Pop up weddings. Have you heard of them??? Well I have had the honor of only shooting a few, but I adore them. Basically a Pop up wedding is like a flash mob, but only it’s a wedding and there isn’t dancing, but I guess there could be dancing if somebody wanted. John and Elise touched base with me about one month before their small wedding asking if I did court house weddings. I said that I do and sent them some weddings I have done in the past to look over, because they were curious what city hall looked like. I also shared a few pop up weddings with them, because they are smaller weddings like court house weddings and I wanted them to see what I could shoot in a short period of time. Well they fell in love with the idea of a pop up wedding so the planning began! I will say it was a bit frustrating figuring out the spot without the risk of getting kicked out due to not obtaining a permit, but we found our outdoor location as well as a backup location if it were to rain (Lincoln Park Conservatory, permit required). Thankfully we had a very pleasant summer day.
John and Elise wanted to get all of the photos out of the way before the ceremony so we met up at the Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park for a fist look. This is such a wonderful little spot, because it is usually pretty empty and beautiful. After our first look we walked around the pound and took a few formals before heading to the lakefront just off of Fullerton. For some reason I was really feeling the black and whites with this shoot. It just seemed appropriate, which is unusual for me, because I shoot mostly color, but in this particular instance I loved the black and white.
Once we finished up at the lakefront we waltzed over to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which was our backup if it were to rain. Since we had obtained the permit we thought we should take advantage of it! Some of my favorite shots were taken in the conservatory, but boy was it hot so we booked it out of there pretty quickly.
The ceremony was held at the little garden behind the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum by North Pond in Lincoln Park. I am not usually one that will tear up at weddings. I attend several and most times they can all start to feel the same, but this wedding was very special and I am going to admit I did tear up a bit. There were actually a lot of tears to go around and was definitely a ceremony I won’t ever forget.
After the ceremony we all walked over to grab a few drinks before dinner. John and Elise spotted a cute little Mediterranean restaurant called Pars Cove so they pulled some tables together outside and enjoyed some hummus, oysters and wine.
This truly was one of a kind wedding that will always stick out in my mind. I am so happy for John and Elise and very thankful they were willing to change their plans from a court house wedding to a Pop Up ceremony! Congratulations John and Elise. I hope your life together will be filled with joy, happiness and lots of love!