The Gundersons!

I first met these two new parents just 4 years ago when they were looking for a wedding photographer. Luckily they booked me and their wedding at Blumen Gardens is still one of my favorites to this day!

They recently became a family of three, so I got to photograph them again. It was wonderful to see them and to catch up, but mostly it was a treat to photograph this special time in their lives. I mean, how cute is this little guy? At just five months old, he was such a happy little guy and knew just what to do... smile.

Take a look!

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Congratulations on the new addition, you two.

She said YES!

A couple of short weeks ago, Jimmy proposed to Sarah and she said ‘YES’! He picked Lincoln Park as a perfect backdrop to propose and I was there to document it all. The story was that they were taking their friend to go see this place with a great view of Chicago and it was so much fun to be in on the secret. The pure, raw happiness these two displayed was absolutely the best and I had a blast.

Without further ado, take a look. Here they are taking it in, just before the big moment.

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Congratulations on your engagement, Sarah and Jimmy! Happy wedding planning.

The Henningsen Family!

This family of three came to me as a referral from a friend on Instagram. You see, their little lady was about to turn 1 and they wanted to take some photos of this special time in their lives. We picked a date, found the perfect location and waited. As the date approached, it was looking rainier and rainier. When most family sessions would be rescheduled, they really wanted to keep the date and I was so glad they did. Why? Because they had lined up an amazing backup which was to go back to where it all started, their wedding venue. What was even better was that The Ravenswood Event Center said yes! It was absolutely dreamy and a perfectly meaningful backdrop for photos with their almost one year old. I had a blast chasing around the very busy family in such an important place. More of this please.

Take a look!

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That is a wrap! Thanks for trusting me to photograph this special time for you three. It was the best!

A secret proposal in Millennium Park!

I recently got to photograph two complete strangers from California as Cody proposed to his fiance, Kait. It was incredible.

You see, these two were in Chicago for ‘vacation’ and Cody had reached out to me to see if I would photograph the big moment wherein he asked her to marry him. Let’s just say that I was beyond excited to document such a momentous occasion. He picked one of my favorite spots in the city—Lurie Gardens—and the weather was perfect. In fact, we practically had the place to ourselves that morning. They showed up early, but luckily I was already set up and ready. It all went off without a hitch and she said yes. It was perfect and I am so honored to have been part of it. By the end of it all, I felt like I had gained two new friends.

Cheers to Cody and Kait. Enjoy this next season in your relationship, you two… every last bit of it.

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Then they went off to celebrate. We met up the next evening for an engagement session in Lincoln Park. It did not disappoint!

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Congratulations, Cody and Kait. It was a blast getting to know you both! This was a treat.

A 5 year anniversary session. Also, cats!

I recently met and photographed Donna and Kurt. Holy cats were these two were a blast to photograph! They came to me as a referral from a mutual friend and I am thankful we met. Everything about this session was a blast whether it was snuggling kitties at the amazing Catcade or adventuring at the beach.

You probably know this by now, but one of my favorite things is to capture the essence of a couple and while that is always my goal, I really feel good about this one. Here are Donna and Kurt, celebrating nearly 5 years and very much in love.

Take a look!

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Then we were off to Oak Street Beach for a quick little portrait session by Lake Michigan and a fabulous cake mural. 

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That's a wrap! Congrats on 5 years, Donna and Kurt. 

PS- Just putting this out there, but I would love to document more couples... for no reason at all. Just you and your main squeeze. Ok, that is all. Carry on. 

Casey and Tanveer are married: Part Two

Hopefully everyone saw Part One of Casey & Tanveer's wedding in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park just outside of Cleveland.

Their ceremony was at Happy Days Lodge, right in the middle of a National Park. They exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends and there were so many happy tears. Everything about it was incredible and I just kept smiling while photographing all of the love that happened throughout the night. It was wonderful!

Without further ado, take a look at Part Two! 

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That's a wrap! Once again, congratulations to Casey and Tanveer! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness and love. 

Casey and Tanveer are married: Part One

Last month, these two lovely people got married in the incredible Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just outside of Cleveland. They are big hikers and have made it a priority to visit all of the National Parks. Naturally, it only made sense that they would also get married in one. 

It was such a treat to document their day while exploring a new part of this country. I mean, who knew there was a National Park just outside of Cleveland, Ohio? I certainly didn't, but holy cow did it deliver. There were waterfalls, covered bridges, rivers and so much history to explore, so we set out a day early to scout this beautiful place that Casey and Tanveer chose to exchange their vows in. It was supposed to rain that day, but luckily the weather cooperated at just the right times and everything was absolutely perfect. Needless to say, I had a blast photographing it all and getting to know these two!

I started out with Tanveer and his part of the wedding party. 

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After a few portraits of the groom, I was off to see Casey and her bridesmaids. 

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First look time!

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And then we were off to take some portraits in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Luckily the rain held off because this was a dream!

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Then they were off to Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get married. Luckily the evening's rain held off enough to take some portraits at sunset as well. We were greeted with the most incredible sunset. 

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The rest of their wedding will be in Part Two. Stay tuned, it is coming soon!

Congrats to Casey and Tanveer!