beyond pictures | Weddings by Revealed Studios

April continues to blossom with the extraordinary artistry of Revealed Studios: Boutique Wedding Photography and Boudoir Photography Studio.

As a trusted Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company for many years, their images and photographs are beyond pictures, and we are honored to spotlight their talents with Ten Things to Know as we Celebrate a Decade throughout 2018.

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” 

– Dorothea Lange

Revealed Studios provides artistic, storytelling wedding photography and fine art boudoir photography. We like to think we help our brides and grooms sleep a little better leading up to The Day.

Just like we would (and have!) for our own friends, we think of ourselves as a resource for more than just photography. You can come to us for everything from organizing a timeline, to making the day flow smoothly, to scouting out the best locations for display-worthy pictures.

We intentionally take only take a handful of weddings each year. Keeping things small gives us more room for creativity and leaves us more accessible to you.

We’re all about the art and the story.

Whether it’s a tight frame showing a gentle touch or an intimate distance capturing an emotion, our images take you back in time. We love the pretty and the styled, the amusing and the quirky, the tender and the poignant. We value taste, and work for our angles without being intrusive.

We crave good light and study it with awe. We search for compositions that show relationships and settings that evoke a feeling. In short, we create frame worthy images that transport you back in time. 

Ten Things to Know About Revealed Studios

  1. A collaboration of two best friends. Kelly and Maggie have been friends for over a decade. Self-described “feelers,” they are in love with all things that make our hearts pitter-patter – a great book, twinkly lights, and genuine human connection. 
  2. We’re a perfect balance. According to the Meyers-Briggs test, our two personality types are an ideal match for working together. Kelly (INFP) is the logistics queen with a unique eye and killer taste. She keeps Maggie (ENFP), who can gravitate toward vision of grandeur, in check, but also knows when she’s in the flow. Together we’re a balance that works – making a day on the job something we always look forward to. 
  3. Our Studio was once a milk delivery depot – the R. F. Clark dairy from 1890 through the 1920s. You can see the original carriage house door hanging inside the now converted space. 
  4. Mission based: we’re all about helping our boudoir clients feel as great as they’ll look. 
  5. Maggie was first introduced to photography by her Dad, a wedding and portrait photographer. She learned on a film camera and developed prints in her home darkroom. 
  6. Wide range of boudoir clientele: We’ve worked women in their 70s, plus-size women, sexual assault victims, women with breast cancer, women with !disabilities, and women with self doubt. We are champions of ALL women.
  7. We talk about missing our clients all the time. We always talk about wanting standing happy hour dates so we can see them on the regular. 
  8. Wedding photography has taken us as far south as Argentina and west as Palm Dessert, California. 
  9. We can’t resist a good Motown tune. When “Shout” comes on during a reception, you’ll find us dancing right along with our clients. 
  10. Only a handful of weddings. We intentionally limit the amount of weddings we take each year to maintain high standards of client care and imagery. 

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

– Aaron Siskind

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Visit our Gallery to view exclusive, personally-selected images by Weddings by Revealed Studios.

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Photo Credits: © Revealed Studios: Boutique Wedding Photography and Boudoir Photography Studio

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10 Years of Art in Flowers | The Flower Studio

April 2018 blooms brightly with an exclusive spotlight showcasing the amazing floral creations and innovative designs of The Flower Studio, a longtime Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company. 

“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.”

– Thomas Tusser

We honor the many years of creative collaboration with Karen Meeske Cook, owner of The Flower Studio, and her team of talented floral artisans, as we continue to Celebrate a Decade throughout 2018.

Their stunning talents contribute to our company in offering gorgeously textured, vibrant colors and coordinating, collaborative styles to our thoughtfully planned and exquisitely-curated event experiences. 

Ten Things to Know About The Flower Studio

  1. Flowers are our Art. We are inspired by nature and all things botanical. Before designs are realized, they are inspired! Hand selected and artfully crafted for our customers and clients, we interpret the story into magic.
  2. We are not a “cookie cutter” flower shop. Bigger is not necessarily better. A beautiful gift of uniquely unexpected blossoms will live in your heart long after they have faded and gone.
  3. Our doors officially opened on April 1, 1992. We are blessed to celebrate 26 years in business, and we’re still counting!
  4. The business began in my home as a ”Basement Betty” after working many years in the floral industry. Initially, I worked at a greenhouse and plant nursery, then moved into the flower shop, later working at the wholesale level. Prior to opening The Flower Studio, I was a buyer, flower shop director and assistant to my floral mentor at Amlings, the largest floral provider in the Chicagoland area, many years ago.
  5. Working from home provided the opportunity to develop a client list. Weekly hotel and corporate installations, along with personalized weddings, grew the business into our current brick and mortar location at The Continental Towers in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
  6. The Flower Studio is a “destination” florist. We are a bit challenging to locate, but truly a worthy discovery.  Stop in for sensory overload!
  7. Holidays are magical as we transform our studio into a wonderland with collections of eclectic gifts and home décor. April features elegant and fragrant Lavender Wands from Provence, France, exquisite hand-painted Easter eggs from Austria, and adorable children’s gifts from Maileg, a Danish company with charming little toys that inspire the imagination!
  8. Our specialty is interpreting our customer’s sentiments in life’s momentous occasions. Whether a wedding or celebration, sympathy and loss, The Flower Studio creates unique florals and stunning displays for maximum impact for our personal, hotel and corporate clients.
  9. We truly are a “flower family”.  Jerry Lyons and Krina Koenen are a huge part of The Flower Studio’s success, each with 26 years and 24 years of experience. Each staff member brings a personal touch and charm in serving our customers and clients along with a creative edge and a trained eye for detail. Together, we have a combined 103 years floral experience! 
  10. We delight in working with Jeff and his team at The Huestudio + Company. Jeff brings his colorful imagination and creative ideas to life with flowers as our medium.   

Uniquely unexpected and always elegantly designed, The Huestudio + Company and our clients love and adore The Flower Studio for life’s momentous celebrations, special occasions, gracious gifts and little luxuries.

Trust us…You will, too!

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Visit our Gallery to view exclusive images by PhotoGabi, personally selected from our vast portfolio of floral artistry by The Flower Studio. 

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

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Concentric Design | 10 Years of Collaboration

March 2018 features the amazing designs and creativity of Concentric Design, a longtime Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company.

As we Celebrate a Decade throughout 2018, we honor many years of creative collaboration with Blair Hannah and Jeff Meador, Concentric co-founders, innovative artisans + extraordinary talents that contribute invaluably to our team in offering exquisitely-curated event experiences.

Ten Things to Know + Love about Concentric Design

  1. Concentric focuses on visual identity, digital, and print design projects for companies of all sizes and in many different industries.
  2. We’ve been working with The Huestudio + Company since 2010 when we designed its original logo.
  3. We’re based in the wonderful city of Chicago—Wicker Park to be specific. The food, the people, and the summers just can’t be beat!
  4. We work with clients all over the US and our work spans the globe.
  5. Concentric co-founders Blair Hannah and Jeff Meador founded Concentric together at their alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan in 2006.
  6. Our first big project was for the Downtown Bloomington Association. We designed a year-long promotional campaign that promoted shops and activities in historic Downtown Bloomington, Illinois.
  7. For its first 10 years in business, Concentric was a “side hustle” for Blair and Jeff. In 2016, though, we dove in full-time!
  8. Between The Huestudio + Company and Concentric, we’re not sure who likes color more.
  9. We like to think we have pretty high-brow taste in design. This is balanced somewhat by our low-brow taste in music. We publish monthly studio mixtapes on Instagram if you’d like to hear for yourself.
  10. We’ve had such fun designing custom icons for THC over the past few years. See a few of our favorites below. Check out more of our collaborative work with The Huestudio + Company on our website.

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View our Gallery to view more of Concentric Design’s portfolio, including images from our amazing brand. “Good design means good business.”

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Photo Credits:© Concentric Design exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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10 Years of Collaboration | PhotoGabi

As we Celebrate a Decade of The Huestudio + Company throughout 2018, we also celebrate and honor many years of creative collaboration with Preferred Partners; unique artisans that are personally-curated and extensively vetted by our team to offer exquisitely-curated event experiences.

February 2018 spotlights the extraordinary talents of PhotoGabi!

Gabriel “Gabi” Bucataru, the talented artist behind PhotoGabiregularly captures our crazy ideas, unique concepts and innovative visions with his detailed photographic eye.

As one of our preferred photographers and favorite collaborators, enjoy reading about him and his unique passions.

  1. Bucataru means “cook” in Romanian [that’s where I’m from], and that’s exactly what I want to be when I grow up. Besides being a photographer, of course. But I really love cooking.
  2. Cooking and photography seem to go together well in my world since I really enjoy taking photos of anything I might have on the menu on the days I am on dinner duty for my family. Even if it comes to having groggy, hungry kids and a wife waiting until I finish taking photos of every possible angle of the completed dish. Anything for art!
  3. Deep down I want to be a movie director. That’s when I picked up the video camera and started playing with the medium of video. Anything from writing scripts, storytelling and cinematography to sometimes acting, excites me greatly.
  4. The devil is into details, and so am I. There’s so much story under the surface of my everyday, mundane subjects. Discovering and capturing that on my camera can mean the day for me.
  5. Each photoshoot is a challenge, just like life is. That’s what excites me – be it people, portraits or still life.
  6. I love the smell of film. Literally. I grew up in communist Romania, where as a teenager tinkering with my Dad’s Soviet film camera – and having a dark room in the house – I was able to develop and see coming to life the photos I took. Since then, I got this bug which now re-appears in the form of filming with an old 16mm Bolex or taking photos on 120 format dual-reflex film cameras. The colors, grain and feel [not to speak of the scent] of film, brings something so organic about the story in them, one can almost touch it. Call it nostalgia.
  7. I take my camera wherever I go, so my portfolio varies from food [of course!] to off-roading in a sandy forest somewhere in Florida.
  8. The largest portion of my portfolio is shot for stock at the coolest Canadian co-op agency called Stocksywww.stocksy.com/photogabi ]. That’s where you’ll find me 99% posting and displaying my latest meanderings. Chances are that you might have seen one of my photos in an ad or article in a magazine or on a billboard somewhere on your trips.
  9. Each photoshoot opportunity is different, which can be intimidating at first, but it almost always ends with something new learned and discovered.
  10. Life is an art in itself, and creative opportunities are at every step. I am eager to see what’s in store, and feel privileged to be able to capture them even if only 1/100 of a second [if lighting is proper].

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View our Gallery to be mesmerized by Gabi’s Top Ten photographs, beautifully captured for discerning clients and festive fêtes. Everyone has a story.

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Photo Credits:© PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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10 Years of Collaboration | Mirabelle Studio

As we Celebrate a Decade of The Huestudio + Company throughout 2018, we also celebrate and honor many years of creative collaboration with Preferred Partners; unique artisans that are personally-curated and extensively vetted by our team to offer exquisitely-curated event experiences.

January 2018 spotlights the magnificent artistry and talents of Mirabelle Studio!With a new website and fresh designs for 2018, the extraordinary Judy Lynn regularly transforms our distinctive ideas and innovative visions into spectacular, bespoke creations for discerning clients and festive fêtes.

Delight in these items and unique stories of interest as you learn more about Mirabelle Studio, one of our premier, longtime Preferred Partners.

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Ten Things about Mirabelle Studio

  1. A mirabelle is a small yellow plum grown primarily for preserving. It also inspires what I do and how I work. I create books and boxes to hold, store, and preserve life’s moments.
  2. I am passionate about combining my love of book arts and printmaking with my new focus on surface pattern design.
  3. I use traditional bookbinding and linocut tools along with a laptop to create my pieces. I enjoy this combination of old and new to create modern, functional art.
  4. Nature is an endless source of inspiration for me. This admiration motivates my commitment to supporting nature and using eco-products and practices whenever possible.
  5. I have lived in five different states and in Paris, France. These locations continuously percolate up and influence my work.
  6. I love to work with my hands and I view making things as an extension of myself. My favorite piece is always what I am working on at the moment. Currently I’m designing tree frogs and jungle foliage.
  7. I love hearing how people use my boxes. They have held diamonds, vitamins, volcanic ash, remote controls, photos, tax papers, pens, pet remains, Limoges boxes, candy, gift cards, athletic medals, and sugar packets.
  8. I earned a BFA in graphic design and minored in publishing and printing arts where I learned letterpress printing and book binding.
  9. Each piece is made by hand in small batches to ensure quality and meticulous craftsmanship.
  10. I enjoy the functional element that is inherent in my work, however, I don’t think a book or box needs to be filled. I love blank books and empty boxes because they hold the potential for something wonderful!

Visit their colorful site to learn more + view our Gallery for photographs of past, bespoke offerings by Judy Lynn of Mirabelle Studio.

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“I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.”

– Steve Lacy

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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