Lauren and Dan were married at the historic Rookery Building in Chicago. It’s been a bit since I shot at the Rookery building and I almost forgot what a treat it is.
I spent the morning with Lauren and her bridesmaids getting ready around the corner at the JW Marriott Hotel. It was nice chill morning and I loved Lauren’s mom’s excitement as she buttoned Lauren into the dress. But the faces of Lauren’s bridesmaids seeing her in it for the first time was the real showstopper! Allison spent the morning a few floors away with Dan and the guys.
After a quick first look moment with Lauren’s dad we headed downstairs for a first look with Dan on LaSalle Street. I don’t normally post so many first look pictures in a blog post, but I loved this whole sequence. The wedding party met us and we had time for some more portraits in front of the Board of Trade building and around the financial district. Finally, we headed around the block for a quick stop at the Quincy El Station. Thanks to the CTA employee for letting us on the platform!
From there, we headed back to the Rookery Building for family photos and a Ketubah signing. But not before we spent a little time making some portraits on the iconic wrought iron Oriel staircase. The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Adam Chalom (fun fact: Adam Chalom officiated the first Chicago wedding I ever shot back in 2007!)
After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the reception kicked off with a grand entrance down the stairs by Lauren and Dan. We heard some really sweet toasts by the couple’s parents and moved into first dances after dinner. And no Jewish wedding would be complete without the Hora!
Thank you so much Lauren and Dan for letting us document your day. It was a blast to work with you every step of the way and to celebrate your wedding!