Rookery Chicago Wedding Photography Kat & Scott September 17, 2016

The Rookery Chicago Wedding Photography

Kat & Scott

Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Rookery
Chicago, Illinois

Jason Kaczorowski Photography © 2016

I absolutely love photographing weddings at The Rookery. Architects Daniel Burnham, John Root and Frank Lloyd Wright created this architectural masterpiece which stands as one of the greatest surviving examples of the early commercial skyscrapers and today acts as one of the most stunning wedding venues in Chicago.

(above) Stunning wrist corsage created by Steve’s Flower Market
(above) The moment Kat realized it’s time to get married!
(above/below) Kat & Scott shared their First Look on LaSalle Street beneath Chicago’s Board of Trade
(above/below) Each wedding I photograph at The Rookery I strive to create a unique photo for every bride and groom. I’m so thrilled with these portraits!
(above/below) The Oriel Staircase at The Rookery is one of the most epic locations for wedding photos in Chicago
(above) Reinterpretation of a photograph of Daniel Burnham and John Root inside the Burnham Library at The Rookery in Chicago
(above) Reflection in glass encasing original blueprints of Chicago inside the Burnham Library at The Rookery
(above/below) Bringing the heat to LaSalle Street with these steamy night shots by the Board of Trade

Preparation Location • JW Marriott Chicago
Hair • Diem Angie | Jean Ramos
Make-Up • Diem Angie | Jean Ramos
Wedding Dress • House of Brides Couture
Floral • Steve’s Flower Market | Erica
Ceremony • The Rookery
Officiant • Ministry Beyond the Church | Fr. Jeff Johnson, M. Div
Reception • The Rookery
Lighting • Art of Imagination | Deborah Weisenhaus
Draping • Art of Imagination | Deborah Weisenhaus
Catering • Jewell Events Catering | Kristin Kramer
DJ • DJ Chicago | Chris
Cake • Jewell Events Catering | Kristin Kramer
Photobooth • Icon Photobooth | Mike Frisini
Associate Photographer • Carla Marie Stehman

Extra special thanks to Erica from Steve’s Flower Market for an incredible job and especially for grabbing my team and I Starbucks Iced Coffee. Those really hit the spot!

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Studio Manarchy Wedding Photography Lily & Vincent September 10, 2016

Studio Manarchy Wedding Photography

Lily & Vincent

Studio Manarchy
Chicago, Illinois

Jason Kaczorowski Photography © 2016

I absolutely loved capturing Lily and Vincent’s wedding at Chicago’s Studio Manarchy. As you can see from the highlights below, the couple – and their entire wedding party – were so much fun to photograph and were all smiles all day! It’s always such a pleasure getting to know my clients and fortunately this season, many of my couples have adopted my team and me and made us feel like we were truly one of the family. A special kind of camaraderie forms between the couple and I and before you know it, we’re all laughing together and the moments I capture appear genuine and relaxed. This makes for the best wedding photos – when couples embrace all the energy of their day and enjoy every second of it! Lily and Vincent were a perfect example of two special people who are clearly best friends and made for one another.

Thank you for trusting me enough to hire me by phone all the way from New York to capture your wedding here in Chicago. I hope you love your highlights, Lily, as much as my team and I loved capturing them!

Welcome! Tributes, we welcome you! We salute your courage and your sacrifice and we wish you… Happy Hunger Games … er, I mean “Door Games“. What are Door Games?

For many Asian couples, “Door Games” are a fun, lighthearted tradition to look forward to at any wedding celebration. The Bridesmaids hide the Bride from the Groom, and the Groom must work with his Groomsmen to get to her.

Some questions that challenged Vincent from entering Lily’s parents’ home to greet her were things such as “What is Lily’s favorite dessert in Chicago?” (Sugar Shack) and “What was the name of Lily’s High School?” (Lincoln Park). When Vincent got an answer wrong he was forced to perform a challenge or assign a challenge to one of his groomsmen. Challenges ranged from eating a spoon of sugar, doing 50 push-ups, finding a ring in a bucket of ice water using just his toes or making his groomsmen stand in ice water until he could correctly answer the next question or complete the next challenge such as finding Lily’s shoe among an entire suitcase full of other guests’ shoes.


Traditionally, the bride is formally introduced to the groom’s family through the Chinese wedding Tea Ceremony. The Bride’s family’s Tea Ceremony often occurs three days later. Modern Chinese weddings however often compress all events into a single day which was the case for Lily and Vincent’s wedding where Lily served her family during their Tea Ceremony before the couple’s ceremony and Vincent performed the customary ritual at the couple’s wedding reception.

(above) Lily & Vincent’s First Look at Chicago’s Ping Tom Park in Chinatown
(above/below) Since Chinatown is located so close to Pilsen, the couple’s Wedding Party took photos at the colorful street art murals along 16th Street
(above) Chicago’s Studio Manarchy was built in the 1890’s as a maple syrup factory and was rumored to be a speakeasy in the 1920’s by Al Capone.
In 1980, Studio Manarchy was renovated by Dennis Manarchy, designed to respect and preserve the presence of historic Chicago industrial architecture. The clock, seen in the main wedding ceremony and reception venue, was custom-made for the building in homage to Chicago’s great buildings with their iconic clocks.
(above) Behind the clock of Studio Manarchy is a warm and inviting event space and a spacious photography studio tastefully decorated with the fine art prints of Dennis Manarchy and a thoughtful collection of re-purposed objects.
(above) Studio Manarchy is filled with Americana props, primitive antiques and eclectic memorabilia such as this clock-inspired mannequin which was my inspiration for this creative wedding ring photo
(above) Gotta love a good Star Wars’ Lightsaber battle entrance by members of the bridal party!
(above / below) Lily & Vincent went for it with their surprise choreographed hip-hop dance routine.
(above) Lily & Vincent were kung-fu fighting… Their kicks were fast as lightning!
(above) Vincent’s tank top was so awesome! It read, “I flexed and the sleeves fell off”. LOL!

Event Coordinator • Venue Logic | Kate
Hair • Diem Angie Nguyen
Make-Up • Diem Angie Nguyen
Floral • Flowers for Dreams
Ceremony • Studio Manarchy
Reception • Studio Manarchy
Cake • Sweet Mandy B’s
DJ • DJ Chicago | Nick
Limo • Loyalty Limo | Jake
Videography • Amor in Motion | Andrewa
Associate Photographer • Alex Maldonado
Assistant Photographer • Carla Marie Stehman

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Loews Chicago Streeterville Wedding Photography Diana & Nick September 9, 2016

Loews Chicago Wedding Photography

Diana & Nick

Loews Chicago Streeterville
Chicago, Illinois

Jason Kaczorowski Photography © 2016

Event Coordinator • Loews Chicago Streeterville | Leah
Make-Up • Hannah Elisabeth Beauty | Hannah
Floral • Scarlet Petal
Ceremony • Holy Name Cathedral
Reception • Loews Chicago Streeterville | Leah
Cake • Cake Chicago
DJ • MDM Entertainment | Nick
Lighting • MDM Entertainment
Cinematography • Hendzel Productions | Mike
Associate Photographer • Alex Maldonado
Assistant Photographer • Carla Marie Stehman

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