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?!?!

Chicago Destination Wedding Engagement Photos

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.

Chicago Destination Wedding Engagement Photos

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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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.