Inside Weddings Feature: The Estate

It is always exciting to be part of a styled photo shoot. It gives us the opportunity to work closely with other industry experts, and to spend a few hours in the fairy tale world of weddings. We were elated to find that this styled shoot was recently featured in Inside Weddings, and just thrilled to share it with you!

For this session, the emphasis was on the creative team. Rather than focus on one element at a time, this was all about highlighting the magic that can only happen when everyone works together. Since Gold Grid Studios is a wedding photography team, we were very excited about this concept! We aimed to capture moments that really showcased everyone’s skills and unified vision. So we lit the candles, cut the cake, and popped the champagne! It was a big party to celebrate the power of teamwork, thrown by some of the industry’s most talented, creative people.

It was an absolute joy, and we cannot wait to do it again! Go team!

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The Team

Kesh Designs, Inc. | BBJ Linen | A Posh Production

Tablescapes Event Rentals | Elysia Root Cakes | Robyn Tornabeni Productions| The Wedding Dresser

Inbal Dror | Dimitra’s Bridal Chicago |Rosie Scianna | Michelle Durpetti Events | Bowery and Bash

 



Revolution Brewery Wedding: Erin & Alex

Chicago is a city known for its comedy.  On any given night, there are so many opportunities for seeing sketch, improv, stand-up, and music. Well, imagine combining the world of improv with the emotions of the wedding day — two scenarios where anything can happen! That was the setting for Erin & Alex’s wedding at Revolution Brewery. These two comedic actors were long time friends who fell head over heels for each other, and their history and journey together just added to the intensity of the day’s emotion. Add in a close-knit circle of artist friends, and witness all of the personality that makes us love our job so much! This is our first wedding where the best man sang his toast!

Actors know how to tell a story, and Erin & Alex had details throughout their day that showcased their past, and hinted at all that is yet to come. The postcard on the groom’s gift was a reprint of a poster from the speakeasy where they first met. Alex brought down the house with his gift to Erin: a series of letters to be opened at future moments in their life together (including their first anniversary and the birth of their first child). Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

With a nod to old Hollywood glam, Erin & Alex were camera ready. Alissa’s editorial eye was a perfect match for these two lovebirds, who have experience being directed and posed. And while they knew how to work the camera, it was even more special to see them let go, have fun, and enjoy the moment. After all, that’s what improv is all about!

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Akin’s Luxury Birthday Bash!

A birthday is always a special occasion, but you need to go all out for a milestone like turning 40. It was Akin’s 40th birthday party, and his family & friends wanted to celebrate him in style. This was a birthday extravaganza that most people only dream of having!

You know you’re in great hands when you work with Kesh Designs! From the black tie attire to the  atmospheric mix of candles and mood lighting, this theme of the evening was a luxurious play on the style of James Bond. This was a party with a purpose, and it was made clear in every detail.  All of the decor accents reminded us that we were there to “Eat. Drink & Celebrate.” because this was Akin’s birthday “mission”.  After experiencing this one-of-kind celebration and seeing the look of awe on the guests’ faces, we can safely say…mission accomplished! Happy birthday, Akin!

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Art Institute Wedding: Suman & Kristen

In our line of work, we hear the word marriage a lot.

There is the marriage between two people, and there is also the marriage between two families. It was an honor to watch the two cultures of Suman & Kristen’s families come together.  The personal touches and traditional details their relatives brought to this day was truly inspiring.  The women of Suman’s family helped dress Kristen for the ceremony, and Kristen even wore Suman’s mother’s sahris.

From a style standpoint, you also have the marriage between the wedding day and the actual venue. With the help of Food for Thought, and the rest of the vendor team, their ceremony and reception were filled with beautiful intricacies. The School of the Art Institute ballroom is such a classic Chicago location, and Suman & Kristen’s decor complimented the already existing space in a lovely way.  From the way the colors of their flowers accentuated the curtains, to the unique angles we were able to capture from the second floor vantage point, this wedding day felt right at home.

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Newberry Library Wedding: Heidi & Colin

We’ve been looking forward to Heidi & Colin’s wedding ever since their engagement session. They are such a fun couple and have great personal style, so we just knew this day would be memorable. Set at Newberry Library, which Heidi describes as “a special part of the city…free from busy traffic and noise,”  this day was filled with personal touches that created a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. It was exactly the kind of intimate and unique occasion they wanted.

Heidi had told us that this would be a “Do-It-Yourself” kind of wedding, but we had no idea how much care she and her family were putting into every detail. Heidi is a graphic designer and created all of the programs, place cards, and menus for the day. Her mother made her wedding dress, including a heart a patch reminiscent of the similar patch sewn on one of Heidi’s favorite childhood dresses. Her veil and hairpiece were a handmade gift from her grandmother.

It really was a family affair, Colin and Charles (his brother-in-law) wore ties that had belonged to his late-grandfather.  All of the tie-clips were gifts from Colin embodying the personality of the wearer. If you look closely, you might see a Dr. Seuss tie or a Batman tie clip! These little accents were perfect ways to include their family and friends, making sure everyone’s personality had a chance to shine. It was an absolute blast to be a part of this wedding day, and to see all the little things that tell Heidi & Colin’s story.

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Venue: Newberry Library