2018 - Year in Review - Couples - Chicago Engagements, Proposals & Weddings

I can’t believe 2018 is almost gone - I feel like it just started and I was looking forward to all all of these beautiful engagement sessions and weddings. Now I’m planning for 2019, and packing for my first wedding of the year in the Caribbean & can’t wait to see what this new year brings. One of my favorite end-of-year things to do is this blog post because I get to go through all of my favorite sessions from the year and reflect on all of the love. I get a bit emotional looking through all of the images and seeing how many people trust me to document their biggest moments and let me bring their vision to life. Thanks to all of my 2018 couples for letting me get “just one more” photo “over there in that light” and to letting me push my creative muscles. I adore you all!

Much love, Courtney

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LeaAnne & Raj - Hindu Wedding Ceremony at The Ritz Carlton - Grand Cayman

This wedding was so big and beautiful that I need to turn this into two blog post sneak peeks! My dear friends LeaAnne & Raj made their love official in Grand Cayman on the gorgeous beach at the Ritz Carlton. They're so in love they had TWO wedding ceremonies in one day! I joke, but they really did have two ceremonies. A Hindu ceremony, and a Christian ceremony, to bring both of their families and traditions together. 

Here's a peek into the beginning of the day, the first wedding, the Hindu ceremony. It was incredibly colorful and SO beautiful. Raj rode in on a horse - some of my favorite photos! The way he hugs his mom when she first sees him, also one of my favorites! So many portions in the ceremony were beautiful, sweet and sometimes goofy. 

Since their wedding was so chock-full of photos, I had to break this down by ceremony or this blog might explode with too many beautiful photos. Keep your eyes peeled for the Christian ceremony portion, coming in the next day or so. Much love, my friends!

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Sweet session at Heritage Bicycle

When I first moved to Chicago, I quickly discovered that one of my favorite things to do in the city was find unique coffee shops every time I was in a new neighborhood. Not only did it help fuel my coffee addiction, I got to know my way around the city pretty well based on coffee shop locations! However, this little gem - Heritage Bicycle - is in the neighborhood directly next door to mine and I've read about it, but still had not made it in here. Until now! For this adorable, laughter-filled session. Elizabeth and TJ mentioned that this is one of their favorite spots to go to on a relaxing weekend and I knew I had to document them in it! I fell in love with this coffee shop and I fell in love with Beth & TJ. They make each other (and me, honestly) laugh, they're both incredibly thoughtful, real, silly and so genuine. I had the best time getting to know them on a hot summer night in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Thank you both for humoring me with this collaboration and for laughing all the way. And thank you to Heritage, for being so delightful and accommodating. PS. Their coffee, and iced tea, is amazing! Check them out if you're in the area. 

My favorite!

My favorite!