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Meet Abby & Patrick! They married on a very chilly day in the west loop neighborhood of Chicago. I met them at Mary Bartleme park for some photo before we headed over to Haymarket Brewery for their ceremony and lunch reception.

I’ve been to Haymarket a couple times, but never realized they had this awesome back room! It was the perfect fit for an intimate wedding. After their “I do’s” they mingled with guests and of course enjoyed some beers! Patrick’s dad surprised everyone by bringing in the Shannon Rovers for a few songs!

Here are some of my favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Venue: Haymarket Brewery

Meet Kristie & Tim! They had an amazing St. Patrick’s Day elopement in Chicago completed with lots of festive green details!

Our associate photographer Carrie met them at the Swissotel for getting ready and first look before heading over to Olive Park for their ceremony. They were joined by a few close family members as they said “I do.” And yes that is snow you see in some of those photos! They toughed out the cold weather and fog for photos at the park and a few downtown before rejoining their family to celebrate (hopefully with some irish whiskey or green beers!).

Here are some of our favorites!

Photography: Carrie Holbo Photography for Elope to Chicago

Hair & Makeup : Kate Johnson Artistry

Meet Crystal & Gama! I had the pleasure of shooting their intimate winter wedding  at the gorgeous Langham hotel downtown.

I met them for some getting ready photos at the hotel and fell in love with the shoes Crystal was wearing. They were her grandma’s shoes from her wedding and you can see the size and style hand written on the inside. How amazing is that?! They got ready surrounded by their children, which made for an amazing morning.

Because it was still rather chilly in March we opted for an indoor ceremony in their suite. They were joined by a few friends and family for their I do’s. Post ceremony we headed out into the cold for some photos around the city at the Wrigley Building and Chicago Theater.

Here are some of my favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Flowers: Christine Janda Design & Events

Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

Meet Natalie & Raj! They married at the historic Water Tower on Michigan Ave on a very chilly Friday afternoon in February surrounded by family.

I met them at their hotel for a quick first look before heading out into the cold for photos. I have to give them major credit for toughness. Especially Natalie, who was expecting and rocking heels that I would for sure break my leg in, and it was about 20 degrees! We headed to LaSalle Bridge before meeting up with everyone at Water Tower for their ceremony.

We huddled together for warmth as they said their “I do’s” with the lights and sound of Michigan Avenue behind them. I love that they presented each of their parents with roses as part of the ceremony. And their adorable kids were flower girl and ring bearer. After a quick post ceremony toast I left them to head to dinner to warm up!

Congrats to the newlyweds! Here are some of my favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Meet Jill & Eric! Our last Elope to Chicago couple of 2016. I met them at their place in Lincoln Square where they were getting ready. I love it when I get to photograph clients in their own homes…. especially when they have 2 cats and a dog that let me cuddle with them:)

After first look outside we bundled up and headed around the neighborhood. From there we started making our way south with a quick stop at Lincoln Park before meeting up with their parents at City Hall. There were lots of hugs, tears and smiles all around as they said “I do”.

We made a final stop at the LaSalle Bridge before they headed out to dinner to continue the celebration! Congrats to the newlyweds!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography