WHAT to WEAR // engagement shoot

You guys, I feel terrible. I was posting this series every week … and then bam. Craziness began, and I sort of forgot about my favorite series on the blog like a favorite sweater that gets buried in the back of your closet. So it is back, and I promise to keep the inspiration coming again.

This engagement session look is perfect for an urban backdrop. The girl’s look is edgy and sophisticated and right on trend while the guy’s look is hip and cool with grey denim and black sneakers. I love this look and may try to sneak my boyfriend into something like this for date night. :)


If you love this look and want to purchase what is featured, click here. Or just use the color palette as inspiration to come up with your own look for your photo shoot.

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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!

North Ave Beach Engagement - Brittany Bekas Photography

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.

Lasalle Street Bridge Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyLasalle Street Bridge Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyLasalle Street Bridge Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas PhotographyUm…. how adorable are they?! Really… Lasalle Street Bridge Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas Photography

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.

Christmas Holiday Chicago Engagement - Brittany Bekas Photography

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


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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 ::

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