Chicago Millennium Park Winter Engagement Photography with Kim and Addason.

It was on nine degrees in Chicago and we survived this artic engagement session. We did get a cool picture of the frozen Chicago river. Their wedding day this year should be a lot warmer.

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  • January 14, 2018 - 12:50 pm

    Vanessa Dominguez - Hello,

    We are searching for a photographer who is experienced or is open to working with same sex couples. We are recently engaged and are looking to have a photo shoot capturing iconic landmarks in Chicago! Can you send some info about your pricing?

    Thank you,

    Vanessa & WioletaReplyCancel

  • January 17, 2018 - 5:57 pm

    Martha - You did an incredible job! great work!ReplyCancel

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Chicago River Roast Wedding Photographer

Photographer: Jiho

Ceremony & Reception: River Roast

Floral: Belles and Thistles Floral Design

Hotel: Kinzie Hotel

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I had such an amazing time documenting Catherine and Daniel’s wedding day. They had a Sunday matinee wedding in December and was rewarded with a 50-degree temperature. I met with Catherine and Daniel early morning for their first look outside Kinzie hotel. Daniel’s reaction after seeing Catherine in her beautiful timeless dress was priceless. We then hit a few spots in Chicago for some laid-back portraits of the two of them, including the Jefferson Tap & Grille where their story began. Once they arrived at the River Roast, they were greeted by their family and friends. After the ceremony and lunch, everyone took advantage of the weather outside with their cocktails and mingled. With the wide space present, I had an idea to capture Catherine and Daniel with all 200 plus guests from their wedding. I don’t think I ever did a group shot this big before, but it turned out great! Here are some of the highlights from their magical day. Thank you again for choosing me as your wedding photographer. 

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Chicago Wedding Photographer 2017 Year in Review

2017 officially came to an end on December 31st photographing a 70’s New Years Eve birthday party at Venue six10. It was the best way to close out the year. We had our busiest wedding season capturing 64 weddings as a team. I never thought it could be possible, but we did it. It took a lot of teamwork to capture many amazing photographs for our clients. We had the great opportunity to work at venues we’ve never been to, and worked with many new vendors and reuniting with familiar faces. We hope to work with all of them again in 2018 and beyond. I feel blessed and grateful every day that I have the opportunity to pursue my passion and make a living doing it.  I want to thank all of the photographers who helped make 64 weddings possible. The biggest thank you goes to all of our clients who chose Lilly Photography to capture their special day. I know there are a million photographers out there to choose from, and I’m truly honored for the opportunity. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart.

2018 will bring some pleasant changes to Lilly Photography. Starting with a new website and rebranding. Along with weddings, I will also make time for some personal projects like street photography which will be displayed on a sister website.   I can’t wait to get the projects started. Here is our annual year in review slide show. I collected some of my favorite pictures from every wedding and session we had photographed in 2017. If you know anyone looking for a Chicago Wedding Photographer in 2018 -2019, please share this link with them. Thank you to all my followers for continuing to support me on social media. It is never taken for granted.

Happy New Year!

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Field Museum Wedding Photography with Deb and Rachael

Photographer: Jiho

Hotel: The W Chicago Lake Shore

Reception: The Field Museum

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This past July Deb and Rachael exchanged their vows at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony with their immediate family, and on November 25th, they threw an amazing party for all their closest friends and family to celebrate their marriage at the Field Museum in Chicago. They had a viewing of the ceremony for everyone to see and an aerial troupe for entertainment during the cocktail hour. It was pretty amazing to see. It was also the last wedding with the T-Rex Sue at Stanley Field Hall. Sue is getting her own room and she will be replaced with a bigger dinosaur fossil.

I know choosing a wedding photographer can be an overwhelming process because there are so many out there these days. I’m very honored Deb and Rachael chose our team to document their amazing two days. Here are some of the highlights from their reception.

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Photographed by Jiho

Ceremony & Reception: Galleria Marchetti 

Hotel: The Hotel Chicago

Wedding Planner: Five Grain Events

Video: Mirar Productions

Music: Orchestra33

Floral Design: Vale of Enna

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Our coverage began with us photographing Lindsay and Tom preparation pictures in their suits at Hotel Chicago. Due to rain and mix of snow on their wedding day, we had their first look and began their portrait pictures in the hotel.

We had our first snow of the year in Chicago but it melted into puddles by the time we hit a few locations for wedding party pictures. We captured some creative portraits at a few iconic spots in Chicago before heading to the ceremony at the Galleria Marchetti.

As a documentary wedding photographer, my photography depends on what’s happening in front of me.  People having a fantastic time at the wedding makes great wedding pictures. Tom and Lindsay’s family and friends did not disappoint here, and the high energy dancing throughout the night was very fun to photograph. It really was a pleasure to be part of their wedding and I hope this shows in our photography.

Check out highlight pictures from Lindsay and Tom’s Galleria Marchetti wedding. If you’ve enjoyed these, check out some of our past documentary weddings photography under recent work.

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Bridgeport Art Center Indian Wedding Photographer with Jenna and Ketan.

Photographed by Jiho

Hotel: The Palmer House

Ceremony & Reception: The Bridgeport Art Ceter

Wedding Planner: Marquette Avenue Events

Video: Something New Media

Caterer: Catered By Design

Hair/Makeup: We Only Do Pretty & Rebellious Beauty Salon

Floral Design: Yanni Design Studio

 

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We want to share Jenna and Ketan’s amazing Indian wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center. Our approach to photographing weddings is unobtrusive documentation. For most of the day, we followed Jenna and Ketan and tried our best to stay out of the way, capturing their day as it happens. We kept constantly moving around so we can document as much as we possibly can, making sure the photographs reflect the essence of their epic day. Indian weddings are so much fun to be a part of. There are so many different parts of the ceremony with unique cultural meaning behind them. Next time you are invited to one, read up on them to better understand what everything means. The day was cold and very long, but everything went smoothly with the teamwork of amazing vendors. My favorite part of the day was when the groom entered the ceremony on his horse. That was pretty damn cool with all the guest marching down along with him. Enough of me talking about it, please check out the highlight.  By the way, that dress.

 

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The Lakewood in Chicago Documentary Wedding Photography with Alex and Zach

Photographed by Jiho

Ceremony and Reception: The Lakewood

Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Clementine Custom Events

Floral: Juliet Tan Floral Design

Videography: Turning Point Productions

Hair/Makeup: Magnificent Brides Chicago

Music: Entourage

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They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. Well, Alex and Zach should play the lottery because, on October 14th, 2017 we had an October rainfall record. I would expect many brides would be very upset about rain on their wedding day, but the weather didn’t phase Alex one bit. Why stress over something you can’t control? right? We all worked with mother nature and picked a couple of indoor locations for some portraits. like I always say, everything works out in the end. We really enjoyed their dinner reception, especially the speeches from Alex’s father and her sister. They had the whole room cracking up. Our night ended after capturing the horah. I was a little concerned about the very low ceiling, but like I said, everything works out in the end. Here are some highlights from Alex and Zach’s wedding day.

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Baderbrau Documentary Wedding Photography with Krystin and TJ.

Photographed by Jiho

Hotel: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 

Venue: Baderbrau

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It is truly an honor when I get asked to photograph a sibling’s wedding of a past bride. It is so much fun and relaxing for me because there are many familiar faces and everyone is that much easier to work with. Last year I traveled to Nashville to photograph Krystin’s older sister Nikki’s wedding. It was an amazing day and I had a total blast with everyone from the wedding. Krystin and TJ’s wedding was no exception. Krystin and TJ ceremony and reception were held at the Baderdrau brewery in Chicago. I loved the urban feel with alleyways and many graffiti art that surrounded the building. It was a total fit for them and the wedding party. The whole day was just filled with fun and I sincerely enjoyed seeing her family again. They’re pretty hilarious and we will get to do it all over again in February as I get to photograph their brother’s wedding. Here are some of the highlights of their day.

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