Lauren + Frank met after college through mutual friends. Earlier this year, they got engaged on their way to see Hamilton. Frank brought the ring with him, and the plan was to pop the question after dinner and Hamilton, but he was so nervous that he only managed to walk halfway to dinner before getting down on one knee and asking Lauren to be his wife, right on the Kinzie St. Bridge. The first person to congratulate them was a cab driver passing by!
Nowadays, they’re living in Wicker Park planning their wedding, sipping wine on their rooftop deck, and getting Shake Shack before meeting with me (and not bringing me any!). Lauren + Frank, it was so much fun spending this time with you before the wedding. Here are a few of my favorites from the engagement… can’t wait for the big day!
Em + Nick came in from London to get married in Chicago at City Hall. Before celebrating at a small dinner with their families, we explored the West Loop and snapped a few pics. They wanted to keep it simple, clean, and focus on them being natural – so we did just that and they look BEAUTIFUL. Here are a few of my favorites from their mini session on the way to Piccolo Sogno for a yummy dinner. Congrats Em + Nick!
My friends, Jen + Tyler, met playing kickball a few years ago at the Lincoln Park fields near the North Ave. Beach. Since then, they’ve both retired their kickball shoes and spend more of their time at Wrigley Field being bleacher bums cheering on the Cubbies. Jen + Tyler are getting married in November and I’m honored to be their photographer! There’s no better gift that I could give them than to document all the special moments on their wedding day with photographs they’ll have forever. Jen + Tyler, it was so much fun having friends in front of my camera – and I’m so glad that we went from ‘this is terrible!’ to ‘this was a lot of fun!’ in just one short hour 😉 congrats you two – can’t wait for the wedding!
Meghan + Tim met at Wheaton College and got engaged this past March. They are both very musical and creative souls – ones that are comfortable in front of the camera and with each other. They weren’t afraid to hug, laugh, kiss, show any form of affection, and just be. happy. together. MY FAVORITE types of couples to photograph. As we explored a few different spots around the Morton Arboretum – this became more and more clear to me – so the direction slowly decreased as I just let them do their thing. And I just love how it all turned out. Not to mention this session reminds me of my recent camping trip in the Rockies – all the trees, nature, and pretty goodstuff – this one just makes me happy 🙂 Congrats to Meghan + Tim! Can’t wait for the wedding next year!
The first thing Nikki said when she got out of her car was – “I’m SO nervous!” I can’t tell you how many times I hear this from couples (I’ve had a few couples take a shot or two before coming – I don’t hate that idea!). But really, you have NOTHING to worry about. As long as you like hanging with your fiance – and you probably should because he/she is your fiance – everything will be juuuuuuuuust fine. Two minutes later, Nikki + Grant learned that lesson. I coached them through everything, got them comfortable, and from there – the genuine smiles just came out. And they look beautiful, don’t they?! I think so 🙂 Nikki + Grant, I had a blast with you guys! I don’t shoot around the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum often – but I might have to make it one of my regular spots. The light, all that nature, the crazy squirrels, and THAT red dress. It was all perfect. Loved getting you guys behind my camera – can’t wait for the wedding in November!
Melissa + Alex got engaged along the gorgeous tree-lined path along Lake Michigan/in front of the Field Museum/Shedd Aquarium. What better place than that to start our Engagement Session than to take it back to where it all started. It’s a meaningful place to them, since they live in the area, and have walked the trail a few times. It’s one of my favorite views of the city, as I shoot there often – but I love finding new nooks and hidden gems that I’ve never photographed before. This time, the path along the Shedd/garden area was my favorite. We started along the north side of the Shedd/Field Museum – and walked along the lake, all the way to behind the Adler Planetarium to the hidden beach that is quickly becoming a hot spot (it was filled with people and I’ve never seen that before!). Melissa + Alex, I had so much fun with you both during the session. I loved getting to know you, chatting about life/grad school/traveling, and watching you get more and more comfortable throughout the session. You’re going to be pros come wedding day – and I am so excited for you to see photos from your session – but even more so I can’t wait for the wedding! See you next year 😉
I met Winelyn + Marco for the first time just outside Olive Park, right before their Engagement Session. Within minutes, we were talking and laughing like old friends – and they opened up in front of my camera to be their adorable selves. They were a little nervous – as are most couples before the Engagement Session – but they soon realized how much fun we were going to have together. Once I showed them one of the photos taken about 5 minutes in, they were sold. They let their guards down and just let the session flow. Winelyn + Marco don’t get to see each other too often, as they live about an hour apart and are both nurses. However, when they do – they love to meet in Chicago to walk around and find yummy places to eat – Chinatown is one of their faves (I need to get there more!). Winelyn (or Kaye as her friends/family call her) + Marco – thanks for choosing me to photograph your engagement! I had a blast with you guys – and I hope to work with you again soon!
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!
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 🙂
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!!