University of Chicago Wedding: Jessica & Mike

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

I was anxiously awaiting Jessica and Mike’s University of Chicago wedding since I’d never photographed there before and knew it would be a stunning backdrop for their event. I always encourage my clients to just be themselves (as hard as that can be in front of a camera!) and they didn’t need much coaching. The two were very natural together and were full of goofy and fun ideas that made our portrait session a blast!

I started with Jessica, her bridesmaids and parents at the Hyatt Place near the university. I loved the window light at the hotel and it was an emotional morning with many hugs, tears and gifts.

Bride gets ready at the Hyatt Place before her University of Chicago wedding.

Bride gets ready at the Hyatt Place before her University of Chicago wedding.

Flower girl gazes at a wedding dress before a University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding ring detail on yellow flower petals

Bride gets ready at the Hyatt Place before her University of Chicago wedding.

Bride laughs with her wedding party while getting ready at the Hyatt Place Chicago.

Bride gets ready at the Hyatt Place before her University of Chicago wedding.

Mother of the bride reacts to a gift from her daughter before a University of Chicago wedding.

Father of the bride reacts to a gift from her daughter before a University of Chicago wedding.

Mother of the bride reacts to a gift from her daughter before a University of Chicago wedding.

Mother of the bride hugs her daughter before a University of Chicago wedding.

Bride puts on her wedding dress before her University of Chicago wedding.

Bride puts on her wedding dress before her University of Chicago wedding.

Bride puts on her wedding dress before her University of Chicago wedding.

After everyone had finished getting ready, we headed to the University of Chicago for the ceremony. It took place right outside of Ida Noyes Hall, a gorgeous neo-gothic building with lots of greenery and colorful stonework. They chose to dance down the aisle, which was very fun to photograph! While the two were exchanging their vows, the bells from the church across the street went off, forcing them to yell their “I Do’s” and erupt in laughter. It was definitely a ceremony to remember and completely fit their carefree attitudes!

Program for a wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago.

Wedding party peeks out a window as guests arrive at a University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding party peeks around a corner as guests arrive at a University of Chicago wedding.

Father and daughter wait for the ceremony to start at a University of Chicago wedding.

Father and daughter walk down the aisle together at a University of Chicago wedding.

Bride dances down the aisle at a University of Chicago wedding ceremony.

Bride dances down the aisle at a University of Chicago wedding ceremony.

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

Wedding portrait at the University of Chicago.

I loved Jessica and Mike’s unique, quirky details and they really made the reception space, which is already stunning, even more special.

University of Chicago wedding reception.

Wedding favor at a University of Chicago wedding reception.

Wedding cake at a University of Chicago wedding reception.

Wedding cake at a University of Chicago wedding reception.

Wedding cupcakes at a University of Chicago wedding reception.

University of Chicago wedding reception.

University of Chicago wedding reception.

After their entrances, the couple and guests shared a root beer toast and their first dances with their parents.

Bride and groom make an entrance at their University of Chicago wedding.

Bride and groom make an entrance at their University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding toast at a University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding toast at a University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding toast at a University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding toast at a University of Chicago wedding.

Wedding toast at a University of Chicago wedding.

Cupcake tasting at a University of Chicago wedding.

Cupcake tasting at a University of Chicago wedding.

First dance at a University of Chicago wedding.

First dance at a University of Chicago wedding.

Parent dance at a University of Chicago wedding.

Parent dance at a University of Chicago wedding.

Parent dance at a University of Chicago wedding.

Then it was dance party time! Their friends were on the dance floor all night and I spent a lot of time laughing while shooting the party.

Guests dance at a wedding reception at the University of Chicago.

Guests dance at a wedding reception at the University of Chicago.

Guests dance at a wedding reception at the University of Chicago.

Guests dance at a wedding reception at the University of Chicago.

Guests dance at a wedding reception at the University of Chicago.

Guests dance at a wedding reception at the University of Chicago.

I’ve been trying to end each wedding with a fun night shot of the couple before I head home. The courtyard at the University of Chicago made for a perfect backdrop for Jessica and Mike’s shot!

Portrait of a couple at night during their University of Chicago wedding.

Congrats you two! Special thanks to all of the other vendors that made this University of Chicago wedding so fantastic!

Event Coordinator: Crafty Broads

Flowers: Handmade by bride!

Caterer: Smoque BBQ

Dessert: Tori Yoblin

Hair Stylist: Pin Me Up Chicago

Videographer: Matt Zankoff – Fresh Giants

Host Hotel: Hyatt Place Chicago South University Medical Center

Venue: University of Chicago – Ida Noyes Hall

August 5, 2016

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  1. Charlie

    December 2nd, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I love how the colors blend with each other on each photo. It really made the pictures so alive.

  1. Charlie

    December 2nd, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I love how the colors blend with each other on each photo. It really made the pictures so alive.

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