Lauren + Collin's fall Chicago wedding pictures were everything we (yes, all three of us) could've dreamed of.

After seemingly endless changes to their original wedding plan, Lauren and Collin figured out the perfect plan for their wedding day on the most popular wedding date of all of 2020, October 10th.

Fall colors were peaking, the weather was a glorious 70 degrees and sunny, and love was in the aiiiirrrrr! Lauren and her dad drove to the ceremony together in a vintage white Bentley so she and Collin wouldn't see each other until down-the-aisle at Soul City Church for a heartfelt and comedic ceremony, where all the guests and myself got to hear 10 things they each loved about the other that they hadn't said before. Common themes included cooking-related comments and keeping each other grounded.

After the ceremony, Lauren + Collin took a lap in the same Bentley before passing it off to Lauren's parents for the evening, and I headed to North Avenue Beach with the whole wedding party and the newlyweds for a few wedding pictures with the Chicago skyline as the star (well, guest-star...L + C and their gorgeous friends were the stars).

chicago wedding photographer, greenery wall with infinity love symbol above a modern orange couch
custom wooden wedding decorations placed at wedding reception in chicago
custom engraved jenga game for bride and groom, wooden jenga guestbook for fall chicago wedding
marriage is a game of balance wooden engraved jenga game for autumn chicago wedding
maroon and white wedding reception find your seat table assignments at chicago wedding
maroon and gold card table placement at glam fall wedding in chicago
fancy gold centerpieces with beautiful white flowers for colorful chicago wedding
white table cloths and gold chairs complete fall chicago wedding reception
gold diamond centerpieces and white flowers for october chicago wedding
red maroon and pink flower paper handout for fall chicago wedding

Both Lauren and Collin had a second dress/suit for the reception, which we were lucky enough to head to before the day got started so we could get the beautiful empty venue + all the natural light filtering through the huge windows. Consider me a fan!

studded white bow wedding dress for fall chicago bride
custom wooden bride dress hanger at fall chicago wedding
bright white wedding dress hanging between windows in chicago
black and white tuxedo for groom, chicago fall wedding photographer
brides tennis shoes with white bows and sparkly jewels worn at chicago wedding

Lauren brought her A-game when it came to the detail photos, and I loved being able to capture her grandma's perfume bottle, Collin's cufflinks with the wedding date, and of course all the pretty fun things like their rings, her Jimmy Choos, and the bling from her super long veil. Steve's Flower Market was so awesome to give me almost a whole second bouquet to tear apart and play around with. Once we were done with these detail shots, we even used more flower petals for some fun pictures of the girls in their getting-ready outfits.

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chicago groom wedding accessories silver watch and shiny black shoes
fall chicago wedding accessories, vintage perfume bottle and fresh cut burgundy flowers
fall chicago wedding accessories, vintage perfume bottle and fresh cut white flowers
gold and maroon boutonniere flower colors for fall chicago wedding
jewel studded heals and velvet lined ring box for autumn chicago wedding ceremony

Although these weren't the vows they read to each other in church, Lauren and Collin did write vows to each other, which they read separately on their wedding day while getting ready.

Even if you can't write your own vows for your ceremony, there's still a way to tell your loved one all the things you feel about them and promise to them for life. Plus, it's the perfect "card" to put along with your wedding-day gifts to each other.

his and her leather vow books for fall chicago wedding ceremony
chicago bride reads notes from her groom sitting on hotel bed
chicago bride reads her husbands vows while getting ready
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emotional moments captured before fall chicago wedding ceremony
chicago bride shows off bubblegum pink manicure and blue diamond necklace before wedding
groom reads messages from the bride before his fall chicago wedding
groom in black suspenders reads wifes vows before chicago wedding ceremony
groom puts on his vest with help of his mom in a beaded dress
groom wearing black vest smiles before his chicago wedding
groomsmen in white shirts and black suspenders prepare for the fall chicago wedding
groomsmen play card games before chicago wedding event
group of groomsmen play card games in chicago hotel before wedding ceremony
diamond engagement ring and wedding bands displayed in velvet ring box

While Collin's mom helped him get ready and his groomsmen were betting on cards, Lauren and her girls were making it rain flower petals and gushing over Lauren's first look with them.

colorful chicago wedding photgraphy, red and white bridesmaids throw flower petals
red and white bridal party hugs the bride on chicago wedding day
chicago bride is showered in red and white flower petals
wired hanger with white bow displays formal chicago wedding dress
his and hers wedding rings for fall chicago wedding, diamond ring with halo and stackable wedding bands
wired name hanger with white bow displays chicago bride wedding dress

Lauren's mom helped her put on her grandmother's perfume, and two of her closest bridesmaids helped get her garter on. Not to mention the special touches like her dance teacher helping with her lipstick and another dear friend putting on the final touches of hairspray!

chicago bride puts on earrings and wears pearl bracelet for fall wedding in chicago
beaded design wedding belt and vintage perfume bottle for fall wedding in chicago
bride puts on vintage perfume before her fall chicago wedding ceremony
chicago bridesmaids in maroon dresses help bride with her lace garter

Instead of doing a first look with her groom, Lauren opted for a first look with all her bridesmaids and another one with her father.

First looks are SUCH a fun way to feel like the start of the day--because as the bride or groom, you ARE! Not everyone wants to do a first look with their soon-to-be spouse, but you can totally do one with parents, wedding party members, or anyone else want.

Not sure if you should have a first look? Read about them here!

chicago bridesmaids show their styled hair before fall wedding ceremony
chicago bridesmaids in front of mr and mrs silver balloons
surprised bridesmaids in maroon dresses react to the brides final look
maroon bridesmaids dresses with sweetheart tops, chicago wedding photographer
clapping bridesmaids in burgundy excited to see the bride before her chicago wedding
bridesmaids embrace the bride wearing her white wedding dress and veil

And of course, a little paparazzi moment from Grandma before dad's first look!

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dad in tuxedo smiles during first look at his daughter on chicago wedding day
dad in tuxedo smiles during first look at his daughter on chicago wedding day
bride with burgundy and white flowers poses with her father in front of a bentley

Lauren and her dad headed on their way to the church in a vintage white Bentley, which makes a few more appearances during the day.

dad holds his daughters wedding veil as they enter a bentley in chicago
bride and father smile in bentley on fall chicago wedding day

Meanwhile, I hopped on the party bus with everyone else where the card betting resumed.

colorful wedding photography captures wedding party in trolley
groomsmen with green sunglasses and black suit is excited for chicago wedding ceremony
groomsmen wearing sunglasses and bowties smile on chicago wedding day
maroon and green wedding party portrait on trolley

Before we knew it, ceremony time was here! It was full of laughter, commitments, and happy tears from both our lovely bride and groom (and the parents, of course).

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black and white photo of bride walking down aisle with her father
chicago bride embraces her father at the end of the aisle
chicago bridesmaids wearing maroon watch groom hug father in law
red lipstick and flowers during chicago fall wedding ceremony
chicago couple wipes tears on fall wedding ceremony under white arch
wedding guests in grey chairs converse, chicago wedding photography
chicago couple wipes tears on fall wedding ceremony under white arch
chicago bride and groom share their first kiss surrounded by wedding party
black and white portait of bride and groom walking down the aisle after ceremony
chicago bride greets her bridesmaids in maroon dresses
bride hugs guest in red blazer for autumn wedding ceremony
chicago bride hugs wedding guest near stairs after fall chicago wedding
bride and groom enter white bentley after chicago wedding ceremony
chicago bride veil photograph, newlyweds kiss on street in front of white car
newlyweds smile with colorful flower bouquet in chicago streets
colorful photography of bride and groom kissing in front of antique white car
colorful portrait of bride and groom kissing in front of antique white car
bride and groom show off their rings after fall chicago wedding wedding ceremony
groom dips bride with bouquet in front of cars in chicago
bride's parents hold just married sign in front of vintage white bentley

After a quick lap in the Bentley, Lauren and Collin hopped on the trolley to dance the time away before more pictures. Lauren's parents anniversary was just a few days prior to her wedding, so the parents got the Bentley to head back to the reception site, but not without a quick picture with a 49-year-anniversary sign! What a fantastic milestone!

celebratory drinks with the bride and wedding party on a trolley in chicago
laughing wedding party dances on trolley after fall chicago wedding
laughing wedding party dances on trolley after fall chicago wedding
laughing wedding party dances on green and brown trolley after fall chicago wedding

North Avenue Beach is once of my favorite Chicago wedding picture locations...or ya know, for proposals, engagements pictures...really anything.

But WOW this crew made it look good!!! As many times as I've shot there, I never had a whole wedding crew, so it was such a blast for me to get to do wedding party pictures and bridals at North Avenue Beach. I get lucky with awesome clients, but I also get lucky with really beautiful clients on the inside and out. All of L + C's friends looked like they belonged on the red carpet, the runway, you name it--all while showering the bride and groom in compliments. I guess the pier is one big run-way, in a sense. I'm still speechless over it.

red and black wedding party poses at north avenue beach pier in chicago
silly wedding party wearing red dresses and black suits strike a pose at north avenue beach pier in chicago
colorful chicago wedding photography documents wedding party walking alongside bride and groom
maroon bridesmaids take pictures with bride at north avenue beach pier
maroon bridesmaids take pictures with bride at north avenue beach pier
laughing bridesmaids in maroon take pictures with bride at north avenue beach pier
chicago wedding bouquet with red pink green and yellow flowers
bridesmaids walk in the city during golden hour on chicago wedding day
smiling bridesmaids huddle for photo with bride in front of chicago buildings
groomsmen with red boutonnieres and black tux pose in front of chicago skyline
groomsmen huddle around groom in front of lake michigan and chicago buildings
groomsmen show their custom maroon socks in the sand on chicago wedding day
groomsmen follow groom on the beach pier for fall chicago wedding
groomsmen embrace groom on the north avenue beach pier for october wedding in chicago
black and white portait of bride and groom kissing in front of chicago skyline
groom dances with his wife on north avenue beach pier during october wedding celebration
bride wearing red lipstick hugs her husband for october wedding in chicago
bride and groom pop champagne in front of lake michigan in chicago at North Avenue Beach
bride and groom chug champagne in front of park and chicago skyline at North Avenue beach

Love North Avenue Beach champagne pops? Check out Hayley and Mike's here.

gorgeous chicago bride poses with her bouquet in green park on wedding day
chicago groom holds the brides bouquet near chicago city skyline
bride wears white wedding veil and kisses her husband in front of fall leaves in chicago park

Of course we had to get those vibrant fall colors in their Chicago wedding pictures, just like we did for their engagement pictures at Purdue in 2019!

bride with long eyelashes and red lipstick shows her glam look for chicago wedding
wedding bouquet photographed in october in chicago
bride lets her veil blow in the wind in front of chicago cityscape

We ended our day together with some Wrigley Building wedding pictures that looked straight off a magazine cover.

red and black wedding party walk through chicago during october wedding

I mean.....if they don't frame this one and plaster it all over their walls...I will!!!!

groom kisses bride and her veil flies in the streets of chicago at Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building is another super popular location for wedding pictures in Chicago, and another one of my couples Kari and Brad did their engagement pictures here.

bride and groom caress on bridge in downtown chicago on their wedding day
bride wearing a jeweled barette caresses her groom on a bridge in downtown chicago
bride wearing a jeweled barette caresses her groom on a bridge in downtown chicago
bride and groom pose on a bride in downtown chicago in front of river

Lauren and Collin's day was full of all the feels.

Between replanning their wedding every time Covid restrictions changed, all the summer wedding postponements, and a few stunning locations for wedding pictures in Chicago, this day made me feel like ME again. I missed shooting weddings, I missed my incredible clients, I missed the energy of the days where everyone looks amazing, is having such a good time, and celebrating something that not everyone gets to celebrate, all with friends and family by their side. Blogging this session was a chance to re-live it and remember it all again, and I hope that you got the same feeling just by scrolling through.

Congrats to the Serens! Your day was truly one for the books in a year filled with history--and you MADE 10-10-2020 HAPPEN!!! Here's to a long life together, and holding up a "just married - 49 years" sign in October of 2069 :)

black tux and white wedding dress photography near riverwalk in downtown chicago

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