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“Both Mike + Jane live in the City of Chicago. Mike lives in the Bucktown Wicker Park area and Jane in the South Loop. After a bit of peeking around on Facebook by Mike, mutual friends introduced these two to each other, and their first meeting face-to-face was at a get together at Mike’s condo. Little did Jane know, Mike had already been asking his friends about her. After that first night of meeting, this lead to a friend request, followed by months of dating, and eventually… falling in love. When we first met with these two at our studio, we soon noticed Jane has one of the most beautiful of smiles. Even more noticeable during their Chicago engagement session, she was smiling often and especially because Mike’s the type of guy who is always making her laugh. Together, they are a perfect match with an abundance of chemistry. Jane repeatedly mentioned how much of an awkward couple they are in photos, but we couldn’t tell and didn’t see that whatsoever. : ) Both Mike + Jane were very comfortable around each other, they were excited about our locations, enjoyed our untraditional fashion shooting style, modern photo ideas, and capturing their love in photography was very easy. A number of Mike + Jane’s dinner dates often take place downtown Chicago. They enjoy the urban excitement of the Loop, Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue areas; plus it’s an ideal in-between meeting spot between their two homes. On the night of Mike proposal, during that date they were in the Magnificent Mile section of the city…

“It was Friday, June 17, 2011 when Mike spontaneously decided to take the day off work so we could hang out. Our usual day dates occur downtown, so no red flags went up when he suggested walking down Michigan Avenue and having dinner there. We walked by the same bridge on Michigan Ave where we watched the fireworks on our 1st date (flag #1), and then Mike started talking about how great it’s been getting to know each other. It was around the bridge, and right before dinner, that Mike complained of a cramp in his foot (flag #2) and stalled while making our way to the restaurant. He said he just needed to rest for a while and, again, brought up our 3 year relationship. Then abruptly, his phone rang. He decided his foot was better and said we should get to dinner (Later he revealed he was actually going to propose at the bridge, but chickened out.) We ate dinner at Lawry’s Prime Rib – we always enjoy their food, especially the creamed corn and dessert. Dinner turned out being as similar to our normal ordinary dinner dates. Afterwards, we couldn’t decide what to do with the rest of our night. I suggested listening to a live band and a little dancing, he came up with no good options. We finally decided to head back to his place and decide there. While at his condo, we were talking about how it’s always great to spend random weekdays together, how great dinner was, and then Mike mentioned having a gift for me (flag #3). Playing 20 Questions is a pastime of ours, so I tried to guess… chocolate, stuffed bear, any type of food. I was grasping at guessing nearly anything I could think of. Since I was nowhere close and running out of chances, he held up his hand and, sitting on his finger was a ring (flag #4)! He placed it on my finger, mumbling about something or other (on any other day he has no problems in speech), and thought it best if he got down on his knee to ask the inevitable question. After all was said and done, he told me we had a party to get to! Apparently he arranged a get together with some of our close friends and family to celebrate. Alas, we did not get to see a live band that night. But it was a great time, nonetheless.”

Thanks so much Mike + Jane in sharing your personal memories and moments from the proposal day. We loved spending the day with you, were glad to have been so lucky with such beautiful late Fall weather, and able to capture a few colorful fall tree leaves + ivy changing in color. While near the aquarium and planetarium, it what an amazing sight seeing how surreal + still the Lake Michigan harbor water can be. We are looking forward to being your photographers on the wedding day, meeting your friends and family, and excited to see what props and added fun you’ll be bring along for our Miller + Miller Rock the Drop… our reception photo booth and backdrop. ( Always an awesome addition to liven up the reception events. ) Enjoy the e-session photos, the rest of your planning, and the difficult task in narrowing down which of these are your favorites… ”

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♥ Mike + Jane have planned all of their events including dinner, dancing, their reception and outdoor ceremony ( weather permitting ) to take place in early May. Jane’s make up for this session was provided by Soak Spa in Bucktown. Jane’s fashion and clothing details include: pink dress and jeans Abercrombie & Fitch, wedge sandals Franco Sarto, oatmeal top Forever21, heels Steve Madden, and bone white + purple dress from BCBG,