Chicago City Hall Elopement Photography

Amanda and Kelly Elopement

I was beyond excited when Amanda asked me to photograph her Chicago elopement!!  Amanda and I had met years ago, while I was shooting some branding photos for a suburban salon where she was a hair stylist (huge shout-out to Opulent Beauty!)!  Amanda was super cool and always down for all my suggestions and crazy ideas during the branding shoot, so I knew her elopement was going to be a blast.

Side note, Amanda is an AMAZING hair stylist, she cuts and colors my hair,  but has also worked with me on wedding days doing bridal hair,  and her work is always stunning!  Not to mention, she is just a great human and super fun to be around.  If you are still looking for a hair stylist for your wedding day, take some time to check her out HERE, because she is basically my forever favorite!

Anyway—on to the elopement!!  We tried to get to City Hall downtown as soon as it opened, but you know how it goes, things happen!!  So they met up with me about 30 minutes after it opened,  and we checked in and waited in line.  For a Friday morning it wasn’t too long a wait, and in no time at all,  we were inside!!  There was a short ceremony with the exchange of rings and a kiss and they were married!!  After it was official,  we headed outside city hall for some quick family photos.  Amanda and Kelly went to brunch with their family and I went home for a few hours while they celebrated the morning away!

We met back up in the afternoon and did some photos at a bunch of their favorite spots.  First we started at Bite Cafe, right by Kelly’s old apartment.  From there we headed to the 606 to do some cool photos with the train and just on the path!  The 606 is such a fun spot for portraits!!  Finally, we made our last stop at the Welcome to Chicago mural, which also has some epic train tracks and other murals around it.  I love taking the time to stop and utilize at all these locations!

We headed towards their reception venue and made one last stop on the way.  Right next door to their reception space (Revolution Brewery) was Emporium, an awesome arcade bar, and we just had to stop!!  We ordered some beers and took a few minutes to relax, play games, while grabbing some really cool images along the way.  

Finally it was time to head to their party! I did some final shots in their reception space before guests arrived and was on my way!!  It was such an honor to document your day, thank you so much to Amanda and Kelly for having me!!!  

BTW, know I mentioned Amanda but I have yet to mention Kelly.  Kelly is also an amazing tattoo artist, check out his work HERE.

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