Ashley and Eric's Grant Park and Chicago Lakefront Engagement Photography

After meeting Eric and Ashley and falling in love with the idea of a romantic garden party wedding in chicago, I got a little surprise! Eric called me and asked me to secretly send over a contract to book their wedding date.

A thoughtful gift from the groom

You see, Ashley, a law student at the time, was approaching graduation, studying for the bar, planning a wedding, and moving. The pressure she was feeling at the time was immense and Eric stepped in to make arrangements for a piece of the wedding that was particularly important to her. When she finished finals, he surprised her with that and made her day!

Ashley and Eric's Love

And that, folks is what I love about these two. They rely on each other. They step in to protect each other, and they make each other laugh!

When we were photographing them, Ashley would take Eric’s hand and wrap it around her as she snuggled into him in this sweet, trusting way. She’s a complete babe, but as I looked past her beauty, I loved seeing her vulnerability.

Eric can make Ashley laugh like no one else-he has this disarming way about him that skips pretense and gets right to what makes a person tick. And he lives to make his girl smile. For such a handsome man, I loved seeing that Eric’s top priority was his lady.

A romantic garden inspired engagement session

Eric and Ashley are planning a garden party inspired wedding next summer in Chicago and, true to the vibe of their day, they wanted their engagement photos to reflect the undone yet architectural garden feel they have envisioned. We had a blast with them in at the Chicago Art Institute and we can’t wait for their wedding next year!

Fine Art engagement photos on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Fine Art engagement photos of a couple walking together on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

engagement photos at the Chicago Art Institute terrace

couple embracing on the lawn in front of the Chicago Art Institute in Grant Park

portrait of a beautiful woman at the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

portrait of a beautiful woman at the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

a cute couple walking through the gardens at the Chicago Art Institute in Grant Park

cute couple sitting on a bench in the gardens at the Chicago Art Institute

cute couple cuddling on a bench in the gardens at the Chicago Art Institute

couple embracing in the gardens at the Chicago art institute in Grant Park

couple playing tug of war at Northerly Island in front of the Chicago Skyline

couple kissing at Northerly Island in front of the Chicago Skyline

couple laughing at Northerly Island in front of the Chicago Skyline

Engagement photography of a couple kissing and having fun in Chicago

couple running with the Chicago skyline behind them

cute engaged couple standing at the edge of Lake Michigan looking out at the water

cute engaged couple  in Chicago standing at the edge of Lake Michigan looking out at the water

cute couple embracing on northerly island with the Chicago city skyline behind them

cute couple embracing on northerly island with the Chicago city skyline behind them

engagement photos in Chicago of a guy giving his fiance a piggy back ride

couple walking along the breakwater at the Lake Michigan shore in Chicago