We couldn’t help but smile when Julie and Tom told us that on their very first date together they ended up being their waitresses first and last customers of the evening. Talk about a solid date! We know a good fit when we see it and these two are like just like PB + J. It’s always great when our clients suggest an engagement session location that speaks to their hearts and we’re ever so appreciative that they chose the Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk. With it’s tall grasses, stunning views, and romantic pathways we had a great time soaking up the sun and hearing all about their favorite things to do together. Julie’s love of the outdoors and Tom (ha) trying to love the outdoors we’ll be reliving this beautiful afternoon until we see them again for their September wedding. And just to leave you with the cutest detail ever, we asked Tom what his favorite thing about Julie was. His response was, “Do I have to pick just one?”. He’s a keeper.

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When two friends fall in love the word serendipitous comes to mind. That’s exactly what happened when Lindsey + Marco decided to take the plunge from best buds to boyfriend + girlfriend on Valentine’s Day a few years back. And after their whirlwind Laguna Beach proposal these two are officially planning their destination wedding in Austria. To say that we’re a bit jealous of their romantic European rendezvous wedding is spot on, but only because we’ve grown so fond of these two in the brief time we’ve known them. Congrats Lindsey + Marco-we’ll be toasting to you two on your wedding day from afar!

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Love is always fun, but it’s clear after spending an afternoon with Bridget and Ryan for their Spring engagement session that these two are about as sweet on each other as can be. With them getting engaged and all in Paris we couldn’t have dreamt up a better engagement story ourselves. With Ryan’s parents in on the super secret details, they were able to set up champagne + strawberries on a Paris hotel balcony overlooking the eiffel tower just in time for Ryan to pop the question to Bridget. Unforgettable is an understatement! C’est magnifique is more like it. We’re pumped for their September Saddle & Cycle wedding and in the mean time we’re perfectly content fawning over their sun-soaked Riverfront engagement session. It’s hard to compete with the city of lights, but we know they’re happy to call the 2nd city their home.

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May is such a great time of year for us. The sun is out, the grass is green, and we’re back on the wedding scene from another relaxing Winter. With the cold months typically being our down time, we’re always happy when our clients come to us with a snowy engagement session in mind. With Stephanie and Brian’s May wedding quickly approaching, we stopped out to Montrose Harbor for their engagement session and had a blast kicking up some snow! It had us pumped for their wedding day for sure. Getting to know Stephanie and Brian has always been a treat. With her infectious laugh and his relaxed attitude, we can see why those two are inseparable. On the wedding day, we headed to the InterContinental Mag Mile hotel where everyone was getting ready and where the reception would be that evening. Not only was Stephanie’s dress light and airy (perfect for a Spring soiree!), but her whispy bouquet of ranunculus, roses, and anemone left a sweetly scented trail wherever she went. In an ode to the groom’s heritage, Stephanie and Brian had a bagpiper during their recessional from the famed Fourth Presbyterian which was an awesome way to kick off the party! When planning on the decor for your wedding it’s always great to work off of the existing colors and design aesthetic of your venue. We can’t help but tip our hats to Stephanie and Brian for hitting on the nail head when combining the InterContinental’s luxe gold ballroom with their color palette of navy, dark teal, and mallard green. And that chandelier!! It’s safe to say that this wedding was as epic as it was romantic. Oh May, we’re so glad you’re back.

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Ceremony: Fourth Presbyterian Church | Reception: InterContinenal Mag Mile | Planner: LK Events | Florist: Fleur | Makeup Artist: Muse Beauty Bar | Hair Stylist: Salon Blonde | Lighting/Drape: MDM Entertainment | Rentals: Hall’s Rentals | Band: The Party Faithful | Paperie: Greenstar Paperie | Bagpiper: Chicalba PagPiping | Transportation: VIP Valet Services

  • julie Carani - What a stunning, classic wedding. Beautiful colors. Sending my very best wishes for a lifetime of love!

  • John & Lena Morrisroe - Thank you for sharing. These photos brought back all the great memories of that fantastic weekend. Not only a weekend of love, but a reunion of great friends.

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