KRISSY & JOE | CANTIGNY PARK ENGAGEMENT | WHEATON, IL

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When I first met Krissy and Joe, they described their vision for their wedding day: lots of natural light, trees and nature, and the beautiful gardens at the Itasca Country Club. I was so excited! I admired their attention to detail and love for the beauty of nature. And as soon as we sat down to talk, I learned how sweet these two are and couldn't wait to start working with them. 

We met at Cantigny Park in Wheaton for their engagement session, which is such a beautiful choice for two outdoor lovers! The way they looked at each other and their little smiles at each other the whole time warmed my heart. Watching two people in love is one of the best parts of my job. It stirs up hope and encouragement in my heart, and reminds me to appreciate my own relationship and all of the precious small moments together. I loved every minute of their session and am so excited to share it here! I can't wait to watch these two say "I do" next June. 

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ALYSSA & TYLER | DANADA FOREST PRESERVE ENGAGEMENT, WHEATON IL

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If you know anything about me, you probably know that I LOVE fall! The crisp air, the bright colors, layering cozy sweaters - I live for it all! I was especially excited for engagement sessions this year because it meant photographing that gorgeous, glowy light that autumn sunsets bring. That light (and the pretty colors) SHOWED UP for Alyssa and Tyler's engagement session and I can't stop looking at their pictures! 

These two are some of the sweetest, kindest people you can meet! From the moment we met, they were warm and engaging, easy to talk to, and very clearly in love. We met at the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton for their engagement session - and they brought their sweet dog, Wyatt, for a few pictures too! They were so at ease in front of the camera, laughing together and sharing sweet moments. I cannot wait for their wedding next June! 

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LINCOLN PARK CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT SESSION

I met Scott and Kathy at North Avenue Beach at sunrise (!) and they looked amazing. I was so excited to meet other early-birds! We had so much fun walking along the pier and the boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. These two have been together for a long time, and you can tell how much they love each other! They were snuggles and giggles the whole session. It was a privilege to spend this time with them, and I can't wait for their wedding next August! Thanks for being so sweet and adventurous. ;) 

Hair & Makeup by Makeup by Jaycie

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AARON AND JORDAN | CHICAGO SURPRISE PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHER

I'm so excited to share this sweet proposal! Aaron proposed to Jordan on June 30 at Olive Park in Chicago, and it was perfect! We were in contact for a month, planning every detail of the proposal. That Friday, rain was in the forecast and I was so nervous that it would get in the way of the big moment! It actually started to sprinkle when Justin and I were setting up the location, and we literally stopped and prayed for clear skies. Thankfully, the rain held off and everything went as planned!

Jordan was so surprised! 

"Will you accept this rose?"

Realizing they had an audience! 

I was so impressed with Aaron's attention to detail - his plans were so romantic! Aaron and Jordan, I wish you both the best as you prepare for marriage. Thank you for including me in your proposal - I had so much fun with you!