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 :: Jennifer + Aaron

The universe brought these two to Chicago. After graduation, Jennifer moved from her hometown of St. Louis to Chicago. She got settled, developed great friendships and enjoyed her single time in the big city. A short time after Jen arrived, Aaron completed law school and also started his life in Chicago. However the two had yet to meet.

Both were living their lives in Chicago until one night their paths crossed. Jennifer went out to a local Wicker Park bar, Boundary, expecting nothing more than a fun evening with friends, but was delighted to meet her future husband. After chatting at the bar, a relationship flourished and the rest is history.

Jen is outgoing, full of life and has a go-with-the-flow type personality. Aaron is a little more quiet, letting Jen take center stage, but has a sense of humor that leaves a group laughing.

It was clear after spending the afternoon with them wandering around Chicago that they are crazy about each other.

The two are planning a destination wedding in Naples, Florida, but they wanted to take engagement photos in the city that brought them together. So we met at the Kinzie Street Bridge, exactly where Aaron proposed in February, to capture their love.

To see more of their Chicago engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or simply watch it here….