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Chicago Wedding Photography | Zhou B Gallery | Katie & Eli

Katie and Eli wed in September in Chicago!!  Let me say that again.  CHICAGOOOO!  Chi city.  What what!  As you can see I am super excited.  I look for any excuse to go home and stay with friends (who are really family).  Quick back story:  I went to college at Columbia College Chicago, met my husband there, formed some lifelong friendships, fell in love with wedding photography with Gerber + Scarpelli, and it feels like home.  My heart stayed in Chi long after I moved to So Cal.  If you’ve never been, you need to go.  Chi has a personality all on her own and I miss her like she was a person.  Do I sound like a loon?  Maybe, but I don’t care.  I look for any excuse to go home.  And weddings are the perfect excuse!  I wish I could book one a year in the windy city (hint hint).  Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system!

Katie and Eli’s wedding was also nothing less than perfection.  We started downtown where the couple got ready and chose to have a first look at the James R. Thompson Center in the heart of the city.  Despite shooting weddings there for three years, I never got to document this amazing statue!  It was the perfect backdrop for their first look!  We then headed over to Ping Tom Park for wedding party photos.  And while it was breezy in the windy city, it was also warm and sunny, the perfect fall day.  It was a really unique view of the skyline, again one that I had not experienced before.  And the wedding party could not have been more fun.  The day then proceeded with the Ketubah signing at Zhou B Gallery (Life’s Garden) on the south side.  I have to say this is always my favorite part of a Jewish wedding.  Here the couple truly are married.  And the gallery was the perfect space for the ceremony, natural light, art in its purest form, and a happy couple.  The regular ceremony and reception were then held just around the corner at the main gallery space.  I love galleries, exposed brick, good lighting, industrial feeling.  I wish I could bottle that up and shoot it every weekend (and combine it with dewy soft light of So Cal).

Needless to say, this was a venue after my own heart and a wedding that was a perfect fit for me.  I was in heaven.  The couple even had passed appetizers and stations instead of your typical sit down dinner (another one of my absolute favorites).  This allows for your guests to be active, to mingle, to get photos taken even if they aren’t big on dancing (typically the time guests are most photographed).  I highly recommend it for ANY reception.  Break the rules.  Who says there are any rules anyway?  End plug.

Katie and Eli, you two were gems.  Katie is from Minnesota (same as me), wore a Nicole Miller gown (same as me), and got married in Chicago (same as me).  Again, a girl after my own heart.  And Eli is just amazing.  In charge, taking care of the details for Katie, but still was able to relax and have so much fun on the wedding day.  You two are amazing!  Loved every moment of your day!  Thank you for everything!  Enjoy!!

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