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Moody, Romantic Styled Shoot at Gather, a Wedding Venue Near Chicago


Bride in off=the-shoulder gown with red and pink bouquet next to groom in black suit

Gather is a wedding venue near Chicago with historic charm and vintage details. We recently hosted a styled shoot, so we wanted to play up the history of the venue and create a moody, romantic atmosphere. In order to enhance the vintage charm and highlight the gothic details, we chose a moody red and black color palette with romantic touches. We loved how this styled shoot turned out and can’t wait to share all the details with you!


The Couple and Our Vision

To set the tone for the day, we put our bride in a romantic, off-the-shoulder tulle gown with beautiful lace details. She carried a bouquet full of red and pink anemones, roses, and dahlias. We put the groom in a classic black suit with black tie to add to the moodiness, but also keep it classic.

Bride in off-the-shoulder gown holding red and pink bouquet in front of circle arch

Bride holding pink and red bouquet walking down the aisle holding groom's hand

The Ceremony Space

For the intimate ceremony, we wanted to highlight the stained-glass windows which are one of the most unique features of our wedding venue near Chicago. In order to do that, we chose a black circle arch adorned with red and pink flowers that complimented the bride’s bouquet. We then adorned the black cross-back chairs with similar red and pink flowers which added a touch of romance and sophistication.

Circle arch in front of black cross-back chairs at Gather in Pingree Grove

Red and pink floral arrangements at wedding ceremony at Gather

Sweet Treats and Photos

One of the unique things about our wedding venue is that we are located right across the street from Milk House Ice Cream which is an adorable ice cream shop! Milk House Ice Cream has a vintage ice cream truck so our couple took photos in front of the truck and enjoyed some ice cream too! This would be the perfect addition to any wedding reception so that guests can enjoy a sweet treat.

Bride and groom standing in front of vintage ice cream truck

Bride and groom holding ice cream in front of ice cream truck

Bride holding ice cream in front of vintage ice cream truck

Reception Details at Wedding Venue Near Chicago

One of the moody details we loved were the black cocktails with red and pink flowers floating on top. We also had a black two tier cake decorated with fresh red flowers. We loved the addition of these moody details to the day! For the reception tables, we chose black tablecloths with black and white candles and moody red floral arrangements. The black details paired perfectly with the gothic touches of Gather!

Bride and groom holding cocktail glasses with red and pink flower garnish

Bride and groom cutting two tier black cake decorated with red flowers

Wedding reception table with black table cloth, black and white candles, and red floral arrangement

Ceremony and reception set up at Gather in Pingree Grove

Unique Features of Gather

One of the unique details of Gather is our vintage church bell. Couples can ring the bell after their ceremony to celebrate after exchanging vows! We loved seeing this sweet couple ring the bell together.


For the second half of the styled shoot, the bride changed into a more form fitting gown. The couple went down to the lower level which is a speakeasy-themed lounge and snapped some moody photos down there. We love that guests can enjoy the lounge while the upper level is flipped for the reception.

Bride and groom ringing wedding bell at Gather in Pingree Grove

Bride and groom ringing bell at Gather, a wedding venue near Chicago

Bride standing in front of gothic stained glass windows holding red and pink bouquet

Bride and groom standing in front of gothic stained glass windows at Gather in Pingree Grove

Bride and groom sitting on lounge set at speakeasy lounge at Gather

We loved seeing how this moody styled shoot came together with all the red and black details. Gather is a unique venue that can adapt to different themes and styles for any type of event! If you’re looking for a wedding venue near Chicago, we encourage you to consider Gather! Reach out for more information today!


More from the Moody Styled Shoot

Bride dancing in tulle off-the-shoulder dress and bride and groom facing each other in front of stained glass window

Bride and groom standing in front of vintage ice cream truck with ice cream

Bride standing in front of gothic stained glass windows holding red and pink bouquet

Bride and groom sitting in chairs in front of stained glass windows and holding hands at Gather

Bride and groom holding champagne at speakeasy lounge at Gather

Bride and groom at speakeasy lounge at Gather with champagne glasses

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