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Ana + Chris | Chicago City Hall Elopement Photography

February 16, 2023


Y’all already know I love a good Chicago city hall elopement, and this was no different except I was actually allowed inside City Hall this time around.

Ana and Chris are getting married in San Miguel de Allende later this year, but when you get married abroad, it is a little easier to get legally married in your place of residence beforehand (less paperwork and translation needed) so they decided to elope by themselves in Chicago on a chilly Friday morning in February.

Chicago winters are not for the faint of heart, and after 10 years of shooting portraits in them, I can say that I am an expert of shooting in cold temps. Most of my clients, however, are not, so I will always offer indoor options. When Ana asked for location suggestions I immediately suggested Chicago Cultural Center because of it’s proximity, as well as a few other options from my list, and it was love at first sight for Ana.

Following their nuptials, we snapped a few frames inside of the gorgeous halls of City Hall, but with the stair cases being roped off, we made our way over to the Cultural Center. Loved getting to slip in there on a weekday because there wasn’t much foot traffic and we were able to get some stunning frames without me having to photoshop people out of the background 🤪 Scroll to see some of my favorites from their session!

These little in between moments will forever be some of my favorites.
That 1940’s Tiffany ceiling though. So stunning.
a couple posing for portraits in the chicago cultural center
a couple kissing for engagement photos in the chicago cultural center
a couple outside of the chicago theatre after their elopement
a couple after their city hall elopement in downtown chicago

If you’re looking to elope at city hall, plan ahead! As of May 3rd, 2023, no appointments are required.

Planning your own Chicago city hall elopement? Click here to inquire.

All images copyright © Arielle Gallione 2023

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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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