Chicago Wedding Photographer: Blog https://photos.johngress.com/blog en-us John Gress Media john@johngress.com (Chicago Wedding Photographer) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT https://photos.johngress.com/img/s/v-12/u549858488-o1055614064-50.jpg Chicago Wedding Photographer: Blog https://photos.johngress.com/blog 80 120 E & A at Ovation in Chicago https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2019/5/e-a-at-ovation-in-chicago Emi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait at Ovation in Chicago. Lit with a Photek Softlighter II and Profoto D1 Air 500Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait at Ovation in Chicago. Lit with a Photek Softlighter II and Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/30 f4 ISO 800 50mm

My day with Emi & Alex started off with first look photography next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop. The venue re-imagined what was once an old foundry and created a highly versatile modern industrial loft event space.

It was so cute seeing Emi make her way down the stairs and greet Alex.

Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop.Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop.Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 8000 24mm

Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop.Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at OvationEmi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 8000 24mm

Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop.Emi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at OvationEmi & Alex have their first look next to a white 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago's west loop. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 8000 24mm

Emi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait in a 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago. Lit with a Photek Softlighter II and Profoto D1 Air 500Emi & Alex pose in a 1959 Rolls RoyceEmi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait in a 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago. Lit with a Photek Softlighter II and Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/60 f2.8 ISO 800 28mm

Emi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait in a 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago. Lit with a Photek Softlighter II and Profoto D1 Air 500. Emi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait in a 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex pose for a wedding portrait in a 1959 Rolls Royce at Ovation in Chicago. Lit with a Photek Softlighter II and Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/60 f2.8 ISO 800 28mm

Following formal portraits the wedding party nervously waited back stage for the ceremony to begin.

Emi & Alex wait back stage before their wedding at Ovation in Chicago. Emi & Alex wait back stage before their wedding at OvationEmi & Alex wait back stage before their wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/80 f1.4 ISO 10000 24mm

Emi & Alex wait back stage before their wedding at Ovation in Chicago.Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex wait back stage before their wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/80 f1.4 ISO 10000 24mm

Following their romantic ceremony the couple jubilantly made their way to the cocktail hour.

Emi & Alex exit their wedding ceremony at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex exit their wedding ceremony at Ovation in Chicago. 1/250 f1.4 ISO 5000 24mm

Emi & Alex kiss after their wedding ceremony at Ovation in Chicago.Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex kiss after their wedding ceremony at Ovation in Chicago. 1/250 f1.4 ISO 10000 24mm

Guests share a laugh during cocktails at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago.Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoGuests share a laugh during cocktails at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/60 f1.4 ISO 2500 35mm

The parents of the groom at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago. Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoThe parents of the groom at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/100 f1.4 ISO 5000 35mm

Following cocktails dinner was served buffet style as guests sat at long tables adorned with white and blue flowers.

Tables are set for the reception at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoTables are set for the reception at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/15 f4 ISO 16000 16mm

Tables are set for the reception at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoTables are set for the reception at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/60 f1.2 ISO 2000 50mm

Tables are set for the reception at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoTables are set for the reception at Emi & Alex's wedding at Ovation in Chicago. 1/30 f1.4 ISO 4000 35mm

As dinner came to a close, the Bride, her mother and her cousin gave a unique and touching Taiko drum performance.

Emi and her family give a Taiko drum performance at Ovation in ChicagoEmi and Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi and her family give a Taiko drum performance at Ovation in Chicago. 1/125 f4 ISO 1600 24mm

Emi and her family give a Taiko drum performance at Ovation in ChicagoEmi and Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoEmi and her family give a Taiko drum performance at Ovation in Chicago. 1/125 f4 ISO 1600 24mm

Emi and Alex got the party started with their first dance.

Emi and Alex got the party started with their first dance at Ovation in Chicago.Emi and Alex got the party started with their first dance.Emi and Alex got the party started with their first dance at Ovation in Chicago. 1/125 f3.5 ISO 2000 70mm

A guest at Emi and Alex's wedding dances at Ovation in Chicago. Emi and Alex's wedding at Ovation in ChicagoA guest at Emi and Alex's wedding dances at Ovation in Chicago. 1/125 f4 ISO 1600 35mm

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john@johngress.com (Chicago Wedding Photographer) 1959 Chicago drums illinois loft loop Ovation photographer photography rolls royce taiko warehouse wedding west westloop https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2019/5/e-a-at-ovation-in-chicago Thu, 02 May 2019 20:13:12 GMT
M & J at the Art Institue of Chicago's Modern Wing and Terzo Piano https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2018/3/j-m-at-the-art-institue-of-chicago-modern-wing As summer neared it's end, the marriage of Jason and Meredith found its beginning. The couple, who shared their poignant pledge at The Art Institute of Chicago's modern wing and Terzo Piano, departed the vaunted venue as an officially blended family with their daughter Taitum. Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith poses on the roof of the Modern Wing at Terzo PianoArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith poses on the roof of the Modern Wing at Terzo PianoArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith poses on the roof of the Modern Wing at Terzo Piano The cherished painting and the architecture of the historic museum helped me to create a series of breath taking portraits. Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith posing with Gustave Caillebotte Paris Street; Rainy DayArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith posing with Gustave Caillebotte Paris Street; Rainy DayArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith posing with Gustave Caillebotte Paris Street; Rainy Day Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss on the grand staircaseArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss on the grand staircaseArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss on the grand staircase Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss in front of a Georgia O'Keef paintingArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss in front of a Georgia O'Keef paintingArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss in front of a Georgia O'Keef painting Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith on the staircaseArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith on the staircaseArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith on the staircase Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith on the staircaseArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith on the staircaseArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith on the staircase The couple met... well kind of thanks to me.... my best friend's co-workers were having a party following the 2011 Pride Parade and I ran into Jason on my way there. This is the second time I have introduced a couple who were later married so, if you are single you might want to take me out for drinks. =P The cake and tables were set for Meredith and Jason's wedding at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. The cake and tables were set for Meredith and Jason's wedding at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. The cake and tables were set for Meredith and Jason's wedding at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. The cake and tables were set for Meredith and Jason's wedding at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing room shotThe cake and tables were set for Meredith and Jason's wedding at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. The cake and tables were set for Meredith and Jason's wedding at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. The modern wing is a beautiful space for a wedding or any party for that matter! Art Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss on the bridge from the Modern Wing to Millennium ParkArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss on the bridge from the Modern Wing to Millennium ParkArt Institute of Chicago Museum Wedding with Jason and Meridith kiss on the bridge from the Modern Wing to Millennium Park

 

More Info about Chicago Wedding Photographer John Gress

 

Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other Chicago wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago Wedding Photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.

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john@johngress.com (Chicago Wedding Photographer) art chicago illinois institute modern of photographer photography piano saic terzo wedding wing https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2018/3/j-m-at-the-art-institue-of-chicago-modern-wing Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:03:37 GMT
J & J in Northwest Indiana https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2017/2/northwest-indiana-wedding-photographer Wedding photographer portrait Julie and Jared at Wicker Memorial Park banquet hall in Munster IndianaJulie & Jared wedding Portrait at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland IndianaJulie & Jared pose for a wedding portrait in front of their Christmas light ceremony backdrop. I used a Photek 60" Softlighter II Umbrella as my main light on the left, a Westcott 7' White Parabolic Umbrella to the right of the camera to provide just a little bit of fill and one light near each bouquet pointed back towards the camera. 1/200 f5.6 ISO 400.

As a wedding photographer sometimes you get lucky, sometimes its the weather, sometimes its the venue and sometimes its the couple. This time in Northwest Indiana, I got all three! On a warm winter day Jared & Julie were married at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana.

The Northwest Indiana Social Center was magnificently decorated by the couple, and I really enjoyed their Christmas light wedding backdrop choice. There is just something about a series of lights that really make a wedding photographer happy, especially with this background where each light you see above is larger than the standard light.

I photographed the wedding with fellow Northwest Indiana wedding photographer Tasos Katopodis. I love how we work together to provide couples wedding photography that fully represents their special day!

After getting ready, the couple wanted to have a first-look at the Northwest Indiana home of a relative where Julie got ready. Jared had never seen her wedding dress before, which made the moment all the more special.

getting ready, bow tie, wedding photography,photographer,bathroom, mirror,tuxedo,groomJared gets ready for his wedding in Highland, IndianaJared ties his bow tie before marrying Julie at Wicker Memorial park in Highland, Indiana. 1/60 f1.4 ISO 100

wedding photographer, photographer,first look,tuxedo,wedding dress, smile, peak-a-boo,happy,couple,bride,goomJulie & Jared's first lookJared covers his eyes as hes embraced by Joulie outside a family members home in Munster, Indiana. 1/250 f8 ISO 1600

Prior to the ceremony we went to the Carmelite Fathers Shrines in Munster, Indiana for a portrait session. The unique stone environment combined with the low afternoon sun made for some great wedding photos.

Wedding photographer, portrait ,Carmelite Fathers ,shrine,Munster,Indiana,bride,groom,kiss,dress,tuxedo,photographyJulie and Jared pose for a wedding portrait at the Carmelite Fathers Shrine in Munster, IndianaJulie and Jared kiss as they pose for a wedding portrait at the Carmelite Fathers Shrine in Munster, Indiana. I lit this photo with a Profoto D1 air and 46" Photek Softlighter II. 1/125 f4.5 ISO 200

Wedding,photography,photographer,smile,bride,groom,portrait,dress,bowtieWedding photographer portrait of Jared & Julie at the Carmelite Fathers shrine in Munster, IndianaJulie and Jared smile while posing for a wedding portrait at the Carmelite Fathers Shrine in Munster, Indiana. I lit this photo with a Profoto D1 Air 500 and 46" Photek Softlighter II. 1/200 f8 ISO 160

I used four flashes to light each corner of the dance floor which was also the ceremony space. When the ceremony was happening, I turned down the flashes behind me so the couple would be more side lit and properly exposed when they made their triumphant exit.

smile,Wedding,Wicker Memorial Park,Highland, Indiana,photographer,photography,ceremony,dressJared & Julie's Wedding in Highland, IndianaJared & Julie smile during their Wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/200 f4 ISO 800

For the image below I made a game time decision to shoot available light, as sometimes I feel it helps to retain the realness of the moment.

smile,Wedding,Wicker Memorial Park,Highland, Indiana,photographer,photography,ceremony,dress,first kissJared & Julie's Wedding in Highland, IndianaJared & Julie share their first kiss during their Wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 2000

Wedding,Wicker Memorial Park,Highland, Indiana,photographer,photography,ceremony,dress,laugh,toast,speech,embarrassmentJared & Julie's Wedding Reception in Highland, IndianaJulie laughs at Jared's embarrassment thanks to a toast during their Wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/125 f1.8 ISO 1250

smile,Wedding,Wicker Memorial Park,Highland, Indiana,photographer,photography,reception,christmas lights,dressJared & Julie's Wedding Reception in Highland, IndianaJulie and Jared's watch a slideshow during their Wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/80 f1.2 ISO 1600

smile,Wedding,Wicker Memorial Park,Highland, Indiana,photographer,photography,reception,cutting the cake,wedding cake,,dressJared & Julie's Wedding Reception in Highland, IndianaJulie shoves cake all in Jared's face during their Wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/125 f12 ISO 1600

I decided to stick a single light under the chair of a wedding guest to rim light the couple during their first dance. smile,Wedding,Wicker Memorial Park,Highland, Indiana,photographer,photography,reception,first dance,dressJared & Julie's Wedding Reception in Highland, IndianaJulie and Jared share their first dance during their wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/125 f14 ISO 2000

 

I photographed the wedding with a Canon 5D Mark III and I used Profoto D1 monolights for all of the photos.

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john@johngress.com (Chicago Wedding Photographer) Carmelite Fathers Center Chicago Highland Memorial Munster Northwest Indiana Park Shrines Social Wedding Photographer Wicker banquet halls ceremonies nuptials photography social center https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2017/2/northwest-indiana-wedding-photographer Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:44:25 GMT
M & J in Evanston, Illinois at the Peckish Pig https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2017/1/m-j-in-evanston-illinois-at-the-peckish-pig 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.

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,socktails,lounge,bar,"manhattan drink"Meredith and Jazmine's wedding in Evanston IllinoisMeredith and Jazmine have Manhattans at Ward Eight Cocktail lounge before their wedding in Evanston, Illinois, north of Chicago. Lit with two Photek Softlighters and two Profoto D1 Air 500s. 1/60 f4 ISO 320 50mm

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

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,socktails,lounge,bar,manhattansPortrait at Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisMeredith and Jazmine kiss while having Manhattans at Ward Eight Cocktail lounge before their lesbian wedding in Evanston, Illinois, north of Chicago. Light with a Photek Softlight and a Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/200 f5.6 ISO 100 50mm

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.

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpubMeredith and Jazmine's wedding in Evanston IllinoisChildren and family play during the cocktail hour at Meredith and Jazmine’s wedding at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 320 24mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,beerCocktail Hour Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisJazmine’s has a beer while she greets her guests during her wedding with Meredith at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/160 f1.6 ISO 1250 50mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpubMeredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston IllinoisThe light coming in the tent at times was brilliant and I was drawn to one of the brides' cousins at Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/250 f2.8 ISO 12800 200mm

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.

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpubMeredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisMeredith and Jazmine’s arrive for their lesbian wedding at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/200 f4 ISO 1600 100mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,first,kiss
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.

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,announcements,"high-five"Announcements Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisMeredith and Jazmine’s arrive for their lesbian wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/125 f4 ISO 1600 24mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,announcementsAnnouncements Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisMeredith and Jazmine’s arrive for their lesbain wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/125 f4 ISO 2000 16mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,toast,champaign,speechToasts at Meredith and Jazmine's lesbain wedding in Evanston, IllinoisJazmine's Cousin gives a toast at Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/125 f4.5 ISO 1600 85mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub, toast,laugh,champaign,toast,smileToasts at Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisJazmine's Cousin gives a toast at Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/125 f4.5 ISO 1600 85mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,kiss,"sweetheart table"
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

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,"mother daughter dance"Mother daughter dance at Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisJaz and her mom have a mother daughter dance at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Lit with two Profoto D1 Air 500s. 1/100 f4 ISO 2000 70mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,hugMeredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisAs the receptions continues, a guest congratulates Jaz during Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/100 f4 ISO 1600 35mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,dancing,"dance floor"Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisDancing at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Lit with one Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/100 f1.4 ISO 320 35mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,dancing,"dance floor"Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisGuests congratulate Jaz at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Lit with one Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/100 f1.4 ISO 500 35mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,dancing,"dance floor"Dancing at Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisJaz gets her groovDancing at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Lit with one Profoto D1 Air 500.

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,dancing,"dance floor"Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisJaz's mom shows shes taking off her shoes as dancing continues at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Lit with one Profoto D1 Air 500.

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,candidGuest Candid at Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisGuests share good times at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/100 f1.2 ISO 6400 85mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,candid,smileGuest candid at Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisGuests share good times at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/100 f1.2 ISO 6400 85mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,beer,candid,"avalible light"Guest Candid at Meredith and Jazmine's LGBT wedding in Evanston, IllinoisGuests share good times at Meredith and Jazmine’s LGBT wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/60 f1.2 ISO 6400 85mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,bar,laughingMeredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisMore in the dark photography.... Meredith and her friends share a laugh at the bar during at Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. 1/100 f1.4 ISO 12800 35mm

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,dancing,"dance floor"Dancing at Meredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisDancing at Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Lit with one Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/125 f3.5 ISO 1600

Illinois, LGBT,Evanston Wedding, brides, gay, lesbian, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,suburbs,suburban,drink,cocktails,restaurant,tent,brewpub,dancing,"dance floor",hugMeredith and Jazmine's lesbian wedding in Evanston, IllinoisA guest congratulates Meredith during at Meredith and Jazmine’s lesbian wedding reception at the Peckish Pig Brewpub Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. lit with a Profoto D1 Air 500. 1/125 f3.5 ISO 1600 28mm

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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john@johngress.com (Chicago Wedding Photographer) Evanston Illinois LGBT Wedding brewpub brides candid cocktails dance floor dancing drink gay lesbian photographer photography portrait restaurant suburban suburbs tent https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2017/1/m-j-in-evanston-illinois-at-the-peckish-pig Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:02:15 GMT
T & N at the Cultural Center https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/terry-nathan-gay-wedding-at-the-cultural-center-tiffany-dome Recently, Terry & Nathan asked me to be their Wedding Photographer... well sort of. After the couple was wed by a judge at the Marriage and Civil Union Court in Chicago, they asked me to create a series of unique portraits with just the two of them at the Chicago Cultural Center.

I have been the wedding photographer for many gay couples, but this was my first time photographing a couple inside this unique architectural gem. Following this experience, it's now one of my favorite places for a photoshoot and I intend to capture more wedding portraits here whenever I have a wedding nearby! However, it was crowded with a lot of other wedding photographers and wedding parties.

smile,Wedding,gay,LGBT,”chicago cultural center”,Illinois,photographer,photography,portrait,grooms,"photek softlighter ii"Terry and Nathan’s wedding portraits at the Chicago Cultural Center.Terry & Nathan pose for a wedding portrait at the Chicago Cultural Center.. 1/100 f3.5 ISO 1250 45mm

 I used a 46" Photek Softlighter II with a Canon 600RT Flash to light the photos. Then I purposely exposed the photos to bring out the amber glow of the incandescent lights in the space capturing all of the gay wedding photos with a Canon 5D Mark III.

smile,Wedding,gay,LGBT,”chicago cultural center”,Illinois,photographer,photography,portrait,groomsTerry and Nathan’s wedding portraits at the Chicago Cultural Center.Terry & Nathan pose for a wedding portrait below an arch at the Chicago Cultural Center. 1/100 f3.5 ISO 1250 24mm

smile,Wedding,gay,LGBT,”chicago cultural center”,Illinois,photographer,photography,portrait,groomsTerry and Nathan’s wedding portraits at the Chicago Cultural Center.Terry & Nathan pose for a wedding portrait below the Chicago Cultural Center’s world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome, which is 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass. 1/100 f3.5 ISO 1600 28mm

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Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and gay weddings.

Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.

In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

 

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L & S in Richmond Illinois https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/Chicago-lesbian-wedding-photographer-richmond-illinois Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, "black and white", brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent, thunderbirdsSusan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah kiss as they get ready for their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/125 f2.0 ISO 800 24mm

 

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I first met Leah and Susan when I photographed their BFF's Jack & Jim's gay wedding 2 years ago. Back then, the ladies stood up as the matrons of honor and this time, the shoe was on the other foot, as it was the guy's turn as the best men! Both couples were wed in the Jack & Jim's back yard in Richmond Illinois, just north of Chicago. Illinois, LGBT, Richmond, Wedding, backyard, "black and white", brides, gay, lesbian, outdoor, photographer, photography, portrait, tent,"cowboy boots"Susan & Leah’s outdoor wedding in Richmond IllinoisSusan & Leah get ready for their outdoor wedding in Richmond, Illinois, near Chicago. 1/125 f2.8 ISO 400 24mm

Jack & Jim, who love cars, acquired two matching blue Ford Thunderbird convertibles for the ladies to ride in during a procession around the block to their wedding ceremony.

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I found that it's best to use one light at low power to light the interior of white tents that way the foreground will be illuminated and the lights in the background will still be visible. For the shot below I bounced a battery powered Profoto D1 Air 500 off the roof of the rent.

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I think I might be one of the few wedding photographers who loves shooting available light candids of guest, just based on the photo galleries I usually see online.

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Because of where the tent was located near the trees, I couldn't see the setting sun. But thankfully while I was making my rounds photographing candid photos of wedding guest, I saw the sky start to turn colors. After five minutes of waiting for the right moment, the clouds turned this brilliant hue of amber and magenta as Leah & Susan's special day came to a close.

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To book me to be your Chicago 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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Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other Chicago wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago Wedding Photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.

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Gay Wedding Photography: Brian & Byron at Salvage One in Chicago https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/gay-wedding-photography-brian-byron-at-salvage-one-in-chicago Gay wedding photography: Brian & Byron were married at Salvage One, an event space in Chicago. Their friend, Thomas Cantey, became a Universal Life minister just so he could preside over the occasion. In 2005 the couple met through the social networking site Friendster, when Brian, who became fascinated with trains as a toddler and wrote a paper in college on British railway policy, searched for men who were interested in “public transit.” Byron's name was the first to pop up. I'm sure that was more productive than checking out @CTAhotties on Instagram. The morning after their wedding, the couple and gues continued the festivities on a 3 hour tour of Chicago aboard a chartered CTA 'L' train. To learn more about the couple please check out this article from the New York Times. Some of the photos below are by Tasos Katapodis who worked with me as a second photographer for the event.

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  Candid photography of gay & lesbian couples getting ready for their weddings and receptions. Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid photography of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other Chicago wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago Wedding Photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.

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Chicago Suburbs Lesbian Wedding Photographer: Arlyn & China at The Grove Redfield Estate https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/chicago-suburbs-lesbian-wedding-photographer-arlyn-china-at-the-grove-redfield-estate As dusk fell upon the Redfield Estate in Glenview, Illinois, Arlyn & China met beneath a Gazebo on the grounds of the historic landmark. After their triumphant exit from their ceremony, the couple and their guests share cocktails outside the 1856 Kennicott House before retiring inside for their reception. Following dinner, the newly weds shared their first dance in the estate's outdoor pavilion.  

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Chicago Suburbs Lesbian Wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He is an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago suburbs lesbian wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago suburbs lesbian wedding photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.

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Candid photography of gay & lesbian couples getting ready for their weddings and receptions. Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid photography of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each gay wedding day special. Other Chicago wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other Chicago gay wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago wedding photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.  

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Thompson Chicago boasts some of the most unique event spaces for weddings and social events. Awarded Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award in 2014 and voted as one of 2015’s best events spaces by Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Candid photojournalism of gay & lesbian couples getting ready for their weddings and receptions. Other Chicago gay wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Chicago Gay Wedding Photojournalist John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. While other Chicago wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago Wedding Photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.

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Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago gay wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other Chicago gay wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Chicago Gay Wedding Photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.   Vendors for Erik and Kerry's Chicago Wedding: Robs DJ Service Foodesign by Chef Brech  

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Evanston Gay Wedding Photography: Frank & Brock's Celebration at the Farmhouse https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/evanston-gay-wedding-photography-frank-brocks-celebration-at-the-farmhouse Frank & Brock's ceremony affected me like no other, it was the last gay wedding I attended before my own. Given the future that faced me only weeks later, seeing the moments of the evening unfold were emotional to say the least, as I saw several parallels between my relationship and theirs. The Chicago couple exchanged their vows before family and friends at the Farmhouse, in Evanston, which was also the venue for the reception that followed.  

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Photography: Evanston Gay Wedding Photographer John Gress

Dearborne’s attire: The Black Tux; Theblacktux.com

Gardenhire’s attire: Styled by Stix and Stemz Events, Stixandstemz.net; Valentino tux, Dobell.com; Steve Madden shoes, 108 N. State, Stevemadden.com

Grooming: Aaron Williams, Lincoln Square Barbershop, 2415 W. Lawrence; Lincolnsquarebarbershop.com

Wedding planners: Karriem Watson and Judes Fleurimont, Stix and Stemz Events; Stixandstemz.net

Hotel catering manager: Lisa Lauren; Lisa.lauren@hilton.com

Cake: Fabiana’s Bakery, 5655 S. University; F@fabianasbakery.com

Décor: Joshua Jones, Kehoe Designs, 2555 S. Leavitt; Kehoedesigns.com

Entertainment: Melissa Young, Misseyme@aol.com; Maurice L. Tylon, Ace of Bass Entertainment, Aceofbassent@gmail.com; Marcus Matteo, Info@marcusmatteo.com

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“We couldn’t be more pleased to have chosen John Gress to do our wedding photography. John was extremely attentive to our needs, was great with communication, flexible, and easy to work with. Most importantly, John Gress is passionate about his work, which shows in his photos. We cannot thank him enough for all his hard work, and for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding.” - Clem & Charles

 

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Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He is an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Illinois gay wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of Illinois gay wedding photography by John Gress on his blog and on facebook.

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Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He is an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Illinois same-sex wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of Illinois same-sex wedding photographer John Gress' images on his wedding home page.

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Mike & Wally pose for a portrait outside of the Alder Planetarium before their summer wedding.[/caption] "Working with John was a true pleasure. From our first meeting, he took the time to listen to what we wanted to capture on our big day. Shooting the ceremony in the domed theatre at the Adler Planetarium presented its own photographic challenges, and during the pre-wedding site check he offered some excellent ideas and solutions to get us what we wanted. Then he more than delivered, from the outdoor pictures beforehand to the ceremony itself to the action-packed reception afterwards. And he did so in an unobtrusive, highly professional way. Net, John gets a top rating -- as well as profuse thanks -- from my husband and me." - Wally

 

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Chicago gay wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He’s an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. When you look up Gay Wedding Photography Chicago, other photographers will claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John has had his work published in periodicals around the world. He's also engaged to his partner Marcus and is planning his own wedding. Do you know any good photographers? =) See collections of photos from John on his website and on facebook.  

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The music began and these two amazing women walked alone for the last time. After reading their beautiful vows they exchanged rings they poignantly celebrated their marriage while encircled by family and friends .

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Chicago gay and lesbian wedding photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago gay wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of photos from John Gress on his blog and on facebook.

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Illinois LGBT Wedding Photographer: Louis & Bob https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/illinois-lgbt-wedding-photographer-louis-bob Illinois LGBT Wedding Photographer: Saint Paul's United Church of Christ & Germania Place, were the perfect backdrops for the LGBT wedding of two amazing people, Louis & Bob. Though we only met once before the wedding because they live in Champaign, we had a great rapport which led to making some great photos. I love the look of the old Chicago, Illinois church and the warm tones of the reception space.

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From Louis & Bob

"I found John online when we were looking for photographers for our July wedding. We looked at a number of different sites, but we were both really drawn to John's work as posted on his web-site. We contacted him, via e-mail, and immediately found him to be responsive, friendly, and easy going. We set up an appointment to meet him soon after. If you want a photographer who is going to take the standard, posed, multi-grouped wedding photos, John may not be your guy. Not that he doesn't take photos of any groupings etc. that you request, but his real talent lies in getting beautiful candid shots throughout the event. We asked him to take a few posed, close-up photos of our ceremony (because we requested he stay behind the guests at the ceremony so as not to cause disruption), and then a few posed family groupings. After that, we just let him go on his own. He was so calm and easy going...most of the time you didn't even know he was there. He captured all the happenings (cake cutting, toasts, first dance, etc.) but more importantly to us, he captured so many wonderful candid moments and faces of family and friends. I have beautiful shots of them that I truly can't wait to share with them because their faces are so filled with emotion. I was also concerned that our photographer be comfortable shooting photos at a gay wedding, as I wanted them to show the real love and emotion in our relationship, and some photographers are just not yet comfortable enough to know how to do that. Not a problem with John. He has had much experience shooting gay weddings and it shows in the depth of his work. I think you will also find that John is not a high pressure salesman after the event. He is always friendly, helpful, quick to respond, timely, makes a nice appearance, polite and accommodating. If you have viewed his work on-line, it is a true and honest representation of what to expect. He has all my respect, admiration, and appreciation for a job well done."  

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Illinois LGBT Wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each LGBT wedding day special. Other Illinois LGBT Wedding Photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other GLBT photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, John Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. See collections of photos from Illinois LGBT Wedding Photographer John Gress on his blog and on facebook.

 

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Chicago Lesbian Wedding Photography: 40-couples, gay, lesbian and straight, unite https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/chicago-lesbian-wedding-photography Chicago Lesbian Wedding Photography: Yesterday, 40 couples — gay, lesbian and straight — were married in a group wedding ceremony at Unity in Chicago and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. Here's a selection of photos from yesterday's event marking the beginnings of gay marriage across Illinois. Congratulations to all the newly weds! If you're in the photos and would like to order prints, you can find a gallery here. A portion of the proceeds goes to Unity in Chicago. If you're interested in having me capture your wedding, please visit this page for more information.  

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Chicago Suburbs Gay Wedding Photographer: I loved the light and architecture in this prairie style Kenilworth Club Assembly Hall! The way the chandeliers created pockets of light across the cocktail space made for some great photos showcasing the joy of this wonderful couples special day. Using the available light in a space is always my first preference because it leads to pleasing natural looking candid images that have a documentary wedding photojournalism style. The couple had multiple singers perform during the reception which was catered by the Hearty Boys Catering.

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"We hired John as our wedding photographer and couldn't have been happier with the results! We met with him beforehand and he really listened to our wishes for the event without trying to make us do something he felt like doing. During the evening, he unobtrusively floated around the room and candidly caught priceless moments. His photography was unique and contemporary, which resulted in exactly the type of photos we wanted (not the type you'd find in your grandma's photo album). Our friends and guests commented on the excellent quality of his work. Many felt the finished product was the best they had ever seen. We easily would recommend John over and over again to anyone who was interested in some truly professional photography." - Sean & Kevin

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Chicago Suburbs Gay Wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago suburbs gay wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of photos from John Gress on his website and on facebook.

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"I absolutely adore the rosemary garlands that adorn the yacht at Dawn and Angela's lesbian wedding; and, had I seen those rustic, organic centerpieces prior to our own wedding they would have served as our floral inspiration. Along with their wedding photos, Dawn and Angela submitted their newspaper wedding announcement: Dawn and Angela exchanged vows June 4 in a private ceremony in Lake Geneva, WI. Lisa Tonna, Priestess of the Goddess, served as the ceremony celebrant, creating a sacred circle in which family members and friends called in the four elements of earth, air, water and fire and participated in a candle lighting ritual signifying the love shared by the couple. Tonna's own life partner, Avis Jamison, served as ring guardian; longtime friends of the couple, Minnie Rinaldo and Teresa Stiel, shared sentiments from the heart during the ceremony. Additionally, folk singer Deidre McCalla performed her ballad and the Cowboy Junkies' "Anniversary Song." Poet C.C. Carter also performed a special rendition of her work, 'There is A Spirit' during the ceremony, which took place on the Grand Belle yacht on Geneva Lake."  

   

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Wisconsin Lesbian Wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Wisconsin Lesbian Wedding Photographer claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of photos from John Gress on his blog and on facebook.

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Chicago gay and lesbian wedding photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago Lesbian Wedding Photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of photos from John Gress on his blog and on facebook.

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Chicago Black & White Gay Wedding Photographer: One of the things I really enjoy about gay weddings is seeing how the couples nervously interact before they ceremony. This wedding was no exception as important guests were missing as the clock continued to tick away. You'll see their tension in the slides show below as they wait to walk down the proverbial isle. Technically speaking, this was my first time shooting a ceremony in B&W with the new Canon 5D Mark III and I decided to shoot all of the photos with availed light and super fast prime lenses. Often shooting at 1/80 f1.4 ISO 3200. The images looked great and I really enjoyed how they looked in black & white.

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Chicago Black & White Gay Wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He is an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago Black & White Gay Wedding Photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. Lean more about John Gress wedding photography here and on facebook.

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Wisconsin Gay Wedding Photographer: You May Now Kiss The Groom https://photos.johngress.com/blog/2016/12/wisconsin-gay-wedding-photographer Wisconsin Gay Wedding Photographer: I had a great time at the wedding of Chicago residents Brandon and Dominic. I was almost as excited as the grooms as the ceremony began at dusk along the banks of Lake Como in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The happy couple beamed as they exchanged vows in front of their friends and family. The newly civilly united pair are both close personal friends and you may recognize Brandon from his many appearances on this blog doing make-up for several of my shoots. It was a lot of fun seeing Brandon do make-up for his friends and family and his new husband before the service began.

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Wisconsin Gay Wedding Photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple and their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Wisconsin Gay Wedding Photographer claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. See collections of photos from John Gress on his blog and on facebook.

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Illinois gay wedding photographer: Richard and Joe tied the knot on October 11, 2014 in a beautiful brunch wedding at the Polo Cafe in Chicago. Their touching wedding was a refreshing break from the standard night time soiree. I really enjoyed capturing the genuine emotions between friends and family during the many candid moments.

"Joe and I had John Gress Photography take our wedding and reception photos and we were perfect. His attention to detail and being at every step of our planning was a great help. Thanks John for being part of and capturing our special day" - Richard and Joe

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Illinois gay wedding photographer John Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. He’s an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each gay wedding day special. Other Illinois gay wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but John Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other gay photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, John Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. See collections of photos from Illinois gay wedding photographer John Gress on his website and on facebook.

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Milwaukee Wedding Photographer: I remember seeing the shuttered Pabst Brewery on my first trip to Milwaukee over a decade ago. This was long before their white cans with red and blue lettering became a staple prop for hipsters standing and posing in revamped dive bars across America. While the brand's resurgence may seem like a fleeting fad, the historic brewery, which is iconic in its form, has become a timeless event venue and boutique hotel

Best Place Milwaukee was the perfect setting for Alex and Francine's beautiful reception following their wedding ceremony at St. Hedwig Catholic Church. As you can see from the photos, old world charm is a staple of the 1880's building. Alex grew up in Milwaukee and Francine is a native of Brasil.

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Candid photography of couples getting ready for their weddings and receptions in Wisconsin, Illinois and across the Midwest. Gress enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits. While he is based in Chicago, he is happy to travel to neighboring states free of charge. He's an expert portrait photographer and he loves capturing candid photography of the couple & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Milwaukee wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world. While other Milwaukee wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding. Find rate information and more amazing wedding photos by Milwaukee wedding photographer John Gress on his wedding home page.  

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