Olivia Leigh Photographie http://olivialeighweddings.com Chicago Wedding Photographer | Seattle Wedding Photographer | San Francisco Wedding Photographer | Available for Bookings Worldwide Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:26:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 North Avenue Beach Engagement Session at Sunrise // Mimi + Decker http://olivialeighweddings.com/north-avenue-beach-engagement-session-at-sunrise Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:54:18 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=12508 Mimi is a bridesmaid in another wedding I am shooting this year; I was so excited when she emailed me about capturing some engagement photos here in Chicago for her and her fiance, Decker. They were marrying in Italy, but wanted some photos to capture the city where they met and fell in love. We ...

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Mimi is a bridesmaid in another wedding I am shooting this year; I was so excited when she emailed me about capturing some engagement photos here in Chicago for her and her fiance, Decker. They were marrying in Italy, but wanted some photos to capture the city where they met and fell in love. We did a quick one-hour North Avenue Beach engagement session at sunrise. In the summer, I always suggest a sunrise session for couples that wish to go to the lake. If you’ve ever been to the Beach in the evening, you’ll know that it can be a hot mess, with volleyball players, bikers, swimmers, and more. In the morning, though, it has a peaceful, tranquil quality, and the light rising over the lake is so beautiful. I also loved the outfits Mimi and Decker chose! The white and khaki look was a perfect blend for the dreamy, romantic, and editorial feel that Mimi wanted. Enjoy!

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Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding Photos // Mandy + Joe http://olivialeighweddings.com/chicago-botanic-garden-wedding-photos-mandy-joe/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:09:06 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=12415 Mandy and Joe are the most amazing, sweet, intelligent couple. Mandy and I really bonded throughout her wedding planning process, and my team became quite close to her family as my second photographer, Jacqueline, photographed her brother’s intimate wedding earlier last year. Mandy and Joe had an absolutely perfect Chicago Botanic Garden wedding, near where ...

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Mandy and Joe are the most amazing, sweet, intelligent couple. Mandy and I really bonded throughout her wedding planning process, and my team became quite close to her family as my second photographer, Jacqueline, photographed her brother’s intimate wedding earlier last year. Mandy and Joe had an absolutely perfect Chicago Botanic Garden wedding, near where they grew up.  We were blessed with absolutely perfect weather, making for a dreamy setting for their ceremony on the rose terrace. Their vows were emotional and beautifully-written, and the ceremony was capped off with a rendition of “Oh Happy Day” by the musicians as well as some surprise guests in the audience, which provided the aural  backdrop as they recessed down the aisle. Estera Events and Fleur did a fabulous job on decor, creating a roamntic but laid back feel for their reception at McGinley Pavilliion, with rustic wood tables and flowing greenery that overlooked the pond at the Garden. There were fabulous toasts, tons of dancing, and super fun photos that we captured in their photobooth, and overall, it was a stunning day that was infused with such a feeling of warmth and joy.
This wedding was also featured in Modern Luxury North Shore magazine & Style Me Pretty.
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Creative Team: Event Coordination:  Estera Events | Floral Design:  Fleur Inc | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Ultimate Bride Boutique | Cake: Deerfield’s Bakery | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Elise Brill | Hair: Magnificent Brides | Music: Ken Arlen  | Photography & Photobooth: Olivia, Kaitlyn, and Jacqueline for  Olivia Leigh Photographie

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Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft Wedding http://olivialeighweddings.com/bridgeport-art-center-skyline-loft-weddings/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 04:51:00 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=12300 Danielle and Adam are such an amazing couple. They are both smart and successful (Danielle is one of the founders of TheSkimm.com), but they are also incredibly relaxed and gracious. They were such a pleasure to work with throughout the process, their families were so warm and wonderful, and their Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft wedding ...

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Danielle and Adam are such an amazing couple. They are both smart and successful (Danielle is one of the founders of TheSkimm.com), but they are also incredibly relaxed and gracious. They were such a pleasure to work with throughout the process, their families were so warm and wonderful, and their Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft wedding was a perfect reflection of their relationship.

They prepared for their wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, and I recommended we do the first look in a nearby park, only to learn it was the same park where Danielle used to play as a child. (I love when we can include a location with sentimental value!) I love that they did a first look, as we were able to visit several gorgeous locations on the way to their wedding venue, the Skyline Loft at Bridgeport Art Center. And combine the beauty of the space done up by Megan Estrada at North Shore Weddings and Events and Yanni Design with a gospel choir singing “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith at their processional, and you get an emotional, stunning ceremony that still caused tears. They had an amazing reception where Danielle’s father gave one of the most beautiful toasts I’ve ever heard, followed by some truly epic dancing.

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Creative Team: Wedding Planning: North Shore Weddings And Events | Catering: The Entertaining Company | Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft |Floral Design: Yanni Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Videography: Leap Weddings |  Rentals: Bowery And Bash | Music: Larry King Orchestra | Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s | Rentals: Tablescapes | Tabletop Rentals: The Storied Table | Photographer: Olivia & Jenn for  Olivia Leigh Photographie 

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Cafe Brauer Wedding Photos | Micaela + Abe http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/06/201706201706cafe-brauer-wedding-photos/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:40:27 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=12170 Micaela and Abe had such a perfect day! They are both so laid-back (my favorite) and simply wanted to have a fun and relaxed day. My favorite, Lori, from LOLA Event Productions coordinated a Cafe Brauer wedding that was gorgeous but still incorporated all their wishes for a relaxed feel. They incorporated some fun and unique touches, ...

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Micaela and Abe had such a perfect day! They are both so laid-back (my favorite) and simply wanted to have a fun and relaxed day. My favorite, Lori, from LOLA Event Productions coordinated a Cafe Brauer wedding that was gorgeous but still incorporated all their wishes for a relaxed feel. They incorporated some fun and unique touches, like walking down the aisle to “Blessings” by Chance the Rapper and having food stations that represented all of Chicago’s ethnic food neighborhoods. I absolutely loved Micaela’s flowing J. Mendel gown, which looked so stunning in their dance photos. Micaela has a background in dance and photographed two sweet dances for the dance with Abe (to “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads) and her father-daughter dance. The photos from these dances were some of my favorites of my career; I love how much fun they are obviously having!

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Creative Team: Venue: Cafe Brauer | Floral Design: HMR | Dress: J. Mendel | Catering: Limelight | Music: TC2 from BKO | Coordination: LOLA | Makeup & Hair: Sonia Roselli | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline for Olivia Leigh Photographie

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Langham Hotel Chicago Wedding Photos | Meredith & Josh http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/06/langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-photos Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:18:24 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=11903 Meredith and Josh held a stunning wedding at the gorgeous Langham Hotel Chicago. Both writers, Meredith and Josh’s vows were some of the most beautiful that I have ever heard. They wrote their own and each were so thoughtful in the selection of what they chose to write. Meredith and Josh chose to have a ...

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Meredith and Josh held a stunning wedding at the gorgeous Langham Hotel Chicago. Both writers, Meredith and Josh’s vows were some of the most beautiful that I have ever heard. They wrote their own and each were so thoughtful in the selection of what they chose to write. Meredith and Josh chose to have a small and intimate feel to their wedding despite the grand surroundings, electing to only have their brothers be their attendants. I loved the family feel that infused a lot of the day, with Meredith and her dad having one of the sweetest “first looks” I’ve ever seen and her grandmother Roz giving me major #lifegoals with her amazing moves on the dance floor all night long despite being in her 90s!

Their wedding was also a bit of a dream-team in terms of vendors, with a slew of my favorites, including Lori at Lola Event Productions who made the day gorgeous but relaxed, Sonia Roselli on makeup, HMR making a truly awe-inspiring hanging floral installation in the Langham’s ballroom, and The Chicago Players/Gold Coast All Stars keeping the crowd dancing all night long! Enjoy all these Langham Hotel Chicago wedding photos below!invites-1001 langham-hotel-wedding-preparations-meredith-1 langham-hotel-weddig-prep langhamhotelchicagoprep langham-hotel-wedding-chicago-9032 langham-hotel-chicago-grooms-prep langham-hotel-wedding-chicago-9036 father-daughter-first-look father-daughter-first-look-9023 father-daughter-first-look-9024 chicago-riverwalk-firstlook chicago-wedding-photos-in-the-city-9048 chicago-riverwalk-wedding-photos chicago-wedding-photos-in-the-city-9050 chicago-wedding-photos-in-the-city-9051 chicago-wedding-photos-in-the-city-9054 art-institute-of-chicago-south-garden-wedding-photos-9073 chicago-wedding-photos-in-the-city-9075-copy art-institute-of-chicago-south-garden-wedding-photos-9071 art-institute-of-chicago-south-garden-wedding-photos-9058 art-institute-of-chicago-south-garden-wedding-photos-9067 art-institute-wedding-south-gardens-portraits art-institute-of-chicago-south-garden-wedding-photos-9070 langham-hotel-family-photos langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9080 langham-hotel-wedding-ceremony langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9104 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9112 candid-ceremony-photos langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9114 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9120 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9121 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9118 emotional-chicago-wedding-photos-2 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9128 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-ceremony-9130 langham-hotel-wedding-food-chicago-1 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9157 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-details langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9161 chicago-wedding-cocktail-hour-1 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9170 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9164 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9173 langham-hotel-wedding-cake-cutting langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9187-1 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9184  langham-hotel-father-of-thebride-toast langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9190 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9197 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9196 meredithjosh9202 meredithjosh9203 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9208 brother-toast-candid-moments langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9217 langhamreception-chicago langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9230 candid-wedding-moments-langham-hotel-1 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9180 langham-hotel-wedding-dancingj langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9268 langham-chicago-wedding-dancing-38 gold-coast-all-stars-wedding-band langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9273 langham-hotel-chicago-wedding-reception-photos-9262

Creative Team: Planner: Lori at Lola Event Productions | Venue and Catering: The Langham Hotel Chicago | Floral Design: HMR | Dress: Carolina Herrera via Ultimate Bride | Groom’s Attire: Boglioli | Makeup & Hair: Sonia Roselli | Invitations: Magnificent Milestones | Cake:  Elysia Root Cakes | Music: The Chicago Players | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline for Olivia Leigh Photographie

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Amberly & Eric // University Club of Chicago Wedding http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/04/university-club-of-chicago-cathedral-hall-wedding Thu, 18 May 2017 14:10:14 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=11705 There are some couples, where when you meet them, you immediately know they are a truly perfect match. Amberly and Eric definitely fall in that category — they have a special connection and friendship that is so clear; you can really tell they love spending time together and love and respect one another. They have ...

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There are some couples, where when you meet them, you immediately know they are a truly perfect match. Amberly and Eric definitely fall in that category — they have a special connection and friendship that is so clear; you can really tell they love spending time together and love and respect one another.

They have a classic style, and Cathedral Hall in the fall was a perfect fit for their the University Club of Chicago wedding. Birch Design Studio did an amazing job transforming Cathedral Hall into a gorgeous, warm space, adding tons of greenery and garlanded chandeliers that drew attention to the beautiful stained glass and architecture of the space. Eric also was in an accapella group and there was a surprise group singing songs on the staircase as guests exited the ceremony — such a cute touch! It rained most of the day, but Amberly and Eric kept a great attitude throughout the day, embracing the drizzle and also taking photos inside the Art Institute with some of their favorite pieces of art.  Amberly and Eric are both very close to their families, and I especially loved capturing the special relationships between them and their parents and siblings.

I loved these photos and the sense of warmth and happiness that comes through in them. Enjoy the photos from their Cathedral Hall at the University Club of Chicago wedding below!

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Creative Team: Planning & Design: Birch Design Studio | Decor: Flower Firm | Venue & Catering: University Club of Chicago | Dress: Yessenia Ortiz | Groom’s Attire: Bob Degemmis | Cake: Elysia Root | Music: Colby Beserra & The Party Faithful | Makeup: Donna Olivia-Forsythe of RC Beauty | Hair: Ginger Damato | Linens: Tailored Elements | Light: Frost | Video: Jet Kaiser | Photography: Olivia & Jacqueline for Olivia Leigh Photographie

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Jen + Ali // Fall Horse Farm Wedding http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/05/jen-ali-fall-backyard-wedding-at-horse-farm/ Wed, 10 May 2017 20:16:40 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=11804   I met Jen probably ten years ago at a super divey Polish bar on Division Street when we were both working in media. She and I became Facebook friends but never really connected much after that, but I was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding to Ali, as they are ...

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I met Jen probably ten years ago at a super divey Polish bar on Division Street when we were both working in media. She and I became Facebook friends but never really connected much after that, but I was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding to Ali, as they are such an amazingly fun and sweet couple and their day was an absolute joy to photograph!

The majority of the weddings I shoot are fairly fancy downtown weddings; but a few times a year, I get the chance to shoot a more relaxed, intimate, and laid-back wedding. I absolutely love these sorts of celebrations, with their focus on family, friends, and simply celebrating. Jen and Ali’s certainly fit into that wheelhouse, with many of their friends and family coming together to craft a wonderful day for them. They were married in the yard at Jen’s aunt’s horse farm, with ponies, horses,  cats and dogs roaming around throughout the wedding. As an animal lover, I was in heaven to say the least! Jen’s sister married them in one of the shortest and most relaxed ceremonies I’ve ever shot, with guests simply standing to surround and support them. A final send-off quote from RuPaul was the perfect cap to the ceremony to usher in the reception, which featured tables that were all custom made by Jen’s brother in the months leading up to the wedding, was catered by Big Star, had cocktails from a Lula bartender, included loads of Fleetwood Mac tracks, and had a little pie buffet (again, in heaven!). The reception included lots Jen and Ali got ready together, didn’t fuss with a “first look,” and spent just about a half hour on pictures, wanting to spend more time with friends and family. Overall it was one of the most laid-back and perfect celebrations I’ve photographed — I love how much fun and joy you can see in their photos, which reflected the overall feel of the day and all of their friends’ and families’ excitement for them.

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Vendors: Venue Double J Riding Club | Rentals, Styling and Setup Coordination: All My Favorite Things | Flowers Flowers For Dreams | Jen’s Dress: Sarah Seven; Ali’s Suit: J.Crew  | Invites Designed by Ali; Printed by: MITE Printing | Pies: First Slice Pie Cafe |Catering Dinner: Big Star | Hair & Makeup Hair: Tracey Gustave, Sparrow | Makeup: Jen Brown, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists  | Photography: Olivia for Olivia Leigh Photographie

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Abigail & Ryan // The Geraghty Wedding http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/04/the-geraghty-wedding-photos Mon, 01 May 2017 15:53:25 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=11627 I first met Ryan many years ago when I shot one of my first weddings with the company he worked for, Kehoe Designs. We became “industry friends,” and it has been wonderful to see both of our careers grow and change over time. When he and Abigail got engaged, I was so flattered when he ...

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I first met Ryan many years ago when I shot one of my first weddings with the company he worked for, Kehoe Designs. We became “industry friends,” and it has been wonderful to see both of our careers grow and change over time. When he and Abigail got engaged, I was so flattered when he asked me to photograph his wedding! It is always such a privilege to work for other industry professionals since you know they see a lot of work!

He and Abigail are a very romantic and very fun couple, and their wedding reflected both of those elements of their personality. They had a very traditional ceremony at their church that was emotional and thoughtful, and then they had a crazy party at The Geraghty, Kehoe’s new wedding venue, which they totally transformed.

Ryan and Abigail are both creative people, and Ryan was very clear that he wanted me to just “do my thing” on the day and get as creative as a I wanted to. I really pushed myself on this wedding to take some risks, something that can be a little scary to do on a regular wedding day — so many moments happen on a wedding day, and there are so many ways or angles to shoot all of these moments from. When you take a risk to shoot from one angle or using different lighting, that means you give up the opportunity to capture it the “safe” way since the moment will pass. It is always a bit of an internal struggle to decide between taking a risk — which will either yield something amazing or fail! — and taking the safe shots that won’t blow anyone away but will be a nice memory of the moment. It’s something I balance at every wedding! I tried hard on this wedding, though, to push myself to try to take some risks and had confidence in Ryan and Abigail’s trust of me. I was so glad for that opportunity, as I was able to take some of my favorite photos of my career at this wedding (the kiss shot at the ceremony, the shot of Abigail dancing with her dad, and the champagne shot at the end). Thanks for “letting me do my thing” Abigail and Ryan!

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Creative Team: Planning: Chi Chic Weddings | Decor: Kehoe Designs | Venue: The Geraghty  | Dress: Judd Waddell | Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren  | Music: DJ Aaron Thompson | Makeup: House of Koukla | Hair: Zazu Salon | Photography: Olivia & Jenn for Olivia Leigh Photographie

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Elise + Marco // Fall Engagement Session http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/chicago-fall-engagement-session Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:07:43 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=11578 Elise and Marco are an incredibly chic, creative couple. I loved the style and concept they chose for their engagement session. When Elise wrote, saying they wanted something a little different for their session, I suggested a few ideas including my favorite location, the University of Chicago. I was so thrilled they selected this location ...

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Elise and Marco are an incredibly chic, creative couple. I loved the style and concept they chose for their engagement session. When Elise wrote, saying they wanted something a little different for their session, I suggested a few ideas including my favorite location, the University of Chicago. I was so thrilled they selected this location as I find the mix of nature and gothic architecture really makes for beautiful and not-cliched Chicago engagement session backdrops. And we somehow landed on the most perfect day for fall colors — I have never seen the campus look more gorgeous! After shooting some photos on campus, we went over to the Museum of Science and Industry where we shot some photos in Marco’s vintage BMW convertible.  Marco wore a gorgeous gold velvet blazer, and Elise wore one of her grandmother’s gowns. I cannot wait for their wedding this fall at the Athletic Association!

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Glen View Club Winter Wedding // Claire & Max http://olivialeighweddings.com/2017/03/glen-view-club-wedding Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:05:11 +0000 http://olivialeighweddings.com/?p=11553 I thought I would highlight a few winter weddings over the next few weeks. I absolutely love shooting winter weddings! To me, there is something so romantic about this time of year, and I love working with the challenges of lighting, weather, and locations that we sometimes can have. I feel very proud of the ...

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I thought I would highlight a few winter weddings over the next few weeks. I absolutely love shooting winter weddings! To me, there is something so romantic about this time of year, and I love working with the challenges of lighting, weather, and locations that we sometimes can have. I feel very proud of the work my team creates on even some dreary days and wanted to highlight a few celebrations that were still lovely despite a chill in the air!

Claire and Max had a gorgeous December wedding. We were expecting winter weather but were blessed with a pretty temperate day that allowed us to still do wedding party and family photos outdoors. Claire and Max held their preparations and the reception at the gorgeous, historic Glen View Club. This historic club has absolutely stunning grounds and its reception space is no typical country club, with it’s pitched, wood-beam roof that made for a romantic English countryside feel. A cloud of fog descended on the grounds during the reception and we were able to create a few special night photos with the mist and the illuminaria that lit the path!

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Creative Team: Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help | Reception & Catering: Glen View Club | Photography: Olivia & Jenn for Olivia Leigh Photographie | Planning: Lisa at Gia Bella Weddings | Floral & Design: Event Creative | Dress: https://www.moniquelhuillier.com/| Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Music: Rendezvous | Paper: The Charm Studio | Hair: Salon Buzz |  Makeup: Dorothy & Delora

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