FEATURED LINCOLN PARK CHICAGO WEDDING VENUE
A New Leaf Studio & Garden
A New Leaf Studio & Garden is a flower and plant shop in Lincoln Park that doubles as a lovely, intimate wedding event space. Imagine your outdoor wedding ceremony in a private courtyard surrounded by brick buildings and ivy covered industrial walls and gardens. This location provides for a gardener or nature lovers dream oasis in the heart of Lincoln Park of Chicago’s city location.
We are looking forward to our next visit at A New Leaf hopefully having fabulous weather for an outdoor ceremony and reception. We are obsessed with the West coast style alfresco weddings which have all the wedding events taking place outdoors under the stars. A New Leaf’s courtyard offers the perfect space for an all day outdoor urban alfresco wedding event in Chicago. For Laolu and Teddy’s day, they planned for close group of less than 75 guests to celebrate their marriage and Nigerian and Bulgarian wedding traditions. Unfortunately, with April rain showers and chilly temperatures on the couple’s early April date, the ceremony, cocktail style reception and dancing events were determined to be moved indoors into A New Leaf’s brick studio, a fabulous backup indoor space.
When discussing wedding photography with our clients, commonly many bride and groom’s look to capture the city Chicago skyline as a backdrop, and secondly often choose nature scenery in a park or naturally beautiful setting. We believe both the skyline and nature can provide for timeless looking wedding pictures. When the actual wedding ceremony or reception events feature one of these looks, what a bonus. Lincoln Park offers additional great nearby photo locations and options for bride + groom wedding pictures, as well as bridal party portraits. If you desire to be married outdoors and are in love with nature, gardening or plants, the options at A New Leaf provide for a gardening or nature lovers dream wedding.
No doubt your guests will be impressed with A New Leaf Studio & Garden. Located across from the Lincoln Park Zoo, wedding guests enter the event space through the Well Street flower shop’s front doors. Meander through the store’s freshly cut greens, florals, arrangements, plants and exotic flowers into the hidden garden behind the flower shop’s storefront. Take in the seasonally changing scents of flowers swapped out each season fresh at the flower shop ( scents like tulips in the spring, lilies in the summer, or juniper in the winter ) ahhhh the aroma that abounds due to seasonal flowers freshly changing with each season is advantageous. When it comes to photos deciding on wedding photos locations at the venue, we love the flower studio or the garden, each offering unique photo looks for artistic, visually creative, and naturally colorful backgrounds within wedding photographs.
Cross over Wells Street to Hotel Lincoln excellent for guest’s accommodations and step across Clark Street to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Conveniently, guests can quickly experience the Lincoln Park’s Zoo, rooftop skyline views at J. Parker restaurant from on top of Hotel Lincoln, or walk through Lincoln Park to North Avenue beach. This edge of Old Town / Lincoln Park neighborhood location offers some of the northside zoo and park area’s best qualities, neighborhood restaurants, bars, and more steps from the venue. On Laolu and Teddy’s wedding day, we took advantage of the Hotel Lincoln J Parker rooftop which is a fantastic option for skyline wedding photos.
A New Leaf is an intimate, smaller venue well-equipped for weddings under 100 guests. With various rooms to hold your outdoor or indoor event, customization can be creatively fun at A New Leaf. Searching for an outdoor, garden wedding space in downtown Chicago isn’t easy to find. This is why we love the center of the building’s open air outdoor, courtyard garden. We love unique downtown Chicago venues and especially unique, rare to find spaces which offer outdoor space suitable to host all of the wedding day’s events for the entire day! With an alfresco outdoor ceremony and an outdoor reception to follow on the stone and brick courtyard garden patio, A New Leaf Studio and Garden offers an intimate space for outdoor styled wedding days in Chicago under the stars.
Inside A New Leaf several artistic spaces on varying levels are available to host your event. Choose from a Chicago loft studio look with brick walls and wooden floors, For the more alternative bride, select a more contemporary designed room featuring industrial materials of cement, brick-lined walls, industrial suspended concrete staircases, modern metal work and railings, a catwalk, or mezzanine overlooking guests below.
A New Leaf is one of Chicago’s most artistic and unique event spaces. With a creative home goods shop located downstairs ( offering a large assortment of colorful candles, old twine, ribbons, rocks and glass jars for gardening ) and a lovely floral shop conveniently on-site, custom floral arrangements, candles and bouquets services from the on-site florist means you can check off of your wedding to-do list those tasks when you book a wedding at A New Leaf.
A New Leaf Studio & Garden
1818 North Wells
Chicago, IL 60614
We love photographing outdoor ceremonies and garden weddings in Chicago. This venue located in the middle of Lincoln Park – a rare gem. If you haven’t booked your Chicago wedding photographer yet, give us a call 630-373-2411 or email us to ensure your wedding date is not already taken. Visit our portfolio and weddings Collections section for examples of recent wedding photography. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Details about Lalou + Theodora “Teddy” Fayanju’s wedding:
Season: Spring ( A Cold Day in Early April )
Wedding Planning: Anthony Navarro Liven It Up Events
Florist: A New Leaf
Hotel Accommodations: Eclectic Boutique Hotel Lincoln, joie de vivre
First Look + Chicago skyline wedding photos at Hotel Lincoln’s Rooftop J. Parker Lounge, Voted Chicago’s Best Rooftop Bar 13th Floor with Skyline Views
Bride’s Gown: Nicole Miller, Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren
Chocolates (wedding favors): Hand-made in Bride’s hometown Plovdiv Bulgaria by Gaio Chocolate
Invitations & Wrappers Designed by: A. Papelanoff
Catering: J & L Catering