LINCOLN PARK CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS : rita + brian

Rita wasn’t sure she could go on a date with Brian. She thought he was cute and they had mutual friends in common, but she still was hesitant about the whole thing. With a little nudge from her friend, she obliged and agreed to meet him at Hub 51.They were two strangers, but that night forever changed the direction of their lives. 

Brian’s midwestern mindset and good looks grabbed Rita’s attention right away, and the two spent hours deep in conservation. They quickly realized they both have an obsession with Newfoundlands (and large dogs in general). They felt as if fate intertwined into their lives and soon Brian could do nothing but place a ring on Rita’s finger.

Rita and Brian will marry next May at Gallery 1028, but first I met them in Lincoln Park for engagement photos.

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While it was my first time meeting Rita and Brian, it instantly felt like we were old friends. These two are easy going and so much fun to be around. And then there is Roo. ….. she is one sweet pup who I instantly adored.

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The sun was golden and dreamy. This is exactly why I shoot right before sunset …. so we can capture moments and light like this!

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A little family love. The shot after this is literally Roo trying to give them both kisses. I mean … c’mon. How can one NOT love that?

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Brian adores Rita … especially because she is very caring and goofy.

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Oooh, Roo .. you stole a little piece of my heart. Isn’t she just perfect?!?!

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After a quick outfit change, we wandered throughout Lincoln Park to capture some more photos with the beautiful Chicago architecture.

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Rita fell in love with Brian’s sense of humor and the fact that he’s just a good, “very normal”, midwestern dude.

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I am beyond excited to document this love again in May!

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LINCOLN PARK ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // sara + andrew

Sara was in town from college when her friend invited her and a few other friends over for sushi and sake. It was a small group of people …. only four to be exact …. one of whom was Andrew. Sara met Andrew and politely chatted with him throughout the night, however what stood out about him in her mind was his long, wild hair.

Months later, Sara spotted a handsome guy while out with her friends. She introduced herself, only to find out they had met before …. it was Andrew. He had cut his hair and finally caught Sara’s eye.

Slowly they began to talk and spend more time together … which months later evolved into a relationship. She adored his easy-going personality, and Andrew loved Sara’s energetic and goofy side. In each other, they found someone who compliments them perfectly.

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I met Sara and Andrew in Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is where the couple currently lives and it is also the spot where Andrew proposed … making it extra special for their engagement photos.

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The summer afternoon was beautiful and called for some dancing amongst the beauty of Lincoln Park.

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Sara and Andrew were laughing throughout the entire session, and I just loved capturing them so happy.

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Andrew is a charming guy who is genuine and has great socks!

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Sara doesn’t take anything too seriously. She exudes silliness and fun which only brings joy to those around her.

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Sometimes a little bit of sunshine makes all the difference …

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Together, Sara and Andrew love to golf, watch Walking Dead, and eat at Macku (which is also where they had their first date).

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Sara and Andrew will marry next June in Arlington Heights … so it was lovely to document their love where it all began in Chicago.

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OSTERIA VIA STATO CHICAGO WEDDING // allison + john

It was a day overwhelming with love and support and entwined with elements of those they love most. Allison wore his mother’s veil. John wore a boutonniere of calla lilies like his mother’s bouquet and stephanotis like his father and grandfather’s boutonniere’s. And tucked inside Allison’s bouquet were pins from both of their late grandmother’s. Allison and John’s wedding day wasn’t merely about their love, but also their love for their friends and family around them.

As they slipped their hands into one another’s, they acknowledged that these hands will be the hands that will work together to build their future, comfort each other in times of illness and celebrate the joy and happiness of life together. The gravity of their love echoed throughout the Italian restaurant as mazel tov was cheered and the celebration continued.

Allison and John – Both your families are rare gems, and they sparkled with love and joy. Everyone made us feel like treasured guests, and I am are forever grateful that I could play a small role in your wedding day. You are the type of people who make the world better, and I am so blessed to have witnessed your love. I wish you nothing but the best! With love and gratitude – Brittany

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The morning started off at a beautiful suite at the Intercontinental Chicago.

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Allison’s Jimmy Choo heels were the first item she purchased for the wedding when her and John visited Paris. John also snagged his amazing wedding day socks there.

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Allison surprised John’s mom when she walked down with the same veil she wore on her wedding day. His mom cried a few happy tears and hugged her soon-to-be daughter-in-law. It was so sweet!

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Allison’s sisters helped her get dressed and made she everything was perfect.

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Her dad was delighted when he saw his daughter for the first time.

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Nicole spent the afternoon with John as he got ready to see Allison for the first time.

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As Allison walked down the stairs of her suite to see John, he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

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The bride and groom opted to spend time just the two of them around Chicago before their ceremony, and I was delighted we could explore the city together.

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Allison and John were worried about the weather, but the universe was on our side because we managed to get through all of their photos outside just MOMENTS before the rain hit Chicago.

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John is a quiet man of very few words. He lets Allison shine, but on his wedding day, I had to grab a few of him being the star.

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We spent the afternoon at some of my favorite spots in the city including the insanely beautiful Lurie Gardens.

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A favorite!!!

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Allison and John’s wedding day flowers were very deliberately selected. John’s calla lily and stephanotis were chosen because they are the same flowers his parent’s had on their wedding day. Allison’s bouquet contained pins and a handkerchief from both of their late grandmothers.

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This makes my heart melt …

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The couple wed at Osteria Via Stato …. an adorable Italian restaurant in River North … surrounded by their closest friends and family.

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Allison’s brother officiated their beautiful ceremony which added a special touch.

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Officially husband and wife!!!

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John’s aunt designed all of the beautiful centerpieces and transformed the room.

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The bride and groom spent the evening in each other’s arms ….

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toasting and celebrating with those they love the most,

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and dancing late into the evening.

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As the night got going, the couple shared on epic Hora.

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And everyone showed off their best dance moves.

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Allison and John snuck out for a few moments before the night ended to soak up the beauty and joy of their wedding day ….. and so we ended with this.

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A huge thank you to all of the team members who created the perfect day for Allison + John.

VENUE : osteria via stato

FLORAL : gina berndt

BRIDE’S DRESS : sara seven 

BRIDE’S HAIR + MAKEUP : total image bridal (christa ponzio)

EARRINGS + HAIR PINS : left bank bridal

DJ : DJUj

INVITATIONS : minted

VIDEOGRAPHER : fulcrum media (joshua havens)

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : nicole morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : brittany bekas 

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