After spending some time taking Xiao and Lee’s Engagement Pictures around Chicago, I was exited about about their Chicago Cultural Center wedding. The Wedding Day started at the Palmer House with a traditional Chinese game of “hide the bride” where Lee, the groom, underwent a series of “tests” posed by the bridesmaids (a.k.a. “the gatekeepers”) to see if true love for Xiaoxiao, his bride, would allow him to see her before the wedding.  Could he identify her lipstick kiss among numerous others?

Could he correctly answer questions about her likes and dislikes?  Yes, he could, but after he “passed,” into the room expecting to see his lovely bride for the first time, the joke was on him – the father of the bride sat in the room wearing a veil with a smile on his face.  After this, we proceeded to do the first look for real.  Anticipation high, the two met in the lobby inside of the Palmer House and on to an intimate portrait session in beautiful Lincoln Park.

The Chicago Cultural Center provided an apt and elegant setting for their ceremony and reception.  There was something worth capturing from every angle, including views of the ornate ceiling. The spacious  ballroom provided the opportunity to utilize some dramatic and creative lighting to showcase the couple and the environment where the party went on.  Enjoy!

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Cheers!

Esenam

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