Rob + Christina: Engaged in Chicago's West Loop

We love it when we can just wander around a photogenic neighborhood of Chicago with our couples, so it was a blast getting to take Rob and Christina's engagement pictures in and around the West Loop. We're so excited for their wedding later this year, in the meantime here are some of our favorites from our time together (introduced by Madison, their sweet doggie!).

Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-6.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-7.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-12.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Lotzer Engagement-West Loop Chicago-13.jpg

Sean + Amanda: Married at Artifact Events, Chicago

It was an absolute joy photographing Sean and Amanda's beautiful wedding at one of the most unique venues in all of Chicago. We knew from the moment we met the couple and took engagement pictures at their family's Michigan lake house (see those photos here) that it was going to be a family-centered and fun-packed day, and it did not disappoint. Here are few of our favorite images, enjoy!

Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-7.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-6.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-12.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-13.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-14.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-15.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-16.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-17.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-18.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-19.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-20.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-21.jpg
Nicodem Creative-McHugh Wedding-Artifact Events Chicago-22.jpg

Venue: Artifact Events  //  Getting Ready: The Peninsula Chicago  //  Hair and Makeup: Zazu Salon  //  Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral 

Marty + Sarah: Engaged at Montrose Harbor, Chicago

It's good in the middle of Chicago's winter months to remember that yes, there once were days where the sun stayed in the sky past 4:30 p.m. and the trees were green and the lake was warm enough to play in. And we had the joy of capitalizing on all of those things for Marty and Sarah's beautiful engagement session this last summer at Montrose Harbor (one of our all-time favorite spots to take couples). We're so excited to photograph their wedding in just a couple of weeks; in the meantime, here are a few images from our time together!

Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-7.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-6.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-14.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-13.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Senour Engagement-Montrose Harbor Chicago-12.jpg

Jack + Britni: Married in Lake Forest, IL

Choosing only a handful of images from Britni and Jack's stunning wedding was next to impossible. Thoughtful, personal, elegant, and planned to perfection, it was definitely one of our favorites from this past summer (did we mention that the whole thing took place on the family's gorgeous property in a northern suburb of Chicago?). Here are a few photos from the day, we were honored to photograph such a beautiful wedding and loved working alongside some of the best vendors in the Chicagoland area (see links at the bottom of this post). Cheers to Jack and Britni!

Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-13.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-14.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-15.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-16.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-17.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-18.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-19.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-20.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-21.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-22.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-23.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-24.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-25.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-26.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-27.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-28.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-29.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-30.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-31.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-32.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-33.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-35.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-34.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-37.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Eberle Wedding Blog_Lake Forest IL-38.jpg

Wedding Planner: Kate Lerman, Chicago Vintage Weddings // Florals: Kelly Lenard, Intertwine // Catering: Food for Thought // Live Music: Rendezvous

I Scream, You Scream...Whatever Just Gimme That Gelato.

We love supporting our local small businesses in Chicago. Especially when they're really good people who make really good vegan gelato, and especially when they agree to bring buckets of it over to your house to "photograph" (at least that was our excuse to eat as much as we wanted). The people behind Sacred Serve are some of the best we know, and if eating amazing organic, raw, vegan gelato with only the best natural ingredients is up your alley then get yourself on the bandwagon (I've heard it actually even helps you lose weight, but don't quote me on that). Check out their website (link above) to see where you can pick yours up!

Nicodem Creative-Sacred Serve Chicago-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Sacred Serve Chicago-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Sacred Serve Chicago-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Sacred Serve Chicago-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Sacred Serve Chicago-4.jpg

Chris + Gina: Married at St. Michael's in Old Town, Chicago

I could write about Chris and Gina's wedding all day, and still not cover it with due diligence. It was one of the classiest, most fun-filled weddings we've ever had the privilege of photographing. If you need any tips for "how to do a wedding right," their day sets the standard: from getting ready at the PUBLIC Chicago hotel (think minimal, black and white with a lot of class) and the first look on the rooftop terrace, to a beautiful ceremony at St. Michael's, to photos under the covered walkway at the Civic Opera, and finally cocktails, dinner and dancing at Germania Place (a National Registry Historic Building), these two made our job easy. Here are some of our favorite images from the day, enjoy! 

Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-6.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-7.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-12.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-13.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-14.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-15.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-16.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-17.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-18.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-20.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-19.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Wilson Wedding_Germania Place Chicago Blog-21.jpg

Getting Ready: PUBLIC Chicago Hotel // Ceremony Location: St. Michael in Old Town // Reception: Germania Place // Florals: Vale of Enna // Dress: Matthew Christopher // Hair and Makeup: Tamara // Tuxes: Trunk Club 

Renzhuo + Shuonan: Married at PUBLIC Chicago Hotel

Earlier this past Spring we had the joy of photographing the engagement of Renzhuo and Shuonan at Olive Park (you can see those images here), and it is with great excitement that we can now share their wedding day photos! It was honestly one of the best days ever, filled with family and friends who came from all over the world to celebrate this amazing couple. With an intimate rooftop ceremony at the PUBLIC Chicago hotel, a double-decker bus tour to some of Chicago's best sights, and a sunset dinner back on the hotel rooftop, it truly was an honor to be a part of their wedding day. Below are some of our favorite images, and look for their wedding film on the blog in the next few weeks!

Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-6.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-7.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-12.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-13.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-15.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-16.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-17.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-14.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-18.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-19.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-20.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-21.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-22.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-23.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-29.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-24.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-30.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-31.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-26.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-27.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-25.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-28.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-32.jpg
Nicodem Creative-Wang Wedding-Public Hotel Chicago-33.jpg

Venue: PUBLIC Chicago // Florals: Life in Bloom  

When Life Gives you Lemons...buy Whiskey

Last February we rented an apartment in Lisbon, Portugal for a month. Between wandering around the narrow streets and hidden gardens, spending afternoons playing cards in coffee shops, and taking day excursions to the coast, we decided to utilize the beautiful space we were living in and photograph a "passion project." I (Andrew) have for a long time loved the craft of creating cocktails, and have probably spent way too much time and resources on something that is simply a hobby (but you'll thank me when you come over for a drink). There is something I find very beautiful in the art of a well-made drink: from the history of each cocktail and where/when it originated, to the science of what ingredients go into it and the right proportions for balance, to the artistic way in which you present it, and all of this before the cocktail is even tasted (arguably the best part). Thus I set out to create a Portugal-inspired, visually pleasing libation to keep us warm despite the winter rain of Lisbon, and give us an excuse to photograph in our lovely home away from home. I present to you my Lisbon Sour (a riff on a New York Sour, which itself is a riff on a Whiskey Sour): 2oz good bourbon, 1oz fresh lemon juice, .75oz honey syrup (I prefer honey instead of simple in this drink), an egg white to give it some body, and .5oz ruby port floated on top. Add all the ingredients except the port to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain into a rocks glass and use the back of a spoon to gently float the port on top (hands down the hardest part, but visually worth it). 

And as they say in Lisbon: Saúde!

Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-1.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-2.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-3.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-7.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-4.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-5.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-8.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-9.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-10.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-11.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-12.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-13.jpg
Nicodem Creative_Whiskey Sour Port Float-14.jpg