19 East Spring Shoot :: Chicago Wedding Photographer

Well, I don’t do shoots very often.  I feel like lately I’ve perused the wedding blogs only to see fake wedding after fake wedding and I often think to myself, “I would NEVER do that at my wedding.”  So when we created this one, that was my only stipulation, it has to be something that people will actually do and use.  And I loved it!  It was a huge collaboration between multiple vendors, and I have to say a huge thanks to Jaci from Clementine Custom Events, because she pulled everything together beautifully!  Mind you, she was preggers at the time, but no baby brain for her.  She was completely on top of everything.  (Hint hint if you’re looking for a great planner, definitely call Jaci!)  Food for Thought has taken over this new space, now called 19 East.  I love it.  It’s what I’d call modern/eclectic.  It’s the best of metal and modern, and you just get such a great vibe from the space.  To make it even better, your food is catered from Food for Thought!  I go to a lot of events, and I can always tell when I’m eating something from Food for Thought.  I have never had anything that I don’t LOVE from them.  That’s saying a lot!  And don’t even get me started on the bacon in the cup…..I just had to walk away.  Literally had to remove myself from them.  I think they had brown sugar on them or something.  Simply yummy!

So I had to call on some of my favorite wedding pros to help out with this one, and they did not disappoint!  The floral was from the fabulous Alex from Exquisite Designs  She tied in chinoiserie which is an emerging trend she’s seeing in California and New York City and brought it to life here.  We had a beautifully designed cake by Bittersweet Pastries that I originally had sent Jaci some examples of what I thought would look great, then voila, Bittersweet made exactly what I was thinking!  It turned out beautiful.  All of the stationary was done by the very talented Peggy from Erickson Design.  She remembered every last detail to pull it all together (the cake bags were hysterical, check them out below). One thing we wanted to feature was the lounge area of 19 East.  So we enabled the help of Bowery and Bash, a very unique event rental company for all of our group seating.  You will not find plain white sofas here!  There is a vintage feel to all of their pieces, and more importantly, COLOR!  I could’ve selected a dozen more pieces no problem.  Definitely check out their website.    And to round out our rentals, we had some stunning linens from BBJ Linens, as well as table, chair, plates, glassware, and flatware rentals from Halls Event Rental.  We are actually featuring a new chair from Halls in the photos, one of my new favs for the season.  Lastly upstairs is a fabulous bridal suite where we had our friends at Diana’s Bridal feature some fab dresses to match our theme downstairs.

There you have it.  A lot of collaboration and hard work from several of the wedding industry’s best!  Enjoy the photos!

Diana's Bridal Skokie IL

Bridal Bouquet







10 year anniversary :: Downers Grove Portrait and Wedding Photographer

Hi All!

Well, we’ve been doing a ton of things behind the scenes with a new website, shopping cart, and also fresh look to the blog.  So we’ve been busy, busy busy!  But we couldn’t be more elated to have you help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary!  I can’t even believe I’ve been plugging away at this for the past 10 years…am I starting to show my age?  I think back at how crazy I was for starting a new business, then a year later starting my family.  I guess I didn’t totally think that one through.  But I’m so glad I did!  I haven’t ever looked back.  It’s been a ton of late nights, lots of weekends, but it’s no wonder the saying still holds true today, “if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life.”  Well it’s something close to that.  I love what I do, which definitely makes it much easier to leave my little ones to go to “work.”  (I use that term loosely).

So in celebration, we are offering 10% off of any portrait sessions for the next month and $100 off of any wedding photography collection.  Thanks to all of our wonderful clients in the past 10 years who have helped us to get to where we are today.   Hope to see you all this month!

Spring Cleaning :: Chicago Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Well there’s nothing like some spring cleaning to get the year started.  I’ve been working on a new website that just seemed to always go on the back burner at all times.  Followed by the blog.  I’ve been working really hard these last few weeks to get them completed.  We have so many new items, some you’ll see, some behind the scenes.  More to stream line things for clients, and for us!  So today we’re happy to tell you we completed one of the parts, the blog!  New redesign, which we will still be tweaking in the next few days, but the guts of it are done!  Out with the old, in with new, just doing a little spring cleaning here.  Let us know how you like it!

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Downers Grove Photographer

Well, we’re finally here.  The 12th Day!  It’s a huge effort to get 12 posts in a row done….so I hope you enjoyed it.  And from my family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday, whichever you are celebrating!  And we’ll see you all in the New Year!


Day 11 of the 12 Days of Blogging :: Wedding Photography Giveaway

Well, I had to make it fair.  Earlier in the 12 Days of Blogging, I had a great discount for prints for our portrait clients, so I had to do something on the wedding side!   So here it is!  Book your wedding with Bellissima Photography by January 15th and receive a free 16×20 Fine art canvas, where you can choose from one of the fabulous wedding photos we’ll be taking!  It’s valued at $199, and yours free!  I know….pretty cool offer!  All in the spirit of giving!