The Ritz-Carlton Chicago Winter Wedding

Intimate Wedding at The Ritz Carlton Chicago with Phyllisa and Mike

I’ve photographed weddings at beaches, in churches, hotels, courthouses, backyards and barns, and there’s always something about heading to Chicago! It’s architecture and people gives me great inspiration and lots of energy! Today, we started with getting ready in the rooms at The Ritz Carlton. Phyllisa said that here wedding it was a magical moment with beautiful flowers, candles everywhere and so much love!

The Ritz Carlton

Phyllisa and Mike met at their kids daycare and love fall on them. Mike proposed at a romantic night at home under the Christmas tree after being together for 3 years. Phyllisa told us how she found the wedding dress: “I found it at Erika’s bridal in Neenah Wisconsin with my mom and best friend Dani, it was the last one I tried on, I immediately felt like a princess.”

The Bride at Carlton Ritz
fun at hotel
Mike the groom
Mike portrait
The art at Ritz
Phyllisa first look

The couple decided to do a first around the beautiful lobby at Ritz Carlton. 

first look
seeing the bride
admiring the bride
intimate first look
Mike and Phyllisa
Wedding portrait
bridal party
Kardashian pose
piano picture
couple photo
by the loby

I find that one of the best things about small weddings is that they lend themselves to especially tender moments. They also somehow feel a little more at ease, and that’s exactly what the vibe was on this beautiful day in January.

The ceremony took place in a beautiful room facing the Michigan Lake. 
Carlton Ritz view over the Lake
Groom entrance
flower girl
the bride entrance
wedding ceremony

the ritz carlton wedding ceremony

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?

“Brides, on the day of relax, the planning is over, don’t change things just enjoy every moment everything will work out the way it should.”

What kind of food was served at your reception?

“Avocado toast, Crab cakes, Spinach artichoke balls, Bruschetta, Beef Wellington, Shrimp spring roll

Soup-: French onion,

Entrees: Grilled angus beef tenderloin-scalloped potatoes, Roasted Chilean sea bass- scalloped potatoes

White cake , chocolate filled, white frosting

Other desserts: Strawberry shortcake, Chocolate covered strawberries, Chocolate cupcake

Late bites: Mac n cheese, Chees pizza

Pretzel bites with cheese dip

 What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? “Speechless by Dan and Shay”

cake cutting

First dance at Ritz Carlton Wedding.
first dance

This amazing day would not have been possible without the help from:

Cake Maker: Cake-Chicago

Wedding Planner: Jordan Cofer from the Ritz

DJ: Daniel- Luniks Entertainment

Dress Boutique: Erika’s Bridal

Caterer: The Ritz Carlton Chicago

Florist: The flower firm

Photography: Doru H & Marius R. for H Photography


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