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Couple snuggled up under a clear umbrella on a rainy fall day in Chicago, IL.

Back in September 2017, Melissa and Aaron got married at the Art Institute of Chicago. They had planned on doing their first look and wedding photos at the Art Institute’s South Gardens. But plans changed when the gardens closed for renovations. 

To celebrate their anniversary, we got to make up for lost time and finally take their photos at the Art Institute’s South Gardens.

Tucked away just off Michigan Ave, The South Gardens are a popular spot for engagement and wedding photos. There are usually at least 1-2 other couples or wedding parties in the gardens on any given afternoon. But with the fountain drained for the winter and a storm on the horizon, we had the gardens completely to ourselves.

Why would I want anniversary photos?

A lot of times, people document major milestones in their lives. Things like engagements, weddings, and newborns. But anniversary sessions are a great opportunity to simply document your marriage. 

You can approach anniversary sessions in a few different ways. You can use them as an excuse to get dressed up and document a milestone anniversary. Or you can use them as an excuse to play hooky on a random weekday and make a date night out of it, just like Melissa and Aaron did. 

Either way, you’ll get a chance to slow down and just be with one another. It’s a chance to forget about the stressors of life, look each other in the eyes, and remember all the reasons you love each other.

Couple walking hand-in-hand and laughing on a rainy fall day at the Art Institute South Gardens
Couple walking hand-in-hand and laughing on a rainy fall day at the Art Institute South Gardens
Couple holding each other close and smiling on a rainy fall day at the Art Institute South Gardens
Couple sitting on a bench and laughing at the Art Institute of Chicago South Gardens
Couple sitting on a bench and holding hands at the Art Institute of Chicago South Gardens
Couple holding each other close and smiling at the Art Institute of Chicago South Gardens
Husband twirling his wife around and giving her a kiss on the cheek at the Art Institute of Chicago's South Gardens
Couple walking and laughing at the Art Institute of Chicago's South Gardens
Couple snuggled up under a bubble umbrella at the Art Institute of Chicago's North Gardens
Couple standing under an umbrella in front of red ivy and the South Garden's fountain in Chicago, IL
Couple snuggled up on the steps at the Art Institute of Chicago South Gardens
Wife leaping into her husband's arms and giving him a kiss at the Art Institute of Chicago
Wife leaping into her husband's arms and giving him a kiss at the Art Institute of Chicago
Couple snuggling up and smiling in the rain in Chicago, IL
Couple snuggling up and smiling under an umbrella in Chicago, IL
Close up photo of a wife's wedding rings as the couple snuggles up under an umbrella in Chicago, IL
Husband kisses his wife's forehead in the rain in Chicago, IL

Hey, I’m Chelsea

Growing up, I had big dreams of being a writer—but one screenwriting seminar over mac and cheese pizza changed everything. Now, with a film degree and over 100 weddings under my belt, I get to tell your real-life stories (and, trust me, they put my made-up ones to shame). 

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