Drake Hotel & Crystal Tree Country Club Wedding Photos: Jillian & Jake

I first met Jillian & Jake five years ago when I photographed Jillian’s sister Celina’s wedding. As I’ve mentioned, the worst part of being a wedding photographer (apart from the long hours of editing..) is that I usually don’t get a chance to see my favorite clients much. So I was very excited when Jillian emailed me about her wedding.

Both Jillian and Jake got ready downtown at The Drake Hotel. It’s a gorgeous, historic hotel with great window light. Definitely in my top ten getting ready locations in Chicago. I started with Jillian and the ladies and my friend Will Nunnally, started with Jake and the guys.

Once everyone was ready we headed downstairs and found a quiet little spot for a first look. Jake’s reaction was awesome, and made for some of my favorite photos of the entire day. We were able to shoot a few quick portraits in the park across the street with The Drake Hotel in the background before departing for the ceremony.

After a fun limo ride it was time for Crystal Tree Country Club wedding photos. We had just enough time for the formal family photos and a few quick portraits before guests started to arrive. The view behind the wedding party from the top of the hill was pretty great. Outdoor ceremonies can be tricky but we got a beautiful day for it.

When the ceremony was over, it was a short walk to the clubhouse for the reception. Jillian & Jake were introduced and went straight into their first dance. After dinner and toasts, the light was perfect so we stole Jillian and Jake for a few more portraits before the dance floor opened up. What a dance party!

Jillian & Jake – It’s been amazing working with you and your entire family! Thanks so much for trusting me to tell your wedding story!

bride smiles while having her makeup done at Drake Hotel in Chicago

bride has mascara applied to her eyelashes in hand mirror while having her makeup done for her wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

bride steps into her wedding dress with help from her sister while getting ready at Drake Hotel in Chicago

bride and sister smile while putting on bracelet while getting ready for her wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

bridesmaids laugh while helping bride put on her shoes while getting ready for her wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

groom and groomsman adjust cufflinks while getting ready for wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

groom adjusts bow tie while getting ready for wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

groomsmen put on boutonnieres while getting ready for wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

groomsmen toast the groom while getting ready for Drake Hotel wedding in Chicago

groom reacts after seeing his bride during a first look before their wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

groom wipes away tear after seeing his bride during a first look before their wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

bride and groom walk down sidewalk before their wedding at Drake Hotel in Chicago

wide angle wedding photo of bride and groom couple with The Drake Hotel in the background

bride and groom ride in limo on their way to their wedding at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

groom reacts as bride walks down aisle during at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride walks down aisle with mother during outdoor wedding at at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

wide angle view of outdoor ceremony golf course wedding at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride reads vows during outdoor wedding ceremony eremony golf course wedding at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride reads vows during outdoor wedding ceremony at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride and groom kiss during Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park wedding

wide angle outdoor golf course ceremony bride and groom first kiss during Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park wedding photos

bride and groom walk back down aisle after outdoor ceremony Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park wedding photos

bride and groom first dance during reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

wide angle bride and groom first dance during reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

best man toast with couple's reaction during reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

couple reacts during toast at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park reception photos

maid of honor gives toast during reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride and groom portraits at sunset during wedding at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride and groom portraits at sunset during Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park wedding photos

bride and groom portraits at sunset during Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park wedding photos

guests dancing during wedding reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

black and whtie groom dances with grandmother during wedding reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

couple dances during wedding reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

couple dancing during wedding reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

bride spins with wedding dress flare during wedding reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

guests dance during wedding reception at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park

black and white bride and groom dance in the center of a circle during last song at their Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park wedding reception

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