River North Traditional Jewish Wedding at The Ivy Room – Nicole + Eric

Wedding guests lift bride and groom up into the air on their chairs during a Jewish wedding at Chicago's Ivy Room

Nicole and Eric’s beautifully classic wedding started at the Hotel Palomar in Chicago’s River North district, where the two got ready separately. They saw each other for the first time of the day at the hotel’s outdoor patio overlooking the city.  We sneak in some portrait time for the bride and groom at the hotel lobby before the we walked a few blocks down the street to their wedding venue, The Ivy Room.  This pretty historic venue is tucked away in the heart of Chicago downtown.  Surrounded by beautiful ivy walls, we took some more portrait of the soon-to-be husband and wife and their bridal party before the ceremony starts.  The entire wedding was filled with the rich cultural traditions of Judaism, from a ketubah signing to the breaking of a glass. The dinner reception began with a dance party and introductions of the bridal party, after which a circle was formed around the bride and groom during the couples’ first dance. One of the most touching moments of the reception was when Eric, who is a singer and songwriter, performed an original song to Nicole! The night ended with a spectacular hora dance, with both Nicole and Eric being lifted into the air by their happy guests.

Photographed with Cage and Aquarium.

Bride getting ready for a downtown Chicago wedding

Groom getting ready for a Chicago wedding

Ring bearer getting flower for lapel at a Chicago wedding

Bride showing off her classically beautiful wedding dress to bridesmaids in Chicago

Bride and Groom's first look on the patio of the Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago

Bride and Groom's first look at a River North wedding

Details shot of a bride and groom holding hand and the gorgeous lace back of the bride's classic wedding dress

Bride and Groom pose by a window of the Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago

Bride and Groom's wedding portrait session outside using natural light at the Hotel Palomar

Groom sings to and goofs around with bridesmaids during a Chicago wedding

Groomsmen joke around during bridal party portraits at a Chicago wedding in River North

Gorgeous succulent place card holders at a wedding in the Ivy Room at Hotel Palomar

Signing the wedding contract before the ceremony at the Hotel Palomar

Bride enters the ceremony solo at an Ivy Room wedding

First kiss during a Jewish wedding ceremony at the River North Ivy Room in Chicago

Bride and Groom jubilantly exit the ceremony at a wedding in the Ivy Room

Bride and Groom kiss after leaving their wedding ceremony in Chicago 

Guests dance and mingle at a Jewish wedding in Chicago

Bride and Groom's first dance surrounded by friends and family in the Ivy Room

Jewish wedding tradition with bread during the reception at the Ivy Room

Bride hugs her mother during her wedding reception in Chicago

Bride and groom

Bride and groom laugh during their toasts at their Hotel Palomar wedding

Bride and groom kiss at their wedding reception in the Ivy Room

Groom sings and plays the piano to his new bride during this Chicago Jewish wedding

Groom dances with wedding guests at a River North wedding at the Hotel Palomar

Bride and groom twirl napkins at each other while being lifted into the air during a Jewish wedding reception in Chicago

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