Botanic Garden Engagement Session: Amy & Jon

The Chicago Botanic Gardens always offers a great location outside of the city. We love the “architecture” of the gardens.  The secret nooks and grand structures of the trees makes it feel like you could be in the fields of an Italian villa or the French countryside. With its structured gardens, it’s a great option no matter the weather. For all of these reasons and many more, this proved to be the perfect location for a session to celebrate Amy and Jon’s engagement.

This stylish and stunning couple made the session easier than most. We love how they didn’t shy away from bright colors in their outfits, while still adding that extra little bit of effort to celebrate the specialness of being engaged. The textures between the lace of her dress and his linen shirt added a great dimension to the photos. Jon’s style was comfortable being a little more casual, and Amy felt that extra bit of fancy every girl enjoys from time to time. Yet still the couple was coordinated, without looking matchy-matchy.

Of course, we will let the photos speak for themselves…

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The Rookery Wedding: Brittany & Ryan

One of the best things about getting married in Chicago is the amazingly unique venues at your disposal.  Long gone are the drab ballrooms with no character. You can welcome family & friends into a space that speaks to your and your fiancé’s personalities along with the city that you adore so much. We all know Chicago is known for it’s unique architecture, and no other venue in the city emphasizes this amazing history like The Rookery.

Combining the stunning venue with the absolute love Brittany & Ryan have for each other – not to mention their wonderfully sweet & funny personalities – and you have the perfect wedding day.

We love Brittany & Ryan because while they have amazing taste, they also don’t take themselves too seriously. You can get drop dead gorgeous and romantic moments with them in one second, and the next you realize Ryan’s selected a classic Nintendo song for their cake cutting. True love is all about finding someone you can be yourself around – and we believe that Brittany and Ryan are definitely that.

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Vendor Team // Dress: Alvina Valenta from Bella Bianca // Veil: James Ciccotti // Shoes: Angela Nuran // Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Jaycie //  Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers // Florist: Gratitude Heart Garden // Caterer: George Jewell Events // DJ: Toast and Jam

We Heart Chicago

We all know Chicago has an amazing skyline, but for us locals, we don’t need to see the whole shot – from 311 S Wacker to the Hancock building – to know it’s our fine city.  While a full skyline shot is great, what we really enjoy doing here at Gold Grid Studios is finding the best way to show off the city in subtle ways only those that live here recognize.

But of course, there are some iconic locations, which will just never go out of style…

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Don’t forget about our amazing city at night!  While Chicago looks great any time of day, our personal bias is that the skyline was built to glow. Night time photos are something that is great to take advantage of for your engagement session since, more often than not, on your wedding day you’ll be busy bustin’ a move on the dance floor during the night time.

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The Gold Grid Studio Space

Gtq4RvVQgXI2GWLiCd320BpJ-gO1v6tY3vKpavKIZ2QWelcome to our work home! If you’re ever in the neighborhood, we would love to have you stop by and take a load off. With coffee, free wifi & any choice of music, we think it’s a bit more cozy than Starbucks!

Blogger Brunch

bOxey57rEhfjn4X-1kxf68TMUIx8Hb9nZ2xYizWuijcBig thanks to Chicago Style Weddings for inviting us to be a part of such a fun Sunday morning. Tippling Hall recently hosted a Blogger Brunch complete with amazing female bloggers and their recently engaged best friends. To see more images from the event, be sure to check out our co-sponsors on Instagram as well as the bloggers involved!

The Co-Sponsors
@ChiStyleWed @Leftbankjewelry @PulpandInk312 @Jessicazweig @stemlinecreative @salonvchicago @tipplinghall @poshnailsandmore @wendycityfaces @garrettpopcorn

The Bloggers:
@RegineEvents @midwestbloggers @beclothesminded @everythingerica @engineeringinstyle @Rdulay @thefbombs @charity4life