The Lytle Park Hotel made the perfect location for some fancy, classy engagement pictures in Cincinnati.
Opened in early June 2020, the Lytle Park Hotel has a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant, and an even better atrium full of trees, bold colors and fixtures, and a dazzling bar right in the center. I cam here a few weeks prior to this shoot with my cousin, and knew that I absolutely had to get a shoot in here before I headed back to Chicago for a while. Luckily, I had an awesome couple, Angela and Andrew, who had been talking with me about engagement pictures in Cincinnati while I was in town. We were of course hoping for some sun so we could get those dreamy, romantic AF pictures on the rooftop, but we were greeted with stormy skies in downtown Cincinnati. We didn't wanna skip out on that rooftop, so we used the indoor area and still managed to show a peek of the Great American building in the background.
Angela and Andrew were so sweet and giggly, and we had so much to talk about from travel to work to different cities we've all been to or lived in. We cheers-ed with a couple drinks from the bar at Lytle Park Hotel in between taking these engagement pictures, and man do I wanna get dressed up a little more and go back next time I'm in Cincinnati!
The Lytle Park Hotel is also a great new wedding venue, part of the Autograph Collection hotels.
I did a little more research into the hotel and the hotel group, and it turns out that another well-known Chicago wedding venue, the Drake Oakbrook, is also part of the Autograph Collection hotel group. I can't wait to shoot Jenna and Adam's wedding at the Drake Oakbrook next spring, and after being inside one of these gorgeous hotels, I can't help but think I'm going to start creating a collection of photos from this impressive hotel line!
Despite hoping for sunshine and literally driving into the storm downtown, we made the rooftop area work before it opened to other guests, and took full advantage of that space that we had all to ourselves. Y'all know I'm a big outdoors person, so a rooftop is the best of both worlds when you love a city vibe with the open feel of being outdoors. Helllooooo, summer!
Finally, we headed to Roebling bridge to finish their engagement pictures.
Roebling bridge is an iconic spot for engagement pictures in Cincinnati, and it's my favorite thing to brag about when people mention anything about New York. "Well did you know that the Roebling Bridge in Cincinnati was a prototype to the Brooklyn Bridge?" It seems that Andrew, who is from New York, and Audrey and Will, who also moved here from New York and chose to do their engagement pictures on Roebling Bridge, did in fact know that. So maybe it's not impressive. Or maybe it's really impressive, which is why lots of my clients already know it.
Either way, it's one of my favorite spots in Cincinnati to shoot all types of pictures, and Angela even matched her blue dress to the blue of the bridge! Thoughtful little touches like this can make a huge difference in the final photos, and I love how this entire session came out!
About the Photographer
Alana is a Chicago based wedding photographer for those who love all things bright and colorful, along with beautifully posed, curated moments mixed with real, candid laughter.
She has worked in over 10 cities across the US, including NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, and of course her home base, Chicago.