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I absolutely adore when couples take the time to think of a spot for their engagement session that truly represents them and their relationship. For Melissa + Jack, it was Heritage Bicycles and a few stops outside for some Christmas tree scenery. Jack is an avid cyclist, and Melissa loves Christmas, so we hit up a few spots that really spoke to them as a couple. As we got to know each other throughout the session, I was like a kid in a candy store. Super cool couple, check. Awesome backdrop with tons of little details and personality, check. Greenery filled lot overflowing with Christmas trees, check. Love these two, love what they bring out of each other, and love that I get to shoot their wedding next year. Congrats you guys, stay warm and have a happy new year celebrating your engagement!

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I met Tori + Ryan at Wheaton’s Danada House with their pup. It was a most gorgeous summer night, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful backdrop, not to mention the stunning, happy couple. Tori + Ryan, I’m super excited to work together. From our meeting at Soho House, to your emails, to the Engagement Session, every moment has been filled with fun stories and it’s clear how happy you are together. I know next July is going to be perfect and I can’t wait to be a part of your special day. Good luck with all the planning until then, even though it doesn’t seem like you need it, and I will see you behind my cameras again in the summer of 2017! Enjoy this special time in your lives 🙂

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Ali + Alex. They are almost too gorgeous for words. But I will say that their beauty is matched by their inner beauty… I had an absolute blast getting to know them a little better during their Engagement Session at the Adler Planetarium. We dodged some Pokemon Go-ers, played along the lake for some skyline shots, and ended the session popping bottles on the beach. In exactly 365 days from today, Ali + Alex get to start their forever together – let the countdown begin! Can’t wait for the wedding!!

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I met Hannah + Sheamus on what started out as a beautiful summer afternoon. We had been watching the radar for days before our session and on the day of, everything looked clear. That was, until about ten minutes prior to shoot time. We decided to move forward to see what we could capture, but as the minutes unfolded, the skies got darker and roars of thunder rolled over the lake. About fifteen minutes in, the rain started. But instead of running inside and being upset that the weather had ruined our plans, Hannah + Sheamus laughed and decided to make the best of it. We kept shooting through the drizzles, until the downpour was so heavy that we had to seek shelter nearby. After a few minutes of hiding in the bathrooms, the skies opened up and a beautiful double rainbow emerged. Although they had felt confident in what we had captured during the first fifteen minutes of the session – we had to shoot a few more photos with the rainbow and now visible skyline (that was clouded and invisible before) since we were given a little gift of perfection. Hannah + Sheamus, thanks for bringing your positive energy and smiling faces to the session. I had so much fun with you both and can’t wait for the wedding next year!

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All signs said it was going to rain. Kim and I chatted on the phone early that morning, analyzing the radar, looking out our windows, trying to play meteorologist and predict whether or not the rain was going to ruin our day or allow us to shoot what I’m going to a call a dream engagement session. It was a long 3.5 hour drive from Chicago, but if I made it up to Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin that day, I knew it was going to be worth it. But the weather wasn’t looking good. So we called it and started looking at potential other dates for the shoot. Until an hour later, the skies opened up just enough for Kim to say, “let’s do this!” So I left immediately. No time for make-up. No time to put on a cute shooting outfit. I left as soon as I could to make sure I got up there in time before the storm started. And aside from a little visit from the Sheriff on my drive up 🙁 and a few light rain drops just minutes into the session, it was smooth sailing and ended up being pretty much a perfect day.

Kim + Kyle, thank you for suggesting this awesome place for the session. It was a breath of fresh air to get out of the city and too shoot in a gorgeous location that the both of you have spent so much time at over the past few years. I am beyond excited for the wedding next year, and I’m so glad we had the Engagement Session to hangout and get to know each other a little better. Congrats again and send Randall my love 😉

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Mara + Jason (are you ready for this) met on Tinder. Yep, it’s official. They’re my first couple to meet on Tinder, and prove to all the critics of the well-known dating app that love can be found by swiping right 🙂 And these two are a great match. They laughed together throughout the entire Engagement Session, and truly had amazing chemistry. We explored the Lincoln Park South Pond and finished the session at one of their favorite date spots – Yard House. Mara + Jason, I can’t wait for your wedding next year. I’m so glad we got to get to know each other a little better and I look forward to working together over the next year up until your wedding day! Until then, happy planning and enjoy this exciting time in your lives (hopefully with many more dates to Yard House).

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Eve + Brad met at a college party a few years ago and are tying the knot up in Green Bay, Wisconsin next year. Before then, they wanted to capture a few moments of them hanging out near their apartment. We spent some time walking around the Lincoln Park South Pond, wandered our way through the softball fields, and ended up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach. Not a bad way to spend a beautiful Monday night 🙂 Eve + Brad, congratulations on the Engagement and I wish you nothing but the best in your future together! Thanks for letting me hangout with you for the night!

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Colleen + James met at a bar downtown Chicago through mutual friends. They kept it platonic for two years before they started dating, but four years later – here they are, getting married at the end of July! The proposal was quiet and intimate in their home. One morning while they were relaxing with their dog, James asked Colleen if she was sure she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. He got down on one knee, and that was that. There’s something about the simplicity of it that I just love. It sounds like something they’ll be doing for the rest of their lives together. Waking up, hanging with the dog, chatting about nothing… those are the moments we take for granted, aren’t they?

Before their wedding this summer, we decided it would be a good idea to get some practice in front of my camera – and I’m so glad we did. Colleen + James, it was wonderful getting to know you a little bit more! I can’t wait for the wedding and I hope I captured a few photos that you love in the meantime!

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Sarah + Cory’s Engagement Session is one of my favorites to date. They wanted to keep it personal, so we started out front of the condo they bought together, walked along the streets of their neighborhood, and stopped at some of their favorite spots in the West Loop. As we recapped the night before – they were guests at the wedding I shot – we stopped along the way to capture some fun moments of the two. Sarah + Cory, it’s clear how much you both love each other. You live together, work together (on the same team, too), and you still laughed and played the whole session. I loved seeing you two days in a row, and I’m super excited for the wedding day! See you in November!

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Chicago has been full of unpredictable weather days. It has been 80 degrees one day, and 50 the next. Luckily, this was one of those perfect days that we happened to have schedule Dani + Jim’s Engagement Session on 🙂 On this beautiful evening, Dani, Jim, and myself explored the gorgeous Morton Arboretum. I’d been there before, but I never had a chance to drive around to all the different spots the Arboretum had to offer – I will definitely be taking a trip back in the fall with all the pretty colored leaves!

We chose the Morton Arboretum for the Engagement Session because Jim had originally planned to propose to Dani here. But, like a lot of proposals go, Dani had other plans for the night and wanted to stay in. The outcome was the same though – and she said YES! We thought the Arboretum would fall in perfectly with their wedding theme at Fishermann’s Inn. They’re going for that rustic, barn wedding feel – so playing around in the trees for their Engagement Session was the perfect fit. Dani + Jim, thank you for such a wonderful evening at the Morton Arboretum! I loved getting to know you both a little better and spend some time together before the wedding! Knowing how much fun we had together and hearing about all the gorgeous details of the wedding – I cannot wait for the big day. Happy wedding planning until then and I will see you in November!

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