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” For Ryan + Amber’s Summer engagement session, we decided on far Chicago western suburbs shooting spot in Utica, IL at Starved Rock State Park. It was an event filled + adventurous day. R+A were down for just about anything like walking through an abandoned house + burned rubble, hiking, climbing to heights, and even sitting on a “World Famous” dumpster we stumbled upon. LOL As always, we had a great time and captured a variety of photo styles and unique engagement pictures.

 

In not meeting Ryan until the photo session, all of our initial communication was only with the bride to be, Amber had told us quite a bit about Ryan and his interest in rock climbing. ( With not many options for rock climbing in our flat state of Illinois, the first question we had was after you get married, will you be moving to a more rocky state like Colorado… and can you take us with you? They laughed. ) When initially discussing with Amber potential shooting location spots, traveling out to Starved Rock was definitely at must. The groom Ryan and his family live in the far North Chicago ‘burbs of Antioch ( near the Wisconsin border ) and Amber and her family in the Aurora / Naperville area … so as you can guess, Ryan is all too comfortable doing a lot of driving ( as he’s down near Amber pretty often. ) So planning for the 2 hour drive West of downtown Chicago to Utica and the popular Starved Rock State Park was no problem at all. Not only did Amber request photos at the Rock, but she also asked to incorporate a high-fashion element into the shoot too. That was no prob, we love hiking the rock canyons and we had a few new + secret shooting spots up our sleeves too.

 

Ryan + Amber’s love story started down state in Bloomington Illinois while both R+A were in college attending Illinois State University. Yes, they are college sweet hearts. However ironically enough, they actually met while on a church trip over Spring break in Florida. Continuing to live on campus for a few years later and in the same college dorm building, they soon became inseparable. We know their wedding is definitely going to have a good sized group of college friends in attendance. Looking forward to all the fun and details Amber has told us about. Thanks for spending the day with us… congrats to the two of you on your engagement. We can’t wait to photograph your upcoming Fall wedding in just a few weeks.”

 

Sarah and Ryan Miller Signature

 

 

Ryan + Amber are narrowing down their favorites images to feature in one of our Miller + Miller engagement photos guestbook featuring 10 image pages. Their October 2010 ceremony is planned for Gary United Methodist Church in downtown Wheaton and their reception in Downers Grove in the Esplanade Lakes Ballroom by Double Tree within the Sara Lee building. We love the architecture of the Sara Lee building, it’s western facing setting next to the wooded Morton Arboretum and the curved all glass ballroom which overlooks the private pond. The Esplanade is a favorite of ours and considered one of the best wedding reception venues in the West suburbs of Chicago.