Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn

October 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Amy and Andy tied the knot, Michigan style.

The event was held at the Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn in Berrien Springs. As we drove to the venue, the air was pungent with the smell of grapes ripe on the vine. Needless to say, we were excited for the day!

The venue was fantastic for making photographs. Adorable getting ready rooms, fences, trees, and, of course, a sweet vineyard. The rain decided to fall right before the ceremony, so it was held on the porch with a view of the land. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the couple said their vows and everyone sang with joy as the couple planted a tree in honor of the day. The lawn beckoned guests outside as the clouds parted during cocktail hour. For the rest of the day, guests ate, drank, played croquet, danced and ate pie. Yum!

Congratulations Amy & Andy!

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Vintage Lifestyle Wedding at Byron Colby Barn

September 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Allison and Darren embody the vintage lifestyle.

This style is more than just a aesthetic for their wedding day, this is part of their everyday. From swing dancing, to vintage clothing, the best of the 40’s and 50’s era come alive with them.

They chose the Byron Colby Barn as the location for their wedding day. The sun shone beautifully on the gazebo where they tied the knot. The entire event was in one location so we had extra time to explore the prairie, a beautiful willow tree and working barn nearby.

The reception barn was decorated sweetly with items made by the bride, a graphic designer, and the event was seamless due to Lola Event Productions. The reception was a blast. To fill the dance floor and so everyone could dance to the stylings of Modern Sounds, the couple hired Sofia Wolfe  to teach everyone to Jive dance. Lizz even got on the dance floor to show her swing dancing bravado.

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Kitchen Chicago Wedding

September 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Allie and Bryan own cuteness.

Their wedding was held at the sunlight drenched Kitchen Chicago. Their decorations were colorful and fun; sunflowers arranged by The Flower Studio, instant film cameras, sparkles, Chipotle to eat, and the entire bridal party (bride included!) wore Tom’s shoes. The couple posed so naturally for us in the industrial neighborhood where we found some nature growing within the concrete. The dance floor rocked all night, beginning with their first dance to “Happy” including the entire bridal party. Needless to say, it was so fun to share this day with them.

Congratulations to Allie and Bryan!

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Mars Gallery Wedding

August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Karen and Adam are just plain cool.

Karen surrounds herself with fantastic, loyal, fun, friends and Adam completed his Kung Fu black sash test just weeks before their wedding. They chose Mars Gallery as the perfect spot for their wedding.

Surrounded by art, family and great friends they said their vows and partied all night. We explored the surrounding West Loop neighborhood for portraits. A pop art mural, an alley and brightly painted walls were perfect backgrounds for this joyful couple.

Congratulations Karen and Adam!

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Music, Coffee & Travel Engagement Session

August 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Beth and Matt are simply adorable.

They wanted their engagement session to reflect their shared interests. Beth explained, “We do love music, coffee, and travel if we want to work anything in…? Like get drinks at a local coffee shop, or peruse through a record store?” We loved those ideas, and always love props so we suggested we bring our Crosley record player, they bring their favorite records and maybe a blanket and we head to a park and a coffee shop nearby.

We met at our studio, they chose an outfit and we went for a walk to pose under the eL tracks and the Bloomingdale Trail to get our first pictures.

Beth and Matt are such a team! Together they packed a box of items including: Marvin Gaye and other soul records, a couple beers, a gorgeous plaid blanket, a chess set, their cool new camera, candles and some books (Ben Hur and Tom Sawyer anyone?). Beth saw some gorgeous willow trees as we drove up to Humboldt Park, and our picnic began. They had fun playing chess, listening to music, photographing each other and reading silly passages from the books they brought. A pirate funeral? Hilarious!

We drove back to the studio, changed outfits, and took a walk to Ipsento, a cool cafe nearby for a few more pictures. It was very quiet, filled with people studying, so we spoke a bit about the direction for the pictures, then just went for it. Beth and Matt cuddled, smiled and just made each other laugh.

It was great fun to photograph a couple so in love and so much fun!

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Bridgeport Arts Center Wedding

August 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Dreams come true.

Studio Starling had the delightful pleasure of photographing the most calm and collected couple in the history of weddings, Karen and Alexander. The stars had aligned and all was unfolding as it should. We were heading South that day, and took advantage of the lake from a unique perspective, 31st beach. It was one of the first nice days this summer and Fox news 32 was out collecting footage for a story, and we were included! See the post here. Then it was on to Bridgeport Arts Center where family was waiting to begin the festivities.

Barbara Moss Events did an amazing job at creating a beautiful but relaxed setting for the couple and their guests. Dare we say she captured the personality of her clients perfectly.

Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your wonderful and loving day.

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Parisian Style at The Murphy

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Jessica and Joe were married in January.

We began the day with the groom at the Intercontinental Hotel, and with the bride at her home. The couple was excited and nervous about the day to come. Their family and friends surrounded them to have fun as they dressed and prepared.

The ceremony was held at The St. James Chapel. Snow lightly fell outside as the couple were wed. Baby, it was cold outside, so we did some photos at the Church and traveled to Union Station for group pictures. We also traveled to the space where the couple met, an office building where they both formerly worked. Of course, we were chased out of the building, but the snow on the ground and the glass and steel building made for lovely pictures and a reminder of where they met and fell in love.

They chose The Murphy as the venue to hold their Paris flea market themed wedding. The theme was carried to fruition by the ladies of Lola Event Productions. Helping with the beautiful event was Paramount Catering, Elysia Root Cakes, Arlen Music, Kloekner’s flowers, Frost Lighting, and Magnificent Milestones paperie.

As the night drew to a close, we asked the couple to come with us for a good night photo. We asked them to make out in the phone booth. They ran in, so excited just to have that moment alone at last!

Bonne Chance Jessica et Joe!

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