W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel Wedding Photos

Shelly and Joe – Wedding at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel 

As a wedding photographer I really enjoy the whole city vibe because it means you have a lot more elements to work with and great architecture at every step.

Shelly and Joe had their wedding at the W Chicago Hotel by Lakeshore Drive.  W Chicago Lakeshore provides a brilliant backdrop for a Chicago wedding or ceremony. It is one of the wedding venues downtown Chicago with panoramic views towards Navy Pier and Hancock tower. 

 The terrace where the outdoor wedding ceremony takes place has Lake Michigan as the backdrop. Shelly and Joe got ready in the hotel then did a first look on the terrace. 

props for wedding

Joe getting ready
Shelly getting ready
Shelly with the dress onShelly at window first look on terracefirst look W Hoteldramatic weather for wedding photos.

From the W Hotel we walk to Milton Lee Olive Park. Despite the fact that the park was very close to the hotel, we couldn’t stay out too much  as it was really windy and cold. The clouds poured over Chicago and gave it a dramatic feel. Thanks to the beautiful Chicago architecture and skyline I could really show off the city and incorporate W Chicago Hotel in the background.

The Kiss at Milton Olive Lee Bridal party at Milton Olive Lee.
portrait Shelly and Joe W sign kissing between buildings Jazz playing for Shelly and Joe.

As you can see in the images the day offered a dramatic look to the pictures. The ceremony itself took place at Chicago W Hotel on the terrace and the reception was at the same place, which made for some really spectacular shots.

Chicago W Hotel terrace

Married on the terrace.


reception starts
first dance time for speechesview from the

I love the urban vibe, the venues, the details, the party – and I especially love this couple! Congrats, lovebirds!

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