I was never really an elopement photographer...


But with lots of changes and pivots in the last year of a COVID world, I pivoted a bit to serve smaller weddings and elopement clients with the same photography experience they usually can get with me at their weddings.


Lauren and JP found me through another (incredible) client of mine, and became my third elopement couple this year. We spent the morning doing some more casual engagement pictures in Grant Park at sunrise, headed up to the Wrigley Building, said howdy to the police officers and snagged a quick picture with their car, and then headed to our final destination, North Avenue Beach.


A good friend of these two showed up on his bike, in full on bike shorts and helmet, and married these two right on the pier at North Ave Beach with our (read: my clients') favorite & most popular view.


Keep on scrolling to see more of this gorgeous & lighthearted Chicago elopement at North Avenue Beach with engagement photos in Grant Park.

man and woman walking in front of MIchigan Ave for sunrise Chicago wedding pictures
man and woman walking in front of Michigan Ave for Chicago engagement photos
man kissing his fiance on forehead for Chicago sunrise engagement photos
man and woman almost kissing in front of Michigan Ave for downtown Chicago sunrise engagement photos
young couple sitting on steps in Grant Park for sunrise engagement pictures in CHicago

If you've followed me for a little while now, you may recognize this location from Jenna and Adam's Grant park engagement photos a little while ago!

man and woman sitting on stairs in Grant Park laughing during Chicago sunrise engagement photos
man and woman holding hands laughing in Grant Park sunrise engagement pictures in Chicago
man and woman holding hands laughing in Grant Park sunrise engagement pictures in Chicago
man and woman holding hands laughing in Grant Park sunrise engagement pictures in Chicago
man and woman holding hands laughing in Grant Park sunrise engagement pictures in Chicago

After our sunrise engagement photos in Grant Park, we headed to a spot with almost no one there that always has amazing lighting: The Wrigley Building.


Y'all know I have done lottsssss of engagement pictures at the Wrigley Building and Wedding Photos at The Wrigley Building, so of course I had to take Lauren + JP here once they requested we just hit as many locations and iconic Chicago locations for their engagement photos as possible.


I'm always a big fan of showing off iconic locations in whatever city it is that I'm in at the time, and I think a lot of city-dwellers feel the same, so it was basically a race against the sun for Lauren + JP + me to see how many spots we could fit in before the sun got too high.

man and woman holding hands laughing at Wrigley Building Chicago engagement photos
man and woman laughing in Chicago engagement photos in downtown Chicago near Wrigley Building
man and woman kissing on Dusable Bridge for Chicago engagement photos
man and woman holding hands smiling running through Michigan Ave for Chicago engagement photos
man and woman kissing in front of cop car at Wrigley Building for engagement photos in Chicago

After we finished up engagement photos at The Wrigley Building, we headed over to my personal favorite and most requested spot in the city, North Avenue Beach, for elopement pictures and to actually get these two married!


I always love taking North Avenue Beach wedding photos and engagement photos in Chicago, but this morning was especially amazing since there was only one other person there really. Maybe two or three, but....only one that I remember. He probably remembers us too since he requested a selfie with this lovely couple lol. Just Chicago things!

man and woman kissing on pier for north avenue beach wedding photos at sunrise
man and woman just got married at north avenue beach walking taking wedding photos
man and woman standing on pier for north avenue beach chicago wedding photos
wedding pictures at north avenue beach chicago couple taking selfie with someone passing by
man and woman wedding pictures at North Avenue beach chicago
orange and white chicago elopement bouquet for north avenue beach sunrise elopement
three wedding bands and engagement ring stacked together
man in navy suit with orange flower boutonniere for Chicago sunrise elopement

The couple's friend Grant biked all the way to meet us and get these married at North Avenue Beach so we could get some photos of their actual ceremony, which was, unsurprisingly, full of laughs and jokes and some sweet moments sprinkled in.

North Avenue Beach Chicago wedding photos
North Avenue Beach Chicago wedding photos
North Avenue Beach Chicago wedding photos
North Avenue Beach Chicago wedding photos
man and woman laughing holding hands as friend in biking outfit marries them at north avenue beach elopement
blonde woman and man with beard in navy suit kissing on pier at north avenue beach after chicago elopement
man and woman cheering on pier after north avenue beach elopement in chicago
blonde woman and man with beard in navy suit kissing on pier at north avenue beach after chicago elopement

Want to book your own Chicago elopement at North Avenue Beach with Alana?


Reach out here so we can get planning your perfect Chicago elopement, micro wedding, or engagement pictures/proposal/just-because photos.


Can't wait to hear from you!


Or, check out more North Avenue Beach engagement photos here or North Avenue Beach wedding photos here.

North Avenue Beach Elopement Photographer, Alana Lindenfeld