Tuscan inspiration shoot

jewel tone wedding inspiration

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!

 

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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

 

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Chicago History Museum Wedding | Carissa & Kevin

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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 public hotel chicago wedding prep

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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

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A New Leaf Winter Wedding | Francesca & Martin

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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.

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Getting Dressed for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

Getting Ready for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

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Getting Ready for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

Getting Ready for Wedding at The Public Hotel, Chicago

Bride outside St. Michaels

Groomsmen outside St. Michaels

Groomsmen outside St. Michaels

Wedding Ceremony Program and Bridal Florals

Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

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Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

Winter Wedding at St. Michel's in Chicago.

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

St. Michael's Winter Wedding

Bridal Party Portraits Outside St. Michaels

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Romantic Winter Wedding - Old Town Photos

Wedding Portraits in front of Chicago Skyline

Wedding Portraits in front of Chicago Skyline

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Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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Winter Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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Wedding Speeches at A New Leaf

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Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

First Dance at A New Leaf

First Dance for Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Father-Daughter Dance for Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

Mother-Son Dance for Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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Dancing at A New Leaf Wedding Reception

Dancing at A New Leaf Wedding Reception

Winter Wedding Reception at A New Leaf in Chicago

Bride and Groom in A New Leaf Courtyard

Wedding Reception at A New Leaf

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 

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2014 Engagements

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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!

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north shore engagement photos

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west loop engagement photos

west loop engagement session chicago

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montrose harbor engagement photos

montrose harbor engagement session

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north avenue beach engagement session

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relaxed chicago engagement session

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