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Over the Moon Surprised Proposal – Bella + Anand

What could be sweeter than an Adler Planetarium surprise proposal? Today’s love story is about two people who grew up 2,000 miles apart. Bella grew up in Chicago and Anand in California. Despite the distance, they met and fell in love. Soon, Bella said goodbye to her friends and family and moved to southern California to be with the love …

Chicago North Shore Wedding at Viper Alley – Brit + Taylor

Brit and Taylor grew up in neighboring towns, went to the same high school and the same college. Somehow, they never met until years later. They were finally introduced to each other four years ago by a mutual friend after Taylor spotted Brit in her friend’s photo and, intrigued, asked about her. Before long, the two were happily dating. Brit proposed to …

Three-Generation Family Portrait in Chicago River North – D Family

Family portraits including the grandparents, and sometimes the great-grandparents, always make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This sweet, intergenerational family portrait session took place just about a week ago when we had a spike in our temperature.¬† Winter in Chicago can be brutal and bitterly cold at times, especially this winter with the temperatures in the past month …

Lincoln Park’s Hotel Lincoln & Salvatore’s Wedding Reception – Erika + Frank

Frank and Erika had a beautifully classic, Chicago wedding that took place in Lincoln Park, the most beautiful neighborhood in the city (though I may be biased since I live there). Both bride and groom got ready with their wedding party at the¬†Hotel Lincoln. Erika’s dress was a lovely, 1920’s style gown with detailed beading and a loose waist. I …

Intimate Gold Coast Wedding at Gilt Bar Reception – Aaron + Claire

Claire and Aaron’s intimate Chicago wedding took place at the Thompson Hotel in the Gold Coast, with a beautifully cozy dinner reception following in the library of Gilt Bar in River West. This was the couple’s second marriage, so they chose to go the short and sweet route. Claire’s son walked her down the aisle, where Aaron met her with a big smile and lots of laughter sprinkled the ceremony. Afterwards, the couple chose to forego any big portrait sessions, dancing, or speeches. Instead, friends and family gathered together and simply mingled in joyful celebration.