The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago is a beautiful and historic wedding venue. The lobby was remodeled in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright and the building has been designated a Chicago Landmark since 1972. Fotio fits in beautifully with the architecture and style of this magnificent Chicago venue!
Baderbräu brewery is a hip new Chicago venue for your wedding, corporate holiday party, or fundraiser. Conveniently located in downtown Chicago's South Loop, Baderbräu boasts a beautiful rehabbed event space with amble exposed brick and murals painted by local artists. We had fun previewing the space with Chicago venue management company Venue Logic - check them out here: http://venuelogicchicago.com/venues/baderbrau/
We love the Ravenswood Event Center Atrium Loft! It's such a beautiful space and is perfect for your ceremony (with a nice view of Chicago north side and the train)! Typically weddings will flip this room during dinner and then everyone will come back for the reception. One floor down there is a wonderful event space perfect for dining and speeches with a view of the classic car showroom (complete with tons of illuminated neon signs!). Ravenswood Event center is a unique and memorable wedding venue with easy parking close to downtown Chicago.
We had the pleasure of celebrating Jordan and Matt's wedding a few months back at the beautiful Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The Armour House is a historic and timeless wedding venue located in Lake Forest, IL. The spacious layout offers beautiful gardens outside along with a classic Great Hall perfect for dining and sunny Garden Room where cocktails and dancing typically take place. Fotio was setup in the library connected to both the Great Hall and Garden room. We used a quaint bookshelf for the photo booth backdrop which looked absolutely stunning in black and white! View the full gallery of wedding photos here: http://fotio.co/6-25-16-academy/
Hidden beneath the Chicago city streets, sits The Bedford, a speakeasy style lounge located in Wicker Park. As soon as you walk in you can instantly feel the old time Chicago charm. The name "The Bedford" comes from the limestone quarries located in Bedford, Indiana. Built in 1925 this building used to be a bank complete with a vintage bank vault! Fotio was set up in THE VAULT which made an amazing backdrop. The vault is surrounded by copper plated bank boxes and was a functioning bank vault back in the day. The Bedford has made it their own unique and timeless event venue. This place works well as a speakeasy or even a low light mysterious lounge. It is perfect for any corporate company party or fundraiser where you want that old time transported feel. The Bedford Chicago is known for making exceptional crafted drinks along with great food and that perfect ambiance!
Halloween season is here! Once the calendar hits October 1st we are thinking about all the Halloween parties here in Chicago. Chicago is bar none one of the best places in the world to be for the holiday! Halloween marks the time of year for change. The trees are changing and the leaves are falling. The warm air moves out and the cooler air moves in. Less daylight and more darkness. The new year is approaching. People of all ages love Halloween. For one night a year we can transform into our perfect heart's desire. Everyone gets to choose an alter ego or a super hero. We love the mystery and magic of the season. Over the years we have collected so many costume memories. There is something extra special about Halloween in the city! Maybe it is the anonymity, the crisp fall weather or the up all night aliveness that only happens in a city. Isn't it the truth that we all liked to be scared a little bit? Down below we have picked out some of our favorite spooky moments from our archive. BEWARE!
We had such an amazing time celebrating with Olivia and Cody for their vintage themed wedding at The Waterhouse in Peoria, IL. The Waterhouse Banquet and Catering Facility is located in the Maxam building in downtown Peoria just a block from the beautiful riverfront. The wedding ceremony took place in the spacious ballroom at the Waterhouse. After the ceremony guests moved over to The Distillery Room (aka Warehouse Room) for the reception where Fotio photo booth was setup. We used the beautiful exposed brick as the backdrop for the pictures. The Waterhouse is the perfect wedding venue for your Peoria wedding!
If you are looking for the perfect farm wedding site in rural Northern Illinois, we have found your place! Heritage Prairie Farm is an hour outside Chicago and sits beautifully on a little hill over-looking a gorgeous western skyline. The night was perfect with a truly magical feeling floating through the air. Surrounded by cornstalks and barns, Fotio photo booth was set up in a beautiful old rustic barn. The wall had such a great texture which looked amazing in our signature black and white style! Heritage Prairie Farms is so charming and perfect for an authentic Chicago FARM WEDDING.
Reggies is the perfect place for a Chicago Rock and Roll Karaoke themed Bar Mitzvah! Reggies is a ROCKING place and this party was off the charts! Plenty of room to roam, the kids had a very grown up experience at the famous rock club. Fully equipped with a taco bar, games and KARAOKE!! The kids loved singing their favorite songs up on the big stage as DJ Dominqe played the tunes! Fotio photo booth was set up in the hallway, in front of the AWESOME Reggies rock posters! Everyone had a blast taking their photos and playing with the rock and roll themed props we supplied! We definitely would love to go back for another round of music! This place is the best!
Joy District is cool, calm and chic. This place has the full city vibe you are looking for close to downtown Chicago right in River North. Joy District is a perfect location for your corporate holiday party or Chicago fundraising gala! Large beautiful portraits adorn the walls along with the high and decadent ceilings! Fotio photo booth was set up on the second floor in front of a simple, yet elegant black cloth. We had such a great time celebrating a very special person and this place brought out all the stops for a very top notch Chicago event! We really look forward to going back very soon!
Over Labor Day weekend we had the pleasure of working at a GORGEOUS backyard wedding in Libertyville, IL. The wedding was truly magical and no detail was left out! The weather was amazing, the sun was shining bright for the ceremony and slow setting for the reception and everyone was in a cheery, delightful mood! Tucked away in the suburbs, this wedding was truly a delight! Fotio was geared up for a sit down special Fotio photo booth set up with the bride and groom's lovely heirloom vintage leather sofa. The wedding guests truly loved the set up and the photo booth pictures turned out wonderful! Everyone was fascinated by the elegance and quality of Fotio. Can't say we blame them!
This was such an amazing wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago! Our vintage photo booth style fit in perfectly at this timeless Chicago venue. The bride and groom provided their own fun stick props along with a gold sequin backdrop which looked amazing in the photos! Everyone looked so classic in black and white!
As we approach Fall, we can't help but think about all the Fall WEDDINGS coming up! We have put together a Fotio Bride Starter Kit by pulling some recent examples of important photos that you will want as part of your big day! Fotio provides a classic, beautiful and quality experience. We want to capture the essence of your BIG DAY! If you have rented Fotio for your wedding and never have done Fotio before, this is especially for you! Make sure to get photos with your MOM, Grandma, Bridesmaids and all of your important girls! Having a photo of just the BRIDE is a wonderful idea. Remember you will be looking back on these photos from years to come! Some of the trends that are really hot right now are Bride and Groom back to back, Bride and Groom showing off their rings! Take full advantage of Fotio while we are there! Time flies when you are having fun! To check out other wedding adventures go to our website http://fotio.co/events/
Tips for the Fotio WEDDING couple. We are sharing some tips to HELP you achieve great photos! Before the big wedding day, take a minute and think about the photos you want. These are the photos that will stay with you forever. Don't have any regrets the next day! These tips will help you prepare for your Fotio experience.
Tip #1- "Freshly Minted Married Style"- Put us on your timeline. Make it a point to stop by Fotio first! Get those fresh shots in right away. Come over and we can cheers to marriage. Make sure we get some photos before the dancing and partying starts, Also, it's OK to sneak away from your table for a minute.
Tip #2- "Family Time, Late Night Shenanigans"- Make sure that throughout the night you stop back by Fotio to get more photos with your family, friends and wedding party. Think about for the future, who do you want photos with? You hold the key to your own destiny. Three hours will fly by. Make sure you take advantage of your Fotio time slot!
Tip #3- "Don't Forget to Vogue, It's All About Sequence"- Mix it up, change your positions. Make your photos interesting. These photos from our archive represent how to range your photos. We really zeroed in on what makes your Fotio experience EXTRA! You only have one night to make the magic happen! When you break down the night and look at the photos, you see the small old school way of the photo booth. We encourage you to take many different photos! Talk it over with your partner and practice your poses.
Not too long ago we had the pleasure of celebrating a very special wedding union at Morgan Manufacturing in Fulton Market. This place is so original, there is no other place like it in Chicago. Up on the rooftop, this place has the best views of the city, especially downtown. At this wedding, there was no deal left undone. The table settings looked absolutely gorgeous! Fotio photo booth was set up in front of an old industrial sliding door. As you walk around, you really get the feel of the meat packing district and all of it's old time Chicago feel. This place is perfect for any large scale event, especially for a wedding. The guests were having a blast with Fotio and there was plenty of room for everyone to crowd around the camera and check out their photos!
Saturday night we were at a 40th birthday party at Neybir. Neybir is such a cool new store located at Grand Avenue and Oakley Street. One side of the venue is a home goods store, with lots of exquisite and curated offerings. The other side is a large open air event space perfect for events and workshops. If you are looking for unique home furnishings or a great gift for someone, this is your place! From original paintings to glass vases, this place is the cutest. We definitely recommend stopping by as soon as possible. Fotio was set up in the large event space/showroom facing a gorgeous brick wall. Fotio photo booth snapped pictures throughout the evening as event guests made some awesome terrariums! The night was very peaceful and lovely.
All day everyday downtown Chicago is hustling and bustling. The magical pulse is felt by many - local residents and tourists alike! Downtown Chicago boasts some of the most spectacular city views in an urban setting. Each weekend we have the pleasure of venturing downtown for our many events - especially weddings. A downtown wedding is something to dream about and something to remember! Downtown Chicago offers many gorgeous structures and classically designed buildings - all of which make amazing and unique spaces for your wedding! Some recent Fotio wedding locations include Chicago gems such as The Rookery, The Drake Hotel, The Renaissance Blackstone, The Chicago Club, and The University Club (just to name a few!). Fotio has the ability to a share a little piece of Chicago in each photo. Mainly people pick their venue based on the way it looks because it has nice walls or great attributes. Fotio's greatest strength is our minimal set up and ability to use the venue's walls whether it be wooden panel, ornate wall paper, exposed brick etc. Each event gallery is new and fresh and unique to the venue space! To check out our photo galleries, head on over to our events page: www.fotio.co/events
This was a fabulous Indian wedding celebration at the elegant Drake Hotel located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Fotio photo booth was setup during the cocktail hour in the French Room and later for the reception in the Gold Coast Room. The pictures turned out wonderful and everyone had such a fun time with Fotio! View the full gallery of pictures here: http://fotio.co/7-3-16-wedding/
Summer in the city. Summer with Fotio! As our adventures continue, our next stop is Carnivale's Beach Party Brunch! The atmosphere was so light, airy and free. The staff made this unique space feel like an authentic beach party! The setting was great and the food was AMAZING! Mimosas for everyone! Everyone stopped by the Fotio booth and took some photos with their friends and family. We always love going to the Carnivale BRUNCH. It's always a blast! See you this fall at the next Back to School brunch! To check out more Fotio adventures follow us on Instagram! @fotioco
It was an easy breezy kind of night at the popular North Avenue Castaways Beach Bar for the annual Paws Beach Party Fundraiser! There were so many cute pups and dogs of all sizes! Castaways is an ocean liner inspired building that really makes you feel like you are on a boat! Fotio was set up on the upper deck of the boat with downtown Chicago and the beach ever so perfectly placed as our backdrop. Here is the full gallery of photo booth pictures from the event: fotio.co/7-14-16-paws