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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

Meet Holly & Danny! They eloped to Chicago from Florida during the holidays and it was a gorgeous day for it.

We started the day out at Trump Hotel where Kate glammed up our bride before their private ceremony. I loved that they got ready together. The image of Danny zipping her dress is one of my favorites. It was definitely cold out, so we opted to do the ceremony in their suite with a gorgeous view overlooking the river and the Wrigley Building. Their vows were amazing, both emotional and full of laughter.

Post ceremony we bundled up (literally! note Holly’s tights and boots!) and headed out on the town for some photos. All the Christmas decorations were still up and the holiday vibes were in full effect. We ended the session with some iconic night shots at Chicago Theater!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

I love the holiday season in Chicago and this wedding basically sums up why! There is something about falling snow, city lights and holiday vibes that just makes me smile from ear to ear!

So when Kelly contacted me about shooting this wedding I was thrilled. And I was secretly hoping for some snow. Mother Nature delivered!

I met them at Hotel Allegro for first look before we headed out into the cold for some photos at LaSalle Bridge. They were troopers as it was not warm to put it nicely! We got a few fresh flakes falling just as we were wrapping up, but the real luck came later that evening.

We bundled up and headed back to the hotel to join their families and few guests for the ceremony, cocktails and photos. I’m not going to lie, I cried during this one. If someone else cries, I cry. Every single time!

Before they headed off to dinner we wanted to do a few night photos. We stepped outside and within 10 seconds it started snowing. Big beautiful flakes. My happy photographer level went through the roof. So I started setting up my lighting and just then the CTA Holiday Train pulled up at the stop by the hotel. For those of you not familiar with it, every year the CTA decks out a train in Holiday lights complete with a Santa and everything. I’ve lived here for 5 + years and this was the first time I’ve seen it in person. I freaked out. And then I knew I had about 1 minute to get a photo in before it left that stop and I’m pretty sure I’ve never moved so fast in my entire life! See below for the photo! It was a holiday miracle!

A special shout out to Carrie, our other team photographer, who assisted me on this shoot. I had her running around in the snow holding lights like a crazy person!

Here are some of my favorites!

Photography: Becky Brown Photography

Officiant: Marian Hale, All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

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