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?!?!

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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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….

North Ave Beach Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyIt felt 20 degrees warmer at the Lasalle Street Bridge after the beach which made everyone very happy.

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Union Station Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyMike used to take the train into Union Station from Wisconsin when they first started dating, so we headed over to Union Station to capture this part of their relationship.

Union Station Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyLasalle Street Bridge Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyWe wrapped up our session on Michigan Avenue with all the gorgeous holiday lights …. and I think this photo captured it perfectly.

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To see more of Eileen + Mike’s Chicago engagement session, watch their slideshow below.

 

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CHICAGO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY // RACHEL + STEVE

Last Sunday, I met Rachel and Steve at their home in Chicago for some maternity pictures. Just from spending a short amount of time with these two, I could see how excited they are for their first baby. Rachel’s eyes light up every time she talks about being a mom, and her excitement was contagious.

After making guesses as to what sex their little bundle of joy is (I think boy!), we headed to a nearby park to brave the cool (ok, very, very cold) November temperatures.
Rachel + Steve – Congratulations again. You are going to be amazing parents! Thank you for rearranging your whole house for your pregnancy photographs and for being troopers in the cold. :)

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