Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Sobia and Hamad’s gorgeous wedding reception at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. This stunning couple held their ceremony in Michigan, where Sobia and Hamad are each completing medical residency. They came back to Chi-town to share the occasion with the groom’s side of the family – and they couldn’t have picked a better venue than the Palmer House! I used to live a couple miles from this landmark hotel in the Loop, so I always feel right at home shooting at this location.
Sobia and Hamad were a delight to work with. Interestingly enough, a few years ago I shot the wedding of Hamad’s brother, whom I have since became good friends with. Anyone with eyes could easily see that Hamad is crazy in love with his bride. At one point during the shoot, Hamad reached down to help buckle her shoe strap – needless to say this romantic gesture had her girlfriends gushing!
Sobia and Hamad turned the traditional formality of the 150 year-old venue into a fresh-feeling, vibrant English rose garden, with hues of blush rose and lush greens accenting the signature Palmer House golden interiors. The innocuous innocence of the garden design allowed the radiant bride (and her bedazzling gown) to shine! Portraits under the famous frescoed ceilings of the Palmer House were a highlight of this shoot, as was the Chicago skyline and the Chicago Opera House. Scroll through for more from this fabulous hometown wedding!
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Sobia and Hamad’s Wedding Guide ::
Venue, Palmer House Hilton (Chicago wedding reception only) // Bride’s Shoes, Christian Louboutin // Bride’s Makeup, Sana Yousaf // Groom’s Attire, Suit Supply // Florist, Northern Greenhouses // Cake, Take the Cake // Caterer, Shahi Nahari