2nd Annual Chez Wedding Pop-Up

2nd Annual Chez Wedding Pop-Up

The team at Chez Event Space knows how to throw a party. Whether it’s a sleek, modern wedding or a snazzy birthday party, they excel at elegance. Knowing all this, we were so excited to be part of the 2nd Annual Chez Wedding Pop Up! An opportunity to mingle with eager brides and rockstar industry professionals is always fun. Add in some champagne a delicious treats, and you have a recipe for wedding success!

The Chez invitation promised “Bubbles, bites, beauty + beats” and did not disappoint. Brides and friends were excited to find “Indulgences + inspiration galore, All carefully curated for you and yours.” It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning, surround by wedding inspiration and lots of laughter. Thank you to Chez for bringing us all together!

Take a look. Feel inspired. And be sure to join us next year!

 

 

There was a complimentary braid + lash bar by Kate Johnson Artistry Bridal Team. Our eyes were dazzled by custom wedding decor from Art of Imagination, Kehoe Designs, Revel Decor,Clementine Custom Events, and Storybook Weddings & Events.

 

 

If the decor and lash bar were not enough (and they were amazing!), check out this list of wedding professionals. We captured displays from Food For Thought, Jewell Events Catering, Blue Plate Chicago, Limelight Catering, Amy Beck Cake Design, LLC, Bittersweet Pastry Shop, Cage And Aquarium Productions, Fig Media, Inc., Kent Drake PhotographyJenny Yoo Collection, and M&M Rentals. It was wedding heaven!

 

 

Take a look at another fabulous Chez celebration!

 

Bridgeport Art Center – ChicagoStyle Weddings Shoot

Bridgeport Art Center – ChicagoStyle Weddings Shoot

When ChicagoStyle Wedding issues a challenge, Gold Grid Studios answers the call! We always enjoy being part of a styled photo shoot, and the CSW Designers’ Challenge had local planners go head-to-head to create their fantasy wedding designs. For this “The Art of I Do” challenge, we worked with the planners at Big City Bride to capture a breathtaking collaboration at Bridgeport Art Center.

We could not have asked for a better design team, an eclectic group of Chicago professionals who make elegance look easy! We chatted with two of the creative minds who helped bring this challenge to life! Enjoy!

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Jessi Cabanin, owner of Just Invite Me

What does your work in the Designers Challenge say about you? Is there something specific you hope couples will see?

I think our participation in the Designer’s Challenge really got us back to our happy place of being the true creatives that we love to be! Everyone can get lost in their busy wedding seasons and fall into a creative rut. Nothing wrong with it at all, it just becomes hard for us to find time to be awesome outside of making sure our clients are being taken care of! I painted a lot (way back when) I was in college, so this watercolor theme was just such a great connection for me! We just started offering laser cut items this year, so I really wanted to push the limits with our capabilities for this project, and I am blown away with what we came up with!

What’s one thing that makes you different than other professionals in your field?  

We offer the TOTAL PACKAGE. We are a full service stationery studio and want to make the process as simple and stress free as possible for our brides. There are so many other things to stress about! We have a team of trained professionals to not only walk you through your design process, but also to produce your entire order for you so that they are ready to go when you receive them! We totally understand that not everyone is on the same budget, so we are proud to offer a variety of options for everyone!

What’s one thing you wish you could tell every couple? 

BE YOU! Opinions can multiply very quickly, and I have seen couple’s original ideas get so far derailed just because someone doesn’t approve. While I want all of my clients to ultimately be happy with the service and product we offer, nothing makes me happier than a bride who’s vision ACTUALLY came to life. You can see an extra sparkle in their eyes when they first see them in person!

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Chandra Pridgeon, a cake designer from Vanille Patisserie 

What was your inspiration for the Designers Challenge? 

After I received the inspiration board and really took the time to look everything over, I immediately thought of Patina—to me Patina represents a beautifully weathered vintage spring garden and that is what I tried to convey in my wedding cake(s)

What does your work in the Designers Challenge say about you?

That I can take someone else’s ideas and make them come to life. That they (a couple) can trust that we will make a cake that will truly represent their dreams and ideas.

What’s your favorite part of a wedding day?

Delivering the wedding cake to the venue. I look at the wedding cake as the final piece to a large puzzle and the sense of completion I get when it’s on the table.

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Vote for winner of the Chicago Style Weddings Designers’ Challenge!

Take a look at more styled shoots on the Gold Grid blog!

Chicago Style Weddings – Ravenswood Event Center

Chicago Style Weddings – Ravenswood Event Center

Everyone loves a good challenge, especially one issued by Chicago Style Weddings! We always enjoy being part of a styled photo shoot, and the CSW Designers’ Challenge had local planners go head-to-head to create their fantasy wedding designs. Gold Grid Studios was there to capture it all! For this “Color Outside the Lines” challenge, we worked with Lola Productions at Ravenswood Event Center. The talented team of designers collaborated to create this vivid, vibrant dream of a look!

We chatted with Lori from Lola Event Productions, a highly trained and creative team with diverse education and backgrounds that have 50+ years of combined experience implementing savvy, stylish and FUN weddings and events of all shapes and sizes. She told us a bit more about the inspiration for this challenge, and how the experience reflected what Lola does best!

Ravenswood-Events-Center-CSW-Design-Challenge-Gold-Grid-Studios_0010 What was your inspiration for the Designers Challenge?
We knew we wanted to do color, and we loved the idea of taking a 2-dimensional image & creating a 3-dimensional design. The vintage wallpaper we chose was the perfect starting place for this idea.

What does your work in the Designers Challenge say about you? Is there something specific you hope couples will see?
We like to think outside the box, take a small detail & expand it to incorporate multiple facets of an event design.  It isn’t only about the flowers. It’s about the presentation of the food, the overall design of the room & how all of these things will play into the guest experience.
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Ravenswood-Events-Center-CSW-Design-Challenge-Gold-Grid-Studios_0003What’s one thing that makes you different than other professionals in your field?
Our background in design, as well as our excellent business management, make Lola Event Productions the total package.

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What’s one thing you wish you could tell every couple?
There isn’t anything I won’t say to a client as long as it’s constructive. Honesty is a really important ingredient in marriage as well as wedding planning!

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It was an absolute joy to be part of the “Color Outside the Lines” shoot! In addition to working at the stunning Ravenswood Art Center with Lola Event Productions, we were lucky enough to capture the creative work of Elysia Root Cakes, Steracle Press, BBJ Linen, Hall’s Rental & HMR Designs. We cannot wait for you to see the gorgeous work of all four challenges! Go team(s)!

Learn more about Lola Event Productions!

Vote for winner of the Chicago Style Weddings Designers’ Challenge!

Take a look at more styled shoots on the Gold Grid blog!

 

Inside Weddings Feature: The Estate

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

 



Capturing Kids

Capturing Kids

The wedding day is a series of moments. It flies by so quickly that couples often describe it as a blur. Showcasing the natural beauty of that blur is what we do best. The love, the emotion, the family and friends–these are the things we love to capture. We aim to delight and surprise you, showing you the moments that you might have missed on the wedding day. 
 

Your flower girls and ring bearers are always an adorable source of inspiration. They are with you for much of your day, watching the adults around them with wonder and awe. They have absolutely no filter and show you exactly what they are feeling. And they tend to have the same effect on the adults around them.  They remind us to laugh, give us moments of pure joy, and sometimes steal the show. Even if you did not get to see them in the moment, you would never want to miss some of the cutest, most precious parts of your day.

 

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We Heart Chicago

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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