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Chicago Engagement Photography: Tips For Your Winter Engagement!

Winter engagement sessions can be so magical and full of joy, especially during the holiday season when Chicago is experiencing those first few snow days. Here are a few of our suggestions to make your winter engagement a smashing success!

  1. Wait for snow

    There is nothing quite like fresh snowfall! It is so much fun to get silly with your partner-in-crime and it also makes for such dreamy romantic shots.

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2. Pull your cute coats, scarves, and boots out

While there’s always opportunities to use your everyday winter jacket in your engagement photos (or no coat at all if you’re really brave) we love to use engagement photos as an excuse to dress up a bit!

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3. Twinkling holiday lights make for a lovely and romantic background

We think this one speaks for itself, but just in case it doesn’t here’s one of our very favorite “twinkling lights” photos! Taking your engagement photos after the holidays? No problem! We love to use the Chicago sign to create that same *sparkling* effect!

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4. Warm up with a hot beverage

Taking engagement photos is hard work! Why not take a little break and warm up with a latte or some hot chocolate? If you aren’t feeling like a hot beverage, might we suggest grabbing something that could warm you from the inside out?

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5. Grab a blanket and get cozy

Do you even need an excuse to wrap yourself up in a blanket with your loved one? We think not!

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Stay tuned for five of our favorite places to take indoor engagement photos in Chicago!

Chicago Styled Shoot: Thanksgiving Tablescape

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If you’re looking for a little last minute Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration, then we’re here to deliver! We celebrated early with Clover Events and friends last week to bring you some fun tablescape content. The play on Fall colors and the fun West Elm dinnerware compliments each other perfectly, and don’t even get us started on how much we love the hanging flower chandelier!

We are so thankful for the fabulous vendors we get to collaborate with all year long.

Here are the vendors we collaborated with for this shoot!

Katherine Brown of Clover Events Chicago

Lindsay Campbell - Styling

Persephone Floral - Flowers

Simply Scripted Ink - Stationary

BBJ Linen - Linens

Chicago Styled Shoot: Elopement with Movado & Kay Jewelers

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The second installment of our collaboration with Lakeshore in Love and Aisle Society for Movado and Kay Jewelers is here! If you’re looking for inspiration for gorgeous bridesmaid dresses, intimate rooftop ceremonies, chic white florals, or the perfect wedding gift then look no further! A brides dream intimate wedding come true!

Event Production: Storyboard Wedding + Lakeshore in Love

Watches: Movado from Kay Jewelers

Photography: Belen Aquino of Gerber & Scarpelli Weddings

Event Planning: Clover Events Chicago

Venue: The Gwen Chicago

Floral: The Petal Chicago

Hair and Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry

Videography: Nick Gerber of Gerber & Scarpelli Photography

Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin Bridal

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Chicago

Jewelry: Kay Jewelers

Shoes: Badgely Mischka Bridal

Chicago Wedding Photography: Hilary + John

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Hilary + John have the most incredible, beautiful, charismatic personalities and we had so much fun joining them on this momentous day! They were married at Old St Patricks before taking a stroll around the city for some fun colorful shots in front of Chicago’s street art. Then we were joined by their sweet son for a few shots in the Women’s Garden before heading to their reception! We loved all of the personal touches at their reception but our very favorite detail was their cake topper which included their whole family! Cheers to the newlyweds!

Chicago Styled Shoot: Getting Ready with Movado & Kay Jewelers

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We are so excited to share the first installment of a collaboration we did with Lakeshore In Love and Aisle Society for Movado and Kay Jewelers. Looking for a classic wedding day gift? The timeless accessories provided by Kay Jewelers are perfect for your beloved. Don’t forget to include a sweet note (or a saucy one!).

Event Production: Storyboard Wedding + Lakeshore in Love

Watches: Movado from Kay Jewelers

Photography: Belen Aquino of Gerber & Scarpelli Weddings

Event Planning: Clover Events Chicago

Venue: The Gwen Chicago

Floral: The Petal Chicago

Hair and Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry

Videography: Nick Gerber of Gerber & Scarpelli Photography

Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin Bridal

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Chicago

Jewelry: Kay Jewelers

Shoes: Badgely Mischka Bridal

Chicago Style Shoot: Halloween Tablescape

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Things got spooky over here at G+S with a little help from our friends at Clover Events. We love this Halloween inspired table with its dark sultry tones accented by copper, gold, and silver! If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to “class up” your halloween dinner party then look no further.

Thanks to the vendors for this fabulous shoot..

Katherine Brown of Clover Events Chicago

Lindsay Cambell - Styling

Floral - Shop Vagabond

Bon Vivant- Cake

Chicago Family Photography: Fall is Here!

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Fall is here! We are celebrating the seasons changing with a round up of some of our favorite family shoots! We think October is a great time to snag a family portrait session. Not only are Fall colors gorgeous, but you’re also ahead of the game when it comes time to send out Christmas cards!

Chicago Wedding Photography: Elizabeth + Joshua

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We won the Bride & Groom jackpot with Elizabeth + Joshua! These two were set up while Elizabeth was a resident and Joshua’s mom was her attending. Joshua is a Chicago Police Officer, and Elizabeth’s father is also a Police Officer. She got ready at her parents home, they were married at Old Saint Patricks, and celebrated afterwards at Salvatore’s. They were married by the priest that baptized both of them. The world works in mysterious ways and it is clear they were made for one another!

Chicago Wedding Photography: Carolina + Eric

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We loved hanging out with Carolina + Eric earlier this month. The day started with the bride being serenaded with “Going To The Chapel” by her mother and aunt. These two decided to wait till the ceremony to see each other for the first time and we think it is clear from the grooms face that it was worth the wait! During cocktail hour we snuck away and got some incredible shots of them from the roof of The Gwen.  What an incredible day!