Gretchen & Tom: Chicago Cultural Center Elopement.

Gretchen and Tom chose to elope at the Chicago Cultural Center right before Christmas—and what a way to elope! When Gretchn first got in touch to talk about photography, I knew this was a perfect partnership--the first few emails we sent back and forth to each other seemed to focus more on the great books we were reading than the details of wedding planning--literature geeks, unite!  Gretchen and Tom wanted a super intimate ceremony--they invited only a few of their closest friends and family and the entire group was one of the most fun I’ve had a chance to spend time with a couple this year. 

They both got ready at the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago, with Gretchen choosing a short lace dress and carrying an amazing clutch of pearls and rhinestones.  Eloping at the Chicago Cultural Center is a 1 time per month situation, and it was awesome to see all the other couples saying their own vows and clapping for one another as they walked down the aisle!

On a more personal note, I should state that this couple was unbelievably amazing….like….beyond fun and kind.  Here’s the deal, Gretchen had requested I stay for the whole day—shooting the ceremony, the group lunch, the trip to the Christmaskindle market and their formal dinner in the evening at Rosebud Prime.  A whole day of shooting is super hard-it’s a LOT of carrying of equipment and work, but let me just say that this group felt like I was spending time with great friends.  Every single person was so nice and kind and sweet to me, it was amazing. They made sure I had a seat at the table and FORCED me to eat and take care of myself throughout the day--amazing.  The hours flew by and by the end of the evening I felt I had made 18 new friends!

Congratulations Gretchen and Tom, you two are absolutely wonderful and I feel so honored to have spent time with you!

Ceremony site: Chicago Cultural Center

Reception site: Italian Village and Rosebud Prime

Host hotel: Palmer House Chicago

Dress: Eliza J.

Shoes: J. Renee

Jewelry: Rings from Moriarty's Gem Art; all other borrowed from friends and family. 

Flowers: Bryan Florist