As you can tell, I shot *a lot* at the Art Institute last year! This modern wing wedding was a little unique in this regard, as many of my couples that have a reception at the museum want to do many photos with the artwork, but the city was so much more important to these two. We had a great deal of time in between ceremony and reception, which provided for a lot of location flexibility and many fun spontaneous moments. It was absolutely freezing on this early fall day, and all of the girls (and guys!) were such troopers in the cold. We took photographs at the bench where Alex proposed to Katy, and after visiting several other locations, everyone went to a pub on Michigan Avenue, the Gage, to relax and unwind before the reception. I love when couples do this and find it’s a great way to spend time with your bridesmaids/groomsmen as friends. To get back to the reception, they had planned to walk across a bridge in Millennium Park up to the museum; unfortunately it was locked for the evening, so the groomsmen all proceeded to pass the girls over the barricade. Katy and Alex are high school sweethearts, and their escort cards featured hand drawn illustrations of locations that held meaning to them, with clever write ups done by Alex.
The reception went off without a hitch, and it was such a treat to capture these two throughout the day. They are truly one of the sweetest couples and kindest families I have ever worked with—I know I say that a lot but in this case it is completely true! Just so so sweet; I don’t think I have ever seen a bride smile as much as Katy did. It was a privilege to be a part of this sweet family’s life, and I am so excited to join them again for Katy’s sister’s wedding in London at the end of the month!
Many thanks to the great staff at the AIC, Kelly from Clementine Custom Events, Sarah Postma and Casey Winkleman!