Bethany & Darren | 1.28.2012

I am so excited to finally share these wedding images!

Bethany and Darren’s wedding and reception was in the heart of Chicago at Hotel Palomar. Being at the end of January, cold temps and wind limited us to a lot of indoor shots. Fine by me.. this hotel is FABULOUS. I was overwhelmed with cool spots to shoot, which is never a problem!

We had planned to do Bethany and Darren’s first look on the 17th floor balcony. Extremely high winds + pre-ceremony hair with a veil aren’t exactly the greatest combination. Because of this, we were a bit hesitant of going through with the original plan. Bethany decided to go for it and their first look was just incredible! So much emotion and love with a skyscraper backdrop. Definitely one of my favorite moments of their day.

Also, I think this was the first wedding I’ve shot where a dog had a role in the ceremony. Bethany and Darren’s dog, Sam, was walked down the aisle by the ring bearer. Sam was such a good sport, especially with an unexpected visit to the vet that morning.

The ceremony and reception took place in the same room and the transformation during cocktail hour was astonishing. Gorgeous setting for both the ceremony and the party!

Truly an amazing day… huge thanks to Bethany and Darren for having Misty and I along!




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  • Susan

    I love these pictures ! What a beautiful couple and what wonderful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Stewart

    Absolutely stunning!!! These pictures are incredible! Thanks for sharing!
    Becky 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    Great pictures Abby! I might need to steal some of their ideas for flowers:)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful couple, lovely wedding, perfect pictures. I just love your work Abby!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Swenson

    Lovely couple…lovely weekend/wedding! Great photos. Thanks Abby, you did a great job capturing the moment with your creative style!ReplyCancel