March 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sarah and Tyler met in college.
They fell in love amongst the books, the discussions and the beauty of the University of Chicago campus. They decided there was no better place to tie the knot than Bond Chapel and to have the reception at the Quadrangle Club.
The wedding was filled with personal and university themed touches. From the ceremony and reception details of card catalogs, books & flowers all made stunning by Lola Event Productions. We couldn’t ask for better surroundings and a more adorable couple to photograph. Our favorite part was exploring the campus with a wedding party who really knew their way around. We made pictures by a wall of ivy, walls of the English Gothic style architecture and of course, in a classroom.
Congratulations and best of luck to Sarah and Tyler!
February 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Laura and Ryan’s wedding was gorgeous!
We are so excited to see it featured on Style Me Pretty today. Please click the badge on the right to see all of our weddings featured on their blog. See the story by clicking here.
February 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Lisa and Scott tied the knot.
Lisa chose bright blue for her bridesmaids to wear and the cutest floral robes for them to get ready in. Scott’s love of design showed in his shoes and classic attire for the guys. Everyone got ready at the W Lakeshore and because it was a gorgeous summer day, we walked over to Olive Park for their first look and group photos. Then it was on to Michigan Avenue to have the couple photographed with a beautiful stretch of Chicago architecture. When we arrived at Gallery 1028, we found a space made beautiful by Soirée, lovely flowers by Exquisite Designs, sweeties by Molly’s Cupcakes and music filled the room by High Society Orchestra. It was a fun night full of dance, edibles, cocktails and lots of laughter!
Congratulations Lisa and Scott!
January 14, 2014 § 2 Comments
Ashlee and Nelson are dynamite!
We started our day at the Conrad hotel where the giddy couple dressed, posed in windows, and met for the first time. We then traveled to the Art Institute South garden and Lurie garden for portraits. Our goal with these photos was to capture the physical beauty of this couple, Nelson is a personal trainer, and their sense of humor, which they readily showed to us.
The ceremony was held in the courtyard at The Ivy Room. They flew in an Italian to officiate the ceremony. He pulled us aside before the ceremony and said “do a good job with them, they’re very special!” “Of course,” we replied, “they certainly are!” The ceremony was full of advice, gifts and great laughs. We were really thrown for a loop when he asked everyone in attendance to stand and circle the couple as he pronounced them. It was exciting for the couple, guests and also for us. When the unexpected happens, it’s very exciting for a photographer. We love seeing new things, inviting our eyes to play and our cameras to delight in the expressions of thought and joy. We were happy to capture this thrilling ceremony.
The night went late with dancing, toasts, food and conversation. We closed the night with a lovely goodnight kiss in the courtyard. Awwww…
Congratulations Ashlee and Nelson!
December 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
Lizz & Nicole style.
It’s become a tradition here at Studio Starling, to end our year with a blog post about us. 2013 was filled with beautiful locations, fun brides and grooms and ourselves being, well, ourselves.
Sharing pocket joy with a bride, elements of danger: laying on LaSalle St. at night, scaling buildings for group photos, not-so-gently nudging guests out of the aisle and out of our shot during a bride’s ceremony entrance (check out detail picture), more dangerous ledges for Lizz to hang a dress, orchards, ivy wall ghost kisses, so many light tests we stood for each other and the joyous exhaustion after a three day working weekend.
Thanks to all the lovely couples and families we met this year, the crew who put together these events and to our families for hanging in there with us!
Here’s to an equally wonderful 2014!
December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
All we can say is Sue and Anthony have style.
It’s not just the clothes they put on, it’s in everything they do. The way they dance together, look at each other, and yes, the way their clothing coordinates when they get dressed up for their wedding day. These two have a stylish love.
Our day began meeting Sue in her hotel room. Seven sisters buzzed around getting ready and caring for the lovely silk dress that Sue was to wear. As she put on her dress, each sister held part of the dress as she slipped it on.
They were married at St. Michaels in Old Town and had their reception at the uber cool Lincoln Hall. After the ceremony, we traveled to Lincoln Park to go for a walk and make some portraits. Sue and Anthony had fun dancing, gazing in each other’s eyes and looking beautiful for our cameras.
We arrived at Lincoln Hall to do some photos with the guys in the alley to harken back to Dillinger’s day. Then it was inside for the reception. The couple was found dancing in a hallway as they waited to be announced. It was amazing how these two could become so engrossed in each other, they were dancing on clouds the whole evening, no matter where they were.
The night ended with lots of dancing, family fun and a good night kiss under the marquee.
Best wishes to Sue and Anthony!
November 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
Ellen and Rob are charming together.
The way he grins at her, and the way she gently smiles back. We were so proud to be a part of their wedding at the Ritz Carlton Chicago.
The day started in Ellen’s getting ready room. Surrounded by her closest friends and family she beamed as she prepared for the day. Typically, photographers photograph the dress hanging alone, but lately we love the juxtaposition of the brides in their casual clothes posed with the dress.
As we went to meet Rob in his preparation room, we were greeted with big smiles and laughs. We knew this was going to be a fun filled day! This is the room where Ellen and Rob shared their first look and where we did all of the bridal party pictures. We couldn’t have asked for nicer light and a more glamorous group of people.
The ceremony and reception was held downstairs, and was arranged flawlessly by the team at the Ritz. As the night went on, we stole a moment with the bride and groom on the terrace as the sun was setting, photographers like to call this time of day magic hour. The stunning light of the evening was only outshone by Ellen’s lovely smile. A week after the event, we prepared this image for the Ritz, who had the wonderful idea of having a framed print ready in the couples’ bridal suite at the Ritz Carlton in Hawaii for their honeymoon. We were proud to be a part of this thoughtful gift.
Congratulations Ellen and Rob!