October Styled Wedding Photos | Chicago, IL

For most Chicago wedding photographers, the idea of setting up a styled shoot in the midst of busy season would be out of the question. I was very lucky to finish up my wedding season the first weekend in October, though, so I was 100% ready to bring to life an idea I’ve had in my head for about a year now. A black lace dress, fall florals, a dark lip…

The stars started to align when I met Willow Star, the model in this shoot, at a Refinery29 / RimmelLondon event I shot earlier this year. She told me if I ever wanted to collaborate on a shoot, she would be in, so I told her the idea I had in my head for this moody, dark styled fall wedding shoot. And she was in! She also brought on board the amazing florist, Aberdeen’s Wedding Florist, and HMUA, Lueur Beauti, to help us bring the idea to life. We went back and forth sending each other pictures to help create a mood board; I sent her the dark makeup look I had in mind, pictures of the black Lulu’s dress I had my eye on, and some dark fall flowers; she sent me a sunflower bouquet she (and I!) loved the look of. Willow shared the images with Dena at Aberdeen’s, and Dena created a beautifully unique mash-up of everything we had shared. The florals looked like nothing else I’d ever seen before—they were perfect!

Scroll down to check out my favorites from our shoot. I’m so happy with how they turned out and will be sharing these every October until the end of time! Have a safe and happy Halloween everybody.


Model: Willow Star

Florals: Aberdeen’s Wedding Florist

Hair and Makeup: Lueur Beauti

Dress: Lulu’s

Photographer: Marissa Kelly Photography

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Marissa was such a joy to work with! Not only is she the sweetest and cutest thing ever but she makes you feel so comfortable like you’re hanging out and not having a photoshoot. She keeps in great communication, sends mood boards and sent sneak peeks of images from our shoot that same night!”
— Willow Star, Facebook