This styled shoot was first published on Glamour and Grace!
Planner: Cheers! Chicago
Photographer: Matt Bigelow
Florals: Zuzu’s Petals
Venue: Gilt Bar
Hair/Makeup: Tamara Hair + Makeup Artistry
Gown: Mignonette Bridal
Jewelry: The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
Cake: The Sugar Path
Cookie Place Cards: Delish Cakes
Stationery: Invitations by Design
Let’s get a little history lesson today! There was a time where speakeasies existed (secret clubs that lived underground), alcohol was prohibited, and all of this was to lower crime and corruption. Instead, organized crime blossomed, surely you know the stories of Al Capone. Alcohol was smuggled in and the speakeasies grew faster than the police could keep up.
I have a little bit of an obsession with this time in history. Growing up I lived and played near these underground tunnels that Capone’s crew created to smuggle the bootlegged booze. So when Sarah of Cheers! Chicago asked me to do a styled shoot with her, this was right up my alley. We collaborated with elements that would really bring out the true essence of Gilt Bar’s underground dining area. Candelabras, ornate details, secretly smuggled blooms, plush velvet, and beautiful decanters were just a few elements that spoke to me.
Cheers! Chicago created an amazing team! Matt Bigelow Photography captured the essence beyond every imagination, his work is truly limitless! Gilt Bar was the perfect setting to capture the vibe of the speakeasy movement. The Sugar Path created a cake that was beyond perfection! Delish Cakes created cookie place cards. That’s right, EDIBLE place cards! Invitations by Design complemented the shoot to a tee with the perfect paper products. Mignonette Bridal never disappoints with their couture gowns, The Left Bank has the most exquisite jewelry and accents, and Tamara Makeup + Hair always shines bright!
Clearly, I’m still gushing over all of this beauty the fabulous team created!
Always a pleasure working with such talents and thank you for indulging my love of combining beauty and history.