So you’re having a winter wedding because you either love the cold (and maybe getting some snow in your wedding portraits) or simply because it’s the new high/trendy wedding season in Chicago.
One of the first questions while planning a wedding timeline is: where are the best indoor photo locations (either in downtown Chicago or surrounding areas) in case of extreme weather to take wedding portraits? The answer may vary depending on your wedding venue, date, timeline, transportation, size of the bridal party, and last but not least, your vision for the day.
From the Lyric Opera and Union Station to the iconic Chicago Cultural Center, the indoor locations in downtown Chicago are limited but epic. Chicago architecture without doubt will add so much character to any wedding and style. The key as always is TIME and ORGANIZATION (but we’d get into that on a later post).
Booking a hotel that fits your style (besides the proximity to both the ceremony and reception locations) is key for a winter wedding. Any of the common areas in the hotel property will be a perfect plan B for indoor photo opportunities.
In Audrey and Tyler’s case, their hotel was our first and only option since they loved The Kimpton Gray staircase and they really wanted to avoid being outside.
That’s when artificial lighting (or flash photography) comes really handy. Your options are endless when you don’t have to rely on the weather, or how dark is your church or venue.
Creating something romantic and organic but at the same time artistic for our couple was our number #1 priority throughout the entire day and today we’re happy to share a few more of this winter wedding.
Hotel: Kimpton Gray Hotel
Venue: The Dawson
Church: Assumption Catholic Church
Floral: Steve’s Flower Market
Hair Stylist: Mario Tricoci
Dress: Viero Bridal