Hey, I'm Chelsea.

I'm a Chicago wedding photographer and videographer who's on a mission to take the stress out of wedding planning, one anecdote, gif, and movie
quote at a time.

Nothing beats a Chicago Riverwalk wedding. When it comes to riverfront wedding venues, River Roast is one of the best spots. So when Maria Harte Photography asked me to tag along to second shoot this fun-meets-traditional wedding, it was an obvious yes.

Getting Ready at the Renaissance Downtown

The wedding day kicked off at the Renaissance Downtown—one of my favorite hotels to get ready at in the loop. The location is in the center of everything, the suits are spacious, and you can’t beat that natural light. It’s really a win-win-win.

Outfit-wise, this couple really nailed that balance of timeless with a twist. At first glance, the couple wore classic black and white attire. But with florals + little touches (like those Loeffler Randall heels), the day felt fresh and modern.

Downtown Chicago Wedding Photos

After walking down the aisle (pause to appreciate the excited faces and ring fidgeting), we went out to take wedding photos at some classic Chicago spots: Olive Park and Wrigley Building.

Maria nailed the full wedding party photos, but I loved being able to capture some of these details and in-between moments of the couple.

A Riverfront Wedding at River Roast

While guests mingled on the outdoor patio, Maria and I set to work photographing the reception space. This specific River Roast wedding took place in the Murdoch Room—my personal favorite.

Clean linens, a minimal white cake, and white florals were blended together with string lights, greenery, and wooden table numbers. It created a look that really complimented River Roasts’ brick walls and riverfront views.

Once guests admired all the pretty details, the sentimental moments took center stage. From formal dances under twinkling lights to toasts that held everyone’s attention, it was the perfect evening.

Planning a River Roast Wedding?

If you’re still in the market for a photographer, I’d love to chat more about your plans and see if I’m the perfect addition to your wedding vendor dream team!

A wedding photography and videography studio for personality-packed couples who want to remember the way they tore it up on the dance floor just as much as the way it felt to say “I do”.