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How to Establish Striking Wedding Photos


Founded by Soo and his wife of 11 years, gugwa Studio is more than just a space to capture stunning photographs. It's a canvas for our love story and our passion for celebrating other couples' unique stories. With roots deeply planted in Korean aesthetics and storytelling, we aim to do more than just snap eye-catching photos. We're devoted to capturing the essence of your special day in a way that leaves an everlasting imprint on your memories.


Bride and groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen on a Chicago rooftop, with the John Hancock Center and skyline in the background.
A breathtaking rooftop wedding photo captures the essence of a Chicago wedding. The bride and groom stand center stage, flanked by their elegant bridesmaids and sharp-looking groomsmen. The iconic Chicago skyline, with its towering skyscrapers including the impressive John Hancock Center, serves as the majestic backdrop, encapsulating the grandeur of the city and the momentous occasion.


Finding the Perfect Photographer: It's All About Connection

When it comes to having awe-inspiring wedding photos, the key is selecting a photographer who is not only experienced and skillful but also someone you connect with emotionally. At gugwa, we prioritize making our clients feel at ease. Because when you're comfortable, the natural beauty and spontaneity of your wedding day shine through in each image.


Why An Engagement Session Matters

Consider scheduling an engagement session at gugwa as your rehearsal for the big day. This provides an opportunity to connect with us, familiarize yourself with our artistic approach, and grow more relaxed in front of the lens—all while receiving a portfolio of romantic photos. Many of our wedding packages include engagement sessions because we believe in the value they offer.


Elegant couple kissing in a contemporary studio with hanging lights, bride in lace dress holding a white bouquet.
An intimate moment captured in a modern studio setting, as a newlywed couple shares a tender kiss. The bride, adorned in a delicate lace gown, holds a pristine white bouquet, while the groom dons a sharp navy suit. The dark, minimalist backdrop accentuated by hanging spherical lights magnifies the couple's ethereal bond, symbolizing the beginning of their lifelong journey together.

Selecting a Venue with Photographic Potential

As you explore potential venues, think of their visual impact. At gugwa, we're experts in maximizing the photogenic qualities of any location. Share with us the aspects you adore about your chosen venue—be it an architectural element or a tucked-away grove—and we'll make sure to highlight those features in your photos.


Embrace Creative Collaboration

You've chosen a team of professionals for a reason—trust us to bring your love story to life. We may suggest unconventional settings or poses that will translate into truly iconic images. Our creative vision aims to turn even the most ordinary backgrounds, like an alleyway or parking lot, into extraordinary photographic scenes.


Open Lines of Communication

It’s crucial to be vocal about your wedding day expectations and the vision you have for your photos. At gugwa, we encourage open dialogue to understand not just your event logistics but also the subtle nuances—like which angles make you feel most confident. The more we know, the better we can tailor our photography to meet and exceed your expectations.


Newlywed couple sharing a kiss amidst a circle of guests with sparkling lights, set in front of a grand mansion.
A magical moment unfolds as a newlywed couple, lost in a passionate kiss, is surrounded by an entourage of joyous guests. The dazzling sparklers, held by the attendees, create a circle of shimmering light around the couple, adding a touch of enchantment to their celebration. Set against the backdrop of an elegant mansion with arches, this scene encapsulates the romance and jubilation of their special day.

In conclusion, every couple deserve wedding photos that encapsulate the essence of their love and beauty. With the right photographer, open communication, and a touch of creative flair, you'll have a stunning portfolio to cherish for a lifetime. Trust gugwa to be the studio that brings your wedding day memories to vivid life. We look forward to hearing more about the story you wish to tell.



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