In October in the Great Lakes area, especially Chicago, weather can be unpredictable- with gorgeous sunshine and warm, dry weather followed immediately by a gusty rain-shower (sun-shower?).
I followed the lead of these two adventurers, whose good faith lucked out with an engagement session that began as a walk in the sunshine that turned into a rather romantic stroll in the rain. Both lovers of Chicago history, culture and architecture, this future bride and groom explored the University of Chicago's Gothic Revival buildings in Hyde Park as the sun set.
While I love an engagement session that flows naturally toward the sunset (golden hour, as we photographers call it), the portraits in the second half of this session in the rain might be my favorite. I've found time and time again that couples who embrace unanticipated weather and roll with what light we're given on the day come away with truly stunning, genuine photos that capture their spirit. Matt & Meghan, I'm grateful for your leap of faith into dancing in the rain!
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!
Some things are meant to be, some things just happen, and more often than not, things that are meant to be just happen. These two are no exception. James is from Ireland; Tavia is from Chicago. A work opportunity brought James to Chicago, and he decided to stay after meeting Tavia.
These two are the kind of fun, easygoing people that everyone wants to hang out with, so it's no surprise that they want to hang out with one another for life. Tav said YES when James proposed on a ski trip at Breckenridge over the New Year holiday.
When we scheduled their engagement photography session in Chicago this spring, James and Tav shared that they are planning a destination wedding for May next year-- in Ireland! Because of this, celebrating Chicago in their engagement photographs became a priority.
We started with craft cocktails at the terrace at Drumbar on the roof of the Rafaello Hotel in the magnificent mile. From there, we walked down Michigan Avenue to Water Tower Place and took a stroll down the Chicago Riverwalk, a favorite for wedding and engagement photographs in the spring! Congratulations, you two!
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!