Alphonsus Church, it got dark outside very quickly. having to do creative wedding photos outdoors at night can sometimes have some advantages, such as having a sparkling array of city lights as a backdrop. i am really happy with the results.
From the bride:
“I’ve been so excited to see the photos, thank you sooo much for all your hard work on our wedding day.  We had a blast and i’m glad we can now remember more of the moments through our photos. we love the pics.  There’s so many that are truly amazing and totally capture the feeling behind the day.  They were well worth the wait.  I love a lot of the details shots of the flowers, the wine bottles, the table settings, the people signing the guestbook, the tiny flowers on the cake, etc.  The outdoor shots after the wedding turned out fabulous!  There’s nothing we appreciate more about living in the city is when we’re downtown and see all the city lights and the skyline and know that we live here…truly beautiful and those shots are my favorites!”
Chicago Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Church 1429 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 525-0709
Florist: Tina & Dollie 5327 N. Kimball Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 583-1994
Cake: Alliance Bakery 1736 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622-3212 (773) 278-0366
Purse, garter, jewelry, hair flowers:  Etsy.com
DIY: menus, table numbers, placecards (paper was from PaperSource)

 

Chicago indian enagagement & wedding photographer

mamta and nishant had their engagement shoot in downtown chicago so that they could show their friends and family where their “home” was for several years. their upcoming wedding is in mumbai (formerly bombay). we met on an early brisk morning and avoided tourists, hitting many popular locations for photos in chicago. we talked a lot about indian wedding ceremonies such as mehndi and the sangeet/gaun parties,  as well as the shaadi and mandap. the reason i really enjoy indian weddings is because of the many ceremonies that happen with a backdrop of such vibrant colors. mamta and nishant will have a five day wedding and hundreds of wedding guests. during our shoot, we talked about holi; i am dying to photograph the festivals.

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