Chicago natives, Lauren and Josh, love their city and they couldn’t have picked a better wedding venue to show it off. With it’s stunning views of the city skyline, the Trump International Hotel and Tower’s contemporary yet inviting ambiance was a great reflection of Lauren and Josh’s personal style and the perfect backdrop for their joyful celebration! Artfully documented by top Chicago wedding photographer Kevin Weinstein, Lauren and Josh’s “quintessentially Chicago” wedding is simply a fabulous start to the week!
The Newlyweds: Lauren and Josh
Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?
Lauren and Josh: We wanted the ceremony to have as much meaning to us and our families as possible, and incorporated family traditions and heirlooms from many generations. We wanted to make sure that the evening was about us spending time together, celebrating this incredibly meaningful life event. It was important to us that our guests enjoy the ceremony, the food, and the music…and we wanted everyone to dance! Our planning with Reva Nathan had this goal in mind, and we tried to do what we could to maximize our guests’ enjoyment (e.g., passing out desserts on the dance floor so they didn’t have to sit down for sweets).
Junebug: How would you describe your personal wedding style?
Lauren and Josh: We did not have specific colors in mind, nor did we have a specific “style”. We did know that we wanted the room to glow – we wanted candlelight and other lighting that would create a warm ambiance. Given our lack of specific ideas concerning colors and flowers, it was essential to have such talented people helping us!
Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?
Lauren and Josh: We held our wedding ceremony and reception at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in the Grand Ballroom. It has a picturesque view of the Wrigley and Tribune buildings, which are quintessentially “Chicago.” I am a Chicago girl at heart, and the view truly celebrates the city. The hotel itself is contemporary but not at all stark, which also reflected our personal style.
Junebug: What three adjectives describe your wedding best?
Lauren and Josh: Inviting, joyful, and radiant.
Junebug: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your wedding?
Lauren and Josh: Josh and I put time into planning our wedding with the hope that it would be a true reflection of who we are as people. The wedding was by far the best weekend of our lives, but when it was over, we weren’t sad for it to be over. It was everything we hoped it would be and more, and it was a tremendous start to our married life together.
Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?
Lauren and Josh: We wanted someone who is a true artist, and who would make us feel comfortable. It was important to us that the photographer capture not only the look of our wedding, but also the emotion in the room.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Kevin Weinstein and his imagery?
Lauren and Josh: Kevin’s photographs not only look beautiful, but they also evoke a strong reaction. His photographs were not just brides and grooms who were smiling…they were brides and grooms who were smiling, in love, and radiating joy. Kevin is remarkably talented and professional, and we knew we could trust him when it came to capturing the most important day of our lives. We often look at the photographs when we want a strong reminder of how we felt that day! Kevin’s work truly allows us to relive our wedding, which is an invaluable gift.
Junebug:What did you enjoy most about working with your photographer?
Lauren and Josh: Kevin was genuinely fun to work with. He is so passionate about his work and shows such excitement when he comes up with a creative idea or captures something beautiful. After the ceremony, we went outside to the balcony at the Trump. The lighting was so stunning that Kevin commented, “I wish we could stay out here all night!” Josh and I felt lucky to have a photographer who could so skillfully capture such an extraordinary moment.
The Photographer: Kevin Weinstein
Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?
Kevin: No different than any other wedding. I am purely documentary considering I come from a journalism background. Sure, I give some direction when needed. My couple’s are not models and can get a tad anxious when it comes to the portraits. But outside of the formals, the day is 100 percent organic. What you see is what you get. An intimate, gregarious couple adds quite a bit to the final collection.
Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?
Kevin: Not one. The couple booked me sight unseen, and trusted the work displayed on my web site. Their confidence in my professional ability to tell their story was apparent.
Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?
Kevin: Normally, the formals are not my favorite, but I did thoroughly enjoy being outside on the Tower taking pictures of the bride and groom with the incredible backdrop of Chicago. It looks like a movie set! In the end, the entire day was an experience mainly because Lauren and Josh, along with their entire families, were so kind, celebratory and who could not enjoy the bride’s temple to temple grin? Her poor cheeks must have been sore the next day.
Junebug: How did the locations available to you affect the type of images you shot and how you shot them?
Kevin: This was my first wedding at the Trump Tower. But like any venue in Chicago, we shoot in indoor ballrooms mostly which are dark. The entire day is a challenge and I am always drawing on past experiences to pull myself through to deliver a successful collection of images for each client.
Junebug: Were there any special locations you were able to choose that made for really great images?
Kevin: The terrace outside with the Wrigley Building as the backdrop. I think that is my favorite portrait to date. It looks simple, but the stress level at the time was pretty high. The session with the Bride and Groom was supposed to be an hour, and we ended up only having 20 minutes because things were running late. To make matters worse, it was crowded on the Terrace, I was escorted by a staff member at The Trump and there were high winds that day causing me to work a little more slowly (in between gusts). Inside the ballroom had its own challenges due to the light level, but the room was so well decorated with decor and custom lighting that the final images truly are spectacular.