engagement sessions

Olivia & Ryan | Summer Engagement Session at Chain O’ Lakes

September 7, 2022


This engagement session looks like it was straight out of a movie and I am a little too obsessed with it.

I’ve known Olivia since 2015 (we met through Instagram during Instagram’s prime) and it was almost seven years to the date since I had last photographed her. When she got engaged last year, I was beyond excited for her to reach out because she is not only one of the sweetest humans on the planet, she’s a freakin’ dream to photograph. Her mood board was a combo of Dirty Dancing, sunsets on the beach, and a lil splash of country; and I think we exceeded both of our expectations for this session. Olivia and Ryan live out on the Chain O’ Lakes (way up North close to the border of Illinois and Wisconsin if you aren’t familiar) so we planned for two locations: a little patch of farmland near their house, and the lake in their neighborhood. She sent me her outfits before hand and we had everything planned out prior to shooting, which is one of the biggest keys to getting the most out of your experience with your photographer.

The photos came out so freaking stunning and I cannot wait for their wedding next month. Scroll to see some of my faves (I would have posted every single water photo, but the clothed photos and Olivia’s hair deserve their moment too 😮‍💨)

A literal movie still. One of my favorite shots.

All images © Arielle Gallione 2022

  1. Olivia says:

    You are the GOAT. Look at all this magic you created, sheesh!! can’t wait until the wedding!!!!!

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hi, i'm ARIELLE.

You can usually find me home with my golden retriever or day dreaming of my next trip to Italy.

I am a firm believer in living life with purpose and never missing the opportunity to experience something new. The Meyers-Briggs test says I am an INFJ with ESFJ qualities (an introverted extrovert, IYKYK), and my friends say I am the person they come to when they need comfort, advice, or fresh baked goods. I consider myself an empath, so special moments you share with your loved ones will likely get me all teary eyed and sentimental. I am not here to pretend life is picture perfect, but to capture genuine emotion and create timeless pieces of art to decorate your home. I’m constantly striving for perfection, but have a calming personality and am relatively easy going. 

When the camera is not around my neck, I am a big home body. I love hanging on the couch with my dog, making pasta, breads and desserts from scratch, squatting 400+ pounds in the gym, or plotting my next trip outside of the US. As a direct descendant of Italian immigrants, I feel most at home in Italy (and speak a bit of Italian, too.)



Arielle has photographed over 175 weddings across 12 states, 5 countries, and 3 continents. While her heart beats for coastal and countryside Italian weddings, she is willing to travel anywhere and everywhere to document your day.








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