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Meet Elaine & Brendan! They came all the way from Ireland to get married in Chicago and we were very happy to be a part of their elopement!

We got lucky that some of the fall leaves held out just long enough for their elopement (literally days later the trees were bare!). We met in the park near the Drake for their ceremony. The sun was perfectly peaking over the buildings as they said I do! After some photos we walked over to the lake. Thanks to it being November and a bit chilly we had the place to ourselves! It’s a good thing that Elaine had her gorgeous fur jacket and new hubby to keep her warm and snuggly!

A final stop at LaSalle Bridge left us very cold and searching for warmth. So naturally we ended our shoot with tea and coffee to warm up!

Congrats to the newlyweds and thank you for letting our Elope to Chicago team be a part of your day!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant : Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

Flowers: Christine Janda Design & Events

My absolute favorite thing about elopements is that they can be whatever you want them to be! They are already considered “non-traditional” so why not do whatever you want? Morgan and Patrick are a prime example of that.

I met them at Cloudgate (aka the Bean) for some photos before their ceremony. I instantly fell in love with them and their matching Mr. and Mrs. Blackhawks jerseys. Morgan even had a matching veil! For their “reception” they took they guests to dinner and off to watch the Hawks game. How awesome is that?!

After some photos downtown we headed out to Museum Campus to meet their friends and family for the ceremony. Although it was only November it was a very very cold windy day and being by the lake made it feel even colder. Everyone snuggled up together as they said I do and laughed and cried during their personal vows.

Thank you to the newlyweds for allowing us to be a part of your day. And thank you to all the guests for toughing out the Chicago weather with us!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Meet Michelle and Patrick! When Michelle contacted me she mentioned that both herself and her groom to be were Vetrans. So when they decided to elope in November, Vetran’s Day seemed like the right choice for them. We met them and a few family and close friends out at Olive Park. It turned out to be a very cold and windy morning so we huddled up to say warm!

We toughed out the wind for the ceremony and then decided it was best to move away from the lake so we headed downtown. A quiet stop by the Vetran’s Memorial along the riverwalk was first up. From there we strolled along the river and up to the LaSalle Bridge for a few images before heading to Chicago Cut for lunch. I left them there to drink and celebrate…. and warm back up!

Congrats to the newlyweds!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Meet Chelsey and Luke! They married on a chilly fall day at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in October. Their wedding not only signified the two of them joining their lives, but also joining their families. I love that their children were a major part of the ceremony!

Post I do’s our associate photographer Rebecca took some family photos of them and the kiddos around the Lincoln Park area. The fall colors were in full effect, even if was a little bit colder than anticipated! All the more reason to snuggle up!

Here are some of my favorites!

Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography

Officiant: Rev. Marian, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Flowers: Christine Janda Design & Events

Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

Meet Lauren & Oliver! I had a blast hanging out with these two and their families. They actually live in London, but married in Chicago among their closest friends and family.

We had a gorgeous fall day for some photos around the West Loop neighborhood so we took full advantage of the colors and the funky murals in the area! And then it was off to Little Goat Diner for their ceremony and reception. I absolutely love this space every time I’m there. Not only is the food out of this world, but the private event space above the main dining room has a great patio with downtown views. It’s perfect for a ceremony and hanging out on a nice evening.

They said their I do’s as the sun was setting which made for some incredible bursts of sun peaking through the iconic goat sign! It also happened to be a day after a Cubs win so the “W” flag was flying high! It was a perfect fit at they became Mr. and Mrs. Wale!

Here are some of my favorites from their day!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Eva LaRoche, A Perfect Fit Rev

Flowers: Christine Janda Design & Events

Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Little Goat Diner