M & J in Evanston, Illinois at the Peckish Pig

January 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

When my husband Marcus and I met Jazmine and Meridith the first time in the Chicago suburb of Evanston you could spot Jaz a mile away due to her warm and boisterous smile. We didn't know for sure it was her in the beginning, but needless to say we were drawn to her. Luckily after dinner with the engaged couple, they decided to hire me to be the wedding photographer for their Evanston, Illinois wedding at the Peckish Pig.

That warmth and joy translated through to the couples wedding photography. 

As a wedding photographer I adapt my approach for each wedding based on the couples needs, the venue and the events of the day. I lit a number of images with my Profoto Photography D1 Air 500 monolights, but I shot many images with available light using my Canon 5D Mark III cameras and professional photographer prime lenses.

We began the day with portrait photography of the couple at one of their favorite bars Ward Eight.

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After they shared their first Manhattan, we grabbed another drink and headed outside for some more portrait photography.

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As rain rolled in, the wedding began with a cocktail hour under the tent and in an adjacent room. Which was a perfect opportunity for some candid photography, one thing I really love as a wedding photographer.

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As the weather cleared and the sun lowered in the sky, the couple headed to the altar as their friends and family cheered them on.

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First Kiss at Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisI don't normally like to shoot from this angle because I prefer to be an unobtrusive photographer, but I wanted to capture this background during Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/125 f4 ISO 3200 35mm

The couple was welcomed to the reception with cheers and high fives. Then they were served the customary embarrassing toasts followed by dancing and more good cheer.

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Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston IllinoisMeredith and Jazmine’s share a kiss at their sweetheart table during their LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/100 f1.4 ISO 1600 24mm

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Photographer: John Gress Photography

Photoshoot venue: Ward Eight Cocktail Lounge

Wedding Venue: Peckish Pig brewpub

To book me to be your Chicago suburban lesbian wedding photographer or for an engagement photoshoot, please check out my rates page and email me at john@johngress.com


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