chicago engagement :: marisa + ryan

I love photographing engagements, but I love them even more when the people I am photographing are friends. Ryan and I have been friends for over 22 years! So when he popped the question to Marisa, I was right by his side documenting the special moment for them.

And I couldn’t have been happier (and a tiny bit nervous!) when they asked me to create their engagement photos. Ryan and Marisa are the most generous, kind and loving couple I know, so I wanted them to have a great engagement session.

Ryan & Marisa – It has been so much fun to be such a big part of your engagement! I had so much fun spending time with just you two. I hope you love the photos! xo.

Marisa came down to the city full of ideas and adorable etsy props. We spent a gorgeous October afternoon around River North putting them to use.

Marisa – You are so stunning….I adore this photo! :)Marisa thought of everything for their engagement session including a cute little picnic in the park with vino and these super adorable wine glasses.

Ryan – You truly are the happiest I have ever seen you with Marisa. I’m so happy you found the girl for you!

To see even more photos of these two love birds, watch their slideshow below ::

marriott oak brook hills wedding :: allison + nick

This summer Nick proposed to Allison on a beach in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Allison knew she wanted to marry him as soon as possible, so the couple quickly got to wedding planning and pulled together a gorgeous fall wedding in less than 3 months! I think that has to be some type of record.

Their wedding day began on a crisp fall day at the Marriott Oak Brook Hills where Nick and Allison pledged their love and lives to one another. Afterwards, friends and family celebrated by dancing, dancing and dancing. Nick and Allison’s guests were on the dance floor all through dinner late into the evening and were such a fun bunch!

Allison and Nick – I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with such an amazing couple. Thank you for allowing me into your lives on your first day as husband and wife! I wish you many years of love, joy and happiness ahead.

To see more from Allison + Nick’s wedding, please watch their slideshow below.

naperville riverwalk senior :: andrea

I spent Columbus day with gorgeous weather in downtown Naperville creating senior photos for Andrea. Andrea is laid-back, ambitious and kind. She is a bit of a musician. She has been playing the viola since 5th grade and mentioned that she will likely continue to play it in college next year while she studies business.

Downtown Naperville was the perfect location to document Andrea’s senior photos because she and her friends love to hang out there on the weekends. And with fall being Andrea’s favorite season, I knew we had a great location when we found a park covered in fall leaves.

Andrea – Thanks for having me capture your senior photos. Best of luck with your college applications and enjoy this year! It goes so fast so cherish every moment!