Sparks and I originally planned to do our formal group shots at a few different locations in downtown Chicago. However, that plan quickly changed after our photographers estimated it would take about two hours to get everyone on the bus and downtown, snap some pics, and get everyone back to the venue for dinner. And that was if we just visited one of our chosen destinations.
I wasn’t comfortable leaving our guests for that long, so we decided to change our plan and take pictures on the back courtyard of our venue. Sure, we wouldn’t get any dramatic shots with the Chicago skyline in the background…but we didn’t care. At that point, all we cared about was getting to spend as much time with our friends and family as possible. I didn’t want to battle traffic and tourists, and I definitely didn’t want to compete with a bunch of other brides for prime photo spots (our date was just a little popular). So to the courtyard we went! And it turned out to be a great time.
Everyone was so excited, and the pictures turned out amazing. We asked our photographers to shoot mostly candid photos, and I love how you can just feel the happiness in each shot.
Sparkler sisters. Beautiful!
Lookin’ good, guys!
Like I said, everyone was so excited. And things started to get a little silly.
Sparks lives for silliness.
After we wrapped up with our wedding party, we sent them inside to get lined up for our grand entrance, and Sparks and I got a few couple shots.
Did anyone else deviate from the traditional posed shots that you see in most wedding albums? Were you happy with your decision like we were?
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All photos by Avery House