We bonded over our love of cats and Taylor Swift at our first meeting, and from that moment on I was SO EXCITED for Lauren & Joe's wedding day! These two had the most beautiful, sunny day surrounded by their friends and family. They married underneath the trees at County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana, and every detail came together to create the sweetest celebration of their love. Lauren & Joe - thank you so, so much for inviting me to be part of the start of your marriage! I wish you both so much love and happiness in your life together.
It took us 3 tries before the Chicago weather finally cooperated with us, but this engagement session was worth the wait! Megan and Andrew moved to Chicago after college and are now planning a beautiful downtown wedding for this November. We had so much fun walking outside in the spring air and talking about their plans! I can't wait to celebrate these two when they say "I do" this fall.
I think we can all agree - Chicago is a pretty dreamy backdrop for pictures with your boo, right?! As a wedding photographer, I love when my couples choose downtown locations for their engagement session. The skyline is gorgeous, Lake Michigan provides an ideal setting for lakeside portraits, and there's always so much going on in the city streets to add a little life to the session.
While there are countless beautiful locations all over the city to take your pictures, these are my FAVORITE picks! I find myself working there over & over and swooning every time. As you're planning your engagement session, keep these pretty places in mind!
1. The Wrigley Building on Michigan Ave
I love this location because you get pretty, elegant skyline views & have lots of nearby places to walk to for good variety in your pictures.
2. North Avenue Beach
If you're an early riser & love the look of sunrise pictures, North Avenue Beach is a MUST. Something about the light around the pier creates a dreamy glow that I can't get enough of!
3. Lurie Garden
A little bit of nature mixed with the city skyline makes Lurie Garden a unique place for your portraits. Plus, it's tucked away from the busyness of the city, creating an ideal setting for intimate portraits. If your session is scheduled in late spring or summer, I highly recommend making a stop here.
4. Olive Park
If I had to choose one location for a session, I'd pick Olive Park in a heartbeat. The skyline views with Lake Michigan are PHE-NOM-ENAL. When you catch the sunset light just right, it's the dreamiest location for romantic pictures with your love!
5. Millennium Park & Surrounding Area
Because of it's location & tourist draw, Millennium Park and the surrounding area really capture the hustle & bustle feel of Chicago, especially during the warm summer evenings!
6. Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
This one isn't quite downtown, but it's just a quick Uber trip away & totally worth the extra few minutes. There are so many pretty settings here for nature lovers, and you can't miss taking a few quick portraits at the Honeycomb!
7. The Loop
Walking the streets of the Loop, it's easy to find killer backgrounds & favorite Chicago landmarks to capture the heart of the city in your portraits.
Wherever you choose for your engagement session, it's sure to be special because it's a chance to hit pause and spend time celebrating your love & relationship as you prepare for your big day!
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We met for coffee right before Christmas and Cecelia and Franz excitedly told me about their wedding day plans for this September. These two (and their dog, Stout) are so sweet! They braved a cold day in downtown Chicago for their engagement session and were nothing but smiles the whole time. I am so very excited for their wedding later this year! Enjoy these sneak peeks from their engagement session. :)