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A HOME SESSION WITH THE POWELL’S

Oh my goodness, where to even start with this session?! I had so much fun getting to photograph Mallory and John at their beautiful home in Glenview! Mallory is not only a sweet friend of mine, but also the incredibly talented owner and lead planner at Chi Chic Weddings & Events here in Chicago. 

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A PHILADELPHIA WEDDING AT THE BALLROOM AT THE BEN

Leo and Sarah chose to celebrate their beautiful wedding in downtown Philadelphia at the Ballroom at the Ben. They decided on this location so that friends and family from New Jersey, Miami, Brazil, and everything in between could join them on their special day.

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On Katelin and Dan’s first date, they went to the famous “Bean” statue and then to Gino’s East in downtown Chicago, so choosing Millennium Park for their engagement session was the perfect way to tell how their love story began. From that day on, a tradition began where each year, Katelin and Dan would go back […]

May,11

A Millennium Park Engagement Session Katelin and Dan

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After meeting one another through mutual friends over 2 years ago, Tony proposed to Maggie in London. Soon after the proposal they began to plan their wedding at The Geraghty. Knowing their love for Chicago and the industrial feel, we ventured west of the loop for their engagement pictures. We began the session on a rooftop […]

May,8

An Industrial Engagement Session in Chicago Maggie and Tony

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Kesley and Kurt began their love story when they met in college at the University of Iowa. I loved getting to hear more about their love story and what all they’ve accomplished since then. They are both so incredibly sweet and smart! Kesley and Kurt expressed to me at our initial meeting that they wanted […]

Apr,24

A Cantigny Park Engagement Session Kesley and Kurt

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This past Saturday afternoon, I had the chance to work with these two cuties! Naomi and David are high school sweethearts and have been engaged for 2 years now! They were so excited to have an engagement session documenting this special time in their lives.  I love any chance I get to spend time with […]

Jan,9

A Garfield Park Conservatory Engagement Session Chicago Engagement Photos

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One year ago, Stella and David met through mutual friends. This summer, David surprised Stella by asking her to marry him at the same location they chose to do their engagement photos: The Chicago Botanical Garden! Even though I’ve lived in Chicago for over 2 years now, I’d never made it up to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. […]

Oct,6

A Rainy Chicago Botanical Gardens Engagement Session Stella and David

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Molly and Grant chose to host their rehearsal dinner at GT Fish & Oyster, a popular Chicago restaurant in the heart of River North. The restaurant has an intimate private dining space on the lower level called The Whale Room that is perfect for a small event, meeting, or gathering. I love all the details […]

Sep,30

Rehearsal Dinner at GT Fish & Oyster Molly and Grant - Chinese Tea Party

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I knew I loved these two from the first time I met them, but their Chicago engagement session truly confirmed that they are one amazing couple! It was raining pretty hard that entire morning and afternoon, so like I do with all of my clients, I gave them 2 options: cancel or wing it! And […]

Sep,29

Downtown Chicago Engagement Photos Laura and Kevin

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Guys, you’re just going to fall in love with these two!! Theresa and Alex met me downtown in the River North/West Loop area to begin their engagement session on the Kinzie Street Bridge. This bridge features one of my favorite views of the city, so I was thrilled to begin there! Their love connection was […]

Jun,16

Theresa + Alex | West Loop Engagement Session

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Hi friends! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! On the blog today are two of the sweetest people EVER: Ali and Troy. They crossed paths after their best friends started dating (and eventually marrying!) one another. Best friends marrying best friends!! How special is that?! Ali and Troy have been together for over 5 […]

Jun,7

Ali + Troy | Cary, IL and Galt Airport Engagement

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Marcie and Eugene first crossed paths after their best friends introduced them to one another at a wedding. How cute is that?! Eugene proposed in Chicago 1.5 years later at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and surprised her with dinner reservations at Alinea! Eugene currently lives in New York, so this was the first time I’ve […]

May,19

Downtown Chicago Engagement | Marcie + Eugene

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Emily and Chris were brave enough to agree to a sunrise session with me this past Saturday and it was so much fun! This was actually my first ever sunrise session, mostly because I’m just not a morning person, but I have to say that for these two…I’d wake up early any day! They absolutely […]

May,17

Lincoln Park and Millenium Park | Engagement Session | Emily + Chris

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This past Friday officially kicked off my engagement sessions for the year!  I couldn’t think of a better way than with Lydia and Brent’s engagement session at the gorgeous Northwestern University campus in Evanston! After months of rescheduling due to weather (c’mon Chicago!), we were able to find a beautiful spring day for their e-session […]

May,16

Lydia + Brent | Northwestern University Engagement Photos

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Hi friends! I have something super exciting to share with you today! My friends at Estera Events are launching an amazing e*course for couples getting married that will help you plan your dream wedding! They are incredibly talented, sweet, and professional planners so you won’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity! So, without further ado, I want […]

Mar,30

Estera Events E*Course

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Oh guys, 2015 was definitely the year of engagements and weddings for my family! My sister in law was married in July, my sister was married in October, and in November my little brother proposed to his lovely girlfriend, Lauren! Lance and Lauren have been dating a little over 2 years now and ever since the […]

Jan,6

A Romantic Winter Engagement in Tennessee

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When Jenee of Visions Event Studio is planning a proposal, you know that it’s going to be amazing! Jayce decided to propose to his girlfriend Christi at the Ritz Carlton in The Terrace area and it was the perfect location!  A few days before the proposal, Jayce contacted a man who engraved a swing with […]

Jan,4

A Ritz Carlton Proposal

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Oh my goodness guys… I was tearing up nearly the entire proposal! Sidd was so sweet and his smile when he saw Alice on the rooftop says it all. Alice (according to her brother) is not a crier, but oh man did she bring the water works! I mean, who can blame her?! I was […]

Dec,28

Sidd and Alice’s Ivy Hotel Proposal

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Erin and Dave really wanted the gorgeous fall leaves for their engagement session, so they opted to wait until after their wedding to do their engagement session! While it’s not the traditional route, I loved this idea!  It was so much fun to see them again after their wedding day, talk about their new pup […]

Nov,9

Erin + Dave’s E-session at Graue Mill

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Sammy and I initially met at a local networking event for wedding professionals a few months ago.  From there, I kept seeing her sweet self at other events and one evening I was able to meet her fiancé Michael as well! My husband and I had the pleasure of hanging out with them for the […]

Nov,2

Sammy + Michael’s Travel Themed Engagement

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Oct,28

Chicago Yacht Club Engagement Party

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When I received a call from the lovely ladies at CityGirl Weddings, I knew this proposal was going to be an amazing one. I’ve worked with them before on a proposal so I’m always excited to see what they have planned for the next one! Each proposal is so unique and special to the couple. […]

Oct,26

A Chicago Marathon Proposal

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Ashley (originally from Louisiana) and Joe (originally from the Chicago suburbs) opted for something a little different to celebrate their engagement: a night time engagement session. Excited for the session, Ashley decided to rent a dress from Rent The Runway for their session in the middle of downtown Chicago while Joe decided to wear a […]

Sep,7

Ashley and Joe’s Night time Chicago Engagement session

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When Elise mentioned that Dan went to Loyola University and wanted to do their engagement session on campus, I was so excited! Loyola University is absolutely stunning!  It’s right next to the lake, filled with wide open areas and interesting architecture…a photographer’s dream! Not to mention that Elise and Dan are absolute PROS in front […]

Aug,17

A Loyola University Engagement Session Elise and Dan

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  When my friend Liz and I met for the very first time a few months back, we automatically clicked and became great friends fast! Over some wine and Italian appetizers, we shared our love for the show Sex and the City and quickly thought “We should do a styled shoot inspired by the show!” […]

Jul,10

Sex and the City Styled Shoot

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Winna and Ernest currently live in two different states, but they both have a deep love for Chicago.  They decided to get married here and I am so excited to be a part of their big day! After chatting with them, we decided to go with a classic Chicago engagement session at Millennium Park and […]

Jun,24

Winna + Ernest’s Chicago Engagement Session

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Kathy and Nomon arrived at the gorgeous Grosse Point Lighthouse in Evanston in perfect colored coordinated outfits and a smile on their faces.  This engagement session was absolutely stunning, filled with laughter and love.  I hope you all enjoy viewing this session as much as I enjoyed photographing it!   I can not wait until their […]

Apr,16

Kathy + Nomon’s Engagement

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Ryan contacted me back in November about his surprise proposal to his beautiful girlfriend Julie.   He told me how he is from Knoxville, TN (I just LOVE how southern people find me up here in the midwest! 🙂 and that they are visiting Chicago later in December.  From the beginning, he could only tell […]

Feb,4

Ryan and Julie’s Chicago proposal

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For those that may not know Jenn and Earl, Jenn is the amazing woman behind Glowout, A Golden Girl Salon here in Chicago.  I initially met Jenn at her salon and it is seriously gorgeous inside! You’ll have to go check it out for yourself!  Her sweet fiancé Earl teaches dance lessons.  How cool is […]

Jan,23

Jenn & Earl

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After hearing how Melissa and Ryan met one another in 2003, I just knew that we needed to start the engagement session at their local Starbucks.  Chicago, stay inside in this super cold weather and let this blog post of coffee lovers warm your heart!  

Jan,8

Melissa and Ryan

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Kevin and Cara are two incredibly smart and sweet Med school students who are crazy in love.  I don’t always get to talk to the groom as much as the bride before the engagement session, but I was so happy to talk to the both of them over the phone during our initial phone consultation. […]

Nov,21

Kevin and Cara’s engagement session

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After their proposal at the Orpheum (Check it out here if you missed it!), we spent some time at Shelby Farms in Memphis, TN for the first part of their engagement session (part II coming next year!)  These two are the goofiest, funniest, and sweetest couples I’ve ever met…although I suppose I’m biased.  The only […]

Oct,17

Lauren’s engagement session

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