Kelsey and Dain's Astor Street District, Chicago Engagement

December was a rainy month, filled with Holiday joy and chilly nights, paired best with hot cocoa. Kelsey and Dain did not let a gloomy day with little natural light deter them from brightening the mood of their engagement session. The pair got together on this lovely day, and joked with me the entire time. We chatted, and discovered that my sister teaches in Kelsey’s hometown, and the rest of the shoot was filled with giggles and joy. Dain was a perfect gentleman, offering to hold my extra gear, and ensuring Kelsey was covered by the protection of his umbrella. I can’t wait for their Adler Planetarium wedding next year! These two made my job so rewarding, just by the pure joy of being in their company. Cheers to a wonderful year with #mandelettebrides and grooms ahead!

James and Mia’s Downtown Chicago, Engagement Adventure Session

Mia and James are the cutest pair, and are always such a joy to be around. From our initial meeting, Mia was glowing and gushing about her relationship with not only her future husband, but her joyous family who will be attending their 2019 wedding. After spending the day playing around at the Game Room, shooting in Millennium Park, and drinking margaritas at Broken English Taco Bar, I can see why. The love between the pair radiated through the camera onto all of those who interacted with us that day. From the staff at the Chicago Athletic Club to the waiters at Broken English, everyone was wishing the pair congratulatory luck, and mirrored the smiles that these two shared the entire evening. I am eagerly anticipating our next shoot, which will be on their big day. Get a sneak peek of their love below!