Guest Post by the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

When planning that all-important wedding day shot list, don’t forget to incorporate some of the unique photo opportunities Chicago provides. You’ve chosen the Windy City as the setting for your big day so make sure to take advantage of it!

Beau Buttacavoli, director of catering at the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago, has put together several suggestions for brides and grooms to incorporate our beautiful city into their wedding day photographs.

Planes, Trains, Automobiles And Divvy Bikes! Wheels aren’t just a means to get from one photo setting to another. Incorporate your ride into your special day. If you’ve rented a classic trolley, take photos of the bridal party posing in the windows. For more outside-the-box moments, rent a pedicab or Segways. You can even contact the CTA to charter your own L train.

Soar to New Heights Chicago’s skyline is second to none, so why not look for ways to include a bird’s eye view of the city in your photos? Drones are phenomenal if you have a photographer that offers it, but you can also take advantage of stationary settings like bridges and terraces. Go out into the neighborhoods, talk to your local park district, look at rooftop options. A favorite photo opp for Warwick Allerton brides and grooms is at the top of our 25-story fire escape…not for the faint of heart!

The Gritty City Inject a truly urban feel into your wedding day photo shoot by incorporating Chicago’s industrial aspects. Graffiti-covered walls will give your images an edgy feel, contrasting beautifully with the white wedding dress. Public sculptures like Agora in Grant Park or Dawn Shadows in the Loop provide a variety of options for you and your wedding party to interact with some of the city’s famous public art pieces.

For more ideas on where to take some uniquely Chicago wedding photos, visit