Evening Engagement Session: Kylie & Matt

Nothing quite beats an evening in Chicago! From the city lights to the sunset off the buildings, it’s a perfect engagement destination. We took an evening stroll with Kylie & Matt, and got to know more about their lovely story. It all started with a SIX HOUR first date! That’s certainly not a shabby way to kick things off!

We’ll see more of these two at their wedding, which is just a few weeks away! For now, enjoy this evening walk around the Chicago River & Riverwalk, and hear what these two have to say about each other. Congrats, Kylie & Matt!


Kylie, what do love most about Matt? 

Some of my favorite traits about Matt are the way he loves me, his kind heart, his hard working attitude, his sacrifice for those around him, his values, his communication style, his sensitivity and emotional character, his loyalty, support and the way he shares in all the responsibilities of our lives. He is the best thing in my life and I can’t imagine the future without him.



Matt, what are some of your favorite things about Kylie?

Some of my favorite traits about Kylie are she has the most amazing smile, her selfless character, her ability to walk in to a room and have a conversation with everybody, she is thoughtful and caring, having her in my life pushes me both personally and professionally because I always want to do the best for her.



What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?

We enjoy cooking together, hiking, laughing, watching movies that Kylie never stays awake for, we have fun wherever we are and recently went to Boston where we saw Fenway Park, the freedom trail and walked around the city for 3 days.



What is your happiest memory together? 

Our happiest memory together is a tie between the day we moved in together and the day we got engaged. Both pushed us towards our future together and got us closer to the big day on December 16th! Our engagement was at home during one of our lazy Sundays. It was so nice that it was in the space we share together where we live and love and where we spend the normal everyday part of our lives. It was just between the two of us without a big production. Matt truly surprised Kylie (one of the only real surprises in her life to date as she tends to figure things out) it was heartfelt and full of tears for us both.



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Elegant Evanston Wedding: Sara & AJ

Get ready for a little rainy day romance! Sara & AJ’s wedding day at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston was a showcase of love, laughter, and soft elegance. With lace details, grey tuxedos, and subtle peach and lilac florals — the cozy outdoor atmosphere was a nice touch to the intimate day. The truly ironic thing about rain on your wedding day is that it’s actually great for your photos. An overcast day means no squinting, less shadows, and a natural tendency to snuggle!

As we got ready for to enjoy the day in Evanston, we asked these two what they love most about each other. According to Sara, AJ makes her laugh all the time — and is full of “mischievous” surprises. AJ makes Sara feel like her “true” self.  Swooooon! When AJ also mentioned smiling and laughter, we knew there’d be no need to “say cheese” on this day — the smiles would already be there!

If one must stay indoors, Evanston’s Hilton Orrington is a wonderful choice. With big windows & tall ceilings, it is perfect for capturing the natural light, and for highlighting all of those wedding day feels! Please join us in congratulating Sara & AJ on their gorgeous wedding, a laughter filled celebration that made everyone happy to be inside together!

Meet the Wedding Day Team:

Venue: Hilton Orrington  |  Event Coordinator: One Fine Day Events  |  Men’s Clothing: Men’s Wearhouse  |  Bridesmaid’s Clothing: Adrianna Papell  |  Floral: Bella Flora  |  Cake: Bittersweet Pastry  |  DJ: Spinnin’ Discs  |  Transportation: Windy City Limos 

Wrigleyville Engagement Session: Teresa & Sean

Alright, sports fans! It’s time for a romantic trip to Wrigleyville! One of our favorite things to do before an engagement session is find out what each couple loves.  For Teresa & Sean, it was clear right away: sports, music, and each other. They knew that the Chicago Music Exchange was ideal, and we are all so happy that CME was on board for their session. Before sitting down with the guitars there, it was first time for a stroll around Wrigley Field! Is there any place in Chicago that is more about love and devotion? No one knows about commitment and loyalty like a Cubs fan!

Teresa’s subtle Cubs love was perfection for this session — the bright blue sweater, the fierce red nails! Yes, pops of color! And these two were so much fun. Laughter & smiles abound!  And they’re already thinking like a married couple: we heard rumors from their friends that the Wrigleyville session was a compromise — they’ll be headed to the United Center for part of the wedding day! Now, THAT is thinking like a team! There’s enough love to go around!

Enjoy! And join is congratulating these two sports fans! Go, love, go!

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San Francisco Engagement: Julie & Michael

Oh, San Francisco! How we love thee! As the leaves start to turn in Chicago and we pull out our winter coats — we are all about Julie & Michael’s engagement photos! Get ready for warm, golden, San Francisco light!
Julie & Michael met in Chicago, and will be headed back here for their wedding next May. We’re looking forward to seeing them in the Windy City for their celebration at Newberry Library (one of our favorites)! These two lovebirds are currently living in San Francisco. We’d talked about possibly doing their engagement photos while they were back in town, but were jazzed to make this West Coast session happen! With so many locations to choose from (Baker Beach, Golden Gate Park, Embarcadero), San Francisco is a photographer’s destination dream!
We took a romantic walk through the woods, and then made our way to the water. All the while, the sun made magic! Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Julie & Michael are absolutely adorable!
Join us in congratulating Julie & Michael! We can’t wait to welcome you back to Chicago and celebrate your wedding!


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Loyola Wedding: Kristine & Ben

We’ve been so excited about Kristine & Ben’s wedding day! Ever since their stylish downtown engagement session, we have known that this Loyola wedding was going to be elegant and chic. Kristine went to college at Loyola University Chicago, and would sometimes attend mass in the breathtaking Madonna della Strada chapel.  In many ways, this day was a homecoming. It was an opportunity for Kristine to return to her alma mater, and for these two families and cultures to come together.  This Loyola chapel is not only a gorgeous indoor spot — it’s walking distance from Lake Michigan and all the natural beauty of the beaches and parks nearby.

There are beautiful touches of Kristine’s heritage throughout the day. We started the day at the luxurious Warwick Allerton before heading up to Loyola for a ceremony full of Filipino traditions. Also, did you know that Ben likes to dance? Well, get ready! This groom managed to bust a move during almost every part of the wedding day! He led a cool crew of groomsmen to the ceremony, where he showed off his skills! And no reception would be complete without some public displays of…improvised choreo?? Take a look at how much fun this happy couple is having at their reception. There’s so much joy that they literally cannot contain themselves. These candid dance moments led into a HALL OF FAME bouquet toss that you MUST see!

Enjoy this magical day, and join us in congratulating Kristine & Ben!


Meet the Team:

Caterer/Venue: Warwick Allerton Chicago  |  Ceremony Venue: Loyola University  |  DJ: Remix Entertainment Inc.  |  Wedding Cake: Vanille Patisserie  |  Florist: Bride’s Choice Flowers  |  Transportation: Absolute Dream Limousine  |  Make-Up: Makeup by Renata  |  Hair: Brides by Becky