This fairytale of an evening at Montrose Harbor, Beach and Bird Sanctuary with Dane and Lindsey will go down as one of my favorite color palettes and styled engagement sessions EVER. Between Lake Michigan's perfect aqua blue, Lindsey's positively pink skirt, Dane's Italian tan and the summer green only found in the Midwest - this session was a home run before I even picked up my cameras. These two followed their own paths to Chicago (him by way of Ohio, her via Michigan) and as fate had it, met several years ago. Their relationship quickly deepened and strengthened, leading Dane to surprise Lindsey last winter with a sparkly stunner of a present under the Christmas tree- complete with THE question. For her, there was no question, and this bride- and groom-to-be started planning their wedding for next summer!
Since their getaway wedding plans include a destination, Lindsey and Dane wanted to celebrate Chicago and the love they both have for this beautiful city they both have come to call home. As someone else who moved to Chicago and fell in love with this city as an adult, I was thrilled. So without further words, check out this golden couple's gorgeous engagement photos, complete with beach, meadow, sunset over the city and perfectly romantic moonlit skyline photos. YAY!!
Full disclosure: I have a major style crush on this couple. From her smart emerald dress and classy black mules with gold details on the heels to his textured sport coat- Sam & Steven's engagement session was a foxtrot up and down Michigan Avenue. Starting at the Chicago Riverwalk, wandering up to the Wrigley Building plaza and running over to the John Hancock Building and Water Tower Place, we hit every highlight on the Magnificent Mile in our two hours together.
These two laughed through the chilly Chicago winter weather, shared with enthusiasm plans and details for their July 2018 wedding! Steven and Sam have smiles that rival the gorgeous holiday lights that infused these photographs, and Chicago's architecture provided unmatched backdrops of this city these two enjoy together. Congratulations, friends!
I'm a big believer in the power of photographs to not only serve as celebration of a time and season- but also a space! When Taylor & Dan requested that part of their engagement session take place in their gorgeous first home with their handsome boxer pup, Roscoe, my answer was YES!! These engagement photographs reflect the blend of cozy, warm atmosphere and clean, modern aesthetic that these two love to cultivate and share with their friends and family.
Thanks to Bianca Sansosti for blessing our foxy bride with her magical makeup fairy dust. This suite of engagement photos wouldn't be complete without details from The Mrs Box (Porter) and Bellame Ribbon (Porcelain). Styling by Amelia Cole Events!
Funny story: this is NOT Sarah & Jordan's first time in front of the True Grace camera! (SEE BELOW!) We first met at Beth & Mike's blowout Notre Dame wedding last summer, and then after Jordan popped the question, we met again in my office in Downers Grove to talk about their very own wedding coming up in May of 2018!
These two decided to have the majority of their engagement photographs created in Lincoln Park, where they'll be tying the knot in the spring. While the leaves this year this October haven't been as extraordinary, the weather certainly has been! We took advantage of the warmer weather here in Chicago and strolled through Lincoln Park and on to North Avenue beach to catch some of the lights as the sun slowly set on a beautifully cloudy day. (Ask me sometime how much I love clouds on a photoshoot!)
As I've reflected some on the wedding photographs I've created this year, the one style element that stands out is COLOR. I can't get enough of it. I used to avoid color, opting for more of a white, ivory, pastel color scheme whenever I could make it happen, but something happened in New Mexico (or Santa Barbara, Portland, Vegas or Jackson...) and my heart just digs vibrant color. That being said, when Sarah turned out in a gorgeous yellow floral skirt with makeup by Carly Pribich, I couldn't contain the joy. I think you'll agree with me- these engagement photos capture some of the external beauty created by shared love, deep and true.
Congrats, Jordan and Sarah!! We can't wait to celebrate you!
Maeve & Erik chose Lincoln Park for their engagement photographs to celebrate one of their favorite Chicago neighborhoods. As a photographer who loves golden hour sunset sessions as much as the next gal, I loved their idea to incorporate some of the lovely natural elements, classic Chicago architecture and gorgeous Lake Michigan.
We started our walk just west of the Lincoln Park Zoo and meandered through the parks, talking about their winter wedding plans and enjoying one of Chicago's most beautiful summer evenings. A quick outfit change later, we headed to North Avenue Beach to catch the skyline at sunset as the city lights mixed with the deepening twilight. A wind off the water provided a lovely movement complementing the texture and colors of the film in this engagement session. Be sure to catch a view of the Hancock building in many of the photographs as well as Maeve's stunning Art Deco-inspired custom engagement ring.
These fine art engagement photographs were shot on Kodak Portra 400 film processed by the super team at PhotoVision film lab in Salem, OR.
When Amy, Sean and I were developing the concept for their engagement session, the word "natural" was used often. This couple has an easygoing chemistry and warmth of friendship that can only come from knowing one another well for a good deal of time. Both Amy and Sean love the outdoors, so when they chose the Chicago Botanic Garden for their late summer, early fall engagement session, I wasn't surprised.
I love the opportunity to spend time with a couple at an engagement shoot before the wedding, especially when I've not met both partners. When Amy & I first met, Sean was on the road for work and she was careful to include him in the photography decision process. I enjoyed our meeting, and everything really clicked when I met these two together. Sean makes Amy laugh in a way that shows how much history and trust they share. I couldn't be more excited for their wedding next spring!