A Chicago Engagement: Darcy + John

A charming shoot back in one of my old stomping grounds and favorite cities. At first, our location didn’t seem promising with the threat of do not enter signs and seemingly impossible entry to an adorable Japanese Garden. However, after hiking around the area, making a phone call, contemplating sliding down a hill to then climb over a fence and finally dodging a few oncoming cars to pass a busy intersection… we made it to our first destination. Hidden in the south side of Chicago, a peaceful little island garden full of character turned out to be worth the adventure while finding it.

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Immediately following the garden extravaganza, we did an impromptu stop at the neighboring Museum of Science and Industry, mostly because of the incredibly impressive massive structure that I had to have incorporated with their sexy classy first choice of outfits. It worked out exactly as planned, after rebelliously “illegally” parking for only “a few minutes”.

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Part II mission: City Skyline. Easy peasy…. a much quicker and simpler “park and walk” situation at the second stop next to the area which I know best as a the concert going area of Northerly Island. Some people around there would probably know it better as Soldier Field area. Who needs to go watch silly sports games when you have an amazing concert venue in the backyard? No matter what reason you end up in this area for, it’s always worth it to stop and take in the amazing skyline of the Windy City.

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Part III: the area I HAD TO HAVE. Off of Lake Shore Drive is the calm and gorgeous view of Lake Michigan and while driving in I knew I had to incorporate this location. The scene looked so much like a painting. So, another park and walk… however, this time, the “walk” part was a bit more than expected. Thank You to Darcy and John for trusting me in this location and hiking for what seemed to be the length of Chicago to get there!

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Next stop: Wrigley. If I am fully aware that Wrigley is under construction, then that should be enough proof that everyone is aware of it. Even with the construction fences and barricades, we were able to get the nostalgic stadium in our background with a few industrial style portraits underneath the Red Line. Finally some quick places to park and not have to walk 5 million miles!

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Last but not least: Darcy and John’s Home, Uptown Neighborhood. Near and dear to my heart because I used to live just a few blocks away. I was more than pleased to finish up this incredibly fun shoot with a few outside of their first home together. I hope they can look back years from now and be flooded with amazing young memories of their life together during their engagement in this magical city.

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Big hug to Darcy and John. Can’t wait to shoot your upcoming wedding!