Marissa + Jon | Hoffman Estates Engagement Session

 
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After a couple of reschedules due to inclement weather, I finally was able to meet Marissa and Jon on what was likely one of our last warm fall days of 2019. We walked a little ways into Carl R. Hansen Woods in Hoffman Estates, and I think it’s safe to say we caught the peak of color change with those beautiful trees. Although they caught me the morning after a long, rainy wedding, Marissa and Jon were as laid back and chill as I am and we instantly hit it off. I cannnot wait for their wedding next October.

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Sarah + David | Chicago Engagement Sessions

Spent a lovely fall afternoon with Sarah and David a few weeks ago and absolutely loved getting to know both of them/discovering we share a love for donuts (David proposed with a massive one from Firecakes and I instantly became a big fan.) We met in the Loop at the start of glow hour and made our way over to Olive Park for some perfect skyline shots. I cannot wait for their spring wedding (and donut wall) at the Morton Arboretum in 2020!

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All images © Arielle Gallione 2019.

Farhan + Sukaina's Perfectly Planned Proposal | Chicago Engagements

I’m behind on my blogging, but as my season starts to wrap up I’m going to start sharing more here, so I figured I would start with this awesome proposal I shot a few months back.

Farhan had every single detail of this beautiful afternoon planned out perfectly, and took Sukaina completely by surprise. He had contacted her favorite gallery, Gruen Galleries in River North, and arranged for her ring to be mounted on a shelf near some of her favorite art. After he proposed, we told her that we were going to take some photos at the Lincoln Park Zoo (he even bought a few dresses for her to change into… like AHEM ALL MEN BE MORE LIKE THIS), but what she didn’t know was that all of her closest friends had flown in from around the country to celebrate with them. *cue tears*

After all the hugs and happy tears, we did get to sneak off for a few photos, which I adore. These two are so damn cute and I’m so happy Farhan asked me to document these special moments for them. Check em out below.

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Farhan and Sukaina — congrats again! Thanks for letting me be apart of this special day.

All images copyright © Arielle Gallione Photography 2019

Abby + Teddy's Dreamy Bluff Spring Engagement Session | Elgin, IL

When I pulled up next to them in the parking lot with my windows down and Teddy said “is that Bon Iver?” I knew we were in for a good session. We trekked into the Bluff Spring Nature Preserve during glow hour and the weather was that perfect taste of early fall we (by we I mean… me) have been longing for after a hot, hot summer. (Side note: i never knew this place existed until I googled “wild flower fields near me” while searching for the perfect spot in the suburbs for this shoot and it’s… 15 minutes from my house. Facepalm.) We listened to, you guessed it, Bon Iver and some other romantic portrait jams while I documented the love between these two, and if I said “sooo cute” while shooting once I said it 100 times. Abby is an absolute stunner and it’s so obvious how much Teddy adores her. Their love + soft summer light glowing on them made for a gallery of so many favorites that I had to share some of them here. I cannot wait to shoot their wedding next May!

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Chandler + Lacey | Chicago Engagements

Spent the day before Chicago’s April blizzard roaming around town with these two. We started off at Garfield Park Conservatory, made a pit-stop at the 606, and finished with ice cream at Margie’s Candy (the very same spot they had their first date!) We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to shoot their wedding in September.