Catching a moment when these two are not smiling or laughing is almost impossible. Gia and Quinn’s happiness is infectious, and their Osteria Via Stato wedding day was one I’ll never forget. This energetic crew knows how to live it up! For couples who want wedding photos that authentically reflect the emotions and moments of the day, this is how you do it! Once the big day arrives, you’re free to simply enjoy it and not worry over all the little details. You probably won’t remember those, but you will remember the experience and the time you spent celebrating with those you love.
For Gia and Quinn’s wedding day, we bopped around the city in a barrel bus and had a blast doing it! They got ready at Westin River North and did their first look on the balcony overlooking the Chicago River. The sun was shining for a little warmth on this picture-perfect October day. Then, the group headed out in the barrel trolley for a few more photos at Olive Park before exchanging the sweetest vows at Osteria Via Stato . After a cocktail hour held indoors and out with happy chatter, flowing drinks, and passed appetizers, the speeches were one the highlights of the evening. Gia’s Dad’s speech was so fantastic and so heartfelt. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate a love like theirs!
One for the Books | Gia + Quinn’s Love Story
Every couple has a story, and Gia and Quinn connected over a shared passion:
“We met on Bumble and bonded over our love of running, the Cubs, and live music. Our first date was two nights before the Chicago Marathon that we were both running. We met up for a celebratory beer after the race and were inseparable after that.”
Moving in together is a huge step in any relationship. Taking that step a month before the world shuts down for a pandemic is on another level altogether. Needless to say, these two thrived and made their home together, deepening their relationship even more.
“We moved in together in January 2020, so COVID was a true test of our relationship. Quinn got super into fishing last year, as you’ll see on his IG. He’s wild, and I swear he had NO fish photos when we matched on Bumble.”
Like most couples after 2020, Gia and Quinn wanted their wedding day to feel like a party. Spending time celebrating with their nearest and dearest was their top priority.
“First and foremost, we just wanted our day to be FUN, especially after the craziness of the last two years. We thought Osteria would be a really unique venue and were excited to get all of our friends and family together. We booked an awesome band so we could just celebrate!”
About the Venue | Osteria Via Stato Venue Feature
As far as intimate weddings go, this downtown Chicago venue and authentic Italian restaurant checks all the boxes! Inside, the space is warm and inviting, with stone walls and candlelight. The venue opens up to a string-lit patio for al fresco gatherings. It’s rare to find a restaurant that can adequately host the wedding ceremony and Osteria Via Stato delivered! The venue’s bar-none service matches the ambiance at Osteria Via Stato. Their chef-inspired dishes and signature cocktails are incredible!
15-235 guests (the max number is for a cocktail reception)
Amenities (included with wedding package):
- Custom menus
- Table numbers
- Nearby parking
- Pre-wedding menu tasting for 4
- Coat check
- Italian cookie favors
- On-site wedding planner
- Round & rustic farm table options
- Ceremony & dining chairs
- Archways (set-up fee)
- In-house lighting
- House-made limoncello favors (bottled with custom labels)
- Printed place cards
- Coat check attendant
- Décor, floral arrangements, and centerpieces (in partnership with local vendors)
- Specialty linens
- AV equipment
- Custom cakes & desserts (in collaboration with local vendors)
- Preferred list for DJ & entertainment
Find more Osteria Via Stato wedding package info with food and drink options on their website here.
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Venue // @osteriaviastato
Hair + Makeup // @goldplaited_
Flowers // @sprouthomechicago
Dress // @macduggal
BM Dresses // @azazieofficial
Tux // @theblacktux
Band // @helloweekendchi
Photography // @megadamikcreative