At each wedding, I am always trying to observe while shooting. One would think that those would be the same thing, but it can be so easy to just get wrapped up in the moment that you can forget to really observe and witness what is actually happening. My goal is always to try and find the unique characteristic or emotion that represents the couple. For Erik and Katie, it was this truly lovely tenderness and admiration that really stood out to me. It was really so beautiful, and I just loved watching them together. There are many portraits below that I just love, but the one on the beigey-purpley wall is what feels so much like them to me: so soft, connected, and so full of respect and love for each other.

Katie and Erik are also a couple that have a great love for architecture, art and culture, and so it made perfect sense that they chose the glorious Modern Wing to host their wedding celebration. This was my second time shooting a Modern Wing wedding, and it was a treat. The Art Institute is so ripe with inspiration, and there is something quite incredible about being able to create wedding portraits with paintings by Degas and Monet in the background. And Erik & Katie’s wedding was such a beautiful event; it was truly a pleasure to be a part of it.

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Wedding venue: Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago | Florals: Botanicals | Officiant: Terry Brady (a favourite of mine) | Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Chanel | Makeup + Hair: Jo and Claudia from Sonia Roselli