PARIS CLUB CHICAGO WEDDING // MARY + DAN

Mary and Danny are the type of people that exude fun. Even from the moment I first met them, I knew that their wedding day was going to be exciting, unique and most importantly fun. And that is exactly what the day looked like.

The sun was shining and the Chicago weather was just perfect as the 4th of July weekend came to a close and friends. The day was full of lots of love, heartfelt speeches, and the most dancing I have seen at any wedding .. yet. I guess that is what happens when you combine a Greek family with a Latino family.

Mary and Danny – Thank you both inviting me to share in your wedding day. You both have hearts of gold and your families were beyond sweet all day and night. I know that the love you share for each other will only deepen over the years as your family continues to grow. Lots of love and xo.

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Mary’s friends and family were so welcoming. I loved spending the day with them because I have always wanted to be a part of a Greek family …. and this Greek family … well they stole my heart.

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Mary was simply glowing ….

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Danny and his groomsmen got ready at Hotel Sax in Chicago. And Danny rode to Annunciation Greek Orthodox church in style this is amazing vintage car. I’m pretty jealous of this ride.

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Most of the old churches in Chicago are stunning, but I have to admit that I am really in love with Annunciation Greek Orthodox. The architecture and the murals are beyond.

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Mary and Danny vowed to spend their lives together during a traditional Greek ceremony. I was a little worried that the candle was going to catch on Mary’s hair or veil because they have to hold the candles for almost the whole ceremony (and I have seen it happen before!), but these two are candle holding rockstars. For real! #Impressed.

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We headed to Olive Park for some wedding party photos … and everyone was such troopers. It was a warm (somewhat, sticky) July afternoon, but we were lucky to have the sun tuck behind the clouds for most of the group photographs.

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When we finally got Mary and Danny alone for a few photos, they couldn’t stop laughing. There is nothing that I love to shoot more than authetic moments, and I was SO happy to have them smiling and laughing. I mean how adorable?!

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To see more from Mary + Danny’s Chicago wedding, watch the slideshow below.

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CHURCH // Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | RECEPTION // Paris Club | PAPER (INVITATIONS) // Zazzle | PROGRAMS // Vogue Printers | FLOWERS + CENTERPIECES  // Shamrock Flowers | DJ // Edwin | CAKE // Domino’s Pastries | DRESS // David’s Bridal | TUXES // Men’s Warehouse | BRIDESMAID DRESSES // David’s Bridal | FLOWER GIRL DRESS // Von Maur | PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT // Christine (Dabble Me This Photography) // PHOTOGRAPHY // Brittany Bekas Photography

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. :)

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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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CHICAGO GAELIC PARK WEDDING // MELISSA + WILL

The first time I met Melissa and Will, I was absolutely smitten with them. They are truly a great match … a couple with the perfect mix of sweetness and goofiness in their relationship.  I remember leaving our consulation thinking, if they don’t book me, I am going to be SO sad because I adore them. Needless to say, I was counting down the days until June 15th when I could document their wedding because I knew it was going to be just perfect.

When I arrived at Melissa’s house in the morning the sky looked …. dark … and the forecast promised rain. All day. Sigh … definitely not what I had hoped for and certainly not what Melissa had in mind for her wedding day. But she and all of her nine bridesmaids were all smiles as they got ready, and we secretly prayed that the weather would hold out for us to take photos outside.

And just as Will and Melissa were pronounced husband and wife in front of their dearest friends and family at St. Christina Catholic Church, the clouds parted and the sun came out. :)

Melissa + Will – I cannot express how much it means to me that I was chosen to document your beautiful wedding. Your friends and family made us feel right at home, and we loved every minute of sharing in your day. I hope that you are both are enjoying the r&r time and soaking up the St. Lucia sun. Much love + xo.

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To see EVEN more from Melissa + Will’s Chicago wedding, watch the slideshow below or click the link.

CHURCH // St. Christina Catholic Church | RECEPTION // Chicago Gaelic Park | PAPER (INVITATIONS + ESCORT CARDS) // Good Times Invitations | FLOWERS + CENTERPIECES  // Catherine’s Garden | DJ // Tone Productions | CAKE // West Town Bakery | MAKE-UP // Mario’s Hair + Spa | HAIR // Mario’s Hair + Spa | DRESS // David’s Bridal | BRIDE’S SHOES // Nordstrom BRIDE’S PEARLS // Her own | TUXES // Men’s Warehouse | BRIDESMAID DRESSES // David’s Bridal | FLOWER GIRL DRESS // David’s Bridal | VIDEOGRAPHY // Vanilla Video | PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT // Nicole Morisco // PHOTOGRAPHY // Brittany Bekas Photography

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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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CHICAGO WEDDING // LAURA + JIM

I couldn’t have hoped for a more beautiful Saturday in May than the day we had for Laura and Jim’s wedding. The sun was shining. The weather was warm … but not too warm. The air … full of love.

Laura and Jim married in front of their friends and family at the historic, and beautiful, Assumption Catholic Church in Chicago. The church was absolutely stunning and warm with happiness as these two promised to be together in good times and bad … regardless of whatever life throws their way.

They are the type of couple who work because they are different. Laura is a city girl …. loving the hustle and bustle of the Chicago streets while Jim is a more mellow guy. He loves the outdoors and lots of space. They balance the other out. They are each other’s yin to their yang.

Laura + Jim, I hope you enjoying Bora Bora and taking time to soak up your new titles as husband and wife. Thank you for allowing me to document your marriage and making me feel so welcome among your friends and family. The day was so special, and I hope that the years ahead are full of much love and happiness.

CHICAGO ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH HILTON LISLE NAPERVILLE PHOTOS | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO + DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERThe morning started at Laura’s amazing Chicago condo which has the most incredible views of Navy Pier.

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CHICAGO ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH HILTON LISLE NAPERVILLE PHOTOS | BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY | CHICAGO + DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERTo see more photographs from Laura + Jim’s Chicago wedding click the link or watch below.

CHURCH // Assumption Catholic Church | RECEPTION // Hilton Lisle/Naperville | FLOWERS + CENTERPIECES  // Walden Floral |  MAKE-UP // Jane Pavlis | HAIR // Emily CumingsBRIDE’S SHOES // Michael Kors | PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT // Nicole Morisco PhotographyPHOTOGRAPHY // Brittany Bekas Photography

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

 

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO WEDDING // KRISTIN + JORDAN

It was over 10 years in the making before, Jordan and Kristin reached this day. They are high school sweethearts … a couple that navigated the confusing young adult years growing up together. They went though it all together – high school proms, college graduations, and life in Chicago. So when Jordan proposed on New Year Eve 2011, it was the one question Kristin had been waiting for since she met Jordan.

The two escaped the cold winter in Chicago to say their “I do’s” on the beautiful beach at the Now Sapphire in Mexico. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple. The sun glistened upon the turquoise blue water as the waves slowly crashed into the white sand beach. As Kristin and Jordan stood before their friends and family, you could not help but see the strong friendship and amazing love that these two share. Their love, laughter and tears were infectious.

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Kristin’s mom Carol, was extraordinary in planning such a beautiful wedding … thinking of every little detail for the day.

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I’ve been lucky enough to know Kristin since we were 16 … and I swear she told me that she would marry Jordan back then … so it was extra special to be there to document her big day. She carried a gorgeous, glitzy bouquet made of broaches that were given to her by her friends and family.

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Almost a 100 friends and family traveled to Mexico to witness Kristin and Jordan promise to love, honor and cherish one another.

Riviera Maya Wedding | Brittany Bekas Photography Riviera Maya Wedding | Brittany Bekas PhotographyAs the sun set in the west, we had the most gorgeous light and weather for their photographs. You can’t really get a better backdrop like this.

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The reception was full of emotional speeches from Jordan’s brother, Joe, and Kristin’s cousin, Shelly. I got a little teary eyed behind my camera….

Riviera Maya Wedding | Brittany Bekas Photography Riviera Maya Wedding | Brittany Bekas Photography Kristin and Jordan are one of the most fun couples I have worked with. They go from moments of sweet kisses to moments like below where they are just living in the now.

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Kristin + Jordan – I cannot even begin to describe what an honor it was to document this day for you. You guys are amazing, and I am so happy that this day finally happened for you both. I know that the years ahead together will be even better than the years before. Congrats again!

To see more of Kristin + Jordan’s Mexican destination wedding, watch their slideshow below.

 

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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….

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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.

 

KINZIE STREET BRIDGE ENGAGEMENT // JENNA + BOJAN

When I first talked to Jenna a month ago, I felt like I was talking to an old friend. She called me from Texas (where she currently lives), and I swear we talked about EVERYTHING. You know how when you first meet someone and you keep saying “me too”. Well that was us.

So when I met her and her finacee, Bojan, in Chicago at Kinzie Street Bridge for some urban engagement photos, I knew our session was going to be so much fun. What I didn’t know was that Bojan tore his ACL a few weeks before our session, so he was on crutches. :(

Now most of my grooms-to-be are wonderful during our session, but Bojan deserves the “Trooper of all Engagement Sessions” award. He went up and down all the stairs at Union Station along with wandering around Chicago for 2.5 hours on those crutches without one complaint.

Bojan is outgoing, a jokster and very sweet. Jenna is creative and bubbly. These two met at Purdue while in college through mutual friends. However their careers have moved them around the U.S. including moving them both to California after graduation.

You know they have a strong, amazing relationship because they went from living together in Cali to being hundreds of miles apart. Jenna is in Texas right now, while Bojan is in Indiana. When they are together, their eyes radiate with love for each other.

I mean how adorable are these two?!

Jenna’s favorite flower and flower for her August wedding is the bird of paradise (which is also my favorite!!), so we decided to work in the stunning buds to their session.

Jenna had these Nikes custom made for Bojan for his birthday which include their wedding date on the tongues of the shoes. Now he will NEVER forget their wedding date. :)

I’ll leave you guys with this sweet photo at Union Station.

To view more of Jenna + Bojan’s Chicago engagement session, watch their slideshow below.

 

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DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE ENGAGEMENT // KATE + CARL

The city of Naperville brought these two together. Kate was working in public relations for the city. Her work assignments kept bringing her and Carl, a film guy from Naperville Community Television, together. Kate was sending signals to Carl …. that it wasn’t just a conquincidence that they kept running into together. But Carl was not picking up on these signals. Kate finally just told Carl they should go on a date. And that is when it all began. Back in 2008.

Four years later, I met these two at the Naperville Riverwalk. One of their favorite places and an area of downtown Naperville that they spent a lot of time. Not only do they both live and work in Naperville, but they love to walk around, dine at the local restaurants and get lost in books at Anderson’s Bookshop.

Kate and Carl just radiate with love. I have never seen two people look at each other with such adoring eyes.

Kate and Carl LOVE to read. So when we walked past their favorite bookstore, I knew we had to sneak in for some photos of them. They headed right to the humor section and were laughing the whole time they looked at books.

I cannot wait to photograph their wedding next September at the Naper Settlement. I know their day will be filled with lots of love and laughter.

To see more from Kate + Carl’s Naperville engagement session, view their slideshow below.

chicago engagement :: marisa + ryan

I love photographing engagements, but I love them even more when the people I am photographing are friends. Ryan and I have been friends for over 22 years! So when he popped the question to Marisa, I was right by his side documenting the special moment for them.

And I couldn’t have been happier (and a tiny bit nervous!) when they asked me to create their engagement photos. Ryan and Marisa are the most generous, kind and loving couple I know, so I wanted them to have a great engagement session.

Ryan & Marisa – It has been so much fun to be such a big part of your engagement! I had so much fun spending time with just you two. I hope you love the photos! xo.

Marisa came down to the city full of ideas and adorable etsy props. We spent a gorgeous October afternoon around River North putting them to use.

Marisa – You are so stunning….I adore this photo! :)Marisa thought of everything for their engagement session including a cute little picnic in the park with vino and these super adorable wine glasses.

Ryan – You truly are the happiest I have ever seen you with Marisa. I’m so happy you found the girl for you!

To see even more photos of these two love birds, watch their slideshow below ::

marriott oak brook hills wedding :: allison + nick

This summer Nick proposed to Allison on a beach in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Allison knew she wanted to marry him as soon as possible, so the couple quickly got to wedding planning and pulled together a gorgeous fall wedding in less than 3 months! I think that has to be some type of record.

Their wedding day began on a crisp fall day at the Marriott Oak Brook Hills where Nick and Allison pledged their love and lives to one another. Afterwards, friends and family celebrated by dancing, dancing and dancing. Nick and Allison’s guests were on the dance floor all through dinner late into the evening and were such a fun bunch!

Allison and Nick – I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with such an amazing couple. Thank you for allowing me into your lives on your first day as husband and wife! I wish you many years of love, joy and happiness ahead.

To see more from Allison + Nick’s wedding, please watch their slideshow below.

elk grove belvedere wedding :: despina + vito

If I could only have one word to describe Despina + Vito’s wedding, it would be fabulous. Yes. FABULOUS! Everything about their big day was beyond fabulous. From Despina’s gorgeous Demetrios dress to her glamourous bling bouquet to the dapper tuxes and bow ties, Despina + Vito’s wedding day was a truly elegant, modern affair.

Dee + Vito – Thank you so much for having me document everything about your day. It was such an honor to be there to see the joy, love and tears. I wish you and your family nothing short of happiness and tons of love in the years to follow.

I met Despina when I was 6-years-old at Wesley Elementary School together. She is and always has been kind-hearted, easy going and beyond sweet. Yet beneath all of that is a very strong, brave lady.Special thanks to Jill Tiongco for the next two photos below (and all the groom prep photos in the slideshow). You know you are good at your job when you can get 19 groomsmen to listen to you!It my short time with Despina + Vito, I could feel the love that these two share. It radiates from their eyes when they sneak little glances at each other. And when an outsider can see that, you know there that something special between the couple.Despina …. you are so gorgeous. Inside and out.

In lieu of favors, Despina and Vito made a donation in honor of Despina’s cousin, Louie, who recently passed away.I’ll leave you with one more that is just too sweet for words……

Want to see even more? Watch Despina + Vito’s wedding slideshow or simply watch it below:

Creative Team Love:

Wedding Venue + Catering: The Belvedere Banquets In Elk Grove, Illinois
Ceremony: Village Church of Bartlett
Floral Design: Cathy of Deptula in Schamburg
DJ: Geno Del Boccio
Wedding Videographer: Leap Weddings 
Wedding Cake: Sugar Hills Bakery
Uplighting: Simply Sound 
Centerpieces: Town & Country Gardens 
Wedding Dress: Demetrios 
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstrom
Bride’s Hair: Tina Wurtz from Rocco & Rocco in Downers Grove
Makeup: Renee Beaton Samee Cosmetics
Tuxedo Rentals: Gentleman’s Quarters

geneva country club wedding :: jenny + nate

When I first met Jenny and Nate, I instantly knew they were the sweetest  people. ever. And that is exactly what their friends and family would also say about both of them. These two are such a perfect match for each other, and you could not help but notice how their love for each other radiated throughout their wedding day.

After pledging their love to each other in front of friends, family and God, they celebrated their marriage at Eaglebrook Country Club. The weather was just perfect complete with bright blue skies and fluffy clouds which made for gorgeous photos on the golf course.

Jenny + Nate – Thank you for trusting me to capture all of the little moments during your big day. It was such an honor. I hope that the love I saw grows even stronger over your years together. Congratulations again!

 To see more photos from Jenny + Nate’s wedding, please watch the slideshow by clicking the link or view it below. Special thanks to Jill Tiongco, my fabulous second shooter who captured all the groom’s prep photos in this slideshow.

Vendor Love:

Second Photographer: Jill Tiongco (THANK YOU!)

Ceremony: First Baptist Church of Geneva

Reception: Eaglebrook Country Club

Videographer:  Daniel Sather 

Florist: St. Charles Florist

Cake: The Cakery

DJ:  Jordan Chapman

Dress:  Here Comes the Bride 

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

 

chicago engagement :: julie + george

It all started in summer nine years ago. Long days, warm nights, and the local pool. During a summer of working together at the pool, Julie developed a bit of a crush on George. He had an inkling that she had her eye on him, however the two remained co-workers. What brought these two together? An evening staff party. With a little liquid courage, Julie went up to George and blurted out “You’re the hottest guy ever.”

The two quickly started dating, however the distance of Julie being at school in Iowa and George being in Chicago made the relationship challenging. The two parted ways, but over the years continued to see each other at different gatherings with mutural friends.

George claims that Julie “broke him down” and the two decided to give their relationship another try years later when they were both in the same state. George knew he wanted to spend the years ahead with Julie at his side, so on NYE 2012, he popped the question….and she couldn’t say no to the the hottest guy ever.

Congrats to you both! I hope that the days, months, years ahead are full of only love and happiness.

To see more of Julie + George’s engagement session, watch the slideshow below or click on the link.

urban chicago engagement :: sandra + chris

She had a very specific vision in mind. She knew what she wanted, and she was going to get it. When I first talked to Sandy about engagement photos, I felt well…a little nervous. You see, Sandy is a family friend of many, many years…and I wanted to make the most. amazing. photos. ever. for her. I wanted her to be as happy with her photos as she is with Chris.

Sandy met Chris by chance. She was at dinner with her dad on a random Sunday night when Chris and his guy friends walked into the restaurant for drinks. Sandy found out that both her and Chris had a mutual friend in common, so the whole crew headed out for drinks at another location that same evening. The two clicked right away….and two nights later they went on their first date. It might not have been love at first site, but rather love at their first date.

I know these two will look at each other the same way in 60 years as they did during our engagement session. Congrats to you both….I loved shooting these photos for you guys!


To see more photos from Sandy + Chris’ Chicago engagement session, click the link or watch it below.

punta cana wedding :: carolyn + ivan

Carolyn and Ivan are a laid-back and go-with-the-flow couple. So it only seemed natural for the two to wed in the relaxed (yet stunning) backdrop of Punta Cana in front of their closest friends and family.

The wedding overlooked the crystal clear, Caribbean water and love radiated throughout the salty air. The day was perfect for two people who deserved nothing less than perfection.

When we first met, Ivan and Carolyn told me they had very few photos of the two of them. So it was my goal to take as many photos of this gorgeous couple as possible. Ivan and Carolyn, thank you for allowing me to be your “paparazzi” for the day and for trusting me to capture the beauty in the location, yourselves and your love.

To see more photos from Carolyn + Ivan’s perfect destination wedding watch the slideshow here or below:

beth + dirk :: bloomingdale wedding

This past Saturday my younger cousin, Beth, married her best friend Dirk. Beth is sweet, caring and is known as the talker in the relationship. She wears her emotions on her sleeve and it absolutely came through on her special day. Dirk compliments Beth tending to be more quiet. The two met at Western Illinois University and were so excited to finally be husband and wife.

In a summer full of 90 degree temps, we were fortunate enough for clear skies and temps in the 80’s. It was such an honor to be selected to capture their very special day. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

To see more from Beth + Dirk’s wedding, watch their wedding slideshow below.

the final rose :: a proposal

He had it planned for months. The day that would change his life forever. Every detail was thought of down to having tissues for her when she arrived to accept his final rose.

Ryan and Marisa met three and half years ago, and on Monday night my best guy friend since I was 4, got down on one knee making him one of the happiest (and luckiest guys). His proposal mirrored the famous Bachelor … Marisa’s guilty pleasure on Monday evenings. But this Monday night, the show was all about her. After being picked up in a limo, she was off to meet Ryan where the romantic proposal happened.

It was such an honor and amazing experience to be there for such a special moment in Ryan and Marisa’s relationship. I know that these two have a lifetime of love and happiness ahead of them. Thank you for sharing this with me….the tears welled up in my eyes as I was capturing these moments….. :)

To see more of this special moment watch the proposal slideshow or check it out below.

baby eddie

Eddie is the latest addition to Denise and Eddy’s family, and I was honored to capture him at one month. His parents love the outdoors, so we opted to have his session at Independence Grove Beach in Libertyville.

He was such a little trooper bearing the warm temperature, rap music from a nearby picnic and his perfect little owl hat. I had a blast shooting this new family, and I’m beyond excited to share some of my favorites from his session.

To see more of this little nugget, watch below or click here to view Eddie’s 1-month slideshow.

boudoir :: miss j

I absolutely love when my clients take an active role in brainstorming ideas for their shoot. Miss J was all over this. When we met for her session, her and her boyfriend had thought up a bunch of amazing ideas for our session. And let me tell you, she was beyond stunning.

Here are some of the saucy photos from her session.

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Dying to see more? View her boudoir slideshow here.

boudoir :: miss m

One of my most anticipated moments is seeing what my clients bring in for their boudoir session. For me, it like is shopping without the bill (and who doesn’t like that?!). So when Miss M showed up for her session, I was beyond excited. She covered all the bases from casual to girly to super sexy!

I’m so excited to share with you some of my favorites from her session.

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To see more of Miss. M, watch her gorgeous slideshow here.

boudoir :: sexy + sassy miss s

I have been obsessing and dying to start shooting some sexy and sassy boudoir shoots in between all of the weddings this year, so when Sandra was interested in a session…. I jumped at the chance.

We spent the afternoon picking out a flirty wardrobe and creating beyond gorgeous photos. Sandra is absolutely stunning, and she really made my job easy. Here are some of my favorite photos (and let me tell you…it took me forever to edit it down to these….)

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What to see more? I know you do! :) Check out the rest of Sandra’s boudoir session by watching the sexy video here.

 

Chicago Engagement :: Jennifer + Aaron

The universe brought these two to Chicago. After graduation, Jennifer moved from her hometown of St. Louis to Chicago. She got settled, developed great friendships and enjoyed her single time in the big city. A short time after Jen arrived, Aaron completed law school and also started his life in Chicago. However the two had yet to meet.

Both were living their lives in Chicago until one night their paths crossed. Jennifer went out to a local Wicker Park bar, Boundary, expecting nothing more than a fun evening with friends, but was delighted to meet her future husband. After chatting at the bar, a relationship flourished and the rest is history.

Jen is outgoing, full of life and has a go-with-the-flow type personality. Aaron is a little more quiet, letting Jen take center stage, but has a sense of humor that leaves a group laughing.

It was clear after spending the afternoon with them wandering around Chicago that they are crazy about each other.

The two are planning a destination wedding in Naples, Florida, but they wanted to take engagement photos in the city that brought them together. So we met at the Kinzie Street Bridge, exactly where Aaron proposed in February, to capture their love.



To see more of their Chicago engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or simply watch it here….

Baby Peyton :: 3 months

When I learned that baby Peyton was on the way, I knew he was going to be my perfect baby model. Peyton is my cousin Jenni’s first son, so I am beyond excited to have this little guy in my life and even more excited to document him growing along the way for two amazing parents.

At his first big photo shoot at 3 months, he was exactly what I expected. Perfect!

During the 3 hours of shooting, he was completely fascinated with the camera, almost always looking straight into it. And the camera loves his huge blue eyes. Peyton is starting to smile more and more, so we had fun catching him giving little smirks at mom and dad.

This little nugget wants to be a part of the action at all time. He refused to fall asleep for his nap because he didn’t want to miss out on what was going on. But eventually he gave in and let me sneak some photos of him while he slept.

It was hard to pick my favorites from this session (because he is so adorable!), but here they are.

To see more of baby Peyton, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or simply watch it here…

 

Chicago Engagement :: Theresa + Anthony

Two months before Anthony boarded a plane for the Peace Corps, he met Theresa. Timing could not have been worse for the two as Anthony was just weeks away from spending two years teaching English in Cambodia.

A mutual friend set them up. Somewhat of a blind date you might say. The two both went to Rolling Meadows High School together, but they never met until their first date at Looptopia Festival in Chicago.

Anthony is a go-with-the flow type of guy. Theresa is a planner and organizer – obsessed with the details. They knew they would end up together after only a few months of dating.

But before they could start the rest of their lives, Anthony headed off to Cambodia.

Skype. E-mails. Letters. They endured the long distance the best they could. Theresa even made the 18-hour flight to visit Anthony. Yet after 18 months, Anthony jetted off to be with his girl – for good.

There is something special about the love these two share. It radiates from their eyes when they look at each other. They will marry this June at Our Lady of Wayside in Arlington Heights. I had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon with the two, capturing their love in all of their favorite places. Here are some of my favorites!


Stop being so stinkin’ cute, you two!

For their first date, the pair met at Ogilvie Train Station before heading to Looptopia Festival. Anthony wasn’t sure what Theresa looked like, but when he saw her he hoped (and prayed!) that she was the girl he was spending the day with!


Theresa, you are stunning! Really.

Theresa and Anthony are the sweetest, most loving couple I have met. I know their wedding will reflect this amazing love they share!

To see more of Theresa and Anthony’s engagement pictures, feel free to CLICK HERE.

Downtown St. Charles Engagement :: Karen + David

They both knew of each other, but they didn’t know each other…yet. David and Karen hung out in the same circle of friends, but it wasn’t until Karen was persuaded into celebrating a friend’s birthday in Chicago over four years ago that she really talked to David. However, Karen still had a month left of school to finish at Northern Illinois, so the distance did not allow the two to get into a relationship right away. It wasn’t until the week before Karen’s college graduation, when David visited her at school with two of their mutual friends that the sparks went off between them. It was official. Karen and David started dating.

Karen is bubbly, care-free and at times, a complete goofball. David is patient, loyal and somewhat of a romantic. They compliment each other perfectly. The yin to the other’s yang. Over the years, the two traveled have to Riviera Maya, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, and Breckenridge together. Snowboarding. Hiking. Biking. Exploring. Always by the other’s side.

They still act like teenagers in love for the first time. Catching glances of each other across the room. Sneaking little kisses when no one is looking. Holding hands down the street. Their love is contagious.

Karen and David will marry at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in River Forest in October. We met in downtown St. Charles for their engagement sessions, and I couldn’t have had more fun with this adorable, fun-loving couple. Here are a few of my favorites……


To see more of Karen and David’s engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or view it here…