A Luxury Backyard Wedding at Chef Rick Bayless’ Chicago Home

October 25, 2023


Hello fall, Chicago! Summer was an insanely busy one for me and my team as we photographed 14 weddings between June and Labor Day. I still have a few more weddings left this season, but I finally have time to catch up on some blogging so we are kicking it off with Jason and Melissa’s insanely beautiful luxury backyard wedding in celebrity Chef Rick Bayless’ backyard. So many people asked how this wedding happened at Rick’s. I will briefly explain that this isn’t a venue you can reserve for a wedding, sorry! Jason is the head of school at Chicago Academy for the Arts, and Rick is a donor. Cue their friendship, and Rick offering to host his wedding at his home. It was an incredibly kind gesture that led to a beautiful, intimate summer evening.

Jason and Melissa are so, so loved by their friends and family. It was amazing getting to document that love on their wedding day. Jason and Melissa were long time friends who starting dating shortly before 2020, and a few months into dating Jason was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Melissa stood by his side and helped him make a full recovery. If that ain’t love, y’all. 😭 So, without further adieu, scroll to see some photos from their perfect day.

Luxury Backyard Wedding Inspo

Venue and catering: Rick Bayless Private Residence and Frontera Grill

All photos © Arielle Gallione Photography 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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