April 18, 2013

{Melissa + Nick} W Hotel Lakeshore Chicago, IL Wedding Photography


We’ve had quite an adventure with these two!  We met over 2 years ago at a fabulous Spa W event in town and it was obvious from day one Melissa’s love for luxury and detail!  They have a flair for fabulous style and fun all wrapped up into one.  The first wedding (one of two celebrations these two are planning – the second in Portland, Or next month) was held recently at the modern W Hotel on the Lakeshore in Chicago, IL.  They had a colorful, almost planetary theme, for their event, which took place on the 33rd floor of the hotel with incredible views of Navy Pier and cityscape on either side – you couldn’t go wrong!

Details flourished from Nick’s wedding logo monogrammed cufflinks, custom belt and fabulous Dutchess suit to Melissa’s 1930s vintage Tiffany & Co. ring, Swarovski jewels, raw silk designer gown and antique engraved gifts for each other and Melissa’s son Sage that were incredibly beautiful and heartfelt.  Orchids filled her bouquet and the event space with purples, blues, pinks and whites to match the Altitude event space.  Their guest favors were large bags of a little taste of Portland (their hometown) with a Deschutes beer, Moonstruck chocolate and Stumptown coffee.   There was not a dry eye during the ceremony as they read their vows to each other and to Sage.

In addition to their spectacular day, we did a ‘day after’ fun session with these two in downtown Chicago to capture more of the skyline, iconic areas of Chicago and indoors at the W Hotel downtown – pure fun for all of us and we’re so excited about sharing the results!

Melissa + Nick…we can’t wait to capture round two in Portland and continue sharing such a special time in your lives!


B + W

{Artist Series}

Melissa and I both are in love with her portrait (right) dress spinning – you are so beautiful Melissa!!!

Disco globes and more at the downtown W Hotel


Kinzie St. bridge on the water – just our kind of place to shoot!


An empty Union Station….kinda eery but super cool

Final parting shot of the evening 🙂




Shoes by Ivanka Trump 🙂

Wedding logo monogrammed cufflinks for Nick

Antique gifts for each of them (including a beautiful inscription for Sage)

Melissa’s frosting of Swarovski jewels.







A priceless FIRST LOOK!

















Swarovski champagne flutes





Fabulous gift favors 🙂

A view from the right….

A view from the left…

{Melissa + Nick’s} Wedding would not have been possible without the incredible vendor team around them; special thanks to all:

Venue and Catering/Bar: W Hotel Lakeshore
Wedding Coordination Team: Anthony Navarro – Liven It Up Events
Florist: Pollen
DJ: Toast & Jam
Ceremony Musician: Arlen Musicians
Cake: Bittersweet; Cupcakes and Desserts: MORE Cupcakes
Hair/Makeup: Sonia Roselli
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Rentals: Tablescapes
Lighting: Art of Imagination
Videography: Focal Point Digital Media
Dress Designer: Ramona Keveza
Groom’s Custom Suit: Duchess Clothier
Vintage Wedding Ring: Gilt
Groom’s Wedding Band: John Paul Designs
Invitations and Paper: The Wedding Cottage
Bride and Bridesmaids Jewelry: Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale