CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : GRAUE MILL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // bianca + joe

Their high school lockers were practically next one another throughout high school. Bianca knew of Joe, and Joe knew of Bianca, but it was limited to the cliques of high school. They didn’t really know each other.

It wasn’t until Bianca saw Joe’s name pop up on Facebook, years later, that the two started to get to know each other. After Joe accepted her friend request, Bianca sent him a message seeing how he was doing. Small talk ensured, but not long after, the two went out for an official date. The conversation flowed and there was an instant connection. They knew they had found someone special.

I spent a perfect fall afternoon with Joe and Bianca, and it was such a joy to have these two in front of my camera. Joe and I are practically family as our parents have been friends since before either of us were born, so it was extremely special to photograph him and Bianca at Graue Mill for their engagement photos.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : INDEPENDENCE GROVE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

New Year’s Eve, the last hurrah of the holidays, is a time to rock glitzy outfits, reflect on the past and ponder resolutions. Nina planned to spend the evening with her girlfriends at a nearby New Year’s Eve hotel party. The night was full dancing, celebrating, and meeting new people as Nina and her girlfriends soaked in all the fun. She wasn’t planning on meeting her last boyfriend that evening, but as fate would have it, Chris was at the same party among a group of mutual friends.

As the clock ticked down to midnight …. ten … nine … eight … seven …. Nina walked right up to Chris and gave him a New Year’s kiss. Chris was surprised and thrilled. However, Nina wasn’t sure she was ready for a boyfriend like the folklore of a New Year’s Eve kiss suggests, so she dashed away moments later and left Chris to track down a way to see her again.

Chris managed to find her phone number from a friend and the two started dating. Two years later, Chris asked Nina to spend forever at his side on New Year’s Eve just moments before midnight at the same hotel party where their relationship started.

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I met Nina and Chris at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville for their engagement photos. It was the perfect fall afternoon.

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We wandered into the woodsy trails tucked away from everyone to start the session, and I just loved the location.

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The main goal of my engagement session was for Nina and Chris to have FUN — even if that means we have to be a little silly …. like throwing leaves.

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Nina and Chris were complete naturals during their engagement session … cuddling up and falling even more in love.

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A total favorite below …

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The leaves were just starting to change colors throughout the forest preserve.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : OLIVE PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // kristin + nick

He first noticed her sitting in class at Indiana University as his professor spoke about India.  The professor was preparing the students for their upcoming summer trip to India, and Nick couldn’t be more excited to explore a country he had never visited. Weeks later with his passport in hand, he headed to the airport to embark on a life changing trip.

The class trickled into the designated airport meeting area as Kristin flipped through her book. As she looked around the room seeing both familiar and unfamiliar faces from Indiana, she spotted Nick. She knew he must have been in her class last semester since he was on the trip (and carrying the same book), but she had never really noticed him. After a 15+ hour flight, both Nick and Kristin landed in India with their classmates, ready to explore and experience the vibrant culture of India. It was during their trip that Nick and Kristin became friends as they shared in once-in-a-lifetime experiences in India.

When the trip ended, they hoped they would run into each other on campus in the fall. However, when they returned back to campus, fate intervened and they the found themselves as neighbors. Soon they were cooking up dinners together, doing homework and hanging out. Their friendship became a vibrant, colorful relationship.

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I met Kristin and Nick at Olive Park for their Chicago engagement photos. The weather was cool, but these two stayed warm cuddling up together as the Windy City proved its name.

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We practically had all of Olive Park to ourselves for the session so Kristin and Nick could be in their own little LOVE bubble.

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These two are sooo sweet.

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There was no shortage of laughter during our session which made me smile so much! I love it when my couples genuinely have FUN during their engagement session.

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I’ll leave you with this last one because it feels like a movie poster. The moment right before something magical happens. :)

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : LAKE KATHERINE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // nicole + bryan

When Nicole first met Bryan, it was a simple exchange of hellos. Her friend Melissa, who also happened to be Bryan’s sister-in-law invited Nicole to a small gathering, and she introduced Nicole to Bryan. But the timing wasn’t right. And timing can be everything.

Fast forward two years, Nicole was out on the town at Bourbon Street when she noticed a very cute guy … who happened to be Bryan. She walked over and starting chatting with him. He instantly put her at ease and kept her laughing. And she was intrigued. So when Bryan asked her out on a date the following week, she was excited to get to know him more. This time, the timing was right.

Just as Nicole was about to walk out the door for their two year anniversary dinner, Bryan grabbed her hand in his, looked into her gorgeous blue eyes and told her that while she looked absolutely beautiful, she was missing something. He dropped down to one knee and told her she needed a ring.

I met Nicole and Bryan at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights on a gorgeous September evening for their engagement photos. The weather was simply perfect and the location was beautiful!

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Nicole and Bryan wanted to include the newest addition to their little family …RANGER! I was all for it. He even had a matching bow. I mean, how cute?!

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Lake Katherine is full of gorgeous backdrops for engagement photos … especially at the beginning of fall when the leaves were just starting to change colors.

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Just as the sun was setting behind the lake, we wandered over to the rose gardens to soak up the last few minutes of beautiful afternoon light.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : ALDER PLANETARIUM ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // stacy + matt

As Stacy got ready for a work awards event at the Adler Planetarium, she beamed with excitement. One of the programs she started since becoming a professor at Loyola was presenting awards to students for their excellence and achievement, and Stacy was thrilled to be apart of it. As she mingled about the room, she talked to a plethora of colleagues and attendants until Matt caught her attention. She was making small talk with a group of people when Matt decided to make a joke to break the ice.

“God must really love Saturn because he put a ring on it.” Silence overtook the group … except for Stacy who giggled at Matt’s joke. Matt introduced himself, and him and Stacy chatted for a little throughout the evening. As the event came to a close, a group headed over to a nearby bar for a few more drinks. People came and went as the evening lingered on and soon it was just Matt and Stacy left. They knew they had found something special.

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I met Stacy and Matt on a beautiful September afternoon at the Alder Planetarium – the place where it all began.  Matt joked that it is the place where life changed … as it did. He found the love of his life.

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The area around the Alder Planetarium was still lush and green. It was the perfect compliment to the Chicago skyline photos that we ended the engagement session with.

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I just adored Stacy’s little white dress …. the ruffles …. the back … it was all so PERFECT.

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WHAT to WEAR // casual chic engagement session

I’m a little bit in denial that summer is coming to a close which is why I think I fell in love with this gorgeous pale coral dress for this WHAT to WEAR engagement session post. Pair this beautiful dress with some pale aqua jewelry, gold accessories, and a fun and flirty floppy hat for a look that screams casual chic. Dress your man in a white tee, dark pants, sneakers and have a grey suit jacket. Now you two are ready for some photos along the beach and / or the trendy restaurant across the street.

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Want to buy something featured in this look WHAT to WEAR for your engagement session? If so, click here to find out where you can order it or just use the color palette as inspiration to come up with your own look for your photo shoot. Need more wardrobe ideas for your engagement session? Be sure to follow my inspiration boards on pinterest.

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CHICAGO FALL MINI SESSIONS // october 12

Pre-season football is starting … back-to-school shopping sales are everywhere … and I am digging out my boots which only means one thing … fall is right around the corner. I love summer like a high school girl adores her first love, but fall … well it is my happily ever after. I could, and would, photograph only in the fall. So in honor of my love for cozy knit sweaters, hot apple cider and chili, I will be hosting fall mini sessions. This is the perfect way to get in a short mini photo shoot to update the photos in your house or get a family photo for your holiday cards.

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Fall mini sessions will be Sunday, October 12 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. I adore photographing at this location, and I know it will be the perfect spot for these fall sessions because of all the amazing trees in this spot! I am starting with 5 afternoon sessions (3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00)

Each mini session is only $195 and is 25 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.

A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : ROMEOVILLE HOCKEY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // tracy + jim

She was all dressed up … rocking her high heels and a sassy little skirt … out to celebrate her best friend’s birthday with friends. Tracy instantly caught Jim’s eye, who was out with the same group of friends. Neither Tracy or Jim knew who the other was at first. But as they got to talking, their friend mentioned that both Tracy and Jim play hockey. As their conversation continued, they realized that they both played in the same men’s hockey league and they were actually on the same team …. they even played on the same line but they didn’t recognize each other without their gear on.

A few night later, they went on their first date and a wonderful relationship grew. I spent an afternoon on the ice with these two praying that I would not move too fast trying to capture the perfect photograph and fall flat on my face. Let me tell you, photographing on ice is not as easy as I thought. However, it was so worth the fear and anxiety  to create these photos for Tracy and Jim.

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When I first met with Tracy and Jim and she told me the story of how they met and how she wanted their engagement photos to be at a hockey rink, I was giddy with excitement. I just LOVE it when my couples pick locations that represent them and their relationship. And this … well … it was a no-brainer for them.

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Tracy and Jim wanted their new puppy, Monster, to join them for some photos after our time on the ice. This little walkway was right behind the hockey rink and made for a great background for a few outdoor photos during their session.

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Aren’t they just the cutest little family? Yes, I know ….

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Hello my gorgeous girl…..

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And I’ll end with this one … probably one of my favorites from our session.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : OLIVE PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // carly + jay

I first met Carly and Jay in April when I photographed Sibel and Brian’s wedding. They were both in the wedding party, so when Carly emailed me a few months ago asking if I was available to photograph her upcoming wedding, I was immediately excited. I love being able to photograph couples I already worked with (especially when I know they are as fabulous as Carly and Jay) because they already know me and how I work.

Carly and Jay met me at Olive Park on a perfect July evening just as the sun was setting behind the Chicago skyline. I got to know them both better during our session learning how they have been together since high school and how their relationship flourished despite doing the long distance thing while Carly was at Western University. It is clear that they have found their match in each other when you are around them just by the way they look at each other. I had such a wonderful time with them during their engagement session, and I just know that their November wedding is going to be even better!

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One of the perks of having your engagement session photographed during the week is that the locations are not crowded like they are during the weekends. We practically had the whole Olive Park to ourselves, and Carly and Jay were total naturals in front of my camera.

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Olive Park has gorgeous Chicago skyline views which is why Carly and Jay picked it for their engagement session.

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A favorite from the engagement session … right here.

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Real, genuine laughter makes my heart smile.

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Another favorite …. I just loved that we could also use Navy Pier as a backdrop for the engagement session.

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I mean ….. seriously, Carly?!? Just stunning ….

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And I’ll leave you with this one …. because it is just too sweet.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : LINCOLN PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // abby + geoff

As the rain poured down on a Friday evening in April, Geoff and Abby were separately in route to a mutual friend’s dinner party in Chicago. The party was a celebration honoring a friend from out-of-town and resulted in a diverse group of friends gathering at a local restaurant famous for it’s Mai Tai’s. Abby immediately caught Geoff’s eye when she arrived, and he was determined to get to know this beautiful woman better over the course of the evening. Abby and Geoff spent some time talking during dinner, but as the evening came to an end, Geoff knew that this one evening wasn’t enough time with Abby. He had to see her again …. on his own.

They started dating and just as the long Memorial Day weekend approached, Geoff knew he was ready to take their relationship to the next level. So he packed his bags and showed up at Abby’s Lakeview apartment for the long weekend … ready to kick off what would be an amazing summer together. It was during this weekend that Geoff and Abby realized they had found their perfect match.

Abby and I used to work together when I worked in advertising, so I was so excited to spend an evening catching up and getting to know Geoff as I documented their love around Lincoln Park.

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I mean …. seriously, Abby?! Just stunning ……

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Abby and Geoff are getting married next summer in Abby’s hometown in Wisconsin, so they had their hearts set on photos with the Chicago skyline. I must admit that the Lincoln Park area is one of my favorite views of the Chicago skyline, and it makes for an excellent location because there is SO much variety around the park and zoo.

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 Just as I arrived to the engagement session, raindrops were coming down …. but luckily they stopped just long enough for our session .. although we had to be extra careful on the wet pathways….

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I’m pretty much obsessed with Abby’s ring … rose gold … yes, please!

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And I’ll leave you with this one because it sums up how cute, sweet and fun these two are!

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT : LINCOLN PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // kim + nate

Kim was studying in London. Nate was in Dubin. They had both left the States for a semester of exploration and culture …. new friends and new experiences. It would be a semester of college they would never forget as their passport pages filled up with foreign stamps. Nate’s college roommate was studying abroad with Kim in London, so when their spring break rolled around, Kim and Nate found themselves with a group of new friends traveling around Greece together. A romance didn’t spark instantly between Kim and Nate though. In fact, Kim laughed as she told me one of her first memories of Nate is of her yelling at him through the wall for being too loud the first night they were in Greece. It was late and everyone had to be up for a 3  a.m. flight, and Kim was longing for a night’s rest. However, this did not stop Kim and Nate from developing a great friendship during their trip.

As they immersed themselves in the cultures of England and Ireland, their friendship changed and shifted into a relationship. Between another trip and a few visits to Ireland, Kim and Nate found themselves happy together …. as a couple. And once they were back in the States, they continued to date long distance as Nate finished up his degree at Cornell and Kim completed her’s at Boston. Not long after, the two moved to Chicago. I was lucky enough to spend a beautiful July evening with these two around Chicago … laughing … dancing and getting to know them better.

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I love it when my couples can relax and just have fun in the front of my camera. Kim and Nate were such a blast during their engagement session … they even humored me for a dance off in the middle of Lincoln Park.

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Because Chicago is the first city that Kim and Nate lived in together, it is very special to them, so it was really important that we capture the essence of Chicago and our beautiful skyline in their engagement photos.

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This might be one of my favorites from our shoot…..

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We wandered over to North Avenue Beach to finish up our Chicago engagement session, and I couldn’t have been happier. I loved that we had the twinkling lights of the city in the background.

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INDEPENDENCE GROVE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // danielle + nick

It all began in junior high. The time of first kisses, hand holding and dates to the local movie theater (which their parents would drop them off at). Danielle and Nick met and started dating so long ago, that they just laugh when asked about how they met. To them, it as if they have always been together, so it only seemed right that they would promise the rest of their lives to one another.

I spent an evening with them exploring the beautiful grounds of Independence Grove in Libertyville. It is one of my favorite locations to shoot at, and I was beyond excited to finally photograph an engagement session there — especially when Danielle told me that her and Nick wanted to rent a kayak during their session. Yippe, I knew it was going to be amazing … and it was. The crazy Chicago rain stopped just an hour before our session and stayed dry so that all of this could unfold in front of my camera.

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KINZIE STREET BRIDGE CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // mindi + adam

It all began at Purdue. Mindi and Adam were out with a group of mutual friends enjoying an evening out. They may have chatted with each other, but nothing more than the casual mingling that happened within the group that night. But in the time out, Adam developed a little crush on Mindi. The next day, he asked Mindi’s roommate (whom he knew well enough to ask as his best friend was dating her) for Mindi’s phone number. Rather than simply call Mindi and ask her on a date, he took a different, more mysterious approach. He started texting her. And continued to text her for one week. Without ever saying who it was. Yes, he was the phantom texter. His own little secret admirer to Mindi, who wasn’t worried or phased by the fact that she was texting with someone for days without even asking or knowing who it was.

That weekend, friends gathered at the local bar for cocktails and a night of fun. Adam made his way over to Mindi to reveal he was the phantom texter. But again, he chose a different approach than the boring, “hey, so we have been texting” route most guys would have gone. Instead, he marched right over to Mindi and said, “Kiss me.” She resisted at first. But when he asked again, she gave in and gave him her last first kiss.

Five years later, Adam slipped a beautiful ring on her finger as she slept, so that when she awoke, she could say yes to a lifetime of waking up next to Adam. I am beyond excited to photograph these two all over again in a few months in St. Joe’s, Michigan!

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We started the engagement session at Kinzie Street Bridge. This is one of my favorite urban engagement locations in Chicago because there is SO much variety in such a short distance.

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Mindi is so bubby and is gorgeous inside and out ….

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I had so much fun spending the afternoon getting to know these two better. We had a blast and there was a ton of laughter (which I always LOVE).

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Adam looked dapper as ever. I love it when my future grooms get dressed up for their photos. And he was a total natural in front of the camera (per the below …)

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LISLE-WOODRIDGE FIRE STATION + DANADA HOUSE ENGAGEMENT // hillary + jim

Hm, I am not even where to start with telling you about these two because I am afraid that my words will not really describe how wonderful Hillary and Jim are. I first met Hillary and Jim two years ago at Kristin and Jordan’s Mexico wedding. I didn’t get to spend a ton of time getting to know them in Mexico, but Hillary made a lasting impression on me when I think about Kristin’s bridesmaids because after the wedding she sent me the sweetest note that just made my heart melt into a puddle of appreciation. Seriously, it might be one of the BEST notes … one of those notes I look at when I am having a bad day or when I don’t feel great about my work, business, etc , I pull it out and smile.

So when Hillary emailed me early this year asking me if I would be available to photograph her and Jim’s wedding in Punta Cana … well, I knew I would do anything to be there. Hillary could have told me they were getting married in the middle-of-no-where, the moon or Antarctica (I’m not a huge fan of cold, people), and I would have made it happen because, well, Hillary and Jim are pretty much a dream couple. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are also fun, sweet and kind. They are good people … the type of couple you want to be great friends with.

Jim and Hillary met through mutual friends out one night. Jim, a fireman and Hillary, a nurse …. instantly hit it off. And I can tell you first hand that they have one of the cutest relationships. Hillary was a little nervous for their engagement photos, thinking they would be awkward, but they were total naturals and were super adorable for the camera. I’m sure Jim got hassled the next day at the fire station for all the “cute” things he did  …. but my heart is so full of happiness as I glance through their session and tell their story.

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We started the session at Jim’s fire station in Lisle-Woodridge. I was giddy with excitement because it was my first time photographing at a fire station, and well, it just was exciting! The trucks, the hoses …. I felt like a VIP.

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I mean hello, hottness. Aren’t they just perfect? Yes, I know.

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Hillary rode horses for years growing up, so we headed to the grounds of Danada House in Wheaton to add in some rustic elements to their engagement session. And I must say, it was pretty gorgeous.

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We may have snuck into the barn for these photos. Yes, I am a rule breaker when I have a camera in my hand. But it was so worth it to get this shot, right?

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And I will leave you guys with one … so sweet and fun.

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ALFRED CALDWELL LILY POOL CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // tiffany + mike

Ahh, where do I begin with these two?! Besides how gorgeous of a couple these two are (which you can clearly see in these photos), they are so down-to-earth, fun and have hearts of gold. I just adore both of them. And it was so fun to spend an evening getting to the two of them … as a couple.

I have known Tiffany since junior high school – crazy!. We grew up in the same town,and although we attended different high schools, we would always run into each other. As the years went by, I would still see her regularly as she became my go-to hairstylist.  I would come to the salon, and we would sit and catch up on all things … including the men in our lives, who is getting married, and what ever other juicy gossip we knew of. So when Tiffany emailed me right after the holidays last year telling me she was engaged, and she wanted me to photograph her wedding, I was giddy with excitement.

We had originally planned to do engagement photos in May, but due to the long winter and late start to spring / summer, we decided to wait until things were actually green. And boy, was I glad we waited. Because when Tiffany and Mike met me at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool near Lincoln Park, it was finally lush AND green … just perfect for their Chicago engagement session. We had so much fun wandering around. Tiffany and Mike were such naturals in front of the camera – being so adorably cute, I thought I might explode with happiness right there. From dancing on the pathways to the perfect little sweet kisses … it was … well magical. I cannot wait to do it all over again in November at their Chicago wedding.

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NAPERVILLE FAMILY SESSION // katie + chris

Sometimes … the universe has a funny way of working things out. Or so, I like to think. Katie and Chris first met 15 years ago when they were paired up in the wedding party of Katie’s cousin. At the time, they were both in other relationships. Life went on. They both married, started families and lived their lives. Until years later, they were both single again … and Katie’s cousin mentioned maybe they should hang out together. So they did. And they picked off right where they left off 15 years ago.

Rather than use their engagement session for just photos of the two them, Katie suggested we have a family session with her two kids and Chris’ daughter. I absolutely loved this idea because not only did it allow Katie and Chris to get used to working with me … but it allowed Annika, William and Callie to see what all these photos would be about come Katie and Chris’ wedding. We met at the Naperville Riverwalk …. the kids climbed trees, ran around and even had a little ice cream for some fun and playful photos. We had such a fun afternoon, and I am beyond excited to do it all over again in less than two weeks.

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[ CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT ] ART INSTITUTE GARDENS + LURIE GARDENS // tara + devin

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He saw her as one of his little sister’s friends. She was still in high school. He was already out in the “real” world. Even though they were only a few years apart in age, they were at such different points in their lives despite growing up in the same hometown. Tara and Devin couldn’t really date … or could they? …. So, they gave it a try … unsure as to where they could go and years later, they share a relationship with so much love and happiness, they didn’t know how they ever thought it might not work.

In an effort to do more things around Chicago last year, Tara and Devin vowed to do one tourist activity per month. The first month was the Field Museum. When Tara suggested they check out the Skydeck at the Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower for my Chicagoans) for the following month, Devin was secretly relieved Tara had suggested it first. It was his plan all long to ask Tara to marry him while on the Skydeck …. but with the holidays around the corner, he was a little worried she might be suspicious. As they stood 110 stories above the city they both love so much (Tara fighting against her fear of heights), Devin got down on one knee and asked Tara to spend forever with him.

I met Tara and Devin at the Art Institute Gardens on the most perfect day last Sunday afternoon for their engagement photos around Chicago. I was so excited to see that things are finally starting to bloom and the gardens were almost totally green again!

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Isn’t she just gorgeous? I love this photo …..

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Devin was a natural for his individual photos ….

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We strolled over to the Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park just in time for the PERFECT light of the afternoon.

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Tara picked out this gem of a flower, and I must admit … it was simply perfect for showing off her GORGEOUS ring.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS : art institute gardens, lurie gardens in millennium park, and buckingham fountain, chicago // MAKEUP : shannon o’brien 

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CHICAGO MINI SESSIONS // lincoln park zoo

Could it be? Spring is actually here with summer right around the corner?! I hope so! Which means it is the perfect time to get some gorgeous outdoor photos taken. My spring mini sessions are perfect to grab some photos of your family, little one, senior or your other half and you.

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Chicago mini sessions will be Saturday, June 21 at the Lincoln Park Zoo. I am starting with 5 evening sessions (5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30).

Each mini session is only $195 and is 25 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.

The first person to book a mini session will get a complimentary softcover book with images from your mini session. A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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ART INSTITUTE GARDENS + OAK STREET BEACH CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT SESSION // jen + mike

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Let’s face it, this “spring” hasn’t been much of a spring. Things decided to bloom later than expected and the weather is …. well … you just never know. So after rescheduling one engagement session, I met Jen and Mike at the Art Institute gardens (one of my favorite locations in Chicago) for their engagement photos. It was cold. Like so cold that I had a sweatshirt AND a winter jacket on …in MAY. But Jen was a full on supermodel the whole session not wearing a jacket because “real models do not wear coats on photo shoots”. I couldn’t help but laugh a little and admire her for toughing out the cold because I could not.

And from that moment on, I knew I was going to have an amazing time photographing Mike and Jen. Our sessions was everything I could hope it to be (minus the cold). Mike and Jen are insanely adorable together. They are fun, goofy, real, loving, sweet and so much more. This is a dream team people… especially from a photographer’s perspective. We ended their session with a faint sunset at Oak Street Beach, and I have to say … it was pretty perfect. I’ll let the photos show you …..

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WHAT to WEAR // spring hipster engagement session

This week’s WHAT to WEAR all began with a skirt. Isn’t that how all great looks come to be … inspired by one piece to make the most magical end look? I am lusting over this amazing ombre skirt with a pop of color – it is perfect for all my girls out there like me who always end up in black, grey, or white. Dress your man in black jeans and a black vest with Converse sneakers for a complete Wicker Park hipster look. Then you two love birds can hit up Big Star Taco Bar and wander North Ave and Damen for some authentic engagement photographs.

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Want to buy something featured in this look? If so, click here to find out where you can order it or just use the color palette as inspiration to come up with your own look for your photo shoot. Need more wardrobe ideas for your engagement session? Be sure to follow my inspiration boards on pinterest.

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CUSTOM SMARTPHONE + TABLET GALLERY APPS // iphone + andriod

Ok, so do you remember when you used to carry around those plastic photo cases in your wallet full of all the VIPs in your life?! You know, the days pre-Facebook or Instagram where you actually had to have a physical photo on you to show someone. If you don’t remember, then you are clearly way younger than me …. but I remember I carried those wallets around with me EVERYWHERE.  I never knew when I would need to show someone a picture of my hot BFF.

But let’s face it. No one does that anymore. If you can’t show someone a photo of your dog, baby or love of your life on your phone, then people may or may not believe you that Charley / Payton / Mike even exist. Ok, maybe not that extreme … but it seems like if it isn’t on Facebook / Instagram or on your phone … it didn’t happen, right?

Now as much as I love for all my clients to have physical prints from their sessions with me, I realize that it is sometimes MORE important for them to always have their images with them. Which is why one of my favorite products that all of my 2014 clients receive is their very own custom smartphone gallery app. This little app also works great on tablets.

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It is an app custom designed for each client with photos from their wedding / session. You just download it on to your phone and/or tablet, and you always have your photos with you. Best of all, the app is designed so you can share with with friends and family. So all those loved ones who are out of state or your Mom who loves to brag about you, can add the app to their phones so they can whip out their phones to show you off. No more plastic wallets for them. ;)

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WHAT to WEAR // valentine’s engagement photo shoot

In honor of my favorite holiday (I love LOVE, how could I not love the holiday that celebrates it!), I just had to put together a WHAT to WEAR based around the signature Valentine’s day color – red. This look is fun, flirty and totally trendy and perfect for the couple that loves to dress up and be extra fabulous.

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If you love this look and want to purchase what is featured, click here. Or just use the color palette as inspiration to come up with your own look for your  photo shoot.

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CHICAGO PROPOSAL // JULIO + YASMIN

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One of my favorite things about being a photographer is capturing moments. True, authentic moments as they unfold. So when Julio emailed me asking if I could photograph his proposal to Yasmin, I knew I HAD to be a part of his special moment.

Julio dropped to one knee on the bridge at the Lincoln Park Zoo just three days before Christmas (which also was his birthday) as the snow flurried around. It was such a magical moment … there was no one on the bridge except them (and me…) and Yasmin had the reaction that every guy hopes for .. shocked, overjoyed, emotional. And I would be lying if I didn’t admit that as I watched Yasmin’s perfect reaction unfold, I got a little teary-eyed behind the camera. How could I not? These two are beyond adorable.

Julio + Yasmin – Congratulations a million times! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this magical moment that you will remember for years to come.

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WHAT to WEAR // winter engagement shoot

It is beginning to feel a lot like winter. The snow, the holiday lights, the cold. So for this week’s WHAT to WEAR, I thought it would be fun to do a winter look.

As soon as the temperatures drop, this is such an fun look for an outdoor engagement sessions. Between the sweet, yet sassy navy blue jacket and great, grey suede booties, any girl will still feel dressed up while staying warm. Give your guy a dark wool coat, some jeans and scarf, and you two are set for some adorable winter engagement photos. Snuggling encouraged (and needed to stay warm).

WHAT to WEAR // winter engagement session // Brittany Bekas Photography

If you love this look and want to purchase what is featured, click here. Or just use the color palette as inspiration to come up with your own look for your photo shoot.

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CHICAGO KINZIE STREET BRIDGE + OAK STREET ENGAGEMENT // SIBEL + BRIAN

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It was her red shoes. Brian didn’t like them. He thought they were such a strange thing to wear … so he teased her a little about being bold enough to wear such a thing. But Sibel didn’t care. She had a boyfriend, and Brian was the new kid on campus. She was only meeting him that night because he had some mutual friends in common.

As time went on, Brian was always hanging out with Sibel’s friends at Western University. They became closer friends as the seasons changed … and then one day they found themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend. The type of couple that other couples hope to be. Their relationship is rooted in friendship, but it radiates with love, goofiness and compassion.

I met these two for the first time at their engagement session, and I knew that we were going to have fun right away. It felt like I was hanging out with old friends right away as we braved the very windy city. When I told Sibel how cute her coral pumps were, Brian smiled. He had, in fact, picked out these perfect shoes. And I couldn’t help but smirk …. since it all began over a pair of shoes.

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We then headed to Oak Street Beach … the exact beach that Brian proposed to Sibel in July with the twinkling city behind them.

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WHAT to WEAR // engagement shoot

You guys, I feel terrible. I was posting this series every week … and then bam. Craziness began, and I sort of forgot about my favorite series on the blog like a favorite sweater that gets buried in the back of your closet. So it is back, and I promise to keep the inspiration coming again.

This engagement session look is perfect for an urban backdrop. The girl’s look is edgy and sophisticated and right on trend while the guy’s look is hip and cool with grey denim and black sneakers. I love this look and may try to sneak my boyfriend into something like this for date night. :)

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CHICAGO HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS

Holiday mini sessions are here just in time for your holiday cards! They are perfect for any type of shoot (family, engagement, kids, couples, just for fun … whatever!)

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TIME // Saturday, November 23 >> 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Session times: 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30)

LOCATION // Chicago (exact location TBD)

COST // $195 (includes 25 hi-res digital images with printing rights. Prints can be purchased too.)

If you are interested in booking a session, contact me at brittany@brittanybekas.com with your preferred time slot. Hurry though, I only have 5 sessions available.

If you are interested in booking but time times don’t work for you, please send me a note.

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LINCOLN PARK ENGAGEMENT // HILLARY + JACK

Lincoln Park Engagement Chicago // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding photographerOh my gosh. Let me just start out with the fact that Hillary and Jack are probably one of the cutest couples I have had the chance to photograph. I could have photographed these two for SO much longer, and I am so happy that I will get to do it all over again in July when these two say their “I do’s” in Galena.

During their engagement session, I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. These two are so adorable together …. I’m pretty sure I kept telling them how cute they are to the point of being annoying, but I couldn’t help it. Hillary and Jack would be so sweet with each other … giving each other soft kisses as if no one was there and then moments later Hillary was tossing leaves at Jack with the cutest apology (“sorry, Brittany, I couldn’t resist”). I loved every second of how comfortable they were and how in love they both are with each other.

I think what makes their relationship so special is that it began with a friendship. Hillary and Jack met through a mutual friend while Hillary was in college at Florida State University back in 2006. The distance kept the two from becoming boyfriend and girlfriend initially, but when Jack helped Hillary find a job in Chicago at the company he was working for … things changed. Their friendship turned into a relationship which later led to Jack getting down on his knee during a private dinner filled with lanterns in candles in South Africa … (swoonworthy, right?!).

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OAK STREET BEACH CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // COURTNEY + GRANT

Engagement sessions are probably one of my favorite things to photograph … especially when I get to use the city of Chicago as my backdrop. But what I love most about engagement sessions is when I get to spend time getting to know my amazing couples. And with Courtney and Grant, it was no different.

We started their session at a location meaningful to them … Oak Street Beach. When these two first started dating, they would walk over to the beach with a blanket and a bottle of bubbly and sit there and talk with the twinkling Chicago skyline in the background. So that is exactly what we did for their engagement session before heading downtown for some more photos.

These two are beyond nice …. super fun … and total go-with-flow. Courtney is the type of person who you feel like you have known forever when you first meet her. She is bubbly and gorgeous. And Grant is the perfect compliment to her … making her smile and laugh … and bringing out such a fun side of personality. And what I love even more about Courtney and Grant is that they don’t take things to seriously. Even after all the serious and romantic posing for their session, they were total goofballs … cracking up and getting into character with their Halloween masks to end their shoot. I can’t wait to document their “I do’s” next May.

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WILLOW SPRINGS ENGAGEMENT // DANIELLE + RYAN

I am so excited to finally be posting Danielle and Ryan’s engagement session. I was fighting a terrible cold last week … which meant this super cute session was just waiting to be seen … until now.

I met Danielle and Ryan at Maple Lake in Willow Springs and let me tell you, this place is gorgeous. From the tree lined trails to the picturesque lake, I knew I could shoot here for hours. What I loved even more about this location though is that it was meaningful to Danielle. Her grandfather used to take her here fishing when she was a little girl, so it was so amazing that we could come to here for their engagement photos. Danielle and Ryan are such a laid back couple … total go-with-the-flow … which is perfect compliment to my Type “A”ness. I had so much fun with these two, and I cannot wait until July to document their wedding.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // NOELLE + CHRIS

Noelle and Chris are … well pretty awesome. Yes, I am starting this blog post with awesome. Besides the fact that I knew Noelle and I would be fast friends when we finally got to sit down and talk, I knew her and Chris were (and are) such an amazing duo. They are the type of couple, I do adore working with … and the type of couple I HAD to work with.

They met back in junior high school. Yes, they go back even further than high school sweethearts and that makes my heart flutter. Noelle and Chris went through all the challenges and bumps in the road that you do with a first love and best friend … only they began their relationship as “kids” …. and they conquered all the growing pains of young love together.

When Chris was ready to ask Noelle to spend forever at his side, he decided it should begin when it all started. They met at their childhood park, and Chris skated over on rollerblades, just as he had when they first met and got down on one knee. I mean, how sweet is that?!

I spent a perfect afternoon proving to them that they would not look awkward in their photos. We started the session near their apartment in Roscoe Village with their energetic puppy, and then headed to Lincoln Park just as the sun dipped behind the Chicago skyline. September cannot come soon enough for me to photograph them again.

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Noelle’s ring was designed by Chris and includes her mom’s diamond. I love it when brides are able to work a family heirloom into their rings … especially when they are this gorgeous. Chicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Chicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Chicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Chicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographer Chicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographerChicago Engagement Session // Brittany Bekas Photography // Chicago + destination wedding and lifestyle photographer

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ST CHARLES HOTEL BAKER ENGAGEMENT // CHRISTINA + MIKE

Becoming a photographer has allowed me to reconnect with so many people over the last few years … people from my childhood, past careers, friends of friends … and more. It is one of the many things I love about my job. So, when Christina emailed me a while back asking if I could document her bridal shower and take some engagement photos of her and her fiancé Mike, I couldn’t say no. You see, I have known Christina’s fiancé Mike since 6th grade (which feels like a lifetime ago).

We had the most perfect overcast Sunday afternoon for their engagement session in the rose gardens at the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles. I am … and was  … in love with pretty much everything about this session. The perfectly gorgeous backdrop, Christina’s stunning purple frock, and the adorable cuteness these two have when they are together. Let’s face it, they are one hot couple … and they made my job so easy between their sweet glances at each other and lots of laughter in between. It is clear that Mike found his perfect match in Christina, and I loved being able to document their love.

Christina and Mike – Congrats again. You are both such beautiful people inside and out. I wish you nothing but many years of love and happiness. lots of love and xo – Brittany

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CHICAGO FALL MINI SESSIONS

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I’m so excited to finally be announcing my fall mini session date. For those of you who like a quick and easy photo shoot, this is for you. These mini sessions are great for couples, families, seniors, and babies … and they are perfect for anyone looking for photos for their holiday cards.

Each mini session is only $150 and is held a single location (location is TBD but will likely be in northwest Chicago suburbs), is 30 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.

The fall mini sessions will be held on Saturday, September 28th. I am starting with 4 evening sessions (4:30, 5, 5:30, 6) and once these fill up, I will open up 4 morning sessions (9, 9:30, 10, 10:30).

Mini sessions booked prior to Thursday, September 19th will receive an ‘Early Bird’ bonus – a complimentary iPhone/Android gallery app with images from your session. A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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CHICAGO KINZIE STREET ENGAGEMENT // JEN + MIKE

I love engagement sessions. For a ton of different reasons …. but it is even more fun/special when I get to photograph an engagement session when it is one of my oldest friends. I know, I have said a couple times on this blog that this X + Y are my oldest friend … but for real, Jenny and I have been friends for so long, I don’t know when we actually first became friends. My mom and Jenny’s mom have been friends for over 28 years … so naturally when they both had little girls who were less than a year apart in age, it meant that we were destined to be friends.

I have so many memories of Jenny … having sleepovers at her house where we would make up crazy dance routines and perform them for our moms … playing Barbies until we couldn’t dress another doll … and afternoons of her trying to teach me how to play pool (which I still am terrible at … btw). We watched love stories and talked about falling in love over the years … so when she told me she was engaged to Mike … I was beyond thrilled for her!

Jenny looks at Mike in the way you just know they are crazy about each other. You can see the sparkle in her eyes and the glow on her face that she found the one. And it is evident that Mike adores her just as much. He might have a tough guy exterior, but he is smitten. I’m so happy that these two found each other … I can’t wait to be able to document their wedding next May!

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BARRINGTON ENGAGEMENT // LISA + PATRICK

When your high school graduating class is over 800 people, it’s pretty much impossible to know everyone in your class. In fact … you usually don’t know everyone. It was the exact unknowingness that began Lisa and Patrick’s relationship.

Lisa was at her church youth group her junior year of high school when she spotted Patrick in a Barrington High School t-shirt. She had never seen him at school, and she intrigued. The two started talking and hanging out and in less than 2 months after they met … they were girlfriend and boyfriend. It was Patrick’s thoughtfulness that she adored. Like the time he covered her bedroom in balloons … asking her to their junior prom. Beyond sweet.

Distance seperated these two when Lisa headed to ISU for college, and Patrick headed north to Marquette. However throughout it all, their relationship continued to grow from young, high school sweethears to an adult love.

Patrick realized he couldn’t live without Lisa while on a Carribean Cruise with friends …. so come Valentine’s Day … he prepared to ask the most important question of his life. He placed Lisa’s beautiful ring inside a bag of Hersey kisses. What Patrick didn’t plan for was that bag would never get eaten in one sitting. So when Lisa only grabbed a handful, he had to have her go looking in the bag for something sparkly.

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I spent a warm Sunday afternoon getting to know these two … and it was beyond fun. We started our session where their love story began – Barrington High School. They both laughed about how weird it felt to be back there … but I have to admit, it made for some super cute photos.

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Patrick’s mom loves to horseback ride, and she owns three gorgeous horses. I was beyond smitten that they could be apart of our the engagement photos at Patrick’s childhood home.

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These two are beyond sweet. Lisa and Patrick currently live almost 6 hours apart, so when they are together … they really enjoy their time together.

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I can’t wait for November when I get to document these two again. And don’t worry Patrick, by then, I promise I will stop calling you, Pat. I have been practicing. :)

To see more from Lisa + Patrick’s Barrington engagement session, watch the slideshow below.

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // DENA + CHRIS

It has been so many emails back and forth before Dena and Chris and I finally got to really meet. You see, Dena, and I met for a hot moment at her sister, Marisa and future-brother-in-law’s engagement party last August. I photographed Marisa and Ryan’s proposal and engagement session, and Dena loved the photos so much she booked me without even meeting.

So when their engagement session finally happened, I was beyond excited. Dena and Chris are not super traditional, so I knew that they would be up for something different … something a little more edgy  … more rock and roll. So that is exactly what we did. We headed to this amazing location in Chicago to capture their love story and their family.

Dena met Chris while working as a cocktail waitress almost 8 years ago. They had mutual friends in common, and when they both saw each other in the bar … they were both intrigued. So they started talking which led to hanging out and then dating. Dena was smitten with Chris’ funny personality and his passion for music (he is a drummer who has toured the US with the band Treaty of Paris). And Chris was infatuated with Dena’s energy and her beautiful smile. They both thought the other was about 21 … when in reality they were 8 years apart. But age didn’t matter because what they found in each other was just what the other was looking for … and so began their relationship.

These two will marry next June (which cannot come soon enough!), and I am beyond excited to document their big day. I’ve already asked … a couple times … if Chris will play the drums at the reception … so this is another attempt to make this happen. :)

CHICAGO URBAN ENGAGEMENT | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER CHICAGO URBAN ENGAGEMENT | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER These two are so sweet towards one another. It is clear to anyone around them that they found their perfect match.

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CHICAGO URBAN ENGAGEMENT | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHERThis graffiti wall in Chicago was so perfect for their session. I nearly died when I found it before the session. Thank you location lords!

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CHICAGO URBAN ENGAGEMENT | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHERThis old train car was just around the corner from our location … and when we went to shoot on it there was the most beautiful light … oh my … how amazing is this afternoon sun. Swoon….

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To see even more from Dena + Chris’ urban Chicago engagement session, click the link or watch the slideshow below.

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FEATURED // AISLE PERFECT

I am incredibly honored that Aisle Perfect featured Courtney + Steve’s adorable Chicago engagement session this past Saturday. Their session started at the Chopping Block and ended at the LaSalle Street Bridge and included so many fun props.

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Be sure to check out the complete feature on Aisle Perfect. And if you want to see even more photos from Courtney + Steve’s engagement session, check out my full blog post.

Happy Tuesday!

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // JEN + ERIC

I simply adore when I get to meet a new couple and spend time getting to know them during their engagement session. But there is something EVEN better about spending the day documenting the love of a dear, dear friend and her amazing fiancé.

Their love story began at college in Syracuse. Jen was chatting with her friends as they stood in line to enter their annual fall sorority formal … when she heard a guy behind her mumble something under his breath about disliking a girl who had cut the line. Jen, intrigued by his comment, turned around and explained that she too felt the same way. They bonded over their shared dislike of this girl. As the evening went on, they left behind their actual dates for the formal to get to know each other. It was this night, the first night they met, that Eric proclaimed he was going to marry Jen.

And this September in Vermont, he will do just that. Sure, their story was full of twists and turns along the way. They lived in other countries … time zones away from each other. Jen chose to move to Chicago to work in advertising while Eric moved to New York City. They stayed friends. Talked. Somehow always remaining in each other’s lives a tiny bit.

Four years after they first met, while Jen was visiting New York for a birthday party, her and Eric rekindled their love story. They decided to take a leap of faith to date again … this time to be in a long distance relationship. It was long weekends, schedules and maybe a color coded calendar (thanks to Jen’s planning nature) to see each other and make this relationship work until Eric moved to Chicago two years ago.

I had so so so much fun documenting the love between the two of you, Jen and Eric. It has been so amazing to see your relationship spark and continue to grow since I first met Jen five years ago. I’m so happy for the both of you, and I can’t thank you so much for letting me tell your story through my lens. I love you both! Congrats again! xo

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We started their engagement session at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Jen and Eric couldn’t stop laughing when we first started … and for that I was totally smitten. I love nothing more than authentic laughing photos …. especially this one …. (my favorite photo… yet.)

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LINCOLN PARK KINZIE STREET BRIDGE ENGAGEMENT | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHERJen wanted to do something “super” Chicago for their pictures … so we ended up at Wieners Circle for some Chicago hot dogs and some photos. Eric and I were a little unsure about the idea, but I admit … these pictures are pretty cute, Jen!

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We ended our session at the Kinzie Street Bridge. Eric wanted to do a serious face all day. So here is his big debut. I think they both nailed it. And I am obsessed with this shot.

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To see even more photos from Jen + Eric’s Chicago engagement session click the link or watch the slideshow below.

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO + HUMBOLDT PARK ENGAGEMENT // ASHLEY + MATT

High school sweethearts, Ashley and Matt met many years ago in their school library. Matt, a year older than Ashley, thought Ashley was “really cute”. Their relationship began with a first date like many high school romances … watching a movie at the local movie theater.  Yet as the football games ended and the last song was played at the senior prom, most high school relationships faded. But not for Ashley and Matt. As the years went on …. through high school, college and entering the real world, these two stuck by each other’s side.

Matt is quiet … a bit shy, but very clearly a deep thinker. In my short time with him, he didn’t say much but when he does, it is clear that his conversation is well thought-out and is from the heart. Ashley is the outgoing one. She is super bubbly and it seems like she is always smiling. They are the sweetest people … and the cutest high school sweethearts I have met.

Oh … and they both love to read (real books … no Kindles here) … which only makes the story of how they met even cuter.

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We started the session at Humboldt Park with Ashley and Matt’s dog, Marlowe. Ashley and Matt love to take Marlowe here to play toss and just walk around the park, so it seemed like the perfect spot to get some photos of their little family.

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Marlowe was beyond excited to be at the park. This guy has TONS of energy!

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Matt proposed to Ashley at the Lincoln Park Zoo in December. They were there checking out all the gorgeous holiday lights when he decided to sneak out of the zoo with Ashley to this exact spot overlooking the Chicago skyline. It may have been blocked off … but that didn’t stop Matt from making sure he proposed with this perfect view.

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To see more photos from Ashley and Matt’s Lincoln Park Zoo engagement session, click the link above or watch the slideshow below.

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NAPERVILLE RIVERWALK + TASTING ROOM ENGAGEMENT // AMANDA + AL

They met in the most unlikely of places. A bar. Al spotted Amanda across the bar and being the determined guy he is … he knew he had to talk to this gorgeous girl no matter what. So he walked up to her … very confidently … and said hello. They talked about how he was Lithuanian, what Amanda was studying at ISU and more. Amanda gave Al her phone number … but it wasn’t until three months later when she was back in town from college that they went on their first date.

Al realized he had met a special girl, so just eight months after they started dating Al planned the biggest surprise of Amanda’s life. He coordinated with Amanda’s college sorority president and friends to propose during a special sorority candlelight ceremony. Amanda was completely clueless … trying to avoid attending chapter that night because it was election night (hello, boring!)… but her friends persuaded her to go. And as the candle went all the way around the room and the lights slowly came on … Al was standing on one knee asking to spend the rest of his life with his beautiful girl.

This September can not come quick enough for me to document their wedding. Until then … enjoy some of my favorite photos from our Naperville Riverwalk engagement session.

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To see more photographs from Amanda + Al’s Naperville Riverwalk engagement session click the link or watch below.

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GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND ENGAGEMENT // MIRANDA + CHRIS

Quit your job. Buy a ticket. Get a tan. Fall in love. Never return. Chris and Miranda swear by this saying (which they proudly displayed on matching t-shirts for our session) and are proof that in life … taking chances can lead to total bliss.

Chris met Miranda four years ago … back in the UK where they are both originally from. They dated for two years before they both decided they wanted to make a change. They were looking for something new, something exciting and something different, so when Miranda’s uncle who lives in Grand Cayman was able to find them jobs on the island, the two left behind their lives in the UK, packed up their bags and headed to the Caribbean for a new adventure together.

They got a tan. They fell in love. With the island … and even more with each other.

Chris proposed during a romantic picnic on the white sand beach outside of the Ritz Carlton. He thought of every last detail …. starting Miranda’s day with a massage at the spa, followed by a lazy afternoon at the beach, and ending it with a picnic complete with strawberries and bubbly.

They will marry next year in Grand Cayman, where both of their hearts belong, surrounded by their closet friends and family.

Here are some of my favorites from our session ….

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To see more photos from Miranda + Chris’ Grand Cayman engagement session, click the link of watch the slideshow below

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GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY // TIFFANY + PHIL

Tiffany and Phil’s love story began hundreds of miles from where they live now. Phil was playing the guitar at the church Tiffany belonged to in Canada.  After the service, Tiffany and Phil started talking to one another …. and as time went on …. the two realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They married on the beach in Canada. Nine years later, they celebrated their wedding anniversary on the beaches of Grand Cayman.

It was one of their life goals when they got married. Move somewhere outside of Canada. So when Phil was able to find a job as an occupational therapist in the Cayman Islands last year, they sold almost all of their belongings, packed up what was left and headed to Grand Cayman with their son to begin a new adventure together.

The sunshine, sand and outdoor lifestyle are perfect for these two. During the time I spent with them, they couldn’t stop telling me how much they loved living on the island … in paradise. Tiffany and Phil – Thank you for allowing me to document this exciting year in your marriage and lives. You are both too sweet for words! I hope that our paths will cross again soon.

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To see even more photographs from Tiffany and Phil’s Grand Cayman Island wedding anniversary shoot, be sure to watch the slideshow below >>>

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SAN FRANCISCO ENGAGEMENT // JEN + AJ

Jen and AJ first met in high school in California. They hung out with the same group of friends and were simply friends. The years went by … and each of them went on to their own experiences at college. Yet after college … the universe brought them back together. The two started hanging out together and out of their high school friendship blossomed an amazing relationship.

They had been dating for three years when Jen and AJ were faced with a life-altering experience. AJ, a Harley Davidson motorcycle rider, had gotten into a serious motorcycle accident that damaged his leg. In the days following the accident, AJ knew more than ever that he wanted to marry Jen so on the first day that he was physically able to get up and down on one knee, he asked Jen to spent the rest of his life with him.

Jen and AJ married this past weekend during an intimate celebration in Maui with their closest friends and family. Jen + AJ …. I had so much fun exploring San Francisco while getting to know both of you. I am so happy you found each other, and I know that you will have many years ahead of love, laughter and happiness. Congrats again!

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To see more photos from Jen + AJ’s engagement San Francisco engagement session, watch the slideshow below or click on the link above.

A very special thank you to my photography assistant … Cortney Ludwig … for taking us to perfect San Francisco locations, being our bag watcher and more! This shoot wouldn’t have been the same without you.

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MONROE HARBOR CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // LAURA + JIM

After a dreary week of rain and cold temperatures, the Chicago weather took a drastic change for 24 hours … just in time for my afternoon session with Laura and Jim last Sunday. As I walked up to Monroe Harbor, we truly could not have gotten a better spring day of sunshine especially amidst the current April showers.

Laura and Jim met at a party. Her cousin, Heidi, introduced the two of them and from that moment, these two were smitten with one another. They make a great couple … a couple that compliments each other. Jim loves to cook. Laura … not so much. Laura is the planner in the relationship, yet she knows how to keep Jim balanced.

Our session was filled with lots of laughter … but even more love. I am beyond excited to document their wedding this May in Chicago.

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To see more from Laura + Jim’s Monroe Harbor engagement session, watch the slideshow below.

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CHICAGO CHOPPING BLOCK AND OLIVE PARK ENGAGEMENT // COURTNEY + STEVE

When Courtney moved to Chicago, she broke one of her biggest rules. Don’t date someone who lives in the same building.

Let’s face it. Some rules are meant to be broken. And Courtney is glad she broke this rule because had she not, she would have never gotten to know Steve. The two met while living in the same apartment building when Courtney first moved to Chicago to work in advertising.

It was on their fifth anniversary that both of their lives would change again. Steve planned a fun date to the Chopping Block in Lincoln Square so the two could learn to cook together. In the past, neither made a big deal out of their anniversary, so when Courtney received gorgeous flowers at work before dinner … she panicked a little because she didn’t a gift for Steve.

So she ran to the store before dinner and picked up something he would surely use …. socks and underwear. Courtney handed over her gift once they were both back at home …. making a joke out of it as he unwrapped his very practical gift: we are an old married couple now.

And with that que, Steve got down on one knee and told her that he loved the last five years together, and he wanted to add five more years to forever.

How cute, right?!?!

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I spent a Monday morning with Courtney and Steve  … and it was a morning full of laughter and love. Seriously, these two were cracking me up all day … between Steve and his GQ poses that he had practiced and their constant laughter, I didn’t want my session to end.

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We started our session at the Chopping Block in Lincoln Square. The very spot the two began the night that would forever change their lives.

Chicago Destination Wedding Engagement Photos Courtney and Steve’s only other request with their engagement photographs was that we had some Chicago skyline photos, so I suggested one of my favorite backdrops … Olive Park.

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Chicago Destination Wedding Engagement Photos Courtney and Steve will promise their lives to each other on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica next April. (hence the adorable pictures of them with their suitcases!)

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To see more photos from Courtney + Steve’s Chicago engagement session, watch the slideshow below.

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YOUR FIRST FAMILY HEIRLOOM | YOUR WEDDING BOOK

Last weekend while I was at home visiting my parents, I dug out my mom’s old wedding album and flipped through all the pages … smiling as I looked at the photos. Everything was documented so perfectly in one place. I felt like I was a part of the day even though I wasn’t there … and it was then I realized really how badly I want all of my client’s to have a wedding album.

I love that my clients get their digital files after the wedding, but I want their families to be able to experience exactly what I did with my parents’ album. I want them to be able to flip through the pages and remember the emotions of getting ready, to see the first kiss as husband and wife and to remember all of the details of the day.

And because I want the wedding book to last a lifetime, I only offer the best line of albums out there from KISS.

Chicago Wedding Album Book | Brittany Bekas Photography All of my books come in this adorable cover so that is is protected from dust and the sun.

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The leather books are the perfect wedding book. They come in eight different color options and are GORGEOUS full-grain leather.

Chicago Wedding Album Book | Brittany Bekas Photography The pages feature a hard substrate between the pages making the pages extra durable and every spread lays flat beautifully.

Chicago Wedding Album Book | Brittany Bekas Photography Unlike the other books out there, these books are true photographic printing … meaning no little color dots … and they are printed on the finest Fuji Crystal Archival paper. I custom design each book to tell the story of the day and then I allow you to make any changes … meaning you don’t have to stress about picking the photos at the beginning.

Chicago Wedding Album Book | Brittany Bekas PhotographyIn addition to the leather books, I also offer a stunning linen book.

The linen books have cleanable, silicone-protected linen covers without a substrate between pages. These books are thinner lighter and almost half the cost of the leather books making them great for parent, engagement/boudoir or sign in books. These also come in 8 different color options!

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Chicago Wedding Album Book | Brittany Bekas PhotographyAll of the books are a sleek square shape and come in three different sizes. But best of all, both the beautiful leather and linen books are warranted for life. I bet you can’t resist these now. :)

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EVANSTON WINTER ENGAGEMENT // JESSICA + JAMES

Jessica emailed me back in November about engagement photos. Her one request … she wanted them in the snow.

Normally, Chicago, snow and winter usually go hand-in-hand. However with the crazy temperatures this year, I was very worried that we were not going to get the beautiful, white snow that Jessica was longing for. So when we got our first “big” snowfall of the winter this weekend, I called her up and said it was our opportunity.

I met her and her fiancé, James, at Lee Street Beach in Evanston on Sunday morning, and we had the most perfect session! I was pretty much obsessed with these two instantly. Jessica and James have this adorable kind of love. The kind where they were  both so sweet and cute in front of my camera, but they were even more perfect when they thought I wasn’t watching. Yes, during my little breaks to my car to grab props …. I could see them hugging, laughing and gazing into each others eyes. It was very clear how crazy they are about each other … which only made my job that much easier.

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Evanston Lee Street Beach Winter Engagement | Brittany Bekas Photography Evanston Lee Street Beach Winter Engagement | Brittany Bekas Photography Jessica met James through mutual friends. She told me that she knew he was the one for her because she had never been loved like how James loves her. After spending just a short time with them, I can tell that the love they have for each other is like no other.

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HELLO, Adorable!

Evanston Lee Street Beach Winter Engagement | Brittany Bekas Photography Jessica and James choose to have their session in Evanston because they live right around the corner from this beach/park. I must admit, it is pretty gorgeous. I am seriously considering moving to Evanston.

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Evanston Lee Street Beach Winter Engagement | Brittany Bekas PhotographyEvanston Lee Street Beach Winter Engagement | Brittany Bekas Photography Evanston Lee Street Beach Winter Engagement | Brittany Bekas PhotographyI’ll leave you guys with this photo because … well … I just LOVE it!

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Make sure you check out even more of Jessica + James’ winter Evanston engagement session by watching their slideshow below.

 

NORTH AVE BEACH + CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // EILEEN + MIKE

It all began in Wisconsin. Eileen, originally from the Chicago suburbs, was attending college at Marquette University. After bumping into each other a few times through mutual friends, Eileen and Mike finally chatted it up …  and hit it off.

A year of long distance dating strengthened their growing relationship. They continued to date while Eileen studied to be a physician’s assistant at Rush in Chicago and Mike worked in Chicago. But then Mike was offered a job in San Francisco …. meaning they would be in a long distance relationship, again.

As Mike was packing up his bags for California, he planned the most adorable proposal. On a warm summer day, he picked up two of the ice cream flavors of the day from their favorite ice cream shop for a picnic. Eileen thought it was just another picnic until Mike had her open up one of the ice cream containers to taste the new flavor …. No flavor of the day in there …. just a beautiful engagement ring. Ice cream and a ring? Um sounds perfect to me!

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I met Eileen and Mike just days before Christmas in Chicago for a quick engagement session while Mike was in town for the holidays. Even with the very cool temps and that Windy City wind, these two were so sweet to one another … warming the other person up, laughing together and just being so in love. I can not wait to photograph their wedding in October.

North Ave Beach Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyWe kicked off our session at North Avenue Beach …. which was … well EMPTY. I guess no one else is crazy enough but us to be at the beach when it is 30 degrees and windy….

North Ave Beach Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyIt felt 20 degrees warmer at the Lasalle Street Bridge after the beach which made everyone very happy.

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Union Station Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyMike used to take the train into Union Station from Wisconsin when they first started dating, so we headed over to Union Station to capture this part of their relationship.

Union Station Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyLasalle Street Bridge Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyWe wrapped up our session on Michigan Avenue with all the gorgeous holiday lights …. and I think this photo captured it perfectly.

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To see more of Eileen + Mike’s Chicago engagement session, watch their slideshow below.

 

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CHICAGO “L” + MILLENIUM PARK ENGAGEMENT // ERIN + DAN

They attended the University of Michigan together … mingling with similar groups of friends. However they went almost four full years without ever meeting. Until that one special week happened. Spring break – 2008.

Aboard a cruise with about 100 other wolverines, the two finally crossed paths. Dan and Erin starting talking one night. Dan, an Italian from Long Island, learned that Erin spoke Italian. It was then … she had his heart.

So it only seemed right that Dan would pop the big question in no where but Italy.  He had it all planned out. He thought of every detail … and I mean every detail … even if the ring would trigger the metal detector at the airport (why did this never cross my mind until, Dan told me?!). The Italians got in the way from plan A …. but plan B … still makes me swoon. He proposed at the top of the beautiful Spanish steps in Rome at Trinita dei Monti …. sigh. Um can it get any more romantic?!

I spent a ridiculously warm December morning wandering around Chicago with Erin and Dan. We hit up all the spots – the ‘L’, the Art Institute Gardens, the Bean, Millennium Park, Wrigley Building and Michigan Ave.

Along the way, I saw first hand how adorable these two are. I am in love with their love.  They can laugh at one another one moment, and then be caught in a sweet moment of just smiling at each other adoringly.

Erin + Dan – It meant so much to me that you let me enter your lives for a brief moment to capture your engagement for you. I know that your years ahead with be full of love, romance and laughter. I wish you both all the best!

To see MUCH more of their Chicago engagement session, please watch their slideshow below.