Being a Chicago Wedding Photographer is so a great opportunity to meet so many wonderful people! Lakisha and Alexander are definitely one of them:) Alex and Kisha met in Florida where both studied at the Florida A&M University. I think they made such a strong impression on each other because they both remember really well in which class they met for the first time and even who the professor was. It was an economics class and the professor was Dr Wilson. Actually, I forgot to ask Kisha and Alex whether Dr Wilson was invited to the wedding:) Well, after meeting at the economics class Kisha and Alex played some flirting games (slightly different ones if you ask them individually lol). They fast realized they are made for each other. I think Alex and Kisha are a great example when together they get the best out of the other person. Alex is Kisha's encourager, sous-chef, comedian, spiritual mate, but most importantly her love. Alex calls Kisha his support system and of course his biggest lobe.
When we met the first time we decided to meet at Starbucks in Logan Square in Chicago. Note to all other wedding photographers… Starbucks is not a good place to meet:) Because when we met of course Starbucks was full and we had to wait quite a while to get a table. Lately, I meet all my clients either at mine or their place. It's so much more comfortable. Well, going back to the story of Alex and Kisha. I think Lakisha loved my work from the beginning but Alex made up his mind when he saw that I show my portfolio of work on my iPad:)
We scheduled the engagement session in January. Yeah I know, it's not the best time of the year but we got pretty lucky. It was indeed cold but if you take a look at their Chicago downtown engagement session photos you would have never guessed that.
Lakisha's and Alex's wedding was at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park right on the University of Chicago campus. If you haven't visited that Chicago neighborhood yet then I absolutely recommend it. One of the prettiest parts of Chicago. No wonder why our President, Mr Obama used to live there:) Then the wedding reception was at the University of Chicago's Reynolds Club. Beautiful place though very challenging for a photographer because of the dark wood finish (much harder to bounce flashes off the walls and ceilings).
You will notice in the photos below that Alex was member of Alpha Phi Alpha. It's a fraternity that develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for communities. So during the wedding reception there quite a bit of Alpha Phi Alpha tradition celebration! From singing, to special dances, to groom cake… It was so much fun to see the boys doing it!
Lastly, I hope you will enjoy the photos below. This wedding of Alex and Lakisha I photographed with two of my friends photographers Anthony from Third Party Photography and Dan Daman. Of course comments, thoughts, critique are always welcome.