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.


Chicago Engagement :: Theresa + Anthony

Two months before Anthony boarded a plane for the Peace Corps, he met Theresa. Timing could not have been worse for the two as Anthony was just weeks away from spending two years teaching English in Cambodia.

A mutual friend set them up. Somewhat of a blind date you might say. The two both went to Rolling Meadows High School together, but they never met until their first date at Looptopia Festival in Chicago.

Anthony is a go-with-the flow type of guy. Theresa is a planner and organizer – obsessed with the details. They knew they would end up together after only a few months of dating.

But before they could start the rest of their lives, Anthony headed off to Cambodia.

Skype. E-mails. Letters. They endured the long distance the best they could. Theresa even made the 18-hour flight to visit Anthony. Yet after 18 months, Anthony jetted off to be with his girl – for good.

There is something special about the love these two share. It radiates from their eyes when they look at each other. They will marry this June at Our Lady of Wayside in Arlington Heights. I had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon with the two, capturing their love in all of their favorite places. Here are some of my favorites!

Stop being so stinkin’ cute, you two!

For their first date, the pair met at Ogilvie Train Station before heading to Looptopia Festival. Anthony wasn’t sure what Theresa looked like, but when he saw her he hoped (and prayed!) that she was the girl he was spending the day with!

Theresa, you are stunning! Really.

Theresa and Anthony are the sweetest, most loving couple I have met. I know their wedding will reflect this amazing love they share!

To see more of Theresa and Anthony’s engagement pictures, feel free to CLICK HERE.