Susan + Eddy | Chicago’s City Hall Elopement Photography

October 17, 2022


It’s been a minute since I have photographed an elopement, and it’s been even longer since I have photographed the Loop on a Saturday morning. IYKYK, but there’s something about an empty Loop and morning light that makes my heart sing. The cold weather, especially after ten days in the Philippines, humbled me a bit, but then Susan took off her jacket to show off her cute satin slip dress and I was suddenly grateful for my layers. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join them inside of City Hall for photos (I showed up and there were over a dozen couples outside of the doors waiting to get in, so City Hall wouldn’t allow guests – the website said otherwise so I would call ahead to confirm before you go), so I snapped a photo of Susan and Eddy with Eddy’s parents after it was official, then walked around the financial district with the newlyweds to take some portraits. Absolutely love how these turned out! Scroll to see some of my favorite photos from the morning:

All images © Arielle Gallione 2022

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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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