Ashley & Brendon are engaged!

These two spent an afternoon with me back in May for their engagement photos and we had so much fun exploring Lincoln Park together. Their wedding is coming up in just a couple short weeks away and I am getting so excited for it all!

Take a look and see you soon, Ashley and Brendon!

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Congratulations, you two! I can’t wait for September 14th!

She said yes!

Nicole reached out to me back in October with a secret up her sleeve. You see, she was planning a vacation to Chicago with her girlfriend and wanted to propose while she was here. In my opinion, she picked one of the best views of Chicago as the backdrop and we crossed all of our fingers and toes for decent weather. It was such an emotional and sweet thing to be in on the secret and I loved every single second of it.

Thank you so much for including me during this most exciting time. Congratulations, you two! You were a dream to work with.

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Thanks again for letting me part of such an amazing night.

Cheers!

2018, a round up!

It is finally time for a much delayed 2018 round up. I know I am a bit late in posting this, but I have been resting up after a busy year. You see, it was a big year for me. 2018 was the year that took me to Guatemala for my first international wedding and to Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley for my first National Park wedding. It was a year that allowed me to experiment a bit more with my photography and take more risks; it was also a year that led me to photographing my first surprise proposals.

It really was such an exciting year that was filled with so much love, trust and fun. As always, it was such an honor to document it all and I am ready to see what 2019 will bring. I have a feeling it is going to be a fun year!

In the meantime, take a look at some of my favorites from 2018.

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Thanks for another year of trusting me to document your biggest days. I am forever grateful.

Cheers!

Allison and Joe are getting married!

I met these two last fall when we went on quite the photo adventure around Chicago. You see, they are getting married this May at Prairie Street Brewing in Rockford, but live here and wanted engagement photos in Chicago. So we started the session on Chicago’s north side in one of my favorite places, Winnemac Park.

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From there, we went to the West Loop and set up in front of one of my favorite murals in Chicago right now. Isn’t it fun?

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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.

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.