I confess: I’m a big city girl living in Midwestern suburbia. I adore big cities. The energy, the architecture, the variety of places to go and things to see- it all gets my heart racing and puts a big smile on my face. I spent my first year of college in Manhattan and my favorite travel destinations are downtown centers around the world. Among my favorite cities are Paris, San Francisco, Vancouver, and New York. One of my favorite activities when I travel is to lose myself in the busy streets of a bustling metropolis and just explore.

And then I married my total opposite: a man who gets just the slightest bit frazzled among the hustle and bustle that I love. My honey prefers winding country roads and quiet bike trails. But it’s all right, because the peace of our backyard and the sprawl of our comfy home make my heart smile, too. These days, I indulge in a little travel here and there to quench my wanderlust and then I return home to our little bit of paradise. Sometimes, those trips involve a chance to shoot a portrait or a couple in love.

Engagement portraits in a big city thrill me. It’s so much fun to hang out with one of my couples and search for the angles, lines, textures, buildings, and backdrops that you just don’t find in a beautifully manicured garden or a wild and overgrown field. While I do enjoy those settings (and a session is more about your favorite places than mine!), they don’t carry the excitement of a city for me. So today I am sharing some of my favorite urban engagement portraits while I dream up my next visit to the lands of skyscrapers, taxicabs, and twinkling skylines.

These are just a few favorites, but in the upcoming weeks I’ll share some of these really fun sessions with you in a bit more detail!

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As much as I enjoy a huge, rockin’ wedding with a guest list oozing with loved ones ready to party, I must admit that I adore a small and intimate affair once in a while. Christi and Eric had just that- a beautifully laid-back wedding with the most important VIP’s in attendance. Smaller weddings allow the bride and groom so much time to be with their favorites and soak in the day! Since Christi & Eric’s engagement session in Chicago, I’d been so excited for their big day. It definitely did not disappoint! Thunderstorms threatened us, but stayed away in the end. The heat challenged us but we went on anyway. And it was perfect! See for yourself!

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I love a bride with three pair of shoes… Just like me on my wedding day!

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Christi and Eric had a hot, sweltering day- and I had to giggle at her when she put socks on! Blister avoidance wins, for sure, but it was still funny!

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These stormy looking clouds turned out to be just about the worst of the threat that day, even though we were ALL prepared for rain. By the way, my secret trick to chase off the rain? Buy a BUNCH of umbrellas! Works like a charm. 😉

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The Overture’s Promenade Lounge is a perfect venue for a smaller reception. So elegant!

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Instead of an all-out dance party, these game-night lovers opted for a family-style evening with all their favorite games and people. How cool is that!

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Christi and Eric, I am so glad that you chose me to be a part of your day. I had a ton of fun with you guys- even with the sweaty heat! Thank you again for hiring me, and I can’t wait to share ALL your images with you!

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Sometimes, a wedding just feels like a perfect day. Now, if you know me, you know I’m a hopeless romantic and I find joy in every wedding, no matter what- because it’s about the marriage, not the events of the day or the details that pull it together. But some weddings are just full of all the feels. Some weddings fall in place perfectly with a harmony that can be felt by everyone there. That’s what Jenna & Adhem’s day was like.

I was so excited when Jenna contacted me to meet with her and Adhem last year! I knew from Facebook that they were engaged, and as I always do when my friends announce their engagement, I had been sitting back and hoping to see her name pop into my inbox. I never expect anyone I know to hire me, but I do hope… And you see, right about this time of the summer 7 years ago was when Jenna’s sister, Stacy, was walking me through the Bruce Company to select flowers for our wedding. I knew Stacy because we worked together at Epic, and when she learned that I was engaged she told me that she and her sister Jenna had some experience with wedding flowers and could offer their services to me. They did a gorgeous job! Then, their sweet family hired me for a family portrait session, where we had a blast and created some memories for them. So, I knew how fun this family is and I was secretly dying to be there for this day.

And what a day it was! Even though it started out with a little rain, the weather really cooperated with me and settled into a comfortable cloud cover just before their first look. They began their day and said their vows beneath the stunning catalpa tree at the Hilltop in Spring Green– perfect, because Adhem is an arborist! Jenna’s wedding dress was made for her, so I was extra grateful that they gave me plenty of time for a few short sets of bride & groom portraits throughout the course of the day. The bride’s family was just as fun and loving as I remember them from that portrait session so many years ago, and the groom’s family certainly proved that they’re a perfect match. The love, you guys. The LOVE! It was beautiful, and we ended the day with a soft, purple evening sky as everyone danced to the light of the tiki torches and the beats of the fantastic DJ.

To the Holbergs and the Theriaults, I am forever grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of family and love. Thank you for having me, guys! Enjoy the peek!

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