Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wedding : Susan and Shane

April in Chicago is normally filled with plenty of Spring showers, so I was pleasantly surprised (ok, thrilled!) that we had a beautiful sunny day for Susan and Shane’s wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Having shot at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago before I’m always excited to be back because it’s such an amazing hotel. The natural and bright lighting in Susan’s suite was perfect for her, her sister, and her mother to get ready in. With everyone in great spirits it was also a perfect space to toast with some champagne to the momentous occasion and gorgeous weather. Getting to know Susan and Shane’s family was a blast, but being there to see their 4 children witness their parent’s vows definitely tugged at the heart strings a little. Shane and Susan then danced the night away in a beautifully candle lit room surrounded by best friends, loving family, and cake fueled kids. I couldn’t have imagined a better forever after!

I started off the day with Susan as she got ready in her suite at the hotel:

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We had our first look in the courtyard in front of the hotel.

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One of my favorites from the day:

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After the ceremony, Susan, Shane, and their guests celebrated at their cocktail hour while I took a few quick detail photos at the reception.

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I loved this quiet moment with Susan and her son:


And now, time for the dance party!

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Every dance party needs more cowbell!

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Congratulations again, Susan and Shane. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding day. I wish you both nothing but the best!

Shout outs to the fantastic team of vendors who helped make this day possible:
Videographer: Mirar Productions
Band: Chicago Catz
Cake and Catering: Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Flowers: Bukiety
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo


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  1. Sam Le

    Lovely love lovely work Steve. I truly adore you perspective eye throughout the day. Every shot is so different fron the other, but gushing with storytelling elements. The more cowbell shot is amazing!

  2. small

    such big smiles! fabulous wedding, great work!

  3. Ashley

    She’s beautiful! Great shot of her and her father walking down the aisle.

  4. LOVE the motion in the getting ready image…so rad! great work!

  5. What a great set Steve, you know what a fan I am!!

  6. The shot of the two boys in top hats is classic! Looks like a great party too

  7. Wow! What an amazing wedding! You did a great job capturing all the beautiful moments! The couple looks incredibly happy! Keep up the great work!

  8. Shang

    Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and amazing moments!!

  9. That walking down the aisle shot is perfection!!

  10. Such an elegant and amazing wedding, gorgeous work!

  11. AB

    I really enjoy seeing these moments captured perfectly. As a wedding professional, I’m a DJ, I work with many gifted photographers before during and after the event. I love seeing the wedding through the eyes of the finished photography project. You definitely caught each moment perfectly.