Let me tell you about Gosia + Justin's perfect summer elopement in Chicago...


And when I say perfect, I mean we perfectly avoided the rain in the forecast while these two shared their personalized vows to each other under a breezy afternoon at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool before we headed downtown to their hotel, The Langham, to enjoy some cocktails and wrap up our day together celebrating the start of a new chapter for these two.


Alfred Caldwell is the perfect hidden pocket of nature tucked away from the city right next to the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk. It was the most beautiful setting for these two to share everything they loved about each other + wipe each other's happy tears away, all by themselves, feeling like the world is theirs.


Keep scrolling to view more + read more about J + G's beautiful summer Chicago elopement, + read their review that brought me to tears.

couple in dress and suit being married at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park Chicago

The beauty of elopements is that you can have them anywhere...so you can choose the perfect location for YOU!


You just need someone ordained to marry you, which you can either hire or bring an ordained friend along. Then choose your location (basically where you want to prettiest, most meaningful photos), say your vows, and bam! you're married!


Okay--that's a biiiiit of an oversimplification, but it's still a LOT more laid back than a full wedding when it comes to planning all the details out. The best thing about this little amount of planning is that you can book them relatively last minute for whatever reason. I've had clients book these just so they can BE MARRIED already (thx covid postponements), or to make sure certain family members can be there at their ceremony, or to have wedding photos in a different location or season than their wedding reception photos.


I love how creative we can get with elopement ceremonies :)

couple laughing reading vows at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park Chicago

Let allllll the happy tears flow at this summer Chicago elopement...

couple and officiant at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park Chicago summer elopement
woman in silver sequin dress crying at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool elopement vows
man in glasses and navy dress crying at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool elopement vows
couple holding hands during vows at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool summer elopement Chicago

My favorite photos are the little moments that only last a fraction of a second, but mean the world.


Justin wiping Gosia's happy tears as the two of them think about how they met, all the way to how they got here together--moving cities, putting down roots, starting a family...oh, how wonderful life is.

man in navy suit drying wife's tears on a rock at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool for Chicago summer elopement
man putting ring on wife's finger at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool summer elopement
married couple kissing at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool summer elopement
Couple kissing and dipping under trees at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Chicago summer elopement

Of course, Gosia had the most lovely bouquet by The Flower Girl Company, and Justin's Boutonniere was a show stopper all by itself!

woman holding red and pink rose and peony and anemone bouquet
navy suit lapel with white and red roses boutonniere
man in navy suit twirling blond woman in silver dress at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park
man in navy suit holding blond woman in silver dress at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park
man in navy suit kissing blonde woman in silver dress with red bouquet at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park
man in navy suit kissing blonde woman in silver dress with red bouquet at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park

After our time together outdoors in nature, we headed to the Langham and downtown area.


Our day wouldn't be complete without a lobby shot in the iconic Langham Chicago, complete with champagne to cheers this day! Then we wandered around the area, making our way over to The Wrigley Building for some classically beautiful Chicago elopement photos that I just can't get enough of.

married couple in navy suit and silver dress holding champagne in lobby of The Langham Chicago
couple in navy suit and glittery dress with red bouquet walking under Wrigley building at Chicago Elopement
couple in navy suit and glittery dress with red bouquet walking under Wrigley building at Chicago Elopement
couple in navy suit and glittery dress with red bouquet walking under Wrigley building at Chicago Elopement
man and woman in navy and silver smiling under Wrigley Building with red flowers after Chicago Elopement
couple in navy suit and glittery dress with red bouquet walking under Wrigley building at Chicago Elopement
blonde woman twirling in silver sequin dress under Wrigley Building after downtown Chicago elopement
blonde woman in silver sequin dress under Wrigley Building after downtown Chicago elopement
blonde woman in silver sequin dress holding red bouquet under Wrigley Building after downtown Chicago elopement
black and white portrait of blonde woman with bun under Wrigley Building
black and white portrait of blonde woman with bun under Wrigley Building
man in navy suit and glasses standing under Wrigley Building Chicago
man in navy suit and glasses standing under Wrigley Building Chicago
man in navy suit and glasses standing under Wrigley Building Chicago

And some lovely words from Gosia and Justin (+ an idea for you too!):


"We love our pictures!!! Justin and I put on a good vinyl record and looked at them together last night and we both cried, especially seeing the ceremony shots.


You captured very precious moments for us, what an incredible memento for us. Please know that you definitely made our day extra special and your presence is so radiant just like your photos :) Your professionalism is effortless and your talent is evident - your photos speak for themselves. You are absolutely the whole package and we are so lucky and thankful we found you!!!"


So there you have it folks...put on your favorite song, pour a drink or gather your favorite meal, and relive your day together as the perfect cozy date night <3


I cannot thank these two enough for being so great to work with and letting me celebrate their day along with them at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool + The Wrigley Building!

married couple in navy and silver with red bouquet kissing in front of Chicago River
wedding bands on Langham key card with red flowers and sequin dress
pink and red wedding bouquet in front of the Chicago River
wedding bands stacked on top of each other on sequin wedding dress
couple cheering and holding up bouquet in front of downtown Chicago River next to the Wrigley Building Chicago elopement

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