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
Many of my clients live outside of Chicago, and most of them end up having me to come to them for their engagement photos. Elizabeth and Enrique live in DC and had me come out there in April — such a pretty time in the city! Though we missed the cherry blossoms by a week, the scenery was still so gorgeous, with wisteria, dogwoods and other flowers all in bloom. I interned in DC twice in college, thinking I wanted to work in politics (what a different field, right?), and it was such fun to return almost 10 years later to see how different the city had become. We had such a great time on this shoot, opting to go out for dinner and drinks afterwards and somehow staying out til almost 11:30! I cannot wait to see Elizabeth and Enrique again this summer at their wedding in the gardens of the Art Institute, pretty much my dream chicago venue!
I love weddings that remind me of why I love to do what I do. Carissa and Kevin’s celebration was one just like that — held in the midst of a very busy August and having that perfect combination of sentiment and fun that I just love to photograph. Together, C&K are so much FUN and so clearly had a wonderful time together on their wedding day, with Kevin shedding a few tears during their first look and Carissa beaming her amazing smile throughout the day! I loved Carissa and Kevin’s style, with a flattering v-neck lace gown for Carissa and a unique custom suit for Kevin. The soft pastels for the bridesmaids and lace ribbons on the colorful bouquet were such nice touches, as well. The ceremony on the patio at the Museum included several gorgeous songs by friends, and while we avoided planes for most of the day on Air & Water Show weekend, we found some paper airplanes in the park post-ceremony — one of my favorite moments on the day. Thank you again for having me, you two! xoxo
Ceremony Venue: Chicago History Museum - Uihlein Plaza | Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum - The Chicago Room | Florist: Pistil & Vine | Dress: Robert Bullock | Groom’s Attire: Tom James (custom) | Caterer: Berghoff Catering | Coordination: Whitney Jenner | Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes | Music: Spoken Four (band), Alain DeCourtney and Gia Margaret (singers), Katrina Viskneska (violinist), Kevin Fort (pianist) | Invitations: Minted | Hotel: The Public Hotel | Hairstylist: Jacki at Sonia Roselli | Makeup: Lauren Frenden | Photography: Olivia Leigh & Yazy Raclawski for Olivia Leigh Photographie
Francesca was such a dream client. A friend of another of my clients, Mandy, she was such a joy to work with from day one, with impeccable style, a focus on the right things, total trust in the photography process, and so much kindness. She and Martin planned a beautiful, wintery celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving at a church close to their home, St. Michael’s of Old Town, and a reception at A New Leaf. I have shot at A New Leaf many times, and I must say Francesca and Martin totally transformed the space, creating a stunning, intimate dinner party feel with food from one of my favorite spots in Lincoln Park, BOKA. With just 65 guests all in black tie, the day felt special and elegant but still personal and thoughtful, and working with their lovely families on such a special day was the perfect start to the holiday season.
Ceremony: St. Michael’s of Old Town | Reception Venue: A New Leaf |Florist: A New Leaf | Dress: Rubin Singer | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Caterer: Boka Catering Group | Coordination: Midwestern Bride | Decor & Rentals: Art of Imagination | Cake: Sweet Mandy Bs | DJ: Fig | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Makeup & Hair: Aga Kraminski | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline for Olivia Leigh Photographie
Following up on last week’s post, I wanted to share some of my favorite session photos from the last year, with so many beautiful couples and locations. I’m so looking forward to shooting a wedding this weekend to kick off the 2015 season and sharing dozens of these couples’ weddings over the coming year!