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Lauren & Peter | Salvage One Chicago Engagement Session Photos

February 20, 2023


Salvage One Wedding Venue in Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood

Winter in Chicago, as told by last week‘s elopement, isn’t very pleasurable to work in. During this time of year, it’s much easier to brace for the weather and have the first location of your engagement session be indoors. Lauren and Peter are getting married at Salvage One in August of this year, so when I suggested we choose an indoor location for their session, they immediately contacted the sweet owners of Salvage One to ask if we could pop in on weekday afternoon for an hour to take some photos. You don’t have to have your wedding here to be allowed to take engagement photos, so if you’re reading this and are thinking about reaching out to the owners, do it!

The last wedding I shot at this venue was my last one before March 2020 hit, so it was really nice to be back in the space and explore every vignette with fresh eyes. If you’ve never heard of it or haven’t been, Salvage One is both a wedding venue and an antique warehouse. They have hundreds of pieces of vintage and antique furniture, hardware, glassware and home accents in an enormous warehouse that you can have your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in. There’s an even bigger upstairs with two getting ready suites and event hall for you to have your reception and dancing!

A Wedding Venue Made For The Eclectic Soul.

This wedding venue is made for the eclectic souls, and for people looking for a unique space to make their own. I love it because it reminds me of my mom’s side of the family, who run their own store that my sister, cousin and I would spend hours rummaging through as kids. So, I was very happy to be back and look around Salvage One.

Like.. look at how amazing that stained glass is!!!

The day of Lauren and Peter’s engagement session was a typical, miserable, Chicago winter day. Sleet, rain, snow, and no sunshine. We weren’t thrilled to not be able to spend much time outside, but we ran with it. And had a blast doing it. I photographed the pair all around Salvage One, Lauren showed off some of her piano skills, and then we took a trip across town to grab a drink at their favorite date spot, Middle Brow Brewing. The sleet turned into snow at this point so we popped outside for a few snowy photos and it was perfection. Cannot wait to photograph their day in warmer weather this August! Scroll to see a few of my favorites from their engagement session.

My favorite lil corner of the reception space up stairs is this reading nook lined with cheap romance novels.

All images © 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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