Room 1520 Chicago Brunch Wedding

Lauren & Michael’s Room 1520 Chicago Brunch Wedding

Lauren and Mike’s fall brunch wedding wedding at Room 1520, a white urban loft space in Chicago, was a modern and elegant affair. The white washed brick walls paired with heaps of natural light made their ceremony and reception a giant soft box of crisp light. The decor was a mix of white linen farm tables topped by natural vines and greenery. Each place setting had a soft green place card by Minted atop a black velvet ribbon tied napkin.

The bride wore a Priscilla of Boston belted gown (with pockets!) and the groom rocked a sharp suit with a fantastic bow tie and pocket square combination. Kelly, the maid of honor, who is the owner/blogger of Studio DIY, wore a black and white stripe cocktail dress which paired well with the striped ribbon on the bouquets. The bride’s Salvatore Ferragamo polka dot heels were the wedding shoe icing on the proverbial cake.

Since these two fancy themselves foodies, they had a spectacular brunch by Cocina Fusion added brought in the Beavers Coffee and Donut food truck for a “donut hour”, along with cocktails.

When the festivities concluded mid-afternoon, we headed downtown to leverage the skylines, urban textures and amazing backdrops that only Chicago can offer. The images speak for themselves

Lauren and Mike’s families could not have been more friendly and welcoming, which made my job all the more enjoyable. A huge thank you to Lauren and Mike for allowing Molly and I document your special day. It was truly a heartfelt honor and pleasure. I’m so thankful to have such awesome clients like you two!

Lauren and Mike’s Q&A coming soon

Vendor list: Stacy Able Photography, Film development: Pro Photo Irvine, Brides shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo, Brides Gown: Priscilla of Boston, Invitations: Minted, Makeup: Bride’s sister, Brides hair: Paige Balash, Catering: Cocina Fusion, Food Truck: Beavers Coffee and Donut

Downtown Chicago Fall Engagement Session

Becki & Steve’s Downtown Chicago Fall Engagement Session by Stacy Able Photography

I’m always fascinated by how people come by my work. With Becki, she was recommended by one of her stylists at her Salon, B. A Salon on Armitage which I’m super honored. I After many emails, and planning, it was time for Becki and Steve’s fall Chicago engagement portraits. Being these two are awesome foodies, we went to the west loop where many of their favorite restaurants are. There, they had cocktails, and showed me around to some hot Chicago culinary spots that Walter and I will have to try. After Randolph Street, we headed to Millennium park to catch the last bit of sunset, as a lake effect fog rolled in. Side note, Becki’s ginger tresses glowed in the fall light and her engagement photography clothing outfits were perfection! I’m super excited to see these two again for their January 2015 wedding at Spiaggia.

Q&A with Becki & Steve:

Steve and I have known each other since we were kids. Our parents were good friends while we were growing up. But we never went to school together or hung around together when we were kids. But later on, he was a neighbor of my parents before they retired to Las Vegas and he was friendly with my Dad. We finally became friends a few years ago after he reached out to me to refer him to a few restaurants in Chicago as he was coming in to visit and he knew I was just as much as a foodie as he is. Instead of just giving him some options, I took him around and we became friends through food.
How did Steve Propose?
We had talked about it a lot, but the proposal came as a surprise while having dinner at GT Fish and Oyster. It was very simple and sweet, but kind of surreal. I was looking at the menu and he took my left hand under the table and slipped the ring on my finger. I was stunned and asked him “Is this for real?” He said “It sure is.”  He sounded calm, but he was pretty nervous. The whole waitstaff new what was coming and after he popped the question we had a glass of champagne. Chef/Owner of GT, Giuseppe Tentori came over to congratulate us and offered Steve a shot of whiskey, he could even tell he was still coming down from the nervousness!

Who chose the ring?
We both did. I looked at pictures and told him the things I liked, but he picked out the diamond and put the two styles of rings together that we agreed upon. He really put a lot of thought and effort in to the whole ring. We worked with a great jeweler that was really helpful and took him to search for the perfect diamond down in Jewelers Row. Steve said it was a really cool experience.

Wedding plans?
Spiaggia. In picking out our wedding venue, we wanted first and foremost to celebrate this milestone by taking our best friends and family out to a wonderful dinner. Our wedding will be simple and intimate; just us, no one standing up.  

What did you wear for your session?
I bought my dress at P.45 in Bucktown. They carry very interesting stuff from Alexander Wang to really cool, local independent designers.  It was made by an Indy designer that I don’t remember. (Oops)  Steves blue shirt was Hugo Boss and John Varvatos jeans were from Bloomingdales. His Jacket was Banana Republic. My green shirt was Joie from Nordstrom and his shirt was Banana Republic and Jeans were from J. Crew.

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide


Richmond Indiana wedding at Forest Hills Country Club

Richmond Indiana wedding at Forest Hills Country Club

Adam and Mary’s wedding was a blend of sweetness, romance, and elegance. Their wedding colors of Green/Ivory paired with the warm fall sunlight was a stunning combination.  Not to mention working alongside one of my favorite assistants, Greg, as well as the very considerate Lovesreel videographer team made for an enjoyable day. I am so appreciative of Mary and Adam letting us borrow them right before dinner at sunset. The images of them strolling into the sunset of the Forest Hills Country Club are some of my favorite wedding images I’ve taken this year. Thank you Adam and Mary, from the bottom of my ginger heart, in having Greg and I there as your photographers. You two were an awesome couple to work with and I hope to see you again soon!

Q&A with Mary and Adam:

I’d say that it was wonderful to see everything we’d planned for come together. It was a really beautiful day and most things seemed to go smoothly & without a hitch thanks to countless people behind the scenes.

The venue was chosen by me as it is the church I’ve grown up in & the club for the reception had a lot of wonderful memories spent with family (quite a few deceased) that I will always hold dear. Decor was to be classic & elegant but also simple. The date was special to me as it is in between two of my favorite couples of all time anniversaries, my parents at the beginning of September & my Grandparents at the end of September.

The day overall was a success! We got married & had fun doing it surrounded by loved ones! One of my very favorite moments was when I opened the charm bracelet from Adam. Without his knowing, the night before our wedding day, my mom had surprised me with my Grandmother’s charm bracelet that I believed to have been lost. I was incredibly close with her & it meant so much to me. As I inspected it, I came across a charm that said “A date to remember” that had her anniversary with my Grandfather on it. When I opened the gift from Adam…it had the same charm saying with our wedding date on it. I felt like my Grandparents were looking over us in that moment. I also loved walking down the aisle on my dad’s arm. I just love my family so much!! Adam’s favorite moments were our first look/reveal, lighting the unity candle & chatting during the service, me walking down the aisle (as well as his God-daughters/flower girls) & having a calming moment outside to himself, looking at the sky prior to the ceremony.

I’d say one of the funniest moments would be that the old car we had planned to use as our getaway car broke down before even making it to the church so we went in my parent’s car. I think I found out about it right before walking down the aisle. Adam thinks it was funny when he gave my dress train/veil a kick at the alter…he also found it funny when my Pastor had my four or five rows of my family nationwide stand & then about half of the church stand as his family members.

Vendors: Venue & catering: Forest Hills Country Club, Photographer: Stacy Able Photography with special help from Greg Jones, Videographer: Jesse Wallace with Lovesreel, Wedding Dress: Galina Signature, Florals: Becky, Invitations: David’s Bridal, Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung, Hair: Julie McNew, Country Classic Hair Design & Brittney Brush, Renew Salon & Spa, Make-up: Whitney Mosey, Whitney’s The Art of Hair Design,Wedding Cake(s): Bowman Bakery, Hagerstown, IN, Men’s tuxes: Dell Brothers, Columbus, IN, Rehearsal Dinner: The Gennett Mansion, Honeymoon: Sandals La Source, Grenada, Engaged at: The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC,Engagement ring: Leigh Jay Nacht, NYC, Wedding ring: Distinctive Diamonds

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide


September 24, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Janice Scheidt - Awesome job! Thank you so much!!

September 25, 2014 - 5:00 am

Jennifer Stassin LInk - Dear Miss Stacy,
The black and white photo of Mary so reminded me of my Aunt Jane (Mary’s grandmother) and an era gone by. You did an outstanding job of not only getting the outer beauty but the inner beauty of the bride.
Sincerely, Jennifer Stassin Link

September 29, 2014 - 3:40 am

Renee - You have some amazing photos. You are very talented!

Factory 12 Loft Wedding | Columbus Indiana Photographers

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Lisa & Fred’s  Factory 12 Loft Wedding | Columbus Indiana Wedding Photographers

Fred is a fun, silly guy which pairs perfectly with Lisa’s organized, sweet demeanor. Their wedding was a blend of the pair. Lisa’s dress… stunning. I have never seen anything like her stripped Haley Paige gown and I hope to see more like it. Fred’s striped gray suit complimented Lisa’s dress to a t. My favorite moment of their day was when Lisa was about to walk down the aisle and covered her beautiful face with her bouquet as she was overcome emotion. They were a fun group to document around Columbus and at the Factory 12 loft. Thank you Fred and Lisa in having Walter and I document your day. Also thank you in letting us steal you away for some sunset portraits. They were well worth it!


Wedding synopsis with Fred and Lisa:
The day was a whirlwind and it just flew by! We chose the venue by finding a place in Columbus, Indiana, that could be both fun and classy. We ended up calling the Factory 12 Event Loft and reached Gethin Thomas. We toured the Loft on one of those negative degree days in January 2014, and we loved it! The hardwood floors and exposed brick gave the venue rich character and a romantic touch. After seeing the venue and speaking with Gethin, we were sold on this place.

When it came time to pick a date, we ran into a few challenges. Freddie wanted to get married as quickly as possible so we could start our lives together. Being that it was already January 2014, dates available were very limited. We knew we wanted to get married in early fall, however, the Loft and Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church did not match up with available dates until mid-November. The very day we went to finalize a November wedding date, we were told a date had opened up in September due to another couple changing their wedding venue location. Freddie and I were ecstatic. We immediately verified with Saint Bartholomew that September 6, was still available, and that’s how we landed on the perfect day of September 6.

Favorite moments
Lisa: Meeting Freddie at the alter. He looked so sweet standing there, and it was a surreal moment.
Freddie: Lisa walking down the aisle was beautiful. The toasts and memories with everyone were really special.
Vendor Info:
Bride’s Dress designer: Hayley Paige  | Place purchased: Marie Gabriel Couture | Groom’s Tux designer: Archetipo | Place purchased: Marie Gabriel Couture    | Bride’s Rings: Rick Simony at R.S. Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm  | Cake Figurine: Lenox  | Caterer: Gethin Thomas at Henry Social Club | Church: Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church  | Chiavari Chairs: Fifty Chairs |  DJ: Tim Glesing with Grapevine DJ  | Florals: Pomp and Bloom (Gina Martin) | Groom’s Ring: Larson Jewelers | Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse | Black by Vera Wang Slim Fit Gray Tuxedo | Hair Stylist: Sydney Zink at Vivian Lou Salon | Invitations: Minted  | Lanterns | Linens: Linen Hero Duchess Satin (Ivory and Blush colors)  | Makeup: Lisa Pairitz | Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth   | Pillows (customized): Zazzle  | Reception Venue: Factory 12 Event Loft  | String Quartet: Sixteen Strings | Table Favors: Bell Glass Jars | Table Favor Macaroons: Aubrey Smith | Table Favor Tags: Evermine | Uplighting: Alan Trisler | Videographer: Xoomworx | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy

 Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide