Chandler + Lacey's Lacuna Lofts Wedding

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As I get ready to wrap up my 2019 season, I couldn’t have been luckier to work with clients like Lacey and Chandler. They are kind, loving, laid back, and make my job look easy and effortless. It down-poured throughout their entire day, and they didn’t bat an eye at picking up umbrellas and going with the flow. I think their first-look was easily one of my favorite parts of the day (and possibly one of my favorite first-looks ever)— Chan’s reaction to seeing Lacey for the first time, as well as Lacey seeing Chan, was the absolute sweetest thing. Their ceremony was originally supposed to be on the roof of Lacuna Lofts, but due to the rain only letting up for about an hour, we were only able to squeeze some portraits in before relocating to their beautiful indoor ceremony spot. These two radiate love and good vibes, and as they exchanged vows you could tell not just how much they love each other, but how much they are loved by their family and friends. Following the ceremony, they had THE BEST reception. Not just because they had a gummy bear bar with pounds of fresh goods from the Albanese Candy Factory, but because everyone immediately hopped on the dance floor to celebrate with them (AND Lacey’s dress change was 🔥.) While I might have gotten soaked running to my car after, I had the most wonderful day working with these guys, and am so happy to have been apart of their day.

Chandler and Lacey — thank you guys for trusting me to do my thing, wishing y’all nothing but fresh blue shark gummies and happiness 5ever.

xoxo

Venue: Lacuna Lofts

Flowers: Dahlia Blooms Design

Dress #1: Pronovias

Dress #2: BHLDN

Pianist: Ryan Alexander

DJ: The Lab3l

Photobooth: Zippybooth

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All images copyright © Arielle Gallione 2019.

Alexa + Nick's Anniversary Session at The Morton Arboretum

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It rained (poured, actually) on Nick and Alexa’s wedding day last October, so we had a little re-do last weekend with some anniversary photos at The Morton Arboretum. The weather was puuuurfect, and Alexa killed it in that beautiful dress from Lulu’s. My favorite moment of the day was when I told Nick to whisper in Lex’s ear what his favorite part of the last year was and he whispered “getting a Costco membership” — I’m not married but my boyfriend and I made our first Costco trip yesterday and I can confirm that buying butter in bulk with your partner (and getting treated with a bulk bouquet of roses after a tough week 😭) is amazing. Nick is my second cousin, so I’m not going to act like we didn’t have a family party to attend and eat pasta at after this, but I love when my clients come back to me after their wedding and can’t wait to continue documenting their lives with each passing year. 💞

Head’s up! All of my weekends in October are booked, but you can click here to book a session for one of my remaining dates of 2019. I’ll likely be opening one or two days for mini sessions in the Northwest Suburbs soon— follow me on social to stay up to date.

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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Steven + Alexia's Fairytale Destination Wedding in Kalamata, Greece

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Steven and Alexia’s wedding weekend has been an absolute whirlwind. From the welcome dinner through the reception, we couldn’t have asked for more spectacular venues to document the love between these two lovely humans. While this wedding was quite a long ways for most of us to travel, both the bride and groom have roots here, and witnessing their cultural traditions throughout the weekend was so cool (I wish I could say I learned some Greek over the past four days, but I indeed have not.) They were married in the church the groom’s grandfather helped built. The bride’s yiayia cried as she saw friends she hadn’t seen in over ten years. She also cried alongside the Alexia’s mother as they walked her to meet Steven outside of the church, her bouquet in his hand. It was a beautiful thing to document and be apart of. Their wedding day was a hot one, but we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting. Alexia and Steven, thank you for trusting me to do this job. Wishing you nothing but love and happiness as you start this next chapter of your lives. xo

VENDORS:

Second shooter: Floyd McCraney

Videography: I Do Cinema

Venue: Horizon Blu Boutique Hotel

Event Planning: AK Concepts

MUA: Mina Komini

Sage + Jillian | Northbrook, IL

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Jillian and Sage were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony at Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook, IL. You can tell how loved the two of them are by their family and friends, as I saw many tears being shed during their exchange of vows and an out-pouring of love from their parents and bridal party throughout the day. The couple made time to sneak out during dinner for photos as the sun started to set and it was my favorite part of the day. The night began with an insane amount of people on the dance floor for the Hora, and the dancing only died down as their donut wall was made open for feasting. THE SMELLS WERE SO GOOD (and I am so sad I didn’t grab one before I left!!)

Jilly and Sage — thank you for allowing me to be apart of your special day. Wishing you nothing but the best. xoxo