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?

Engaged! Elizabeth & David

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth and David on their upcoming wedding at the Ivy Room! We’ve been assembling an all-star cast of vendors, including Limelight Catering, The Flower Firm, and Avery House, the fabulous photographers who sent me these beautiful engagement photos to share:

Meet Maddy, Elizabeth & David’s adorable boxer who absolutely had to be included in the shoot!

Elizabeth is so, so pretty!

All photos courtesy of Avery House

Tip: The At-Home Engagement Photo Shoot

I hope everyone enjoyed your holiday weekend… are y’all recovered from all the EATING?! We just came back from a week-long trip to Italy, so I will have some pics to share later this week, stay tuned!

Anywhoo, back to work! When I saw this blog post by my friend and photographer, Steve Koo, I was instantly struck by the simple brilliance of the At-home engagement shoot!! Considering that we are located in Chicago, a lovely city that is marred by cold weather for at least five months of the year, it can be difficult to schedule an outdoor engagement shoot. Especially if you are in a hurry to get the photos taken (for your save-the-dates, perhaps?) and just can’t wait until Spring.

Enter, the At-home engagement shoot!

Chicago Engagement Session













Some ideas and tips:

1) This is the perfect opportunity to stylize your shoot! You know those e-sessions that are all over the popular wedding blogs… the ones that have the gorgeous chaise lounge in the middle of the train tracks?! Or hey, where did that picnic in the the forrest come from… wait, why are there vintage suitcases in the middle of the field? Yeah, those! Well, this is a perfect setting to bring in some props, ones that seem like they actually belong there! (Confession: I do love the stylized e-shoots)

2) Inject your personalities, hobbies and things you love! Do you love to cook together? (See pictures above!). Wine enthusiasts? Feature your favorite wines in some gorgeous wine glasses. Enjoy puzzles? Work on your fave masterpiece. Or do you LOVE Christmas and put up a big, gorgeous tree every year? What about a tree-trimming e-shoot (OMG, I think those pictures would be amazing!! Can someone please do this and share the pics with me?!)

3) Consider a daytime shoot for some good natural lighting (although as evidenced here, night-time shoots garner some kick-ass dramatic shots!)

Chicago Engagement Session

4) Have pets? Definitely include your furry friends and snuggle with them in a few pictures!! I would LOVE to have a shoot with my sweetie greyhound, Gia. :)

To see more images from the e-shoots above, vist Steve’s blog, here and here!

Have you been inspired yet?? No need to wait until Spring to schedule your e-shoot, email your photographer now, and set up your At-home session… and have FUN with it!