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.

Friday Fancie :: Start to Finish

I have a nail polish problem. It didn’t seem that bad until I started digging the polishes out from random places within my closet (like in a container of first aid stuff….I guess that could be needed in an emergency?!). And it was when I had them all lined up on the floor that I realized I’m addicted to nail polish. 58 bottles. Does that mean I should scratch my list of the six colors for spring. Ekkkk….

However, despite the plethora of colors to choose from, my favorite of them all is my OPI Start to Finish nail polish. A must have for any manicured or unmanicured nails.

This little guy is my Friday Fancie this week because:

1. Um…start to finish? Who needs/wants to dig around through their stash of bottles looking for the base coat and then a top coat. With this, you pull out one bottle, and it is out. No more smudging those pretty polished tips searching.

2. Two-in-one is pretty great, but this magic bottle is also a nail strengthener. One less thing you need to worry about.

This is a must for any nail polish collection…especially for my brides who are sporting their stunning sparkles.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a fab weekend.

 

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…