After the “I Do”: Making Everyday Valentine’s Day!

The Valentine’s Day love is certainly still in the Chicago air! As Chicago wedding photographers we get to see the love between our couples every day. Then we started thinking after the roses have wilted, and all the chocolates and champagne are gone; what next? Don’t get us wrong— we love Valentine’s Day but, why not switch up the regular routine a bit and do something a little outside of the box for your love more often? Here are ten ideas for the perfect date for Valentine’s Day and any day to follow, that are certain to make your significant other smile!

Cooking Class

It’s always great to learn something new together. Chicago is home to not only some of the greatest restaurants but also some amazing locations for cooking classes. Take the night off from cooking and learn how to cook a new meal together.

Sur La Table – multiple Chicagoland locations

Marcel’s Culinary Experience – Glen Ellyn, IL

The Chopping Block – Two Chicago locations

Draw/Paint Portraits of Each Other

If you want to get extra creative, do it with finger paint. It will be fun to see how our other half portrays you. Or, head to your local Bottle and Bottega and channel your inner Picasso!

Visit an Arcade

Try to find one that has some fun old school games. This is a great after work idea as well. Check out some of our favorite local spots!

Galloping Ghost Arcade

Emporium Logan Square

Wedding Photo Date

Look at all the images of your big day and remember each moment. Talk about the moments you loved most from your special day. Remember how handsome and beautiful you both looked. It is especially fun towards the end of your first year of marriage to really remember your big day! As Chicago wedding photographers we love the idea of enjoying your wedding images long after you’ve said “I Do”.

Fondue Date

Make sure to have the cheese and the chocolate. But beware, diets are not super handy for this date!

Karaoke Night

Do this one at home or on the town. It doesn’t matter if you can sing or not. Just make it fun. You can invite your favorite Chicago wedding photographers to this date!

Pajama Day

This is perfect for any weekend! Grab your favorite PJs and soak up the snuggles. Have breakfast in bed and hang out in your PJs for the rest of the day.

Recreate Your Firsts

Sure, most people go out to dinner for their first date, but get creative with it. Maybe you had your first kiss on top of a parking garage, maybe you met at the local coffee shop or maybe you went to an art gallery for that first date. Relive the love!

Plan A Picnic

This can be done all year round! Grab a couple of sandwiches, your favorite snacks and a bottle of wine. If the weather is cooperating find a sweet spot in the park or camp out in your living room. S’mores by the fire are the perfect addition as well.

 Game Night
Spark up a little lovey competition with your favorite board games. And maybe some Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn.

Timothy Whaley is a 3rd generation photojournalist. His father, along with his grandfather, a Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, passed down a love for telling stories through pictures.

Mr. Whaley has taken this passion and assembled a group of award-winning photographers who are dedicated to providing couples with excellence and care. Visit us at to learn more.

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