Shelby and Tom: Lincoln Park and Chicago Lakefront Engagement Photography

We just love learning our couples' love stories. Each on takes on it's own personality-some are silly and playful, some fiery and passionate, and other romantic and sweet. Shelby and Tom have one of the most romantic stories we've heard in a while and we just can't stop smiling over it!

Tom and Shelby's sweet love

Tom is a quiet and thoughtful kind of guy. On one of their early dates, Shelby mentioned that the hand soap in the restaurant restroom smelled amazing. After she flew back to her home in Tennessee, Tom researched the hand soap, had it shipped over from the UK, and sent it to her! 

Shelby has the most compassionate and caring heart-and she truly shows all her feelings in her eyes. She listens attentively and when Tom gives her that thoughtful attention that only he can give her, she lights up

A Proposal in the Italian Countryside

Shelby and Tom planned and took a romantic dream trip to Italy (next time, you have to take us, guys!) and, of course, Tom saw what a perfect and one-of-a-kind opportunity he had to ask this one-of-a-kind girl to be his wife.

Tom had a wooden ring box hand carved and painted with a hot air balloon and the word "Italy" on it that he nervously carried around with him on the day he planned to propose. As he took Shelby up in a sunset hot air balloon ride over the Italian countryside, he asked Shelby to marry him. (I literally sighed out loud as I wrote this post!)

Their rustic and elegant garden wedding

Tom and Shelby, we love your sweet and thoughtful kind of love! We cannot wait for your beautiful, rustic and garden inspired wedding at Architectural Artifacts next summer!