Sarah + Fred : Chicago Engagement at North Ave Beach

Sarah & Fred are getting married just outside of St. Louis at the end of May but they got engaged in Chicago.  In fact, Sarah and I actually went to the same college (one of my 4!), so it’s always an honor to photograph people I know.   We had been planning out their wedding day timeline and I was getting so excited to road trip down to St. Louis and finally explore the city around there.  I have to see the ARCH!

At first we weren’t sure an engagement session could happen with their schedules and the distance, but alas the stars aligned. 🙂  Sarah told me they would be coming in for this weekend, and I was so excited to meet up with them. Right away I was met with the biggest smiles.  As you’ll see as you scroll through, these two are so comfortable with each other and just like to have fun.  They are simply genuine people and I really think it shows in this session.

We decided to shoot close to sunset and it happened to be absolutely gorgeous out!  We have been pretty lucky this Spring though with warm weather…but IT IS CHICAGO…and you never know.

We started out their session along the Lake at North Ave. Beach.

With those Chicago winds, getting close and ‘cuddly‘ was a MUST!

Sarah, your smile is so infectious! And how cute is this picture?! She fits perfectly into Fred’s arms. <3

I always think it’s so fun to play with the vibrant building colors at Castaways.

What did I say??? GORGEOUS Chicago day!

This is one of my favorites.  You two just look so in love and happy here. <3

The sun was out, but so was the wind! Time to warm up for a bit…

I never get sick of that skyline.  <3

Talk about PERFECT light!!!

See what I mean??? These two were UP for anything and just had a blast!

Next, we walked around Old Town afterwards and explored under the tracks.

Remember when you both felt silly and were laughing so hard….well here you go!

🙂 🙂 🙂


Just before she ran up to give Fred with a kiss, the way they looked at each other…(insert cartoon heart eyes here). 😉

As I was editing through these, Jeff (my boyfriend) said,

“Those type of pictures are my favorite. Where you see the city and the buildings, signs, and cars in the background.  Because one day you’ll look back at the history of it all.” 

Well said Jeffrey. Well said. 😉 <3

I always forget about this wall in Old Town…

Where anyone can go up and write something next to :

Before I die I want to…______________________

They weren’t sure what to write, so naturally I suggested for them to write what they are about to do…GET MARRIED. 🙂

Another favorite part of the city…SO MANY FUN WALLS!!!

As with every couple, once we get towards the end of our session, the silliness and more relaxed pictures come out…

I tend to get suggestions of ‘what to do’ or ‘where to go’ or ‘what wall to shoot at’ by the guys more as they get used to the camera.

And sometimes, you just want to make as many awkward/silly photos as possible…because you can…and why not!?


You two are so much fun!!!

Thank you for such a beautiful day in Chicago!

I love that we got to take these pictures.  It gets me even more excited for the wedding day!

See you lovebirds in a few weeks!


Elizabeth Nord - Aw they look like such a sweet and fun couple! I can’t wait to see the photos from their St Louis wedding!!

Maria - This is such a sweet session!! They look so in love!

Nicki - These two are adorable!! Love that chalk wall! So much love in these photos, can’t wait to see their wedding photos

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