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Lincoln Park Summertime Engagement

We can’t help but swoon over an e-sesh that features so many thoughtful details. The stunning couple, the sweeping scenery, an adorable pup, and don’t forget about that ring! Thanks to Britta Hundertmark’s captures, this couple now has a gorgeous set of photos to add to their ever-growing list of memories together. Take peek for yourself.

From the Bride… Michael and I met in 2009 in Cancun, Mexico while we were both on spring break. While there, mutual friends introduced us. That led to us staying up all night talking and watching the sunrise. When we returned to school, Michael asked me to attend his spring formal. We had a blast, continued to have fun dates and eventually started dating! He even stuck by my side through my crazy year as Miss Nebraska USA! In 2012, after graduating from the University of Nebraska, we both moved to Chicago, where we lived for the past 2 years. Since then, we are now back in Nebraska so Michael can attend dental school!

Proposal: Traveling is one of the many things we love to do together, so when we planned a trip to Mackinac Island, MI over Memorial Day weekend, we were both ecstatic to explore a new place together. Mackinac is unique because there are no cars on the island, so you get around by bike or horse and buggies while there! (We celebrated our 5-year anniversary in April, so of course the entire time I was thinking that this beautiful place would be the perfect place to get engaged. It was so magical!)

After checking into the the historic and beautiful Grand Hotel, we biked the entire perimeter of the island. Later that evening we had a 5-course dinner planned at our hotel. Being the avid picture taker that I am, we took some photos on the porch with the breathtaking views before dinner. (Fun fact, the Grand Hotel has the record for the world’s longest porch!) There were professional photographers on the porch, so Michael went to ask them to take our photo. As they were snapping a few, Michael said, “Lets take a goofy photo.” I didn’t think anything of it, because, like I said, we had taken a ton of photos, so I thought he just wanted to change it up. At that moment he proceeded to get down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I barely remember it, but all I know is that I was overjoyed with happiness! When we finally took in our surroundings, we noticed that everyone inside was smiling and clapping for us! We then had our amazing dinner, celebrating with champagne, just the two of us. After dinner, we couldn’t contain our excitement anymore, so we enjoyed coffee in the foyer while we told our family and friends the exciting news. We had two days left on Mackinac (one being my birthday), and they were both so wonderful to spend together as a newly engaged couple.

Engagement Session: Every location we chose to capture our engagement photos was a special place to us. First, since we are both homebodies at times and seem to spend a lot of time in our apartment (especially during the cold winter months) either hanging out watching movies or hosting parties, we wanted to capture a few photos in our home with our pup. Next, since we love going on walks, we wanted to capture some photos at North Pond. We always say it’s our little secret, because it’s never overcrowded with people and it’s tucked away from the street and is surrounded by trees! It’s so quaint and romantic and we love going on walks around the pond. Lastly, we wanted to capture some photos by the water. Being on Lake Michigan makes Chicago such a special city, and since we lived in the Lakeview neighborhood, we spent a lot of time by the water either biking along the lakeshore path, running or going to the beach in the summer. We often went to the beachfront in the evenings to unwind from the hustle and bustle of city living. When it came to photography, we were immediately drawn to the magical and airy feel that Britta’s photography has. Her work is timeless and just simply beautiful. Once we met her energetic/fun personality, we were sold! She truly made our engagement session so special. When it came to our outfits, we knew we wanted them to be timeless with a subtle touch of elegance. We chose classic colors and luxe fabrics/textures with lace, chiffon and pearls. Now, since we have moved from Chicago, we look back on these photos with even more happiness, reminded of all of our favorite memories in our favorite city!

Wedding Plans: Although Michael and I both love the city, we have a special place in our hearts for the country since we grew up there. We’ve decided a countryside wedding was how we wanted to celebrate our special day. There’s something so beautiful and relaxing about being surrounded by the outdoors and only hearing the humming of birds and the breeze in the trees. We’re having our ceremony and reception at a beautiful estate in Nebraska, where our nearest and dearest will celebrate under a white tent. We want all aspects of our wedding to be elegant, timeless and bespoke with shades of white and ivory, gold and all white flowers with greenery galore. August 8, 2015 can’t come soon enough!

Photography: Britta Hundertmark | Shoes: Michael Kors | Jewelry: J Crew | Blush Dress: Alice + Olivia | Film Developer: Goodman Film Lab | Navy Sweater: All Saints | White Dress: For Love And Lemons

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Modern and Romantic Chicago Wedding

Chicago has “chic” is its name for a reason. Case in point: this classy Lincoln Park soiree. Just look at the bride’s stunning lace Watters gown and her gorgeous bridesmaids strutting it in Adrianna Papell, all perfectly complimented by generous rose and thistle bouquets from A New Leaf. So feel free to get lost with me in Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema‘s gallery of moments from the day.


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From Ann & Kam Photography & CinemaPaige and Ryan’s wedding was one of the prettiest weddings we have ever seen in Chicago. Surrounded by her childhood friends, Paige prepared for the day that they had all been imagining since they were little girls. One by one, everything came together. Lace, sparkles, pale pink flowers – everything was perfect.

Ryan, of course, was cool as a cucumber as Paige arrived in Lincoln Park in a fabulous Lincoln Hotel pedicab to meet him. From that point on, the rest of the day passed in a whirlwind. Kam and I were pretty much in love with every square inch of A New Leaf – from the exposed brick to the magical courtyard, it quickly became one of our favorite places in the City. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by the amazing scents of A New Leaf’s flower shop, and it’s impossible not to be swept away by romance. We also have to mention the amazing caterers – Hearty Boys – who were so professional and thoughtful, they were simply a delight to work with!

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Florals: A New Leaf | Dress: Watters | Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg | Catering: Hearty Boys | Mens Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Suits: Q Clothier | Hotel: Hotel Lincoln | Bride's belt: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papell | Ceremony and Reception: A New Leaf | Mens Laces: Benjos

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Elegant Chicago Wedding at Cafe Brauer

Not only is the venue for this stunning Chicago wedding the epitome of Prairie School architecture (hello, Cafe Brauer), but these nuptials are the epitome of style. It’s hard not to be when you have LK Events on your side, along with a gorgeous taffeta Amsale dress, navy Kate Spade pumps, and bold blooms from Stems.  Thankfully there’s a whole gallery ripe for the ogling thanks to Evan Hunt Photography.


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From Evan Hunt PhotographyLindsay and Dru met in college, fell in love at a dance, and celebrated their commitment to each other with one of the most beautiful weddings we have seen all year. From their announcements to their engagement, from their florals to their venue, their style has had a touch of vintage chic along with a classic, traditional overtone.

Their ceremony was held at one of the most beautiful churches in Chicago along with their extravagant reception held at the incredibly well known and popular Cafe Brauer.

Photography: Evan Hunt Photography | Wedding Planner: LK Events | Florist: Stems | Cake: Tipsy Cake | Invitations: Magnificent Milestones | Ceremony: Saint Clement Parish | Reception: Cafe Brauer | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Norridge Jewelers | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: George Jewell | Makeup: Morgan Marie Beauty | Hair Stylist: Lauren Logan | Lighting: Frost Chicago | DJ: Toast & Jam | Groom's shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Groom's suit: Egara via Men's Warehouse | Bride's Dress: Amsale | Bride's Earrings: Kate Spade | Bride's Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bride's Necklace: Roberto Coin | Getting Ready: Hotel Lincoln | Getting Ready (girls): Eugenie Terrace Luxury Apartments | Groom's Watch: Movado | Veil: Toni Federici

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Lincoln Park Proposal

You know what makes me happy?  A sweeter than sweet proposal.  A sweeter than sweet proposal set against a breathtaking Windy City backdrop featuring one seriously adorable duo, the fabulous stylings of CityGirl Weddings and a whole lot of l.o.v.e.  It’s beautiful decor from Life Made Pretty meets happily ever after and you can see it all captured by the amazing Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema right here in the full gallery.

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From Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema… I am so excited to share the prettiest proposal we have ever seen! When Jim started planning how he would propose to Autumn, he knew just where to do it. Though they currently live on opposite sides of the country, in a few months they will be meeting in the middle with a move to Chicago. Their new home seemed like the perfect place to surprise Autumn with the perfect proposal.

It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize that planning something special from across the country wouldn’t be easy. Jim enlisted the help of CityGirl Weddings to help him create something truly special. Shar from CityGirl brought in some amazing partners, including Life Made Pretty, who provided the gorgeous florals and the perfect, romantic, setup. It was truly like a dream, one of the most romantic proposals we have ever seen! We were absolutely blown away!

Jim and Autumn started out with dinner at North Pond restaurant. As they finished, they walked up through Lincoln Park where they were serenaded by a guitar player, and on to this romantic setting where Autumn found a bottle of champagne and a personal poem that Jim wrote just for her. Jim got down on one knee, and of course, Autumn said yes!

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Decor: Life Made Pretty | Linens: Private Label Linens | Music: Randy Walker | Planning: CityGirl Weddings

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Spring Engagement in Chicago from Buena Lane Photography

Springtime in Chicago… a fabulous time of year.  One that makes for breathtaking e-session backdrops and a whole lot of magical moments frolicking around the city.  Case in point?  This gorgeous shoot captured by Buena Lane Photography, which combines some of our favorite Windy City backdrops, beautiful imagery and an adorable duo celebrating, what else?  L.O.V.E.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Eileen Marie of Buena LaneI met Ed and Laura at a Carmel wedding a few years ago. They are the type of friends you’re happy to know– fun-loving, caring, genuine. And Ed has a laugh that will make the whole room laugh along with!  A few months ago they were engaged and moved to the Midwest.  I was thrilled to shoot their Chicago engagement session.

What fun we had running around the Windy City! We started out, bright and early at the Bean in Millennium Park. We beat the crowd and caught some gorgeous morning light off the lake. From there, we headed to Lincoln Park. Even though the day was unseasonably cold, we were happy to see the blossoms had still made it out. Later in the day, we wrapped it up with burgers and local brew at the Public House… and of course, the iconic shot in front of the Chicago Theatre!

Photography: Buena Lane Photography | Locations: Millenium Park + Lincoln Park + The Chicago Theatre