Shaya & Alan's Engagement Session

One of the things I love about engagement sessions is getting to know my new couples! It's so much fun getting to hear how they met, all about their relationship and of course any fun stories they may have about each other. I find it so interesting (and absolutely adorable) to see the dynamic between couples and how they interact with each other. So of course Shaya & Alan's engagement was no different! We decided to explore a bit outside of Rockford and headed to the Historic Baltic Mill in Belvidere, IL right at sunset.  There was a live band playing at the Mill and many people walking about with picnics packed as we strolled through the park. It was such a fun ambiance to the evening and such a great way to get to know an amazing couple even better.  They are getting married this weekend and I am counting down the days until I get to hang out with these two again!  

Brooke & Patrick's Chicago Engagement

Sweet Home Chicago

I don't even know where to begin with these two.  When Brooke and Patrick asked if I would capture their engagement session, I was a whole mix of emotions.  Excited, honored and nervous being my top three!  You see, they aren't my conventional clients...they are one of my very best friends and the love of her life.  That's a lot of pressure...because I really know them and I just had to get it right.  I knew Brooke pre Pat ( and though only one hangout prior, I even knew Pat before Brooke!) I have been there through their whole relationship. (literally, since the very first moment they met) They are one of my all time favorite couples; as both friends and role models... and my goal was to capture the relationship I've witnessed over the past 6 years. Their endless amount of comic relief. Their real, emotional love, the consistent friendship and partnership I see between the two... and not to mention their spectacular taste and style.  Capturing downtown Chicago was just a given...  Their home base and my former; where it all began and to where they will be saying "I do,"  it was the perfect backdrop to their great love story.  

Meg & Stan's Door County Wedding

A road trip, a weekend get away and a love story.  3 of my all time favorite things!

When Meg approached me about photographing her wedding to Stan, I was ecstatic! I had known Meg from high school, but hadn't seen her in 10 years! Not only was it great to reconnect with an old friend, but to get to know her all over again with Stan!  When she told me they were planning the festivities in Door County, Wi - I was over the moon!  There's nothing more I love than traveling and exploring a new place and Door County... though, just a few hours away from Illinois, seems like a far off summer paradise.  Lake front properties, quaint little towns, orchards and vineyards galore... it's an amazing destination and definitely on point for a wedding celebration!  Add in a bride with spectacular taste and an eye for detail and it's definitely an affair to remember!  Combining the location and details along with the intimacy of family and close friends; their day was a perfect representation of the couple that I got to know over the last 6 months.
Congratulations Meg and Stan, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your weekend celebration!