Aiasha and Charles were married last fall at one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever photographed. Having met in London, they decided to hold a destination wedding for about 50 of their closest friends and family in Chicago, where Charles had been working before starting a graduate program in California. Charles and Aiasha have a very sweet and special bond, and the day was a beautiful testament to their love and also the role of their friends and family in their lives, creating both an emotional and joyful day. My dear friends Anne Book and Natalie Walsh created absolutely stunning decor, with a garden party inspiration that made the typically stark space at the Museum of Contemporary Art warm and inviting and the small size lending itself to personal details like calligraphed place cards and rosemary sprigs waiting for guests on the long feasting tables and a picnic inspired cocktail party that included foods from back home.
I first met Jessica through some friends of mine and I was so excited when she and Patrick asked me to photograph their wedding in Milwaukee. I absolutely adore shooting in Milwaukee — to me, it has the perfect mix of nature and urban settings, all within about a 5 minute drive. Jessica and Patrick met at Notre Dame and incorporated the school’s signature colors of navy blue and gold throughout the day. They held at traditional Catholic ceremony at Old St. Mary in downtown Milwaukee, and after a leisurely afternoon of photos and a stop at the Iron Horse hotel bar during an afternoon downpour, guests enjoyed a beautiful and relaxed reception on the lawn of Lake Park Bistro on Lake Michigan.
Florist: Belle Fiori | Dress: Monique Lhullier | Groom’s Tux: J. Hilburn | Reception & Catering: Lake Park Bistro | Day of Coordinator: Timeless Events | Makeup & Hair: Neroli Salon | Cake: The Cake Lady | DJ: Sound by Design | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline for Olivia Leigh Photographie
Christina and Jimmy had a photographer’s dream celebration — 1) Outdoor reception? Check. 2) Unique, modern style and decor? Check. 3) Sweet couple, friends and family? Check, check, check. Overall, their day was a perfect blend of the classic tradition we often get in Chicago — with a beautiful ceremony at my favorite church, St. Clement — and a fresh, modern reception outdoors on the terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which needless to say, we do not get a lot of in Chicago. They were blessed with a truly beautiful summer day that complemented the bright, modern palette Christina chose for the celebration that was brought to life by La Belle Fleur Events and Life in Bloom. Jimmy loves music, and Sarah Zimmer designed beautiful table numbers featuring all the couples favorite bands. Guests celebrated on the terrace, danced indoors, and then whisked the couple off with a sparkler exit on the front steps before enjoying ice cream from a Jeni’s ice cream truck. Such a fun day!
This wedding was also featured on Martha Stewart Weddings
I can’t believe how terrible I have been at blogging this year. Already halfway through my season, I’ve photographed so many wonderful couples this year and have so much work from this year (and last!) to share. Claire and Albert met up with me in Lincoln Park for their Chicago engagement session a few months ago. I had such a fantastic time working with them — they are both so sweet and relaxed, my favorite type of couple. I can’t wait for their wedding coming up this fall at one of my favorite venues, the Armour House.
Last spring, my sweet friend Kelly Marie and I got together to plan an inspiration shoot. Every once in a while, I love doing these shoots as we are able to collaborate with a team of our amazing friends and creative partners to bring a “wedding style vision” to life. This is always a fun and collaborative process and gives all of us a chance to work outside of our boxes a little bit and bring some different visions to life! Kelly and I share a love of rich and romantic colors, and we came up with a vision based on classic still life paintings with an Italian countryside feel to still keep it outdoorsy and light. The past few years have seen a return to soft, classic and romantic palettes — which are all so beautiful of course! — and we hoped to showcase more rich, contrasting tones. Often when I see more bold colors at weddings they are done in a more whimsical, “fun” style (which again, fabulous!), but we wanted to show that you could incorporate rich tones like peacock blue and dark berry colors to create a strong palette that still feels romantic. I loved collaborating with this amazing team, and I also loved being able to shoot so much film (these are all film images), as the it showcased the beautiful colors and the romantic feeling so well. We had the *most* amazing team, including a ridiculously gorgeous cake by Elysia Root, stunning calligraphy by Feast and amazing looks in hair, makeup and dress. All the amazing vendors listed below!
Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Floral Styling and Creative Direction: Fleur | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN| Hair: Danielle Keller of Dual Attraction | Makeup: Shannon O’Brien | Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith | Wedding Cake: Elysia Root| Rentals: re:find Joy| Additional Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well| Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Feast Calligraphy| Model: Hayley Finkelman