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Changing People's Lives

Steve Neilson is a world-renowned photographer and speaker and his charismatic and humorous personality comes alive at weddings, always making full bridal parties and families feel at ease. Steve is globally recognized for producing beautiful pieces of wedding and engagement photography art. His studio's style is artistic and edgy and he prides himself on the fact that he studied under the top six photographers in the world to bring his craft to the highest level. We are a boutique studio, so we get to know our clients and our service to them is our number one priority. We want your experience to be like nothing you have ever experienced before! We want you to "feel" valued and special.

Steve Neilson


Wedding Photography & Videography

Our studio has wedding collections that start as low as $1,550 and we offer luxury collections as well starting at $4,000. Have you seen our "Art Work" before and after images yet? Weddings have so many different "X-Factors" as we like to call them, and most couples are not sure about what their needs actually are. The main difference between our collections boils down to the number of hours that are included and the type of heirloom album you'd like. All of our collections include an engagement session and limited rights to print your wedding images. We have found that setting up a friendly visit will allow us to go over all the details and get a better understanding of your needs. These visits are all about you as well, we love getting to know our couples by asking all kinds of fun questions. You will have a great time meeting with us. We can meet you during the day, evenings and sometimes on weekends.

Valen Bridal & Wedding Attire

We are an edgy, chic Bridal Boutique in downtown Grayslake. Find your dream bridal gown and bridesmaids' dresses at Valen Studios Bridal Boutique! Here at Valen Studios Bridal Boutique, we offer a unique experience for all of our guests. We only work with one bridal party at a time, so you are guaranteed to be the only ones in here during your visit. You can expect us to put you at ease with our expert knowledge and one on one personal attention. Unlike shopping at a department store, here you have the place to yourself for up to two hours along with whomever you'd like to bring along (bridesmaids, best friends, mom, etc.). We serve wine, champagne, mimosas, and other beverages while you listen to the music of your choice and try on dresses at a leisurely pace. We are here with you every step of the way and take the time to educate you on what we have in store and help you find what you are looking for. You will feel at home here at Valen Bridal, and your experience will be one of a kind!

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