Hot air Balloon and Carnival Engagement in Lisle, IL: Ashlee & David

When Ashlee first emailed me asking for info, I quickly moved to the edge of my seat. They got engaged at Disney and wanted a session that capture the fun and magic of that moment. Well, is there anything more magical than getting up at 4:00 am and checking out a hot air ballon festival? No, there isn't. Plus we got the gorgeous morning sun AND the adjacent (conveniently empty) carnival. It was truly a magical morning. Thanks so much for getting up so early, totally worth it!

Merchandise Mart Engagement Session in Chicago, IL: Lauren & Michael

Lauren & Mike wanted a ton of Chicago into their portraits. Merchandise Mart is one of those places, that little square has so much going on! it was hot, so debilitatingly hot, but they still looked incredible! They danced, they pranced, they hugged, he lifted her (not her thing), he agreed to a heart hand thing (not his thing), yay for compromise and making each other happy! Their wedding is soon and I can't wait for more lifts and heart hands things!

Woodstock Town Sq Engagement in Woodstock, IL: Leah & Michael

Leah is a teacher and thus, is very caring, patient and quite creative. Mike should be writing a blog on how to be an amazing husband. He is super handy, smart and will go along with any date idea Leah wants to try. Yep, these two are going to be just fine. They share loads of interests like the Cubs and Blackhawks, plus Starbucks, walking around the forest preserve and their local town square. Thanks for letting me tell a bit of your story, we are very much looking forward to game day!

Chicago Engagement Session: LeeAnn & Mario

LeAnn was a bridesmaid for Caitlyn & Will's wedding last year. Long story short, we'll be photographing her wedding with Mario next year, yay! For their engagement session, they wanted a super Chicago and baseball vibe. He actually proposed at Wrigley during the world series that the Cubs won, so obviously we went there. They also wanted murals, skyline, the works. We ended the night at North Ave beach while the rain viciously and romantically came down. 

We are very much looking forward to the big day, congratulations!

Chicago Engagement Session: Mayra & Matthew

This is Mayra and her fiancee Matthew. Back in 2013, we had the honor of photographing her sister's wedding and then her brother's wedding in 2015. Next year, we get to do hers and Matthew's. Words cannot describe how giddy and excited I am to get all 3 siblings in one family. 

For their engagement session, these two wanted to go all over Chicago. We starting at the United Center, where he proposed. Then a pit stop at Logan Square where we saw the perfect taco truck and a couple of murals. Maggie Daley Park was next, so fun going down the slides and hanging by the forts. Our last stop was Merchandise Mart and the bridges by there. It was a magical day, I can't wait for the wedding!

Challenger Comics Engagement Session in Chicago, IL: Lakisha & Jesse

As soon as I met them, we clicked. They are going to have an amazingly nerdy wedding and I cannot wait. Naturally, for their engagement they wanted to echo the theme and visit their favorite comic book store, Challenger Comics in Chicago. Afterwards, we went around the block for some shots with the murals. Aquaman, Wonder Woman, I can't wait for the big day!

Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Session: Jackie & Kevin

Jackie & Kevin met me at one of my favorite spots, Merchandise Mart! We started with the sun sweetly coming down on the gorgeous city. I absolutely love the buildings, bridges and of course, the river. They then changed outfits and we walked around the riverwalk and all over Wacker Dr. 

Thank you guys for a perfect night, can't wait for the wedding!

Brookfield Zoo Engagement: Tiffany & Anthony

Anthony proposed at the Brookfield ZooWhen I asked them to pick a special place for their session , it was a no brainer. We went during their zoo lights celebration on New Years Eve. There was lots to see both during the daytime and of course, it was lit at night! Yes it was very cold, so lots and lots hugging and snuggling were best. Congratulations you two!

Silver Springs State Park Engagement in Yorkville, IL: Allison & Taylor

When we got together with Alli & Taylor to talk about their wedding, we of course asked what they had in mind for their engagement session. She said she absolutely loves everything about right now, specially the bare trees, yay! 

We started with the kids for a few photos, Alli's sister was super helpful bringing them and then taking them home. after a round of silliness, we headed towards the Silver Springs State Park. The weather was perfect, the sunset golden and Taylor took us to a spot with a natural spring, so beautiful! Congrats you two! Can't wait for your wedding this fall.

Waterfall Glen Engagement Session: Caitlyn & Will

We rescheduled this session so many times. We waited and waited and waited for the snow. I'm so glad we did! They chose to go to Waterfall Glen, one of my favorite spots! It is a huge park, I believe the trail is 9 miles long. 

We walked around a bit, then went by the fire pit. Will got to work building a cozy fire. They brought along their favorite blankets and brand new Mr. & Mrs. mugs awwww. Congrats you two, I had a blast with you and can't wait for the wedding!

Centennial Park Engagement in Munster IN: Elena & Armando

Elena & Armando chose the Centennial Park near their home for their session. Don't let the cozy photos fool you, it was so cold! We got there just in time for sunset and got to walk to their gardens and by the water. The branches looked amazing and the light was to die for. Armando is a fantastic hugger and Elena didn't mind at all.

Congratulations you two, can't wait for the wedding!