Photographing a wedding at Loyola Cuneo Mansion and Gardens has long been on our Chicago wedding venue wish list. The mansion’s architecture and sprawling grounds instantly transport you to the ambiance of an Italian Tuscan villa. Remarkably, the Cuneo family’s deep affection for Italy half a century ago led to the creation of this exquisite locale, now serving as the backdrop for weddings and events.
As seasoned Chicago wedding photographers, we firmly believe that this intimate north suburbs venue offers the perfect setting to celebrate your union while invoking the ambiance of a “destination wedding.”
From a photography perspective, we were genuinely excited by the wealth of picturesque locations within close proximity, ideal for capturing creative and editorial-style wedding photography. These enchanting scenes truly imbued our work with the essence of an authentic Italian wedding.
Working with Zara and Zayd was an absolute delight. Zara, of Bengali descent, and Zayd, hailing from Palestine, are devout Muslims who wished to solemnize their Islamic marriage, known as the nikkah, at the stunning Italian villa, Cuneo Mansion.
The day commenced with captivating bridal portraits, an intimate first look, and enchanting photos taken around the villa.
Swiftly, we transitioned to the groom’s grand entrance, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by his family.
Once inside, all eyes were on Zara as she made her entrance in a resplendent red lehenga dress. Gracefully descending the grand staircase, she met Zayd at the foot of the steps. Their union was beautifully captured, complete with the magical glow of cold sparklers.
Following the nikkah-nama ceremony, where Zara and Zayd signed their Islamic marriage contract and offered their prayers, the newlyweds underwent a wardrobe change. Zara donned a stunning pink lehenga, while Zayd transformed into a sleek white tuxedo.
The reception unfolded in the newer wing of the Cuneo Mansion, specifically designed for weddings and events. Guests gathered on the picturesque outdoor patio to savor appetizers al-fresco, immersing themselves in a genuine Tuscan wedding experience. The mini beef wellingtons served on the patio remain etched in our culinary memories.
When the reception kicked off, Zara and Zayd’s grand entrance set the stage for their enchanting first dance. We not only captured the magic of their inaugural twirl but also candid moments during heartfelt speeches and the cake-cutting ceremony.
Here are the cherished highlights from Zara and Zayd’s Bengali-Arab fusion wedding at Cuneo Mansion, a celebration that beautifully blended two cultures and created memories to last a lifetime!
This hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Windy City offers a dreamy and picturesque setting that will transport you and your guests to the charm of Italy. Here’s why it’s the ideal choice for fusion weddings, such as a Bengali and Arab Muslim celebration:
The Cuneo Mansion and Gardens exude Italian romance with its elegant architecture, lush gardens, and serene fountains. The beautiful estate feels like a slice of Tuscany right in Chicago, creating a magical backdrop for your wedding.
With multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, this venue caters to the diverse needs of fusion weddings. You can have a traditional wedding ceremony in the garden and a formal reception in the exquisite mansion, offering the best of both worlds.
Imagine exchanging vows amidst the vibrant blooms and manicured greenery. The gardens provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor ceremonies and photoshoots, ensuring your wedding is as enchanting as an Italian garden affair.
The mansion’s grand rooms and ballrooms are perfect for large gatherings, accommodating the vibrant celebrations and customs of both Bengali and Arab Muslim weddings. The versatile spaces can be transformed to suit your unique vision.
Loyola Cuneo Mansion and Gardens embraces the rich traditions of both cultures. Whether you’re incorporating cultural customs or religious rituals, this venue offers the flexibility to honor your heritage while celebrating your love.
Enjoy a fusion of flavors with a customizable menu that blends Bengali and Arab cuisines, ensuring a delightful culinary experience for all your guests.
In summary, Loyola Cuneo Mansion and Gardens is the quintessential Chicago wedding venue for couples seeking a destination wedding in Italy’s spirit.
Its versatility and charm make it an exceptional choice for fusion weddings, allowing you to blend the cultural elements of a fusion celebration seamlessly.
Your love story deserves a setting as unique and romantic as this hidden Italian gem in the heart of the Windy City.
With over ten years of experience capturing sacred moments and an artful intuition for what it takes to get the perfect shot, time and time again, it’s our joy to create evocative, timeless photographs that are as one-of-a-kind as your story.
Maha Studios is a destination photography studio that delights in the vibrant traditions and rituals at the heart of South Asian and multicultural weddings.