Earlier this summer I was approached by a former bride, Lindsay, asking if I was interested in participating in a bridal styling shoot here in Chicago. I absolutely was! Lindsay, who is the Creative Director of California-based Rion Designs, took care of the design and floral, and rounded up some of her favorite Chicago-based vendors to lend a hand.

The generous event coordinators at the Chicago Botanic Garden arranged for us to gather on their grounds, and we couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop.

A team from Nika Vaughan did the hair and makeup styling.
Rion Designs had an elaborate and gorgeous table set, using materials handpicked from Chicago Vintage Weddings.
The graphic design work on these invitations was courtesy of Olive & Violet.
With all the details perfectly in place, I set to shooting, beginning with our model brides!
Lindsay did an amazing job designing and organizing the shoot. Everything looked fantastic.
And the models were bridal perfection- an absolute joy to work with.
The typography of Olive & Violet is something to be admired- be sure to check out their website for a full display of their work!
Can you imagine a more lovely spot to host a cocktail hour?
And as always, the Chicago Botanic Garden offered a million breathtaking corners for setting up photos.
Fantastic work by all- I had a great time working with such a talented group. If you’re planning a wedding here in Chicago or in Northern California, be sure to check out all these amazing vendors!
Rion Designs – Design & Florals

Chicago Botanic Garden – Venue

Nika Vaughn – Hair & Makeup

Olive & Violet – Graphic Design

Chicago Vintage Weddings – Rentals