The Haight Wedding Photographer | Jackie + Zak

The haight wedding photos

Jackie and Zak are one of the kindest and genuine human beings we had pleasure to work with. Their wedding took place on a hot, and humid afternoon at the Haight in Elgin, IL. I pointed it here because getting married in July in Chicago, may require some extra preparations and patience on part of the bride and groom. The weather is almost always guaranteed to be hot and humid, often mixed with some rain. Jackie and Zak, however did not seem to be bothered at all by somewhat uncomfortable humidity. Throughout the entire wedding, their excitement was palpable and every moment we spent with them, indoors and outdoors, was fun and exciting. They cared deeply about their family and guests but also made plenty of opportunities to cherish their love with each other throughout their wedding day. I hope these feelings come through in these photographs. It was simply a pleasure and honor to observe and document their wedding. .

This was our third wedding we photographed at the Haight in Elgin and every time we work there, it feels as fun as the first time we worked there. What we love about the Height is its historic feel and possibility of having bride and groom get ready inside the venue. From rustic and gritty feel of downtown Elgin to open green fields and woods off the nearby forests, the Haight has access to some fantastic portrait locations in the area. Possibly, the best way to describe may come from venuereports.com site: “Housed in the former Elgin Livery & Storage warehouse, The Haight defines raw elegance. The architectural elements from this historic 1890 building include timber beams, exposed brick and open beamed ceilings. All of which create a spacious, yet cozy environment for guests to socialize.“ The Haight is a really unique and fun place to get married and we wouldn’t mind to photograph more weddings there in the future.

Intimate Chicago Wedding Photography | Redfield Estate | Norma + Kyle

Redfield Estate wedding photographer - Portrait of the bride and groom


Norma and Kyle married on a hot and humid July weekend in 2019.  Thinking of it now, they were one year ahead of everyone else with their intimate / “micro” wedding idea, something that has been so popular in a pandemic wedding era. They married among a couple of dozens of their closest friends and family, highlighting what’s most important (in my believe) about the the act of marriage. They were also able to combine best of both worlds: the nature vibes of Red Field Estate and sophistication of Chicago at Little Goat Diner. The morning of their wedding started with Norma getting ready and putting on her wedding dress at Redfield Estate, a historic mansion in Glenview, IL just outside of Chicago. After first look with Kyle, the outside wedding ceremony proceeded in the company of their closest friends and family. Red Field Estate is an amazing place for a wedding. The area has multiple areas the couple can choose for the ceremony. It also offers countless beautiful spots for wedding portraits (especially for a nature lovers), as well as indoor and outdoor space for the reception. It is ideal for smaller, intimate weddings but with right planning it can also fit larger outdoor wedding celebrations. Kyle and Norma however decided to bring their reception to the heart of the city. After short portrait session in the woods of Redfield Estate we headed over to West Loop in Chicago for a small celebratory dinner at Little Goat Diner. After some cocktails, food, beautiful acoustic live sounds and tear jerking speeches we headed outside to roam the neighborhood, bathed in a beautiful late afternoon light. After few more wedding portraits, we headed back to Little Goat Diner for some more cocktails, laughs and deserts. It was a truly beautiful day!

Wedding Venue: Redfield Estate
Dress: BHLDN
Flowers: Westgate Flowers & and Plant Shop Oak
Groom’s attire: GenerationTux
Reception: Little Goat Diner
Bride’s Veil: Blanca Veils

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