Allie and Andrew | Lake Geneva Wedding Photography at The Abbey Resort

December 7, 2022


Remember that blog post I made about what to wear for winter engagement sessions? That all gets tossed out the window when you’re a bride, it’s your wedding day, and you’re getting married in the winter. Of course, you can opt for sleeves, a balero, a faux fur wrap or this stunning cape from Jenny Yoo; but at the end of the day most people aren’t going to wear winter jackets for their wedding portraits. People in suits have it easy, but if you’re in lace and tulle, chances are you’re just going to have to think warm thoughts while your photographer works as quickly as they can to get all of your portraits done before you lose feeling in your fingers. Insert: Allie and Andrew’s December Lake Geneva wedding at The Abbey Resort.

It was a cold one.

I was honestly hoping we’d have snow for this day from the moment Allie inquired with me, but I have shot many winter weddings so I know its either hard hit or hard miss. I hate the cold, but snow always makes you forget how cold it is because you’re focusing on how pretty it is. We didn’t get any snow, BUT all of our outdoor portraits were still a vibe as the grass wasn’t completely dead and we had the resort’s boat dock to make for a nice background during sunset. This day was so much fun to be apart of from start to finish, and Allie and Andrew’s wedding portraits were some of my favorite moments from the day. You cannot tell for one minute it was 28 degrees, outside of their cute lil rosy cheeks.

Allie got ready with her sisters and mom, and had the sweetest first look with her bridesmaids. The couple opted not to do a first look before their wedding, which can sometimes be stressful in the winter due to sunlight availability for portraits, but it ended up being a perfect day with more than enough time to shoot all of their wedding party photos and portraits outside. Allie’s dress sparkled all day and I freaking loved getting to photograph her in it.

“Working with Arielle was a dream come true.”

Following portraits, they had some downtime to warm-up and chill before family formals and cocktail hour, which also gave me and my assistant time to warm-up our hands and get to just gawk at how beautiful their reception florals and cocktail hour details were. The entire room smelled like balsam and that is one of my frickin favorite candle scents. Their reception was made even better by having the Lakeshore Encores there to provide the music and vibes. They also had a cotton candy station for their late night treat 😍

I photographed Allie’s sister’s wedding in 2020, so it was an absolute joy to be around her family for another wedding day. Shooting sibling weddings is so much fun, and its so flattering having family members coming up to you throughout the day to either praise your past work or tell you how great it is to have you directing wedding party and family photos so efficiently. 🥹

Scroll to see some of my favorites from their day.

Obsessed with this frame taken by my associate, Vanessa.
Allie’s sister Marissa and her husband Jon, whose wedding I photographed in 2020 :’)

All images © Arielle Gallione 2022


Photography: Arielle Gallione Photography

Second: Vanessa McCormick

Venue: Lakeshore Encores

Planning: Graceful Events

Hair: Sarah Gorsky at Lux Salon

MUA: Lisa Kozlowski at Shimmer and Pout

Band: Lakeshore Encores

Cake: Julie Michelle Cakes

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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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