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Chicago is home to one of the most glamorous and oft-visited downtown districts in the entire country. The city’s Magnificent Mile offers countless scenic locations for your wedding photography session in Chicago. Begin your photo shoot at the luxurious Drake Hotel, the entrance of which will provide a great backdrop for a portrait of the entire bridal party. Venture inside and you’ll be greeted by the stylish lobby. Continue reading "Wedding Photography in Chicago, Illinois"
There are few urban settings across America more widely recognized and frequently visited than that of downtown Chicago.
Check out the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel in Chicago, IL for your wedding or reception!
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The Lurie Garden | This beautiful spot in the heart of Millennium Park is great for colorful photos and perfect for spring engagements.
Cloud Gate | One of Chicago's most visited sites, this amazing structure is bound to offer you some great pictures and a fish eye view of the chicago skyline!
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion | This outdoor concert venue designed by Frank Gehry is a perfect place if you want photos with an industrial and modern feel to them.
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Check out Abbington Banquets in Chicago, IL for your reception! Abbington Banquets has everything you need for you big day from their maple wood dance floor and impressive table settings to their delectable menu and impeccable service. Abbington Banquets have been creating memorable wedding receptions for over 40 years and it shows!
Stephanie and Ryan had a lovely engagement session in the great city of Chicago. They used Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline and lush greenery as the backdrop for their photos. Also, being huge Cubs fans, they took advantage of Wrigley Field and got a few fun, sports-themed photos! Check out our engagement itinerary for other popular engagement photography spots in Chicago!
Christine and Greg had a unique summer wedding in Chicago. The couple went with a contemporary aesthetic for their wedding and their photos. They used dark colors and great textures as backgrounds for their portrait shoot which went great with their white and green color scheme!
Renee and Mark had an urban engagement shoot in Chicago, IL. They used the city's great architecture and the beautiful skyline to accent their photographs which made for some amazing shots. Check out another Chicago, IL engagement session with a sports theme! Also, visit our planning section for tips on great engagement photography spots in Chicago.
Randee and David had a great engagement shoot in Chicago! They took advantage of both the cityscape and greenery to serve as the backdrop for their photos. Randee thought ahead and brought a few options for wardrobe to give the photos variety! Great idea! Check out another Chicago Engagement Session in our portfolio.
Randee and David had a traditional Jewish wedding in downtown Chicago at the elegant Palmer House Hilton. Like their engagement photos, they took advantage of the Chicago skyline to accentuate their photos! Visit our planning section for other hot spots for wedding photography is Chicago!
Andria and Chris' fall nuptials were very sweet and romantic. They took advantage of the Chicago scenery and weather and decided on an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Chicago River! Check out our planning section for more ideas of great wedding photography spots in Chicago. If you want to see more great photos from this wedding, visit the Wedding Paper Diva's Blog!
Check out Belvedere Events & Banquets in Chicago, Illinois for your wedding or reception! Belvedere can provide you with everything you could need for your special day including catering, floral arrangements, ice sculptures, sweets tables, private bridal suites, grand piano, garden terrace and spacious banquet rooms!
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Amanda and Brian who are our August winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They first met each other in college. Brian was an upper classman who convinced Amanda that he needed help with his Music Theory homework. "Little did I know that he was a master at Music Theory and was just trying to convince me into him taking me out on a date!"
The proposal: Brian proposed to Amanda at U.S. Cellular Field/White Sox stadium during batting practice before a home game. Amanda was told that they were going to be taking a picture with the team at home plate, but the White Sox team was waiting for Brian to get down on one knee and propose to her! "I was completely SURPRISED! My parents and close friends were at the game to support us with 'Just Engaged' posters. The excitement continued throughout the day when Brian surprised me with an engagement party with all of our close friends and family in the city!"
The Wedding: They celebrated with 215 guests at the Fountain Blue outside of Chicago. "Fountain Blue was perfect for our elegant yet classy wedding! Our venue had a beautiful garden and fountain for great pictures and cocktail hour along with a luxurious grand ballroom for dinner and dancing! The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious! Guests especially loved the sweets table!"
On Bella Pictures: "Bella took great care of us and our needs. We had a great experience working with our photographer! He went above and beyond to capture every precious moment of our day!!! We were looking for a photographer who would capture both traditional photos and photojournalistic photos and Bella was able to match us up with the perfect photographer! Our wedding turned out to be above and beyond what we had both every expected! We would like to thank our parents, family, and friends and especially Bella for our lasting memories!"
Funny story about the wedding day: "One of the many highlights of our wedding day was when both the father of the bride and the father of the groom decided to celebrate our marriage and the Fourth of July by lighting off fireworks inside the reception hall. Their festivities were shortened when security had to step in and extinguish the firework show. Despite the mini firework show, guests continued to dance and celebrate the night away!!!"
Aundrea and Curtis had a lovely wedding in Chicago, IL! They were married in their local church and headed over to the Morton Arboretum to celebrate with friends and family for their reception. Check out our planning section for some great wedding photography spots in Chicago!
Check out Ashton Place in Chicago, IL for your wedding or reception! The Ashton Place can assist you in many ways for your special day, from wedding reception layout ideas to superb catering. Their wedding coordinators are there to make sure your ceremony and reception are celebrated in style!
Meghan and Chris celebrated their nuptials with their friends and family over the summer in Chicago, IL. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony then moved over to the Grand Piazza for the reception! In between the ceremony and reception, Meghan, Chris, and their wedding party headed out to the streets of Chicago for their wedding portraits; even taking photos on the bridge among the Chicago River. Visit our planning section to find more hot spots for wedding photography in Chicago!
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Check out our photos from Mikaela and Joel's wedding featured on Onewed.com!
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Check out Gabrielle and Benjamin's Engagement photos on the Wedding Paper Divas' Blog!
Getting married in Chicago? Check out these prime photography spots for wedding portraits on the Wedding Paper Divas' Blog!
Check out Odyssey Cruises in Chicago, Illinois for your wedding or reception! Sail around the Navy Pier with the beautiful Chicago skyline as your backdrop as you say your i do's and dance your first dance on the Chicago River! Odyssey Cruises can also accommodate your wedding in Boston and Washington D.C.!
Kate and Russell had a playful engagement session in downtown Chicago, including Millennium Park. They got a mix of both urban and nature shots as they posed in The Lurie Garden and in front of the Chicago skyline! Visit our portfolio section to see Kate and Russell's beautiful wedding!
Check out The Arboretum Club near Chicago, IL for your wedding or reception! This spacious venue can hold up to 300 of your closest friends and family. Their dedicated planners are there to help you with everything you need from invitations to ice sculptures!
Check out the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, IL for your wedding or reception!
Samantha and Tom had a summer wedding in a town outside of Chicago, Illinois where their beloved dog was a part of the ceremony! They were married at Lewis University and had their reception at a gorgeous mansion. Check out some great locations to have your wedding or reception in the suburbs of Chicago!
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