Classic Chicago South Loop Wedding at the Library – Michelle + James

The Library, conveniently located in the South Loop of Chicago, is a unique venue with walls of law books from floor to celing.  

When a couple is deeply in love, it makes my job, as a wedding photojournalist, easy. They are beaming with admiration and love for each other already. All I need to do is to capture that emotion. When I first met Michelle and James, I knew the day would be picture perfect. From the time when Michelle was getting ready with her mother and sister, to the end of the night when we were taking a stroll down LaSalle Street in Chicago’s South Loop, the day was filled with tears, laughters and love. The day began with Michelle getting ready with her mom and sister at The Godfrey Hotel in River North. Afterwards, Michelle headed out to The Library, where the dinner reception would take place later in the evening, to meet with her groom. It was the first time they saw each other all dressed up in their wedding attire. After spending a few quiet moments together, we headed out to Garfield Park Conservatory with the entire wedding party for some pictures. James is a super funny guy and there was never a dull moment that day.

Photographed with Cage and Aquarium.

Getting ready and having her makeup professionally done for her wedding dayMichelle gets ready with her mom and sister by her sideMichelle's sister helped her put on her veil and makes sure everything looks perfect.Right before heading out to see James for the first time in her wedding attire, her mom gave her a few words of wisdom.Michelle and James decided to do a first look at their reception venue, The Library.  Michelle and James enjoy each other's company before all the festivities begin. The entire wedding party at the Garfield Park ConservatoryGroom walking down the aisle with his groomsmenBride walks down the aisle in her father's arm.Wedding ceremony at The Lobby under the beautiful scuptureRelatives sing songs during the wedding ceremonyAnnouncing the Mr and MrsA fun introduction of the Mr and Mrs at the begining of the dinner reception. Bride's sister giving a toastJames' brother is just as funny as James and is making everyone laughs during his toast to the newlywed.The newlyweds apparently love their four-tier wedding cakeThere are also tender moments on the wedding day.Michelle and James danced as husband and wife for the first timeGroom dances with his mom who is a bit emotionalCage and Aquarium gets everyone dancing on the dance floor.Just before the end of the night, we took a stroll downstairs in front of the Chicago Board of Trade. The temperature has cooled down and it was a nice quiet moment to end the night.


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