CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT // amy + sam

Nestled on a couch inside Wormhole Coffee in Wicker Park, Sam sat anxiously waiting for Amy, a girl who had sparked his interest many months ago yet the timing wasn’t quite right for them to date. When she walked in, he instantly noticed her big, beautiful eyes and was smitten with her smile. Over a cup of coffee, the two connected over their love of Chicago, and minutes of casual conversation turned into hours of deep connection.

Months later, among moving boxes, Sam asked Amy to unpack just one box before heading to bed. Inside was an engraved jewelry box with her favorite quote “love is the one safe home we all dream about,” a beautiful diamond ring, and the promise of a lifetime together.

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We started their engagement session at Wormhole Coffee in Wicker Park which is where their first date was. It is one of their favorite places in Chicago, and I totally understand why.

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Amy and Sam adore Wicker Park, so we strolled along Milwaukee and documented their love.

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Just stunning ….

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They were complete naturals in front of the camera … I mean … look!

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Amy fell for Sam’s warm heart and his kind spirit. He is the perfect match to her bubbly personality.

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Just as the twinkle of the city lights was starting to sparkle, we soaked up the last bit of light for photos around the Chicago River Walk.

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It was a beautiful Chicago evening and it only highlighted Amy and Sam’s love.

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The couple will marry in March in Lake Geneva, and I am so excited to document their first day as husband and wife.

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CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION WEDDING // candy + brian

Over looking Millennium Park, Candy and Brian wed at the Chicago Athletic Association surrounded by their friends and family. They promised to make each other better, to love each other unconditionally and to always take bike rides together. Hand-in-hand, they reaffirmed what those surrounding them already knew – that their relationship is beautiful and that they found the love of their lives in each other.

Glasses were toasted, hugs were shared, and one epic hora was enjoyed in honor of their love. They danced the evening away as husband and wife as fireworks sparkled in the Chicago night sky.

Candy + Brian – I can’t begin to express my appreciation for documenting your first day as husband and wife. You are both rare gems, and I feel incredibly lucky to have played a small part in a truly amazing day! I hope the tapas, sangria and beauty of Barcelona was just the icing on the cake and the start of a lifetime of love, happiness and new adventures. Much love and gratitude – Brittany

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The afternoon started in a beautiful suite at the Chicago Athletic Association. These beautiful Jimmy Choo shoes were the start of Candy’s wedding day design, and I can see why.

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Candy wore her grandmother’s diamond necklace which only added to her beauty.

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Candy’s sisters ensured she looked flawless in her custom made wedding gown.

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Brian patiently waited for his bride to arrive at the Art Institute Gardens for their first look.

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And with one look at her, he knew the day was going to be perfect.

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The gardens at the Art Institute only highlighted the beauty of Brian and Candy’s love.

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Candy looked simply stunning …

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Brian and Candy wanted their wedding to have a twist. Guests were invited to join them for cocktail hour before the ceremony, and then were invited to settle into their table for the ceremony.

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Candy’s parents glowed with excitement as they walked her down the aisle.

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The couple wrote their own personalized vows which were eloquent, loving, and beautiful.

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The moment just before their first kiss as husband and wife!

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Because guests were already seated at their dinner table, following the ceremony … the reception began.

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Their parents shared fond memories and their love for Brian and Candy.

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Brian and Candy were so thankful that their friends and family shared in their wedding day.

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The first dance …

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The city of Chicago glowed as nighttime arrived to get the party started.

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The day wouldn’t be complete without one epic hora.

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Friends and family celebrated on the dance floor …

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Complete with glow sticks!

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Candy and Brian spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away, surrounded by the love from friends and family…

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

VENUE : Chicago Athletic Association

FLORAL : Anna Held Florist

WEDDING COORDINATOR : Christine Janda Design + Events

BRIDE’S DRESS : custom made

BRIDE’S HAIR : Studio 110

BRIDE’S JEWELRY : Vintage, bride’s grandmother’s

DJ : Toast and Jam

MUSICANS : Robyn Vitson

ESCORT CARDS : Gloria Northcutt Calligraphy

CAKE : Chicago Athletic Association

INVITATIONS : All She Wrote

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT : Nicole Morisco

PHOTOGRAPHY : Brittany Bekas 

NORTHWESTERN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS // molly + grant

The campus buzzed with the excitement of the start of the year. It was the first week of school, and freshman were eager to blend into life at Northwestern University. As Molly settled into her seat at Harris Hall, she started chatting with a few people around her, one of whom was Grant. They became fast friends in a completely platonic way – even heading to the bookstore together on that first day of class.

Months later, Grant invited Molly to a party with a group of friends. That evening changed the trajectory of their relationship when Grant realized that both he and Molly had a crush on one another. He asked her out the following day. Their first date turned into a first kiss, which turned into years of growing together and the promise of forever.

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I met Molly and Grant at Northwestern where their relationship began. I like to call this location the secret garden because we had it all to ourselves (and it was insanely beautiful!)

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The summer sun had all the pretty flowers in bloom.

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Can we talk about how stylish these two are? When I saw them, I was giddy! And I need Molly’s whole look in my closet …..

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Love!

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Northwestern’s campus is beyond gorgeous … and it made for some beautiful photos as we wandered around.

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When I first met Molly and Grant months ago, we bonded over our love of travel. Together they have explored China and Nepal, and their bucket list is as long as mine.

 

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These two made my job VERY easy. They radiate with love and happiness.

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If I gave out awards to my clients, Molly and Grant would get the most prepared / organized award. Prior to our engagement shoot, Grant sent me a map of Northwestern with all the locations they wanted to stop at! Now as a type A planner, this had me thrilled. As a navigator … not so much … I may have gotten lost 2x during our shoot. ;)

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The view of Chicago from Northwestern is beyond gorgeous, don’t you think? I may have wanted to cuddle up on that bench and soak in the view just a bit longer.

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We had a perfect day! It was the perfect temperature, perfect light and two perfect people.

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Molly and Grant are getting married this September at Ravenswood Event Center, so until then, I will leave you with this photo because it is the precursor to how much fun their wedding will be!

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