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Mandy & Rob | Engaged | Chicago Illinois Wedding Photographer

{the deets}

Amanda Therese {Paralegal, from Sterling Heights, MI}

Robert Edward {Special Education Teacher Aide and Coach, from Naperville, IL}

Date you met {May 16, 2008}

First Date {Rob cooked me chicken fajitas at my apartment and we watched Bull Durham}

Date you were engaged {September 14, 2011}

Three words to describe your proposal story {All the firsts}

Favorite Date you went on {with your fiancé}

He took me on a ‘Mandy date’ about 2 months into our relationship because I told him no guy really actually had treated me like I was supposed to be treated.  He brought me flowers and we went to Harry Carays steakhouse in Lombard, because it was a fancy restaurant with a sports theme.  We then went to a musical called ‘Curtains’ because he knew I liked mysteries.

Three words that describe your Fiance

Rob for Mandy : Compassionate, Beautiful, Exciting

Mandy for Rob : Funny, thoughtful, dorky

Looking forward to the wedding because

All of our friends and family from around the country get to celebrate with us.

We’re awesome because…

we compliment each other

Wedding Date & Location

August 4, 2012

Ceremony: First Presbyterian, Mt. Clemens, MI

Reception: MacRay Harbor, Harrison Twp., MI

They love love love LOVE baseball.  Probably more than any other couple I’ve every met.  Mandy’s goal is to make it all 30 stadiums before she turns 30 & I believe she only has 2-3 left.

Their wedding will consist of many baseball related things & considering on their first date they watched Bill Durham, I’d say it was a match made in heaven.

Michelle & I had a blast & we hope you enjoy all of your images!  Can’t wait to see you again in Michigan next year!

{stephanie natale}

Mandy & Rob | E-session | Chicago Illinois

Mandy & Rob met literally less than a block from Wrigley Field, so naturally it was a perfect setting to start our session.

We had one 1/2 hour inside Wrigley Field & had to work fast but we came away with some great images!

{If you want more information about having your session inside Wrigley Field, contact the management there}

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This is Rob’s “Coach” shot.  The fabulous image to the left was shot by the wonderful Michelle Martin who accompanied me to Chicago for their e-session. Thanks again Michelle!

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So I love this series of shots.  I often will tell my couples to cuddle in close & for the husband {or fiance} to gently lean over & appear as though he is sneaking a peek down her shit.

My hopes usually is that it is more a subtle, soft approach.  But Rob had his own idea & hey, we went with it.

Thanks Rob steppin’ it up a notch!

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Our next stop after Wrigley Field was North Ave Beach, downtown Chicago.

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Scott Robert Lim | Lighting Workshop | Chicago Illinois Photography Workshop

I had the pleasure this summer to attend a fabulous workshop in Chicago with the amazing photographer

Scott Robert Lim

This was the view from our room @ the Allerton Hotel in Chicago

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I traveled with a few very talented  photographer friends of mine from the Madison area.

Michelle from Michelle Martin Photography

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Mandie from Red Gecko Studio

This was Mandie & I on our “romantic” carriage ride the night before the workshop {image from my iPhone}

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{Ok enough of the name dropping}

All in all we had a wonderful trip & learned a lot from Scott.  He is just full of knowledge, advice & gives so much of himself back to our community.

It was my first workshop with SRL & I look forward to more in the future!

Not to mention Chicago as a city is just lovely!

Necessary to credit these fabulous people who helped make the day happen

Dresses & Hair Accessories | Rebekah Jacobs Couture

Makeup | Barb Zanzig of BZ Artistry

Hair | Tony, owner of Hybrid Salon

These are a sample of the images taken that day, enjoy!

Thanks again Scott, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you!

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A few pullbacks from how we were shooting

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Love the Trolley @ Navy Pier

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We ended our 12+ hour day with watching the fireworks from Navy Pier

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Chris & Crystal {Chicago Illinois Engagement & Wedding Photographer}

Shut the sliding glass door.  These two are frick-frackin’ adorable.

We had a BLAST shooting Chris & Crystal’s engagement session in Wrigleyville.

We started out fairly early in the morning & walked around the area surrounding Wrigley Field & found some amazing colors & textures, even a beer truck.

After trying very hard to get inside of Wrigley, we decided a Roof top view would do & WOW was it amazing to be up there & look down @ Wrigley Field.

We had a great day & ended with a wonderful lunch @ Vines on Clark st. {thanks again Chris & Crystal}

Enjoy the sneak peek & have fun in Las Vegas

s. {natale}

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BTW they look this cute, naturally.  AHHdorable.

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This is what happened to get this next shot.

Us : walking down the street by Wrigley, in front of Bar Louie, passing by a beer truck

Dudes in the front seat of the truck : “What’s going on here?”

Me: “Oh, an engagement, why?  Do you want to let my clients sit in the back of your truck?”

Dudes: “Oh, for sure, hold on a minute…”

Now who said Illinois people were not friendly?

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Super fabulous shot done by the super fabulous Michelle b.

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Starting to shoot around Wrigley, good ‘ole Harry Caray

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Their fav # is 21

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I think my favorite image from the day

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OK so we were not able to get in to Wrigley Field, but while we were shooting around the outside Michelle happened to notice that one of the rooftop buildings behind Wrigley was offering FREE tours.  Who were we to ignore that?  So we toured this fabulous building & our first stop was in the middle & was this fabulous, uber-modern suite with 25+ flat screen tvs & fabulous furniture & it appeared to have it’s own kitchen.

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After we cooled off in the suite, we continued upstairs to the top & this was our view :

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Then as you went to the very top & near the back, this was the view.

Love Chicago. Love this shot.  Love C & C

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Another great shot by Michelle, in front of WF

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{Have I mentioned how much I am in LOVE with my Fish Eye lens?}

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{{ A big huge THANKS to my wonderful wonderful second shooter Michelle B.  I had a BLAST shooting with you, your the bestest }}