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Sara + Andres | Fall Engagement Photos in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

November 11, 2022


Now that busy season has ended, its booking season for 2023 weddings, and I am so excited to be meeting and welcoming new clients into the AGP family. Sara and Andres booked me for their 2023 wedding at Chicago’s Old Post Office a few weeks ago and immediately jumped on a last minute opening I had for an engagement session last week. Fortunate for us, we got one of the last warm days left for the year, and it made for a fun afternoon of roaming around their favorite spots in their neighborhood, Wicker Park.

If you’ve peeped my 101 places to shoot your engagement photos blog, I have a note on there about the rooftop at the Robey hotel being an option, but a permit more often than not being required. Sara and Andres opted to wing it and see if we could get up on the rooftop without a reservation but unfortunately it was one of those days where it didn’t work out (easiest way to get up there is during the summer when they have the rooftop bar open, but it was closed for the season when we went.) Instead, I suggested the pair grab a few photos in one of the hotel’s lobby areas and take a spin on a luggage cart, which turned out to be some of my favorite photos from the session.

After the Robey, we took a nice walk down Division to some of their favorite bars for some drinks and darts, and finished at their favorite take out Chinese spot for some noodles and dumplings which looked fire. Sara and Andres truly made their engagement session a day-date, and it makes your session so fun and laid back, which is *key* to getting those beautiful candid moments you want photographed. If you’re planning your own engagement session right now, check out that blog post on locations, but also try to make your session about you and your partner. Pick a location (or two) that is meaningful, do an activity, or go get ice cream. It’s a fun way to break the ice if you’re nervous about being in front of the camera, and it makes for a good time.

Scroll to see some of my favorites from their session!

All images © Arielle Gallione 2022

I am still actively booking for 2023! As of today, I am close to being 50% full and looking to only take 10-12 more couples. If you’re interested in working with me, click here.


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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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