Merchandise Mart Wedding | Erica & Jeremy

Erica and Jeremy’s wedding incorporated all of the elements in a downtown Chicago wedding that we love. Elaborate old world church architecture- check. Awesome in city Chicago locations – check. Hip modern reception venue- check. Stylish fun loving couple- check. Actually having a stylish and fun loving couple like Erica and Jeremy is not necessarily a given, but it was definitely a plus.  I had pretty much known from the very beginning that working with these two was going to be a lot of fun.  When they were totally game for my alleyway tour of Chicago’s West Loop during their engagement session I knew that they were going to be game for all sorts of fun stuff on their wedding day.  And of course I was totally right!  We had a perfectly gorgeous stress free day.  Lots of love, laughs, and happy memories!

– Josh

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It’s always my goal to get a unique ring shot at every wedding if I can, and Erica had her grandmother’s prayer book with her that made for the perfect background.

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It was obvious how much time Erica spent on these blue and green DIY paisley wedding invitations.

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We loved the simplicity and elegance of Erica’s Martina Liana dress.

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Erica wasn’t the only one looking great that day, Jeremy was looking pretty suave himself.  As a great tip to all grooms, buy your tuxedo!  They really aren’t as expensive as you might think especially if you can find a good sale, and they always will look and fit better than a rental!

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We set up our first look on the Wells Street Bridge, just right outside the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart.

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The people on the architectural river tour approved of our stylish couple.

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The Kinzie St. Railroad Bridge is always one of my favorite spots for portraits of the Groomsmen.

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The exterior architecture of St. Josaphat’s is just as beautiful as the interior.

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The second stop on our bridal party portrait crawl was the Wrigley Building on Michigan Ave.

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Nothing like a man in a tux with a nice pair of frames.

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So happy we got a chance to photograph our couple all over downtown Chicago!  But it was a long day and we were ready for the party to start!

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Local magician Dennis Watkins kept the crowd entertained during the cocktail hour with some amazing tricks, like lighting cash on fire and making it appear in a completely untouched orange. Gotta say it was a “mindfreak” moment.

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The rest of the night was marked with great food, awesome speeches, a best man rescued from an elevator, and a supremely entertaining dance party!  Congratulations guys, we loved being a part of the action!

Ceremony | St. Josaphat’s
Reception | Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
DJ | Style Matters
Floral | Ashland Addison
Coordination | Simply Perfect
Dress | L’Amour
Veil | Occansey Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid
Men’s Attire | Formally Modern
Makeup | Sonia Roselli
Hair | Bridal Beauty Salon
Magician | Dennis Watkins
Cake Topper | Peanut Butter Bandit

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  • Candi - May 9, 2011 - 6:55 am

    Great shots! I would love to know where the bride and bridesmaids got their shoes!

  • Chris - May 10, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Beautiful captures. Kinzie St. Railroad Bridge looks like an amazing spot to take photos

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