Post # 1
As much as I love the look of the Chicago skyline for weddding photos (like this one by Weddingbee Pro’s Anne Ruthman!), it just isn’t in the logistics of our day to get downtown (I’m getting married in the burbs) to take some great shots downtown.
We may do a mini-shoot (TTD?) when we come back to visit my family in Chicago sometime after the wedding, but for the wedding day I didn’t want the added stress of finding the perfect place for skyline shots.
What do you Chicago bees think? Gotta have it?
Post # 3
We planned to do skyline shots, but it poured so we had to change our plans. I didn’t even realize we skipped them until I read this post! So, yes, I suppose it is fine to skip them! As long as you have other shots you love it won’t matter.
Post # 4
I really want skyline shots, but I’m planning on getting married in January…it’s not going to be the best time. If after the wedding and honeymoon you still want the shots, I say go for the TTD! I think it just depends on how you feel. Let us know what you decide!
Post # 5
LatteLove i totally understand!! i’m also getting married in the burbs and have been going back and forth with what we should do.. i totally WANT skyline pics however its just not feasible to get downtown in a timely matter. we are doing engagement pics with skyline, and then just like you, doing TTD mini-shoot.. not ideal. but it works!
Post # 6
You can make some pictures with your friends just for fun of it. The best would be at night or sunset. I would not worry about dress. Just some fun.
Post # 7
Nah, don’t worry about it. We were married downtown and still didn’t take the time to go down to the Planetarium. It’s super crowded down there on Saturdays with bridal parties, so it’ll also most likely eat up a lot of time. Is there anywhere else where you can get city shots without going all the way down there? Perhaps some on Michigan Ave., Millenium Park, etc.? Also, if you’re getting engagement pics done in Chicago, get those skyline pics then, that’s what we did. Good luck!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
YES! But I wouldn’t worry about doing it on your wedding day…a TTD session is perfect for this!
Since we’re getting married in Jamaica, we’re having our engagement pictures taken in the city. I want those skyline shots! 🙂
Post # 9
You dont have to have them , but If you really care about those (I personally love them) try to find a photographer that will be flexible and maybe meet up on different day , lets say after the wedding just to do donwtonw/city shots! Just a suggestion!
Post # 10
For me, they were a must have! Of course, a lot of it has extra sentimental value for me because I grew up in Chicago and it is my hometown. My family, including myself, is dispersed around the country so having us all together is rare, and this will be his family’s first time really in Chicago (versus just travelling through), so it was important to me to have pictures that highlighted this wonderful city.
I am also getting married in the suburbs, but since our ceremony/reception is in one location, we plan to start in the mid-afternoon, which leaves a little time in the early afternoon for photos with the skyline. It does mean extra cost for me though- to save travelling time, the girls and I are staying the night with a sleepover in the city at a hotel and then getting ready downtown.
An engagement shoot (I am having one in Portland to include it for our wedding) or shoot after the wedding are options if you are looking for photos of just you as a couple, versus everyone.
Post # 11
we are so lucky to have the city of Chicago for our backdrops. Most people just don’t have the time on wedding day so we do many trash the dress sessions with the city skyline and lakefront.
Do the TTD. you won’t regret it!
Post # 12
If you don’t have enough time to capture skyline shots on your actual wedding day, I typically suggest a day-after bridal shoot (which can also be completed after the honeymoon).
The second day shoot allows our couples to get the extra beautiful pictures of just the two of you – without taking too much time away from the wedding day events.
Often after the wedding day, the pressure and stress level is greatly reduced and it shows in the pictures.
The shoot after the wedding allows additional travel time for different / multiple locations and/or styles. Plus it’s just plain fun wearing the dress and tux again!
Good Luck! Sarah
Post # 13
I say don’t worry about them. Remember doing a separate photo shot means having to have hair and make-up done again, rent a tux again, etc. So more money spent on the wedding. Guess you just have to ask is it really worth the extra time and money. You may want to wait until you get your wedding photos back and decide you have plenty.
Post # 14
I think it makes for a gorgeous picture but if you dont have time, dont stress yourself out about it. Im sure there are other locations that you are planning on for your pictures that will look just as beautiful.
Post # 15
Check out : http://www.plumtreestudio.com
Lots of skyline photos
Post # 16
Thanks Rosie! You’re the best! (And thanks for the referral to this site, it’s awesome!)
We recommend the skyline photos for sure! Check out some samples if interested: http://www.plumtreestudio.com/gallery/weddings
If you can afford the extra time, you can have some amazing memories in the best city in the world (chicago!) 🙂