Erin and Ron’s Wedding at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The Palmer House has always been one of our favorite Chicago venues to photograph. Just walking through the entrance and up the marble staircase transports you to 1930’s Chicago. Erin and Ron were looking for a classy and romantic venue for their wedding and they found it. From the enormous gold chandeliers and sconces to the French ceiling fresco, the details could not have set a more romantic stage for a wedding.
We love finding new places to take portraits in the stunning lobby of the Palmer House Hilton.
I really enjoy taking makeup photos, and when time allows it’s fun to add some off camera flash.
Christy Swain did an amazing job on Erin’s makeup.
Ron made quite the handsome groom.
Sometimes we enjoy the little details during makeup.
Tip for photographers: Sometimes we find that adding something to the foreground for getting ready photos gives a sense of privacy, as if we’re peeking around the corner at them.
Always make sure the people in your bridal party can make you laugh.
The Empire Room at the Palmer House is an absolutely beautiful venue for your ceremony and is a decoration itself. The candles added to the romance.
Ron couldn’t get the grin off his face as Erin walked down the aisle.
We usually don’t use flash during a ceremony as we find it too distracting, but this wedding ceremony was super dark. However, a bonus to the Empire Room are the awesome spotlights shining on the bride and groom.
Photographer Tip: When you’re working with a dark ceremony, it helps to use what little light exists to add ambience to an image or to frame your shot.
There were so many opportunities during their ceremony to work the candles into our photos.
Erin was one of the happiest brides we’ve ever had.
When talking to our potential clients, we always make sure they’re thrilled about getting married.
While we never work with shot lists (as wedding photojournalists), there are a couple, of course, that we have in a mental check lists to always capture — the first kiss being one of them.
I could not stop smiling during this ceremony, and the same goes for the Bride and Groom.
We request that clients who hire us put their complete trust in us to capture awesome photos. This required some cell phone chatting with David and myself from one side of the Palmer House to the other.
I often ask couples to do an eskimo kiss. It’s silly and often gets our couples to relax a little if they’re nervous, but in this case we were just having fun.
Photographer Tip: It’s rare that you have the opportunity to get an interesting intro photo and sometimes it requires one of you to get safety shots while the other works hard for just one photo. I did a lot of praying that the bride and groom would be exactly where I wanted them and that no one else would be standing in the doorway when I took this shot.
The Palmer House did an amazing job flipping the Empire Room in such a short amount of time for Erin and Ron’s reception.
It wasn’t difficult to get Erin and Ron to kiss.
It’s always important to us to have dramatic lighting for our toast photos.
The best man gave a beautiful toast to the bride and groom.
I genuinely believe that you only need a few candles to decorate a reception at the Empire Room. Erin and Ron felt the same way.
We try our best to incorporate the ambience of a reception into our photography, whether candles or uplighting.
Photographer Tip: Don’t be afraid to drop down the ambient light in a room to almost nothing during the first dance for some of your photos. It can help isolate your subject and make it look as if they are the only two people in the world.
We look for existing glass and light to add to our photographs.
The father daughter dance is always one of my favorite photos at a wedding.
You can always tell when a dad couldn’t be happier for his daughter.
We often shoot upward at our clients during dances to isolate them from the audience, but in a place like the Empire Room it adds so much to the images.
Ron’s mom looked absolutely gorgeous and was so incredibly kind.
We don’t take our dance floor photos with long lenses from across the room. Where’s the fun in that?
Open dancing is always one of our favorite parts of the wedding day.
If you’re a guest at the wedding, get out on the dance floor and have fun!
Whenever we shoot a wedding and find out that Don Cagen Orchestra will be doing the music, we’re beyond excited. They do an outstanding job and would be an excellent addition to any wedding.
Tip for couples: It’s important that you say hello to your guests, but it’s also important that you have fun and enjoy your wedding. It only happens once.
When possible, we often grab our couple for the last few minutes of our coverage and take them outside for some night photos. We loved using the lights outside the Palmer House.
Erin and Ron, everyone at your wedding, from your Palmer House wedding ceremony to your friends to your vendors, were so amazingly kind and fun to be around. Thank you again for trusting us with capturing your day. Congratulations, you guys!
Location Wedding Vendors. Getting ready, ceremony and reception at The Palmer House Hilton. Event coordination by Tying the Knot. Hair by Brigette Cwik. Makeup by Christy Swain. Flowers by Phillips Flowers. Music by Don Cagen Orchestra.