Chicago Wedding Photographer | Allerton Hotel

Post by Cathy • We absolutely love weddings in which the ceremony and reception are held at the same venue. Everything always seems to go so much smoother, and guests don’t have to worry about transportation. You have no idea how many times our couples have received phone calls during portraits from guests wanting directions to the reception! Note to future brides and grooms: Leave your cell phone with your parents or a friend so that they can field those calls instead of you. 🙂

Luckily, Danielle and Michael had one of those weddings where everyone could just relax. The hotel, ceremony, and reception were all in the same place: the historic Allerton Hotel on Michigan Avenue. And everything went perfectly: the weather was amazing and everything ran on time. The only hitch in the day, if you could even call it that, was Michael’s tie in the morning. Let me tell you–if you’ve never tried to tie a bow tie, it’s harder than it looks. Luckily, Michigan Avenue is packed with high end clothing stores, and Michael was able to find an expert to give him a hand.

The Allerton is definitely one of our favorite venues, and if you’ve ever been there, you probably know about the fire escape at the very top of the hotel overlooking the city. Danielle and Michael, fortunately, aren’t afraid of heights, because we took a stroll (more of a high-wire act, really) out to the fire escape to grab a few shots at the end of the night. And even though David had to cling to the wall the entire time, it was pretty awesome. 🙂

Much Love,
Cathy and David

rehearsal • Osteria Via Stato
ceremony
• Allerton Hotel
reception • Allerton Hotel
bride prep • Allerton Hotel
groom prep • Allerton Hotel
officiant • Ryan Mhair • Vendor
makeup • Pin Me Up
florist • Northern Greenhouses
caterer • Allerton
cake • Bombon
music • Essence Entertainment
bridal • Bridal Connection

Where did you go on your honeymoon? • We went to Maui, Hawaii. Specifically Wailea for 4 nights and Kaanapali for 4 nights.

What was your favorite adventure? •  We went to a new restaurant (sometimes 2!!) each day. We had lots of local seafood and amazing meals that put us in some very cool locations – like right on the water at sunset! 🙂

honeymoon This photo on the left is the professional photo they took when we went to a luau on our last night in Hawaii.  We sat across from another couple that was just starting their honeymoon so I was cool to chat about our recent nuptials and what  we had already done in Hawaii 🙂

The photo on the right is from breakfast at the Plantation golf course.  The views were absolutely amazing – it felt like you were on top of a mountain.

What was the best thing you ate? • We had dinner at Duo at the Four Seasons in Wailea and I had the most amazing steak I’ve ever had in my life!! It was like butter 🙂

What was your favorite part of the wedding day? • My favorite part of my wedding day was riding the party bus to and from the hotel to take our pictures. We had music playing, all my friends and parents were together, and I was in a big white dress! 🙂 It was an amazing, non-stress moment that I loved!

Do you have any advice for couples getting married? • My advice would be to delegate as much as possible, especially on the day of. It can be (really, it is no matter what) stressful from start to finish, so if you have people around that are willing to help, definitely let them!! I am a bit of a control freak so letting go is always a bit of a challenge, but I really depending on the catering manager and the vendors I hired to do their jobs so I didn’t end up micromanaging and wearing myself down before the ceremony even started! It ended up more beautiful than I could’ve imagined and friends and family still talk about how gorgeous it was and how much fun they had more than two months later 🙂

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