These Illinois elopement photographers have the professional resources and the experience you need to kick off your wedding adventure. Check out their portfolios and contact them directly through the links below. They can’t wait to connect with you!

Illinois is known for its rolling hills and prairies. Whether you’re planning an intimate city wedding in Chicago, Rockford, or Aurora, or an adventure elopement at Garden of the Gods, Starved Rock State Park, or Matthiessen State Park, these talented Illinois wedding photographers are ready to capture your big day. All Wandering Weddings photographers are available for both in-state nuptials or destination weddings across the globe.

Note: The following photographers are based in Illinois state or work in Illinois full-time. To search our complete directory and view the best elopement photographers around the world, check out our Elopement Photographers By Location page.


I’m Kristen! I am a wife, mother, lover of nature, good books, wind blown hair and the beach! I didn’t discover photography until my mid 20’s, but dabbled in many art mediums before that. But I finally felt at home with my art when I bought my first big girl camera about 7 years ago.

I was born and raised in Central Illinois, and my heart longs to live by the coast. Maybe one day! When I’m not photographing my sweet clients, you can find me spending time with my husband Joe, 5 year old Colin and our pup Gizmo, and also spending lots of time with our extended family that we love more than anything! I have an amazing second shooter, Ashley, who is with me for almost every wedding adventure and was actually the reason I became a wedding photographer – when she made me photograph hers!

One of my absolute favorite things about photographing weddings is that I most of the time end up making great new friends! I love going on adventures with our couples, with lots of laughs and getting a little dirty along the way! Who said your wedding dress had to stay perfectly clean the entire day?!?!

Some things I love:
Traveling of all sorts
Unique bouquets
Everything boho – I’m a hippie at heart!
Pizza and ice cream
Fog in the morning
Big Bang Theory and Gilmore Girls
Macramé – give me all the macramé!
Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings
The Beatles
Reading books of all kinds

If it sounds like we would be a good match, let’s make some magic happen!


Hey, I’m Sam! I’m a fast-talking, music-blasting, pizza-loving photographer based in Chicago. I’ve been photographing weddings on and off for about 9 years until June of 2018 when I decided to take the leap and make this my full-time gig. And now, there is truly nothing that makes me happier than providing my couples with an experience that makes the entire process, from planning to the last dance, that much sweeter.

I live for the couples that are okay with getting a little messy, windblown hair, a little (okay maybe a lot of) PDA, and if we’re traveling somewhere epic to make some imperfect magic…that’s even better. I’m not here to over-pose you or try to make you something you aren’t. I’m here to tell your love story as it is, because that’s freakin’ beautiful. I’m also here to make real connections. I truly care about each and every one of my couples as if they were my best friends, because after it’s all said and done, they are.

So if you want someone to laugh with you, dance with you and cry with you (I am guaranteed to cry at least once on your big day), hit me up and then let’s do damn thing!

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