This grunge-chic, styled shoot was inspired by Luella Bates. Miss Luella Bates is believed to be the first licensed women’s truck driver. Bates was the first of six female employees of the Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. During World War I, she was a test driver traveling throughout the state of Wisconsin in a Model B truck. After the war, when the majority of the women working at Four Wheel Drive were let go, she remained as a demonstrator and driver. Both an expert driver and a mechanic, Bates was more than capable of completing all maintenance on her truck.
This styled shoot was inspired, simply put, by our beautiful city. The architectural landscape of Chicago’s skyline is incredibly stunning and we chose to showcase the city’s architecture and modern and clean backdrop through a wedding at Venue SIX10. From the towering skyscrapers to the city’s structural landmarks, the Chicago skyline embodies a pretty masculine form so we challenged ourselves to make that work with the softness and beauty of a wedding day. We used modern elements to convey sophistication and luxury such as the venue itself, stark white and angular with an amazing view. Choosing a modern dress and cake that were both a bit asymmetrical and creating a ceremony backdrop that was conceptualized using glass spheres to create a modern illusion added plenty of modern and chic to the shoot. We paired those elements with all white flowers, white linens and slate grey napkins, classic and clean stationary and those gorgeous ghost chairs for a dose of classic timelessness that will never look dated. The masculine lines of the city’s structural buildings combined with the soft and feminine orchid blooms at centerpiece of the design worked together to give us the city-chic ambiance that as Chicagoan, we know will never go out of style!
Floral/styling: Natural Beauties Floral
Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Venue: Venue SIX10
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Stationary: Too Chic Little Shab
Linen: Private Label Linens
Dress: Jenny Yoo