Cheney Mansion Wedding Photos: Lily & Steve

Lily and Steve were married at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest with a Cheney Mansion wedding reception in Oak Park.

Chicago has thrown more rainy wedding days at us this year than I think I’ve had in the past five years. Lily and Steve’s Cheney Mansion wedding was no exception. Other than a 10 minute break during cocktail hour (which we maximized), I think it literally rained all day. Luckily. Cheney Mansion and it’s gorgeous staircase also provided some great indoor portrait opportunities.

Justin started with Steve at Carleton Hotel in downtown Oak Park while I was with Lily at her parent’s home just down the street in River Forest.

Lily and Steve opted for a first look, which we did at Lily’s home. It was actually quite cozy.

From there, we headed over to St. Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest. Justin and I scouted the church the day before during the rehearsal and had a plan to set up a few lights for a dramatic photo while Lily walked down the aisle with her father. We try to push ourselves to make new, interesting pictures whenever we have the opportunity. The ceremony was in a beautiful space and the balcony provided a great vantage. After the ceremony (and family photos) we headed over to Cheney Mansion for the wedding reception.

When we got to the mansion, we stole Lily and Steve for a few portraits around the property. We started indoors on the staircase, and when we saw the rain breaking we headed outside for the last few moments of daylight. After cocktail hour, we heard toasts from the wedding party before we headed to the dance floor. Lily danced with her father first, then Steve and Lily danced with each other before Steve danced with his mother. Then the dance floor opened to everyone.

Justin and I had a great time shooting our first Cheney Mansion wedding. It was a joy to work with Lily and Steve and their families. Thanks again for letting us document your day!

mother of bride helps with dress while getting ready at home

bride puts on earring while getting ready for her wedding

black and white groom and best man getting ready in hotel room with window light

groom and best man do hair in bathroom while getting ready for wedding

groom reacts during first look with bride in her home

bride laughs during first look with groom in her home before the wedding

dramatic light off camera flash photo of bride walking down the aisle with her father at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

groom shakes hands with father of the bride during wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride and groom laugh during wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

wide angle photo showing entire church during wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride and groom exchange rings during wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride and groom exchange rings during wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride and groom smile while looking at their guests during wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride and groom kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride walks under umbrella to avoid rain while leaving ceremony at St Luke Roman Catholic Church in River Forest

bride and groom pose for a wedding portrait on the staircase at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bride and groom pose for a wedding portrait on the staircase at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

backlit black and white wedding portrait at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

wide angle portrait lit off-camera flash at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bride and groom go for walk on grounds at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

groom kisses bride on cheek during wedding portraits at Cheney Mansion at Oak Park

bridesmaid and groomsman give toasts during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

groom reacts during toasts at reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bridesmaid smiles while giving toast during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bride and groom give toast during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bride dances with father of the bride during first dances at Cheney Mansion wedding reception

bride and groom first dance together during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bride and groom first dance during Cheney Mansion wedding photos

groom dances with mother during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

wedding guests dance during Cheney Mansion wedding photos

wedding guests dance at Cheney Mansion wedding reception photos

hard light wedding guest dancing photos during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

hard light bride dancing photo during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

hard light wedding guest dancing photos during wedding reception at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park

bride and groom dance together at Cheney Mansion wedding reception

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