Wild Onion Wedding: Allison & Ben

When we heard that Allison & Ben were getting married at the Wild Onion, we fell in love with the venue name. Isn’t there some song lyric about love being like wild onion? Well, there SHOULD be! When we asked these two what brought them to the brewery, Allison gave us the scoop. “We wanted to get married at a brewery because we love craft beers. The Wild Onion appealed to us because of it’s vaulted wood ceilings, rustic appeal, beautiful landscaping, and relaxed atmosphere. It also helps that their beer is very good!”

Get ready for a gorgeous, high-vaulted ceiling ceremony. It didn’t hurt that the sun coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows was a perfect spotlight for our star couple. And it turned out that Wild Onion not only served as a great rustic backdrop — it was also a source of inspiration for details. YES, that’s hops in Allison’s bouquet!

Also, keep your eyes out for Karrah & Marcus, who were a past couple of ours.  Marcus is Allison’s brother. We were able to capture picture of the two of them walking down the aisle after the ceremony together. Marcus previously wasn’t a big fan of having his photo taken but…we’d say he knows he looks dapper now 😉
Enjoy getting to know Allison & Ben, and join us in congratulation them on a wonderfully realized day full of fun and laughter.  And if we could sum up “love” in one photo…check out the one of Ben looking at Allison during toasts. #relationshipgoals



Meet the Wedding Day Team:

Wedding Venue: The Onion Pub & Brewery | Wedding Dress: Joyful Occasion | Groom’s Attire: GQ Menswear | Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal | DJ: Blackthird Entertainment | Florist: Prairie Basket Floral | Transportation: Elite Minibus

PS The bridesmaids’ gorgeous jewelry was handmade by the bride!

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Chicago River Engagement: Kristine & Ben

Sometimes, a fabulous engagement session is about more than just photos of the two of you. Ben & Kristine’s trip to the Chicago River was ALL of the things!

It can be an opportunity for family portraits! Take a look at Kristine & Ben, and their adorable furbaby. Pets are always great for a smile, a laugh, and to help a Gold Grid couple loosen up in front of the camera. It was all smiles at the Chicago River!  After a family stroll, we switched gears to focus on Kristine & Ben. The architecture and green spaces around the Chicago River made for a great mix of city and summer.

It can be the beginning of your modeling portfolios! Kristine & Ben were dressed to impress! We always tell our couples to put comfort first. But also, think of the session as an opportunity to show off! Think of a session as the beginning of a night out together!  In an ideal world, you get to leave your session, smiling and relieved. If dressed in that “snappy casual” way that Ben & Kristine are…you’re ready to go out to your favorite restaurant.

This lovestruck couple told us that their happiest memory is traveling to Finland and getting engaged (jealous!!). “We were in pajamas in a log cabin listening to music with the fireplace going and two glasses of wine.” While we are #swooning over that story, enjoy this engagement session perfection. To quote the wedding classic My Best Friend’s Wedding (which just happens to have a few scenes along the Chicago River), we “Love the bag. Love the shoes. Love everything!”


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Olive Park Engagement: Catherine & Kristopher

It’s story time, friends! Let’s get to know the absolutely adorable Catherine & Kristopher. Before we get to their Olive Park engagement session, we will take you back to the beginning. It all started at Raven’s Bar with a game of giant Jenga! After that, Catherine tells us, “the rest is history.”

When we asked about their favorite memory together, they immediately recalled getting engaged in Paris. Once we got over a bit of engagement envy (Paris, amiright?!), we let them continue. “We were at dinner and the food was incredible. It’s our happiest memory because it made it official that we were spending our lives together. We also had the most amazing dessert and champagne after.”

As it turns out, these two lovebirds visit Navy Pier every year for their anniversary. This made Olive Park a great option for their engagement photos. Olive Park is just off the pier, has a wonderful skyline view and great mix of park, city, and beach backgrounds! It’s a one-stop spot for engagement session bliss!

But enough about the background — let’s focus in on our stars: Catherine & Kristopher. We asked these two lovebirds what their favorite trait about their partner is. Kris love’s Catherine’s smile, and Catherine adores his eyes. Get ready for lots of romantic close-ups that show off both! And join us in congratulating Catherine & Kris!


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Riverwalk Engagement Session: Mary Rachel & Travers

An engagement session is an opportunity to take some fab photos, get comfy in front of the camera, and get to know your photographer.  More than anything, your engagement session should be fun!  We should smile with your smile, and hear your laughter. Pick a location that’s a backdrop, that showcases YOU. The Chicago Riverwalk is a great example — a popular spot that let’s you be the star. Whether you dress up or go casual, we always suggest comfort and showing off what’s unique about you. Let your personality fly!

Meet Mary Rachel & Travers, and get ready for their walk along the Riverwalk! Travers, you are a man after our own heart. The pattern of that shirt is exquisite, and we can’t get enough of that confident, colored pant. Pair that with Mary Rachel’s plucks of purple, and you are set up for success! These two are a vibrant, dynamic couple — outside and in! Seeing those bold personalities shine is making our week, and hopefully yours, too. Try not smile, and try not to laugh with this “oh so obviously crazy about each other” duo!



Mary Rachel on Travers:

“Travers’ sense of comedic timing is brilliant. Just read below. We laugh multiple times a day. His commitment to and passion for his many crafts inspire me to do mine. He also has foxy green eyes and a peppery beard, which is on its way to being full wizard beard. 🙂 

I could go on and on and on and on…he is simply “my person” and I light up every time I see him, so they say.”



Travers on Mary Rachel: 

Mary Rachel has the most amazing and contagious laugh. It inspires me to come up with material that will get it out of her as well as to see her heart melting smile. i tell people she’s so good at gardening on account of her being sunshine personified. She’s brilliant at thwarting my cynicism and grinch like tendencies with the warmest of hearts and most sensible of brains. We can talk for hours. Our neighbors let us know that. She is one heck of a dancer and is so unspeakable-y unnamable-y fun. I am so lucky I should wear a top hat, cloak, monocle and a cane.



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Summer in Chicago: Celebrate in Gold Grid Style

When you’re getting ready to move to Chicago, you tend to hear two things about the weather. The winter is terrible, and the summers are so amazing that it makes the winters worth it! We can’t really disagree with either sentiment (though winter certainly has its perks). Summer in Chicago is an absolute dream. In addition to being prime time for weddings, engagement session, and fun outdoor shoots — THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO! The city is alive with vibrant events, and we’d like to put in a good word for at least a few of them. On any given summer day in Chicago, you can stay in, go out, make friends or fly solo on any budget!

Take a look at some of these August highlights, and plan your next day off! Or hang onto this list for a cold December night, when you need to remember that another fabulous city summer is just around the corner!


Who doesn’t adore a sweet treat? Tis the season for fro-yo, ice cream, margaritas, and white wine. If it’s chilled, it’s a yes! There is no shortage of local shops in Chicago when it comes to quieting your sweet tooth. Everyone in the Windy City has a favorite parlor. What’s yours?




Chicago is a pedestrian’s city, and summer is ideal for a sunlit stroll. Explore your neighborhood, pick a CTA stop to discover, or try one of these hot spots! It’s a good excuse to get a little exercise, and to remind yourself that fun can be found anywhere in this gorgeous city.




From Promontory Point to Montrose Beach, find a little slice of sand to call your own. It’s easy to forget how close Lake Michigan is to us. Take advantage of the tranquility and relaxation a little trip to to the lake can provide. And oh the sunsets!




Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day…these are just three excuses for HUGE sales! Whether or not you’re in planning mode, a trip to Michigan Avenue with you best pals can be very therapeutic. Window shop, find some inspiration, and treat yourself!




Oh, how we adore Chicago’s Movies in the Park. The release of each year’s schedule is a highlight of the spring, and the addition of neighborhood screens means you don’t have to venture downtown. You can just take your blanket and cooler to the nearest park, and have an enchanted evening! With sunset happening so late, a dusk date with your favorite movie is perfectly paired with a walk about town!



Feeling the summer vibes? Take a look at our most recent sunset session!