Get ready to pick your jaw off the floor because the Monte Bello Estate photos my team and I took of Olivia and Liam’s fall wedding are about to make you swoon!
Located just 30 miles outside of downtown Chicago, IL, is the Monte Bello Estate. The Monte Bello Estate is a charming European-inspired wedding venue that will have garden lovers and architect enthusiasts alike smiling.
Olivia and Liam were the sweetest set of darlings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing! Between the sparkles in their eyes and their adorable giggles, we had the time of our lives taking their romantic Monte Bello Estate wedding photos.
The front of The Monte Bello Estate is a portrait photographer’s dream, with its windy pathways, remarkable architecture, and exquisitely manicured landscaping. No matter which way you turned, there are jaw-dropping backgrounds. And when you’re short on time, having the ability to stay in one place and have that amount of background variation is #goals!
The inside of Monte Bello Estates is just as charming as its outside. With it’s floor to ceiling windows, white drapery, and ornate chandeliers, Olivia and Liam’s reception was picture perfect in every way. They even added the cutest vintage details to go along with the English countryside inspired theme of their wedding.
Venue: Monte Bello Estate
Photography: Lauren Baker Photography
Florist: Kirsten Bloom Magic
Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Karishma
Cake: The Sweet Reserve Bakery
Bridal Gown: Marina Semone
Tux: Menguin Tux
Furniture Rentals: Elements Preserved
Tablescape and Champagne Table: Dish And Decor Vintage Rental
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Invitation Suite: Poppie Studios
Linens: Windy City Linen
Rings: Try Hitched
How do we even start to say thank you for all the work and effort you put into our wedding day?
- Josie and Scott
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!
- GRACE AND NICK
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!
- Alisa AND Adam
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!
- Emma AND Erik
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!
- Haley AND Erick
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!
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