“We’d like to introduce you to Brandon + Stefanie whom we first met with on a chilly February evening. Over a few warm cups of coffee, we chatted about the opposite weather and not only their Summer wedding plans, but also their preference in waiting for warmer temperatures for a Chicago beach engagement photography session. Well with so much rain we received earlier this year, it was unfortunate but we had to reschedule an amazing three times! ( A big thanks to Brandon + Stef in being so flexible. This season’s weather has been a slight bummer overall. ) But the day we ended up shooting on, wow did we have some beautiful weather for our day at the beach. The sun was shining, Brandon and Stefanie dipped their toes in the water along the shore, relaxed in the sand, and then spent some time getting close and cuddling up in their beach blanket together. Stef + Brandon’s wedding date was only a few weeks away when we met for their session and they seemed to be caught up in the moment and happily in love, so it was easy to capture their love and emotion for each other. They are really excited about the big wedding day, seeing their planning all come together and having friends and family all there to celebrate. We can’t wait for the big day too. An outdoor ceremony plus a live band, we especially love those types of weddings.
Brandon + Stefanie currently live downtown. While living on the North side of Chicago in the Lakeview Wrigleville area, they met at a mutual friends party at a neighborhood bar. It was fun learning while out out on this engagement session, more about that day and how not only they met, but a few other couple’s and friends also met on that same day. Although years and time has passed, many of them are still together and have also gotten married… now as married couples they all have remained very close friends. The couple’s careers and excitement of living in the City brought them both downtown. Brandon works in the creative industry, as a talented web designer. He enjoys the living in the urban environment, but originally was telling us he grew up in the small town of Sterling located in central Illinois. Stefanie is from Carol Stream in the Chicago Western Suburbs and since graduating has worked within the metropolitan setting of the healthcare industry. Dating for few years before Brandon popped the question, Stefanie mentioned she was eager and ready to immediately start the planning process. : ) Their engagement story is definitely a unique one. Remember the incredible Chicago blizzard we had earlier this year where Lake Shore Drive was closed and everyone was snowed in? That’s the exact day Brandon proposed and Stefanie shared his surprise proposal details with me:
“I woke up early February 1st because record snow fall was expected that day. I got in the shower and quickly got ready for work. On the way out the door Brandon told me to come back upstairs. When I entered the room I asked what was wrong and he got down on one knee and proposed. I thought getting engaged at 6:45am was different but with record snowfall I was told plans had been altered. I didn’t know what plans but after I said yes he told me that I wasn’t going to work that morning and that I needed to pack my suitcase for a warm destination. I was in complete shock and the next thing I knew my mom and sister were at the door. I quickly packed my things and called work. My manager had already known about the proposal and vacation because Brandon had been planning it with her for months. The snow was coming down hard and we were worried our flight would be cancelled. At this point I still did not know where we were going. We ended up being the last flight out of O’Hare. We flew to Florida and then connected to our next flight. Brandon had managed not to let me know where we were going until we got to the gate and I saw we were headed to St. Lucia. I was beyond thrilled to be engaged to the best man and going to the most beautiful island.”
What a romantic story and awesome planning Brandon. Always love hearing unique engagement stories. Thanks again Brandon + Stefanie we had a great time spending the day with you two around the City, thanks for bringing your unique modern style to the session, fashion clothing ideas, and it was great sharing a bite to eat together being able to chat a little more during the session. It is awesome we have many things in common including being designers and visits to our family’s lake houses Union Pier MI during the Summer. ( BTW, hope the bachelorette party in Michigan at the beach was a great time Stef. ) We are excited about your upcoming wedding, the live band, our rock the drop, and meeting everyone incorporated in your lives. Hope you enjoy the engagement photos!! Talk to you soon.”
♥ Brandon + Stephanie are getting married in the evening on the grounds of The Lehmann Mansion. The mansion is located in the small town of Lake Villa in Lake County. Lake Villa is in Northern Illinois located approximately 5 miles from the Southern Wisconsin border. Lehmann Mansion was built in 1912 and this North shore venue was formerly a summer home of the Lehmann family. Recently restored to the grandeur of its elegant past, is now open for wedding celebrations. The couple’s tented reception, dinner, and dancing will follow their outdoor ceremony also at the mansion. We are excited that Brandon + Stefanie have added to the activities taking place after dinner our Miller + Miller Rock the Drop reception photo booth and backdrop. Always a blast and awesome addition to our couple’s reception events.