Erin & Andy | Lincoln Park Engagement Photographer

Erin & Andy were engaged in a Chicago park, on the shores of Lake Michigan just moments before the city’s Wednesday night fireworks lit the summer sky. I love the symbolism in that – fireworks literally going off moments after Erin said yes to Andy – and that’s kind of how their story is; every detail I hear just makes me like them more. They met at a Halloween party where Andy was dressed like a Top Gun character (swoon) and they just recently moved to accommodate the addition of a rescue pup to their lives. They love the northwoods and spa days, playing golf and exploring new places.  They are, in short, my kind of people. And for their engagement session, along with their newest family member they showed Emily around their little part of Chicago, Lincoln Park, and enjoyed an impossibly perfect blue sky sort of day that reminds us all why we love summer in the midwest. They started at their place and wound along until they finished close to the spot where he asked for her to be his forever. It was simple, romantic, authentic, and fun, just like them.

Jenna & Alex | Milwaukee Lakefront Engagement Photographer

Jenna & Alex are two kind souls who’s personal histories wind through Arizona, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin with a small stop over in the Caribbean. They met during pharmacy school and have been journeying together ever since. At first it was Jenna following Alex to Milwaukee and now he’s following her to Kentucky as they are somehow planning a wedding and starting a new job and residency all at the same time. They are outdoorsy types, Jenna at home on a marathon trail and Alex hiking in the woods, so it was fitting that we discovered a new (to them) beach on their engagement session. I love the easy feel of these windblown images, how spring’s flowers echoed the color of Jenna’s dress, the blue sky Alex’s eyes. They are on their way to starting their next chapter in Kentucky now, but I hope they look at these images and remember how good the one they finished has been.

Liz & Matt | Chicago Engagement Photographer

It’s unusual for me to see a couple in person prior to their engagement session more than once. But Liz & Matt keep popping up in Milwaukee, usually doing some intense wedding planning, and our paths usually cross.  Each time they’ve struck me as sweet and excited for their wedding, a hopeful pair excited to start the next chapter in their lives together. But after spending a more complete afternoon with them in their adopted hometown of Chicago I came away not just smiling, but also oh-so-excited to be photographing their August Pier Wisconsin wedding. These two are so utterly adorable together. They’re playful and easy to laugh, madly in love with each other and well, just fun to be around. Their session was spent in her neighborhood of Lincoln Park, one that he’s getting to know and she’s confident he’ll love, moseying from jaw dropping skyline view to even better skyline view. Let’s just say I can’t wait to add a Milwaukee city view to their collection in August!