If you’re planning a wedding in Chicago, Salvage One should definitely be on your radar. Salvage One in Chicago is truly one of our favorite spots to photograph and film on a wedding day. This unique and historic venue offers a one-of-a-kind setting for your special day. A Chicago Salvage One Wedding experience is one like no other. We were there to capture the whole day in photos and on film with Carrie and Brian.
Located in the near the West Loop, Salvage One is a beautifully 60,000 square foot restored warehouse filled with a curated collection of salvaged treasures from around the world. The venue’s industrial chic aesthetic provides the perfect backdrop for a modern, yet timeless wedding.
One of the standout features of Salvage One is its versatility. The venue can be easily transformed to fit any wedding style or vision. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate gathering or a lavish celebration, Salvage One can accommodate. The main event space features high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and plenty of natural light, making it a blank canvas for your big day.
Highlight Video – our full highlight video from Carrie and Brian’s wedding at Salvage One below.
In addition to the main event space, Salvage One also offers a variety of unique spaces for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The outdoor courtyard is a picturesque spot for your ceremony, while the mezzanine level provides a cozy and intimate setting for your cocktail hour. And for your reception, the main event space can be transformed into a beautiful and spacious dance floor.
We started the day getting ready at Hotel Allegro.
We took photos around the city afterward with Carrie and Brian along with their wedding party.
Then headed back to Salvage One for more photos and the rest of the day.
The Staff at Salvage One
In addition to the amazing setting, something that truly sets Salvage One apart is its dedicated team of event professionals. From the moment you book your wedding at Salvage One, you’ll have a dedicated event manager to help guide you through the planning process and ensure that every detail is taken care of. On the day of your wedding, the team will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly, so you can relax and enjoy your special day.
If you’re searching for a unique and unforgettable wedding venue in Chicago, look no further than Salvage One. With its versatile spaces, dedicated team, and one-of-a-kind aesthetic, Salvage One is the perfect choice for your big day.
As a seamless duo, when working 300+ weddings together there becomes an unspoken language, a look, a hand signal – we know where the other one is going to be in order to capture the intimate nuanced moments of your day. One of the things that sets us apart from other photographers is our ability to work quickly and efficiently.
We understand that your wedding day is a busy and fast-paced event, and we are able to adapt to any situation to capture the perfect shots. This means that you can enjoy more time with your loved ones and less time posing for photos.
If you’d like to learn more about us and our photography, please contact us.
Venue – Salvage One
Coordination – Liven It Up
Floral- Carl Davenport Designs
Catering – Blue Plate
Wooo! We have officially started to offer wedding VIDEO!
I have a newfound respect for wedding videographers- it’s a really fun process.
We are excited to begin offering this for our couples- I’m a huge fan of movies and composition, and this is something I always wanted to get into. Figuring it just makes sense to start offering video along side photo, since we both work together so well already and have been photographing weddings together since 2010.
We had the pleasure to capture Sam and Mike’s wedding at The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The Armour House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a 29,000 square foot Italian style villa. They accommodate up to 260 guests for events and weddings. Couples can have both their ceremony and reception there. The outdoor space they have to offer it makes for an incredible ceremony and cocktail hour.
What an extraordinary location and couple to start off at for our first film. Sam and Mike actually met while attending Lake Forest Academy as students! So, it just made sense for them to have their wedding there as well.
Below is just a short teaser from our first wedding film.
If you’re looking for a photographer or videographer or BOTH, then please contact us.
We took a day trip over to Nara so that I could experience the ever amazing Mochi man- the fastest Mochi pounder in the world! Aaaand it was an excuse to cheat on my diet and try some of his amazingly warm and gooey green tea/red bean mochi. It was phenomenal.
I can even begin to explain the amount of joy this action shot gives me. And the fact that I was able to capture it on 120mm film… it was… oh what’s the word for it? Ah- yes, a serendipitous moment. 😀
We started off taking the train from Kyoto over to Nara- which is where the famous mochi place is- and AND! There is also a giant park where you can feed the deer cookies. It was the best.
The deer also do tricks- if you bow to them, they bow to you for cookies. Yep- these wild deer know what’s up. That’s Jason in the middle of receiving a bow back… and in the blurry forground you can see a deer butt in the midst of pestering me and trying to get into my pockets for some deer cookies.
So something else I learned is that deer antlers are actually kinda squishy- and super sticky! I had no idea.
Here’s another shot of the mochi guys. The name of the Mochi shop is Nakatanidou and it’s on the Sanjo Dori road.
And here is a link to a video about them in case you guys are a bit curious. 🙂
Aaaand after our afternoon in Nara, we hopped on a train to Osaka to have some sushi and wander around a bit more before hopping on a train back to our Airbnb in Kyoto. (The JR Pass, I’m telling you, is awesome.)
Six months ago today we embarked on our trip to Japan. So it felt fitting to post about the first portion of our trip today. We were there for 8 days (well, Jason was there for 9… lucky duck) and we were able to squeeze a ton of things into the last minute itinerary.
I recommend getting a Japan Rail Pass. They offer it at a discount to tourists, but the catch is, is that you have to purchase it BEFORE you get to Japan. We got ours from a French company- ‘The Japan Experience‘ So with the JR Pass in hand, the main island was our oyster. And a beautiful oyster everything turned out to be.
Once we landed at the airport, we had a little misadventure trying to get money out of an ATM- but! we found out that you can get money out at the 7/11 ATMs and from the Post Office ATMs… buuut that’s about it for people who bank through Chase and Bank of America.
Ok! So after figuring all of that out we departed the next morning for Nagoya and Kyoto. One of my wonderful awesome friends, Sarah, lives and teaches English in Nagoya. It’s pretty awesome to have the chance to see friends from forever ago. And she of course knew all the best spots in town! It was a delicious feast of epic proportions. And I have a newfound love for okonomiyaki. <3 After Nagoya, we caught the last train offered on the JR Pass to Kyoto.
The photos are a bit out of order, so bare with me- it was 6 months ago. Kyoto has so many amazing temples that it’s hard to keep track of.
On the first day, we attempted to make it all of the way up to the top of the Fushimi Inari Shrine- hahaha, that was an epic fail. We got 2/3 of the way up before we saw on the map that there was another hour’s worth of climbing, so we called it, wandered back down and found a bright yellow stand serving okonomiyaki at the entrance gate.
On our 2nd day in Kyoto, we had an early start to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, I recommend getting here super early, before all the tourists come in on the buses- it’s much more peaceful. After the bamboo grove, we wandered through the Kameyama-kōen Park, over the river, and ended up at Arashiyama Monkey Park- Iwatayama. The monkeys were quite glorious running around everywhere, and you could feed them pieces of banana.
We also ended up at Toji Temple, which probably looks amazing during the cherry blossom bloom. And then we were off! To Nara and Osaka- that’ll be tomorrow’s post. 🙂
The first BW shot is of the Nagoya Castle- otherwise everything else is in Kyoto.
The guys below were making brooms out of straw under the cool shade of the tree over at the Toji Temple. Pretty neato. And that is Our Trip to Japan- part 1. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!
And blogpost season begins!!! I’ve been in the midst of working on Megan and Patrick’s album, so I couldn’t help but share some photos online from their awesome sauce wedding. Megan and Patrick had a Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus wedding in Oakbrook. The scenery, guests, weather, details, overall vibe, and everything was picture perfect (zing!) And I was really digging Megan’s florals and bouquet- created by Ipomea Floral Design.
Before Megan and Patrick’s Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus wedding, the guys got ready at the hotel and Megan and her ladies got ready at Megan’s parents’ house, which was also the location of their post Chicago wedding ceremony/pre cocktail hour VIP cocktail hour. 😀
Oh oh! And they also had Irish Dancers from the school Megan and her friends danced at. It was amazing to watch! I included some of those photos after the cocktail hour.
Ok, anyway- enough of my babbles. You can scroll and check out the loveliness that is Megan and Patrick’s Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding for yourselves.
Here is the lovely backyard VIP wedding party I mentioned earlier. 🙂 Just before we headed off to their Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding location.
And we are officially onsite for their Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding. Woo! Check out Megan and those dapper dudes.
A big thank you to all of the vendors who participated:
Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception Location: Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus Wedding
Florist: Ipomea Floral Design
Invitations: Designed by Pat Dawson (Groom’s uncle)
Bride’s Shoes: Hitherto at BHLDN
Wedding Dress Designer: Watters Too
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier for BHLDN
Trolley: Premier Trolly and Limo
Hair and MUA: Style on Site– Carrie and Jules
Wedding Cake: Lezza Spumoni & Desserts
Music: Matt Stedman Band
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank
Groom’s Tie: The Tie Bar
Wedding Colors: Blush, Peach, Green <3