Kati and Evan's Lincoln Park Engagement Session

Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement Photographer

Kati and Evan are as cute as can be :) Kati is finishing nursing school, and Evan popped the question as if he could hardly wait for their wedding day to come. The pair are so giddy and in love, and it came through in their photos. Kati commemorated her grandfather’s life with her snoopy tattoo on her shoulder, as he collected snoopy memorabilia and was a pilot. The sentimental match are dedicating so much of their wedding to vintage relics to speak to the past. I am honored to have photographed their love!

Rachel's Lifestyle Portrait Session

Chicago Lifestyle Branding Photographer

Rachel and Rachel.. sounds like a new hit sitcom about two girls who watch Game of Thrones and obsess over herbal teas/coffee. Oh, wait! That is actually our life. I had such a great time taking this kindred spirit’s photos the other night. We laughed, we chatted, and felt like we had known each other for years. I even showed her a few lighting principles to use with my camera! So glad to have taken this fellow photographer’s portraits on a gloomy day with the warmest of company. Peek below for our lifestyle branding session!

Allie and Ben's Wedding at The Drake, Chicago

The Drake Chicago Wedding Photographer

Allie and Ben got married on a rainy Saturday.. but they say rain is good luck on your wedding day! The pair met at a bar crawl through mutual friends who introduced them, and have spent their life together in laughter and joy. When Ben asked Allie to marry him, it came as a total surprise. He had candles lit in their home, and got down on one knee in a grand gesture, and of course, Allie agreed to marry the man of her dreams. The two are so in love, and so kind to everyone they meet. They had 25 of their closest friends and family at the wedding, and it was perfection! Peek below to see their love in images on their big day at The Drake Chicago!

Mike and Shuyan's Union Station Chicago Bridal Session

Union Station Chicago Wedding Photographer

I met Mike at a party through mutual friends years back, when him and Shuyan first started dating. I could tell she was the one instantly! Although Mike and Shuyan won’t be tying the knot for a few months, and their wedding will be in China, the pair decided to book me for their bridal session, and I was so tickled :) The two lovebirds met on snapchat, and have been dating for 3 years! They are super cute and in love, and even though we got rained out, we still enjoyed the gorgeous views of Union Station and the riverwalk. Mike proposed to Shuyan with a gorgeous opal and diamond vintage ring that he felt would be perfect for her. I am low key over the moon with how their pre-wedding photos turned out! Peek below for a glimpse into their session made of dreams.

Christine and Chris's Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement Session

Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement Photographer

Christine and Chris are seriously so cute!! The pair met at work and kept their love a secret until years down the road where they attended a company party together. Seeing the way they play off of each other is so fun and wonderful to watch. I absolutely loved sharing their giggles, feeling their love, and talking about anything from what it’s like to throw a party to celebrate milestones, to living on a farm, to shopping :) Peek below to see their gorgeous Lincoln Park engagement!

Pradnya and Prateek's Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement Session

Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement Session

Pradnya and Prateek are truly meant for each other. The pair started playing music together a few years ago, and fell in love almost immediately. When the two met me for their engagement session, I could not help but feel that they were made for each other. Prateek encourages Pradnya’s intelligence and grace, and Pradnya encourages Prateek’s creativity and wisdom. Peek below to see their dreamy lincoln park views!

Laura and Drew's Bumble Inspired Engagement Session

North Avenue Beach Chicago Engagement Session

#Mandelette couples meet all kinds of ways, but I would say this is is one of the cutest! 4 years ago, Laura and Drew swiped on each other’s profiles because Drew was wearing a bowtie, and Laura had a Notre Dame sweatshirt on. The two went out on their first date shortly after connecting on the lady-powered app, and the rest was history! The pair are now traveling the world together, and tying the knot at Salvage One next year! During our shoot, we were giggling the whole time. They are just so cute together! As Laura loves Taylor Swift just as much as I do, I truly hope she invites her to the wedding like we laughed about at North Avenue Beach in Chicago :) Peek below for their session this past Sunday!

Kayla and Aaron's Garfield Park Conservatory Engagement

Fine Art Chicago engagement photography | Kayla and Aaron

Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

Even in an April SNOW storm, Kayla and Aaron are an adorable pair. Kayla and I bonded immediately over teaching and doing good for others, as the sweet bride to be instructs special needs students in a turnaround school. Aaron and Kayla met in college while studying non profit management and education. The pair’s adoration for each other shines through their every move. They are kind, generous with their love, and made for each other. I can’t wait to hear all about their 2020 wedding plans! Take a peek below at their giggle-filled engagement session.

Denise and Nathan's Onion Pub Lake Barrington Wedding

Have you ever met new friends and during that initial face-to-face, just think to yourself, “these are actually genuinely amazing people?” Denise and Nathan give me those vibes, and honestly, their friends would say the same. The respected pair reside in Chicago, and we initially had their gorgeous engagement session at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk. Denise’s quiet confidence, and Nathan’s outgoing goofy side made for excellent photos that truly showed their love. Flash forward 9 moths: it was time for the pair to tie the knot! Denise was so thoughtful leading up to the date; from running the Air BnB by me, to sending me thoughtful messages when I was sick. When it came time for their wedding day, the two felt like old friends, and everything was naturally going as smooth as silk. After the two shared first glances, we headed over to the Onion Pub in Lake Barrington for the wedding ceremony and reception. From Denise walking down the aisle, to Nathan tearing up, my heart was filled with awe at the beauty of it all. Now, I have been known to cry behind the camera during ceremonies, and this was no exception. I even busted a move on the dance floor later in the night with their guests! From start to finish, the entire group made me feel welcome and like family. The bride and groom even ballroom danced, and it truly was a momentous occasion! I am looking forward to hearing all about their honeymoon in Hawaii :) I can’t wait to see what unfolds next for Denise and Nathan!

  • Flowers: Little Shop on the Prairie

  • Hair and makeup: I Do Plus Two

  • Video: Nando Pics Productions

  • DJ: Something2Dance2

  • Photography: Mandelette Photography

  • Tailor: Ette the Tailor

Diane and Bruce's Downtown Chicago Wedding

Diane and Bruce Nesbitt are the sweetest couple around. The two have dated for 17 years, and finally tied the knot this winter in their 48th floor apartment. The pair adorned their walls with original Chuck Close paintings, as well as a waterfall of flowers above their sun room’s skylit fireplace. Only the closest of friends and family were invited to this heartfelt affair. As the pair read in their vows, their love is based off of respect, friendship, passion, and not sweating the small things in life. They enforced the sentiment of never going to bed angry, and sharing in life’s grand adventure together. From the moment I left their wedding to the present day, the two made me feel like family. I have gone over to their downtown Chicago apartment a few times to catch up and order prints, which I absolutely love! It really is a reciprocal, symbiotic relationship. The other day, the pair sent my partner, Cole, and I the sweetest, personalized valentine after our most recent meeting where I showed her the love of my life’s picture, as well as a video of our new home. I can’t wait to learn what’s in store next for these two love birds. They are truly a special pair!