Archives for April 2013

Where to take Wedding Day Photos in Chicago

Here in Chicago, we are lucky to have a plethora of amazing locations that are perfect for your wedding day photoshoots. From skyscrapers to green space, Chicago has it all.

TIP: As you are working on your wedding day itinerary, don’t try to pack in too many locations! Pick your top TWO favorite spots at most, and then consider their proximity to each other, as well as proximity to your ceremony/reception venue. And then allocate twice as much travelling time from point to point as you normally would… things always run late on a wedding day. It takes much longer to gather and travel with a large bridal party, plus your photographer(s) and maybe your videographer(s). Not to mention when you’ve booked a limo/trolley/bus, they just are bigger and slower!

Here are some of our favorite Chicago photo spots:

The Financial District & Board of Trade Building (LaSalle & Adams):

Chicago Cultural Center. Chinese Indian Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Adam Novak Photography Adam Novak Photography


The South McCormick Courtyard:
This little gem is located directly south of The Art Institute of Chicago off Michigan Avenue!

Rookery Wedding. Kenny Kim Photography. Sweetchic Events. The South McCormick Courtyard. Kenny Kim Photography 

Millennium Park:
This well-known Chicago attraction has several photo-op locations!
Cloud Gate aka “The Bean”

The Rookery. J Wiley Photography. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park Cloudgate. The Bean. J Wiley Photography

Chase Promenades at Millennium Park

Newberry Library Wedding. iLuvPhoto. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park. Chase Promenade i Luv Photo

The Lurie Garden at Millennium Park

Chicago History Museum. Tim Tab Photography. Sweetchic Events. Millenium Park Lurie Garden. Tib Tab Photography

Chicago Theater Sign:

Chicago Wedding. Wes Craft Photo. Chicago Theater Sign. Wes Craft Photography

The State Street Bridge

Trump Tower Wedding. Robin Sloan, Riverbend Studio. Sweetchic Events. State Street Bridge Riverbend Studio

The Kinzie Street Bridge:

Ivy Room Wedding. Averyhouse. Sweetchic Events. Kinzie St. Bridge Averyhouse

Your Favorite Chicago EL stop!

Chicago El stop wedding photo JessFoto. Sweetchic Events JessFoto

The Wrigley Building:

Sweetchic. Brian Kinyon. Chicago Rookery Wedding. Wrigley Building Brian Kinyon Photography

No matter what side of the street you stand on..the view is gorgeous!
Anne.Rick The Rookery. J Wiley Photography. Sweetchic Events. Wrigley Building J Wiley Photography

Milton Olive Park (near Navy Pier):

Here you get both greenery…

River East Art Center. Fragola Productions. Sweetchic Events. Olive Park Fragola Productions

…and skyline!

Fragola Productions. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party Chicago Skyline. Milton Olive Park Fragola Productions


 South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo:

Chicago Wedding. George Street Photography Sweetchic Events. South Pond Lincoln Park Todd James Photography

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool:

Tucked away in Lincoln Park off Fullerton Parkway (between Cannon Dr. & Stockton),
I think this spot is one of the most magical locations for photos!

Chicago Wedding. Ann & Kam Photography. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond. Ann & Kam Photography

Where in Chicago will you head to take photos on your wedding day?

Wedding Card Box Ideas

Although as the name may imply, a card “box” does not have to be an actual box! The name, by no means, requires you to stick with a specific shape. As long as it holds the envelopes that your guests so graciously brought – it works!

Here are our favorite twists on a traditional card box:

The Birdcage
Birdcages are already pretty in themselves… but adding a floral component really enhances it’s beauty!

jwiley card box (2)

J Wiley Photography, floral by Vale of Enna


The Lantern
Simple and chic…with a sweet note! Just sure that it has an opening large enough for the cards to go in, similar to this Sweetchic lantern!

Fragola Productions CW (320 of 887)-L

Photo by Fragola Productions 

The Mailbox
It is their soul purpose to hold letters!


from Bridal Musings 

The Antique Trunk
For that vintage feel, old trunks and suitcases make the perfect card box!

vintage trunk card box style me pretty

from Style Me Pretty

Vintage Suitcase Cardbox - Love Toast Blog

From Love Toast


The Lobster Trap
If you have a nautical wedding…this is perfect!

lobster trap card box the knot

From The Knot

Bonus: This one even doubles as an escort card holder!!!

from Daisie’s & Pearls

The Simple Vase
Any large decorative vase works perfectly as a card holder.  Can get enough flowers? Add some to the rim of the vase!


Millicent Wong Photography

The Apothecary Jar
They’ve made their wedding debut through candy bars and dessert tables, but why not a card box too?

from World Market

The Wine Box
Okay, so this may actually be a box….but it’s perfect for the wine-loving couple!


from Really Risa

The Bird’s Nest
For the “love birds”…

from Etsy

Did you use a non-traditional card box at your wedding? What is the most unique card box you’ve seen?

~ Courtney

Highlight Reel: Maya & Sid – Chicago Botanic Gardens

A few months ago, we featured photos from Maya & Sid’s beautiful spring wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2. I was recently sent the link to their highlight video from Poetic Productions and wanted to share! Indian weddings are so vibrant and filled with beautiful and meaningful traditions… I loved being a part of this wedding and bringing all of the traditions together!

So often, couples don’t realize the importance of videography for their wedding day. It is such a wonderful reminder of your love for each other, the beautiful wedding you’ve planned, and especially the joy of being surrounded by your closest friends and family.

Even if it’s not something you watch regularly, it will be something that you’ll treasure in the future and share with your loved ones! I admit that I watch my wedding video only once every 2 years or so (usually on our anniversary), but I am so thankful that I have it. I can’t wait to watch it with my future children so they can see the day their parents got married!