Rebekah Albaugh

Paige + Kyle | JW Marriott Hotel wedding | Chicago

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In early July, I spent a day driving to and from Chicago with my good friend Rebekah Albaugh, working as her second photographer for the day. It was a gorgeous wedding and beautiful day, with nearly perfect weather for a mid-summer event. I started out with the Kyle and the guys in the groom's suite at the JW Marriott hotel. I knew immediately that I was in good company as the guys were watching "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," one of my husband's & my favorite TV shows. I also heard a few quotes from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" tossed around throughout the day -- hilarious! We met up with Rebekah in the lobby to get ready for the First Look with Paige + KYle, followed by wedding party portraits down the block at the Chicago Board of Trade. We then took a trolley around the city to a park near Lake Michigan, and by the Chicago River near the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower. We found some truly beautiful pockets of light and Paige + Kyle looked stunning! Following the ceremony at St. Chyrsostom's Episcopal Church, we headed back to the Marriott for the reception, which was beautifully decorated in black, white and gold. Big thanks to Misse from Honey Bee Weddings for her great work with the timeline and making sure we were where we needed to be!(Photographed for Rebekah Albaugh)

JW Marriott Chicago groom getting ready

best man helping groom get ready for wedding

groom opening card from bride

groomsmen in hotel lobby

bride and groom first look on grand staircase

wedding candids on the street

wedding party at Chicago Board of Trade

downtown Chicago wedding party photos

street photography with wedding party

bridesmaids and groomsmen in black formal attire

wedding party hanging out in the street

wedding party eating Jimmy John's on the trolley

bride and groom snuggling in the park

wedding shenanigans on the trolley

bride and groom at Wrigley Building in Chicago

wedding party in front of the Chicago River

bride and groom wedding portraits in downtown Chicago

black tie wedding pictures in Chicago

bride and groom photos below Trump Tower

radiant blonde Cinderella bride

bride and groom in sweet romantic pose

portraits of bride in ornate Episcopal church

wedding photos in church courtyard

summer outdoor wedding images at church

post-wedding candid photos

JW Marriott reception ballroom

gold chairs with white linens and flowers

gold charger plates with black napkins

Chicago ballroom wedding reception

Chicago wedding reception entrance

wedding toasts and selfies

Chicago wedding first dances

Falonn + Matt | Champaign iHotel wedding | Midwestern spring wedding

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I had the privilege of second shooting Falonn + Matt's wedding in March with my good friend Rebekah Albaugh. It's nice to be the assistant photographer from time to time for several reasons, but mostly because I get to work alongside friends and mentors and watch them work. It's also a nice sort of "break" from the responsibilities of being the primary photographer. As always, Rebekah did an amazing job with this couple and I thoroughly enjoyed going through their entire gallery. For Falonn + Matt's wedding, I met up with the guys first who were already enjoying a relaxed lunch and some brews at the Esquire in Champaign. From there we went to the church for a few portraits and the lovely heartfelt ceremony. After the ceremony, we headed back downtown with the whole wedding party for some group shots, candids, and portraits of the newly married couple. Barrelhouse 34 made for the perfect backdrop, both indoors with its warm wood and bulb lights, and outdoors with it's upstairs rooftop patio. It was a little chilly that day though so we tried to keep everyone out of the elements as much as possible!

Then it was back to the iHotel for the beautiful reception space surrounded by warm amber uplighting. I don't have photos of it because it was after I left, but I hear that Falonn changed into a party dress toward the end of the evening!

groomsmen pre-wedding at Champaign Esquire

beautiful candids from Midwest wedding

bride enters the sanctuary

Champaign Wesleyan church ceremony

beautiful UI campus wedding ceremony at Green St church

photojournalistic wedding photos at Barrelhouse 34

florals with wood detail

floral headband hairpiece

Barrelhouse bokeh

Champaign rooftop wedding party

Barrelhouse 34 Champaign menu and mule mug

iHotel wedding moments

wedding party entrance at iHotel

the new Mr. & Mrs.

bride and groom dancing with their children

bride and groom first dance

parent dances at iHotel

mother of the bride sitting alongside the dance floor

wedding dancing candid photos with amber uplighting

Vendors Ceremony | Wesley United Methodist Church, Urbana Reception | iHotel Photographed for Rebekah Albaugh