Love stories are the best.  That first meeting, that first date, that first look across across the table when you just know something special is taking place… I could seriously listen to tales of “how we met” all the livelong day.  And this dapper duo?  Well, their first date story is awesome.  An hour turned into ten kind of awesome that most of us only dream about.  (Seriously.)  And their e-session captured by Studio Finch? Well, it’s amazing, too.  See it all in the full gallery.

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
CafeOutdoor
Styles
Casual

From Studio FinchOwen and Matt wanted their engagement session to be a reflection of their everyday during this time in their lives. We started off in their neighborhood, at The Cozy Noodle, where they went on one of their first dates.  From there, we went to Montrose Harbor, an amazing place to go jogging by the lake.

From the Groom… Matt and I met through Match.com (oooh, the internet), I don’t remember who contacted who first, but Matt says it was him. We sent a few cute emails to each other, and then agreed to meet for coffee a few days later. I remember it was completely empty except for us. And usually that is a little awkward, but we didn’t really mind. Matt remembers that “i was stretched across the booth like I owned the place.”  That does sound like me.  We hit it off right away, and the conversation flowed naturally.  Neither of us really wanted the date to end, so we agreed to keep it going, and we went for a walk around the neighborhood. It was July, so it was actually nice enough to walk around. I remember walking down inner Lake Shore Drive, and then eventually over to Halsted, and we ended up going into Halsted’s to get something to eat. I wish I could remember what we talked about.

We chatted and chatted, and then went back to his place, this is where it gets interesting. We put in a movie. It was the movie “Go” from 1999.  I remember thinking “I thought I was the only person who liked this movie.”

We wanted our engagement pictures to reflect this period in our lives–the city, the neighborhood we live in, the places we liked to eat, the little house we moved into.  

Matt is more crafty, so really he made the little DIY bits for the engagement photos. We chose our colors together (pine green, teal, and gold).  And the end of the day it turned out to be a nice reflection of the both of us!

Wedding Photography: Studio Finch | Locations: Cozy Noodle + Montrose Harbor both in Chicago, Illinois | Shoes: Converse | Vest: Express | Sweater: Banana Republic