Winter Wrigley Building Engagement Session | Charlie & Michelle

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I met Charlie and Michelle for their engagement session at the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago only to find three things: 1) Their outfits perfectly matched the Christmas decorations on the building (without planning this, I might add), 2. We picked probably the busiest spot in Chicago for that particular day and 3) They were an absolute joy to work with and had so much fun with it!

The Wrigley Building is one of my favorite locations to photograph at in Chicago because of its clean, neutral architecture and the city vibe it provides. It’s a very Chicago-y location because Michigan Avenue is one of Chicago’s most well-known streets, plus a lot of Chicago’s major skyscrapers are all visible from there.

The annual tree lighting parade just so happened to be happening later that night near where we were photographing at, but that didn’t stop Michelle and Charlie. They were just as excited for their session as I was!

When Michelle showed up with her perfectly festive green skirt, I knew we HAD to utilize the Wrigley Building’s Christmas garlands and red bow ties. And that skirt? My oh my, it was perfect for twirling and swishing because it was so flowy! Charlie looked so well put together in his suit and dress coat. These two definitely knew how to dress to impress.

Despite the giant puddles from the snow melting and then turning into rain earlier that day, Michelle and Charlie weren’t phased by it at all! They twirled in the puddles without any worry.

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Talk about a couple who makes even Chicago’s gloomiest days look beautiful.

The best part was how joyful and happy the two of them were during our time together! Charlie constantly had Michelle giggling and the way that Charlie look at his bride-to-be? Geez!

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Outfit number two was festive too. I think these two have their Christmas cards covered.

After our session, they headed out to dinner since they were already dolled up, something I like to encourage all of my couples to do. You’re already glammed up, why not make the most of it, right?

I am so excited to photograph their wedding next summer at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue and the Warwick Allerton. These two are definitely down for some more adventuring through Chicago for some gorgeous photos, I can already tell. ;)

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Danny and Ericka's Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge Engagement Session

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It was an absolute joy photographing Ericka and Danny for our summery engagement session in downtown Minneapolis! We ventured to the Stone Arch Bride and Father Hennepin Bluff Park for their session and the night couldn't have been more perfect! After two straight days of rain, the drizzling finally stopped just in time for our fun downtown.

We started the evening out by heading to Father Hennepin Bluff Park for a few photos on the bridge. For two people who said they were slightly camera shy, these two didn't act like it! Danny was constantly making Ericka giggle and laugh. Their witty personalities were fun to photograph because they love to joke around and mess with each other.

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They brought along their hockey jerseys for some photos on the Minneapolis landmark. These two were pretty ambitious wearing University of North Dakota Sioux hockey uniforms in University of Minnesota Gopher territory, but they have team pride! The Stone Arch Bridge and the Minneapolis skylinewere the cherry on top.

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The two of them enjoy basically anything that involves hockey and beer. Some of their favorite things are watching movies together, exploring the outdoors and going out to eat. They made dinner plans to Olive Garden after our engagement session since they were dressed up so nicely! I was a bit jealous…

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Ericka has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl so she loves every piece of the wedding planning process. Picking out her dress was a really special day. Danny played a very important role in the planning process because he got to pick out the venue all on his own.

I can’t wait for their wedding next June at the Eagan Community Center in Eagan, Minnesota!


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Kevin and Sarah's Milton Lee Olive Park Engagement Session

Sarah and Kevin were one of the very first couples I booked that I didn’t personally know and I am so grateful that they landed upon my Instagram and website! Their wedding is in October of 2019, but let me tell ya, the year is already going by FAST. Their wedding will be here before they (or I) know it!

During my initial phone conversation with Sarah, I felt a connection to her because she talked about their wedding day and there were pieces of it that I could relate to my own. She’s a cat person AND a dog person, and they are even having their dog be apart of their wedding day!

It was a must for Sarah and Kevin to have their engagement session somewhere with city views, so we opted for the beautiful Milton Lee Olive Park. I’ve always wanted to photograph here so I was pumped I finally got the opportunity to take in the amazing skyline views at this lake-side park.

We met at a restaurant at Navy Pier for drinks before the session, then walked over to the park. Of course we picked one of the nicest days of the week to have the session so both Navy Pier and Milton Lee Olive Park were packed...go figures! But it ended up being TONS of fun working with these two and I’m so glad we stuck with our original plans!

Cheers to Sarah and Kevin and the autumn of 2019 can’t come soon enough!

Sarah and Kevin - Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of your love story. I cannot wait for your wedding next year!!

xoxo,

Ash

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Megan & Rob's Oak Street Beach Engagement Session

Megan & Rob's Oak Street Beach Engagement Session

 

I was thrilled when Megan reached out to me wanting to do her engagement session at Oak Street Beach in Chicago! Sometimes I forget that we have such beautiful beaches here in the city because it's so easy to just think of Chicago as skylines, pigeons and public transportation.