Thistle and Twine Atelier

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Thistle and Twine Atelier

Thistle and Twine Atelier is the creation of Chicago-based Nikki Segarra, a silent-movie-loving, vinyl-listening, ex-circus-performing, country-hopping artist and photographer from Boston. She was inspired to focus her visual storytelling capabilities on other couples after she realized how painfully difficult it was to find a wedding photographer that vibed with her own eccentricities.

Nikki thrives on the art of observing. She focuses her camera on natural, fleeting moments, and the tiniest of details to illustrate the look and feel of the wedding day. Whether you are hardcore horror movie fans, a cosplay-crazed couple, adventure seekers or vintage-inspired day dreamers, she’s there to bring out that special quirk in your photographs. Nikki especially loves photographing portraits of her couples with her large format brass and wood film camera (think 19th Century portraiture), to capture the richest, most luscious, drool-worthy portraits of her couples.

Nikki is a proud board member of the Green Wedding Alliance, and runs an eco-friendly business. You can often find her at the Green Wedding Alliance’s annual wedding show, Committed, as well as Indie-Wed, and Wedtoberfest, Chicago’s best wedding events especially catered to the independently inspired couple. When she’s not working on weddings, she’s making fine art about her heritage and the sea. More than anything in the world, Nikki loves her Shiba Inu pup, Tanuki – so much that she wears her proudly on her leg, so that she’s always by her side.

Drool-Worthy Film Portraits

Learn About the Green Wedding Alliance

My Fine Art Work, for the Curious Eye

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

I love love. I am a romantic at heart. But, I don’t like cheese (well, besides the kind you can eat).

I focus less on awkward posing, saying “cheese” at the camera, and Pinterest carbon copies. Instead, I’m interested in natural moments and details, laced with a pinch of artistic portraiture. I like to tell a story. YOUR story!! I want the quirky, offbeat, unique you to shine — and I want your personalities to be oozing out of your pictures.

I know when to blend into the background to become a fly on a wall, and when to direct my couples for the camera. I love coming up with fun ideas for engagement sessions, and I’m never afraid to climb, hike or trek through muddy terrain for that perfect shot.

Most importantly, I support love in all shapes and sizes.

"I met Nikki at a Green Wedding Alliance wedding expo and immediately fell in love with her work. She pays attention to detail and thinks of everything! The pictures turned out incredibly beautiful and she somehow managed to capture every emotion that day!" – Ria

Check out more reviews at Wedding Wire!

Examples of my work

  • Amy + Chris Have a Savannah Backyard BBQ DIY Wedding — as seen on Offbeat Bride
  • Cosplay Lovers, Marlene + Cory, Take a Walk in Humboldt and Celebrate Their Engagement Over Private Cocktails at the Blind Barber
  • Evelyn + Sam Celebrate Their All-Laughs Quirky Love at Their Cheney Mansion Wedding
  • Lydia + Brian Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and Have a Sword Fight Finale at the Lake for Their Engagement Shoot
  • Lydia + Brian Integrate Their Playful Nature into Their Elegant Elawa Farm Wedding, Featuring an iPhone App About Their Story, and a Surprise Birthday Party for the Father of the Bride


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