The Rookery Wedding Photos: Nicole & John

At this point I’ve photographed weddings at most of the most popular venues in Chicago, but The Rookery wedding photos have been on my list for a while. So I was thrilled when Nicole & John asked me to document their wedding at The Rookery Building. My friend and Denver Wedding photographer, Justin Edmonds, was in town again to help me with the coverage.

I started with Nicole and the ladies and Justin was with John and the guys at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Renaissance might be the best hotel in Chicago for brides and grooms getting ready for their wedding. The suites have great window light and plenty of room for large wedding parties and it is perfectly located along the Chicago Riverwalk. The riverwalk was where Nicole and John met for their first look.

The rain held off just long enough for them to see each other and get a few quick portraits on the State Street bridge. Just as the wedding party got across the street the skies opened up so we took shelter under the bridge for a few minutes to let the rain pass.

After a quick trip down LaSalle Street we arrived at The Rookery Building with enough time to shoot a few more portraits in front of the Board of Trade building. And, of course, we got to shoot some wedding photos on the most iconic staircase in Chicago.

The ceremony included a couple of adorable ring bearers and super sweet readings of wedding advice written by students that Nicole works with. The second story balcony and staircase allowed for some great wide angle shots of the venue.

The reception kicked off with some great toasts before the first dances. Nicole and her father actually sang a duet of Unforgettable for the father-daughter dance as a surprise then invited the rest of the guests to the dance floor. Entourage kept the party rocking all night – gotta love the energy of a live band!

Thank you Nicole & John – Justin and I had a great time working with you and your families. Thanks for letting us add The Rookery wedding photos to our portfolio!

bride sits on couch while getting ready at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel for her wedding

silhouetted bride gets her makeup airbrushed on while getting ready at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel for her wedding

mother and bridesmaid react after seeing bride in her dress while getting ready for her wedding at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

bride puts in earring while getting ready for her wedding at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

groom puts on his shoes while while getting ready for his wedding at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

groom ties bowtie in reflection mirror while getting ready for his wedding at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

groom and groomsman adjust father's bowtie with Chicago in the background while getting ready for wedding at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

first look reaction on Chicago riverwalk with ivy in the background as bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day

bride reacts after seeing her groom during first look at Chicago riverwalk with ivy in the background

bride and groom walk up stairs from Chicago riverwalk to Wacker Street and State Street

bride and groom pose on top of State Street bridge for a wedding portrait

bride and groom stand under an umbrella during a rainy wedding day on State Street bridge

bride and groom wait under State Street bridge for rain to pass on their wedding day

bride and groom and wedding party walk across Wacker Drive on State Street on their wedding day

bride and groom pose for portait in front of the Chicago Board of Trade building before their wedding at The Rookery Building

bride and groom pose for portait on the stairs of The Rookery Building

bride and groom pose for The Rookery stairs wedding photos before their wedding ceremony

ring bearers carry the wedding rings in before wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

Groom reacts as bride walks down aisle during a wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

bride and father walk down the aisle during a wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

wide angle view of The Rookery wedding photos during ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago with stairs in forground and background

parents watch wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

bride smiles at her groom during wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

groom laughs with bride during their wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

bride and groom laugh during their wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

The Rookery Building wedding photos wide angle full room view of wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago with stairs in the forground and steps in the background

bride and groom exchange rings during wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

The Rookery Building wedding photos with wide angle view of bride and groom celebrating after being married at The Rookery Building in Chicago

wide angle view from the stairs looking straight down after wedding ceremony concludes The Rookery Building in Chicago

The Rookery Building wedding photos with bride and groom walking back down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at The Rookery Building in Chicago

best man toast speech with bride and groom raising glasses in the forground at The Rookery Building in Chicago

maid of honor toast speech with bride and groom laughing during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

groomsmen toasts speech during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

black and white bride and groom first dance during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

black and white bride and groom first dance during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

groom and mother dance during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

groom and father sing a duet for their first dance during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

groom and father sing a duet for their first dance during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

bride and groom dance with band singing in the forground during wedding reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

dancing reception photos at The Rookery Building in Chicago

couples dancing during reception photos at The Rookery Building in Chicago

bride and groom dancing during reception photos at The Rookery Building in Chicago

guests dancing during reception photos at The Rookery Building in Chicago

dance party during reception at The Rookery Building in Chicago

One comment on “The Rookery Wedding Photos: Nicole & John

  1. Travis and Justin rocked it! So happy to have them shooting our wedding, it was the best day and these pictures perfectly capture the vibe we wanted. Thank you guys!

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