Kat & Emilio’s Adler Planetarium Wedding Featuring The Blackstone Hotel

Wedding season is in full swing, and I’m throwing it back to one of our favorite wedding days from 2023! Kat and Emilio’s intimate Adler Planetarium wedding last September was one for the books. Highlights include gorgeous Chicago weather, a private vow exchange in Grant Park, and a sunset lakefront ceremony. These two were all eyes on each other, making my job easy, of course!

The Blackstone Hotel

The day began with Emilio and Kat getting ready separately at The Blackstone on Michigan Avenue. I was lucky enough to hang with Kat’s party in the Suite of Presidents, where countless names have stayed throughout history. This hotel is one of my favorite photo locations in the city – the location is unbeatable, and each suite has its own unique style. And speaking of style, Kat and Emilio rocked their own as well! My favorite details include Emilio’s custom green suit and Kat’s dried floral bouquet. After their first look on Michigan, we headed across the street for photos in the park.

Adler Planetarium Wedding

Later that afternoon, we headed south to the Planetarium to meet the wedding party. We had a blast taking in the iconic skyline view, and before long it was time to get these two married! Kat and Emilio tied the knot along the lakefront, in a ceremony officiated by a friend. I absolutely love that these two decided to celebrate with a more intimate group. The entire reception felt very personal and romantic, and I’m certain this is one reason why!

That evening, guests enjoyed cocktails on the terrace as the sun set over Lake Michigan. The reception was filled with astrology-themed details, including a private Sky Show for guests! Other favorite themed details included their table numbers and cocktail napkins, in honor of their pup Wanda who could not be in attendance 🙂

Kat and Emilio: Thank you again for having us last year!! We loved everything about your wedding day, wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Just married bride and groom kiss while guests applaud during their Adler Planetarium wedding ceremony at sunset

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I’m Emma (She/Her): Beer nerd, cat-whisperer, Chicago wedding photographer shooting digital and film. I’ve been helping couples relive their wedding memories since 2014, and wouldn’t have it any other way! Over the years I have found this job to be unexpectedly rewarding; the role I ultimately play in many couples’ family history is not something I take for granted.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I currently reside in Chicago with my designer-turned-handyman partner and our two spunky felines. When I’m not photographing couples in love, I’m either hanging with these three, managing our West Town studio space, or traveling someplace new!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
  • Black coffee
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Road trips
  • Watching the sun rise
  • Pretending I sound like Mariah Carey
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  • My little fam: Jeremy, Vince and Miike (Mee-kay)
  • Halloween (the holiday – not the movie. Okay, the movie’s pretty good too.)
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You want stunning, true-to-life wedding photos that look and feel like YOU. You don’t want to feel stiff or look too “posed.” You love the look of film and value the art of photography. And most importantly, you want to ENJOY your wedding day while we capture the good stuff.

Whether you thrive in the spotlight or cringe at the thought of being photographed, we are there to capture your memories. And let’s be honest: your wedding day is going to be AWESOME. No matter what goes according to plan or how many things surprise you, at the end of the day you’ll be married to Your Person. And, spoiler alert: that’s what this is all about!

My Approach

My relaxed, documentary approach allows couples to feel totally comfortable in front of the camera (it’s the number one thing mentioned in my Reviews!). Expect a mix of candid moments and contemporary portraiture, with the occasional embarrassing (aka HILARIOUS) dance floor photo. I will be your hype girl during portrait time (seriously!) – and just might convince you stop in the middle of downtown traffic for an epic portrait on film. We’ll get to know each other throughout the process, and it doesn’t stop on wedding day! I want to show up with hugs and handshakes – not as just another vendor.

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Emma Mullins Photography embraces diversity and inclusivity. We are LGBTQIA+ friendly and honored to serve humans of every background, gender and identity. 

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Wedding Day coverage averages at $7500. Primary collections include a fully edited digital download gallery, engagement session, and complimentary roll of film. Photography coverage is fully customizable to fit your needs. For detailed pricing and availability, inquire HERE.

Associate Collections start at $4500, including two photographers and an engagement session. Full and partial coverage options available.

Film Photography starts at $500 per roll. Full and partial coverage options available. More details available HERE!

Engagement sessions start at $750. Special rate available to Wedding Clients.

Videography services start at $3000, with Live Streaming at $1250. More information can be found HERE.

Photo Booth rental starts at $750. Learn all about the booth HERE!

Microwedding coverage starts at $3600.

Elopement coverage starts at $2750.

Surprise Proposal coverage starts at $900.

Destination wedding coverage starts at $9500 and includes travel and accommodations.

Other sessions offered include Lifestyle, Maternity, Content + Branding and other life events! Contact me for rates and availability.

My current Wish List includes photographing a Las Vegas elopement and a surprise wedding! If you are planning either I would LOVE to chat!!!

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Travel

Traveling is my thing.

I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t explore new places. After a three-year hiatus, my free time is constantly filled with travel dates! Not only does traveling fuel my creativity, it encourages me to learn and grow as a citizen of this planet.

So far I have photographed weddings throughout the Midwest, Mexico, Hawaii, Italy, Utah, New York City, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But don’t worry: the list is growing! If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, get in touch ASAP. Destination wedding coverage begins at $9500 including two photographers, travel and accommodations.

Bucket list locations include New Zealand, Italy (take me back!), Portugal, and anywhere in South America. Custom pricing available for Bucket List locations… just ask!

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