Peter + Katelyn | Engaged | West Dundee Engagement Session

Peter and Katelyn have a unique and exciting love story that involved some months apart while Katelyn was in Croatia. I loved hearing them tell their story. I also loved hearing their excitement for their wedding day coming up in December, makes me even more excited to capture it!

(Also, I love how much they make each other laugh! Makes me job so much easier!)

The sweltering heat and humidity actually created kind of a pretty environment —even if we were pretty literally melting in the 93% humidity— it created this haze that was quite picturesque!)

We decided a frozen custard break was absolutely necessary.

Ending the session with some Ministry of Silly Walks business. Because duh.

Jaime + Alison | Urban Ecology Center Wedding

Almost exactly a year ago I was second shooting Jaime + Alison's gorgeous wedding day with Kelly Grace Photography

It was a bit of an odd August day. It was a brisk, crisp day in the 60s. Not exactly what you would expect at the start of August. I woke up and immediately thought to myself "Hmmm, I wonder if this is what the couple had in mind when they were planning their August wedding". The wedding itself was taking place at the Urban Ecology Center (the Riverside Park location). I had never shot a wedding there, but had always wanted to. The Urban Ecology Center was actually about 1.5 blocks away from my old apartment, but my only experience there was due to the fact that it is my polling location, both times I was there to vote I took mental note that I needed to go back to explore. Luckily for me I got to see more of the center than many, due to the fact that the groom works for UEC! 

The bits and pieces of Alison and Jaime's story that I gathered throughout their day were so beautiful. They met when she was living in Spain (She is from here, he is from Spain) and quickly the reasons for her to stay piled up, Alison ended up staying in Spain for 4 years, until they eventually decided to move back to the U.S. You can hear more of their story (and see more of their photos) over on Kelly's blog here!
 

One of my favorite details of the day was Alison's dress. Alison said she knew she was taking a chance on a long sleeved dress (even if they are lace) for an August day. But she just loved it so much! So the fact that the day ended up being in the 60s, she definitely could not have made a better choice! It was perfect! 

Jaime had a number of family and friends there from Spain to celebrate, of course his mom! How sweet are these two!??

I mean like....are you kidding me???? This location??? Gorgeous couple??? What?!? <3<3<3

Jaime and Alison opted not to have traditional wedding parties, but instead to each have one person standing at their side. 

Uhm. There was Flamenco dancing. It was awesome.

We ended the night up in the tower with a most gorgeous view of the skyline. 
A big thank you to Kelly Grace Photography for having me along and for being great to work with! 

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