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art institute of chicago wedding | lauren + stepehen

Remember Lauren & Stephen’s beautiful Chicago Engagement photos from last year?  Well, they’ve tied the knot!  They had a modern wedding in the city.  We started in their penthouse on the 60th floor!  What an amazing view of the city from their home.

I really loved how the getting ready was all done in their home, including the first look.  Just makes everything even more meaningful and personal.  See their first look below and you’ll know what I mean… after the cute ring bearer allowed for it.

I absolutely LOVED her Vera Wang dress!  It’s perfect on her!

Lauren went to Northwestern, so it was perfect that they chose the Alice Millar Chapel on campus to exchange vows.  We were lucky enough to take some shots around before guests arrived.

Check out the beautiful stained glass windows!

And then we headed to Millenium Park for some fun at The Bean before heading into their reception at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago’s skyline:

I just love the modern space & furniture here:

How cool are those chairs?

And I love that colorful swirly wall/floor.

You can see the rest of their wedding on Junebug Weddings blog and in their real weddings.

Fun fact:  I brought Cameron with me on this trip.  One of my Chicago couple’s from last year babysat while I shot this wedding!  Big shout out to Eileen & Roland!  Cameron misses you two!  I love my couples.  <3

Photography: Caroline Tran Photography
Ceremony Site:  Alice Millar Chapel
Reception Site: The Modern Wing, The Art Institute of Chicago
Catering: Bon Appetit, at the Art Institute of Chicago
Wedding Cake: Take the Cake
Wedding Favors: Truffles from Take the Cake
Floral Design & Decor: John Hensel of Heffernan Morgan
DJ: Style Matters
Officiant: Rev. Thomas Perrucci
Wedding Favors: Truffles from Take the Cake
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Wedding Dress Shop: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Hair: Starlight Makeup, Lillian Toma
Rings: Wedding Bands and Co. and New York Jewelers

anna - November 15, 2011 - 3:27 pm

nice! you make me forget i’m here already. there was such a controversy w/ the swirly art installation at that time but i think its unique & fun!

caroline - November 15, 2011 - 3:38 pm

hi anna! what was the controversy?

anna - November 15, 2011 - 4:10 pm

people thought it ruined their picture perfect skyline w/ that spirl mess, esp when that installation came on after they signed the contract.

trish - November 15, 2011 - 7:14 pm

gorgeous. love the colors


turning one years old | baby nixon

This family is special to me because they were my very first clients!  They took a chance on me when I had no portfolio to show for, and I’m forever grateful that they took that leap of faith.  I shot their engagement portraits & party, and that was pretty much what I used to build my business.  Their photos booked me more gigs… and here we are today!  I can’t believe their little baby, nixon, turned one!

I love his little skinny jeans!  And hat.  And shoes!

But even with all the cute clothes, he’s happiest in his birthday suit:

I LOVE this next photo… Bookworm:

Happy birthday, Nixon!  You have the coolest parents!

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Dominik - November 10, 2011 - 5:49 am

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

The photo with the glasses is realy awesome :)

Kimberli - November 10, 2011 - 8:33 am

Caroline, I love the tie and glasses. How Cute! Thanks for the share! :)

Trude - November 10, 2011 - 9:04 am

Oh good lord he’s the cutest thing ever! What a sweet looking family. :)

Kristin - November 11, 2011 - 6:45 am

CRAZY good shoot and God love first clients!!!!!

Josephine - November 11, 2011 - 8:25 am

beyondddd adorable!!!!

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