Burgundy and Blush Art Nouveau Inspired Shoot in a Historic Chicago Mansion

From Laura, the event planner: 

“I wanted to create a shoot featuring a diverse LGBTQ couple. I am a huge advocate for the LGBTQ community. I try to give back to this community as much as possible and I wanted to celebrate them in this shoot!

This shoot takes place at the Colvin House, a brand new events venue, coworking space, and Historic Landmark in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. This is the very first styled shoot to have taken place here. The mansion was built in 1909 by George W. Maher, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. George Maher is known for building many of the mansions in Chicago. This mansion is one of the last remaining mansions on Chicago’s lakefront. There is a gorgeous beach right across the street from the mansion which is perfect for a wedding ceremony, first look, or portraits. We made sure to take advantage of this beach and capture it in this shoot. This venue is truly unique!

The mansion has an eclectic feel of different eras and styles. The exterior of the mansion is inspired by the prairie school of architecture, while the interior of the mansion is close to a 1920s and 1930s aesthetic, having been remodeled and embellished by the family who was living there at that time. I took inspiration from the eclectic nature of the mansion for the details in this shoot. I wanted to mix a bit of new and old. We used vintage plates with new flatware and pieces on sale in stores right now. Our chosen color palette of deep reds, soft pinks, and touches of blue, complemented the overall vintage feel of the venue and this shoot as a whole. ”

Photographer: Anna Sodziak | Planning/Design/Styling: Fierce Productions | Venue: Colvin House | Floral Designer: Persephone Floral Atelier |  Cake Designer: Bon Vivant Cakes | Dress Store: Ultimate Bride | Stationery/Invitation Designer: EJD Design | Hair Stylist: Nika Vaughan, Bridal Artists | Rentals and Catering: Pyrite Sun | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Designer 2: Peter Langner | Dress Designer 3: Jenny Packham | Dress Designer 4: Berta | Veil: Debra Shirley, Millinery Etc. | Jewelry: Hopscotch and Soda Vintage | Furniture: Strangelovely |  Shoes: James Ciccotti Bridal | Decor: Anthropologie | Flatware: CB2 | Chargers: Crate and Barrel | Model: Brookelyn Hebert | Model: Nicole O’Malley |