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Just when we thought we’d seen it all, in comes the fighter jet! And, while that’s one amazing prop, what really steals the show is the couple. Love is truly in the air for these two! From Lindsey’s polka-dot dress and bright red lips, to Nathan’s classic uniform, one look at these two and you are instantly transported back in time. And this location? Perfection! Such a unique way to capture this exciting moment in their lives. The love they share truly shines through, and you can tell how much they just enjoy being together. If you’re a sucker for anything vintage like I am, keep scrolling down because you’re in for a treat! Xo, Danielle

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Happy Monday everyone! If you are a loyal fan of our Around Town series, you might remember our visits to Austin and San Diego in the past few months. Our next stop is none other than the city that birthed George Street itself: Chicago! From the sprawling beauty that is Grant Park, to statuesque skyscrapers, to chic neighborhoods, the Windy City certainly has it all. With such incredible and diverse aesthetics, this metropolis makes for ideal photo locations, whether you’re planning an engagement session or simply looking for a few wedding photo stops. Our top 5? Scroll down and take a look!

Location #1: Honeycomb Sculpture, Lincoln Park 

Are you looking for the perfect combination of cozy, yet chic? Nestled between the gorgeous backdrop of Lincoln Park and the sprawling cityscape, the Honeycomb Sculpture is a perfect reflection of what makes Chicago so lovely. If you and your sweetie crave that type of juxtaposition in your photos, this spot is the place to be!

a couple kisses under the honeycomb in chicago

Location #2: Salvage One

Easily one of the most unique venues in Chicago, Salvage One is the epitome of rustic-vintage chic! There is so much character and personality hidden in every nook and cranny of the building — if I had to describe it, I’d say it’s urban loft meets vintage antique store. Sounds amazing, right? And with a light-up sign that’s got ‘Chicago’ written all over it (literally), photos captured at Salvage One will definitely have a ‘wow’ factor that’s truly unforgettable.

a couple does a dip in front of a rustic chicago sign

Location #3: St. Michael’s Church in Old Town

Chicago is home to some of the most timeless architecture in the country — and one building in particular captures my heart again and again! St. Michael’s Church is a renowned historical landmark situated in Old Town, and features stately Gothic architecture with vaulted archways and windows. For a unique, eye-catching background, ask your photographer to snap a shot of the two of you in front of the church’s grand wooden doors, which feature beautifully intricate detailing.

a couple kisses in front of beautiful old church doors

Location #4: Cantigny Park

Looking for a little bit of history? This venue’s got all of that and then some! Formerly the estate of Chicago Tribune publishers Joseph Medill and his grandson, Col. Robert R. McCormick, Cantigny hosts 500 acres worth of gardens and nature walkways, not to mention a gorgeous 20th-century mansion. Translation? Photography gold! Just be sure to give their office a call and make arrangements ahead of time!

a couple kisses behind vibrant pink flowers

Location #5: Morton Arboretum

An enchanted natural paradise, right in the middle of the Western Suburbs. The Arboretum is truly one of the most stunning locations in the entire Chicagoland area, with thousands of different species of native and exotic plant life…all of which provide the perfect scenery for your photos. Plus, it’s open year-round!

a bride and groom gaze at each other under a tree

Thanks for joining us on this photo tour of Chicago! If you need more inspiration, or want to see more from these gorgeous locations, head over to our Pinterest page and let the ideas flow! Xo, Danielle
 

Before I delve into why I absolutely love this engagement session, I have to confess that I’m secretly a flower child at heart. The easy, breezy bohemian lifestyle, flower crowns…I love it all! And when all those elements are translated into photography, I just melt. One look at this e-session will tell you Magdalena is a girl after my own heart with that adorable crown of hers, not to mention the genuine connection her and Kamil share with one another. What you’re about to see is love — pure, simple and beautifully documented by the amazingly talented Mikhail C.! We hope you adore these two as much as we do! Xo, Amanda

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Whether you were the one saying ‘Yes’ or the one doing the asking, many of you have already experienced the magic of a marriage proposal! But, sit tight before assuming you’re past the proposal stage…you’ve got one more important question to ask. That’s right — it’s time to make it official and propose to your bridesmaids!

Your besties will assume important roles in making your dream wedding come true, so you’ll want to make sure the gesture is extended in the best possible way. Since we’ve seen many a bridesmaid gift in our day, we couldn’t help but share a few of our favorite ways to pop the question!

1. Bridesmaid Essentials Kit

Surprise your BFFs with all the necessities they’ll need for the big day! Load up a cute box or bag (bonus points if it reflects your wedding colors!) with first aid essentials and beauty touch-up tools. That way, they’ll be excited and prepared for the main event!

2. A Customized Card

Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the most special! Give your girls a sweet personalized card to show them how much you care. We especially love the pretty little designs from the Rifle Paper Co. collection.

3. A Piece of Jewelry

Fact: This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Depending on the style of bridesmaid dresses you select for your girls, it’s always a great idea to give them jewelry to be worn on the big day, or a piece that can transition well into everyday wear. Our graphic designer, Alex, received this necklace as a bridesmaid gift from one of her best gals!

4. A Weekend Getaway

Use your bridesmaid proposal as an excuse to go on vacation with your girls! Take a wine tasting tour, rent a beachhouse or head to the spa for a little R&R. There’s truly no better way to share the special news!

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If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you might remember Keith and Arthur’s cute and carefree engagement session from a few months back. These two totally managed to steal my heart and then some! Call it wedding lovers’ intuition, but I had a feeling their special day would be just as incredible as their e-sesh. And incredible it most certainly is! Vibrant yellow and green hues meet quirky and creative details, and moments sure to have you laughing and crying from happiness! There’s no better way to celebrate Wedding Wednesday, if you ask me! Xo, Amanda

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Location: Millennium Hotel