Welcome! I'm a photographer, wife, mom to a sweet baby boy we call John-John, and am expecting another little boy in June.

I've started blogging to share the ideas, products, and discoveries that have made my life easier and more intentional in hopes they will do the same for you!

Hi! I'm Emily






Chicago Candlelit Loft Wedding: Brent + Corbin


chicago-wedding-emily-belson-photography_0001.jpgWhat a joy to witness Brent and Corbin’s relationship and capture their wedding. The day began with perfect, sunny fall weather. Brent and Corbin are so thoughtful and invited Patrick and I to enjoy lunch together, catch up, and fuel up for the day ahead! If you missed it, you can read a little more about how we became friends and see their Washington, DC engagement session here.

After lunch, they took “the girls,” their poodles Millie and Charlotte, for a walk around the neighborhood and I couldn’t help but snap away. They are such a photogenic family! Throughout the day, Brent kept saying, “I can’t believe how many people are coming to be there for us on the most important day of our lives. We are so lucky.”

As their first dance song played softly in the background, they got ready together in their beautiful apartment. It was such a relaxing, happy environment. From there we hopped around the city taking photos and loving the beautiful weather. As ceremony time approached, rainstorms threatened and their wedding planner made the call to move the ceremony from the upstairs terrace at their venue to inside. Brent and Corbin took it in stride and weren’t concerned by the change in plans at all. After ten years together, they were finally getting married and that’s all that mattered.

Most people would say rain isn’t ideal on a wedding day, but it turned out to be a blessing. Their ceremony, lit by hundreds of candles on the dinner tables pushed out of the way, was the most romantic space I’ve seen. As raindrops streamed down the windows, Brent and Corbin stood in front of their family and closest friends, shared vows they’d written, and pledged forever to each other. It was magical.

Around midnight, the celebration began to wind down. The dance floor had been packed for hours (guests were fueled with late night tacos) and the loving energy was palpable. Brent and Corbin hadn’t stopped smiling in the entire time I’d been with them. I think it is only fitting to echo the sentiment their friend so beautifully toasted, “May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old fashioned enough to last forever.”

Photography: Emily Belson Photography
Venue: Loft Lucia
Wedding Planner: Frank Event Design
Florist: Anna Held
DJ: O’Dea Inc. Entertainment
Catering: Blue Plate Chicago
Cake: Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Tuxes: Suit Supply


If you're looking for photography that is so much more than just gorgeous images, it's an experience that allows you to be fully present with the ones you love, you're in the right place.

© With Grace and Gold Showit Website Template | Photography by Emily Belson Photography


Sign up to receive periodic newsletters featuring our latest shoots, blog posts, and announcements!

join the list