University of Chicago Engagement Session

October 23, 2023

University of Chicago Engagement Session of Sara and Graham’s

Hey there, lovely readers! As a wedding and portrait photographer, I often find myself immersed in beautiful love stories, capturing the moments that make hearts skip a beat. Today, I’m thrilled to share Sara and Graham’s enchanting engagement session that unfolded on the stunning University of Chicago campus. I was there to witness the magic, and now, I’ll take you on a journey through their love story and the picturesque surroundings that made this session truly unforgettable.

University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session

Where It All Began: A Love Story at Chicago

Sara and Graham’s love story has its roots at the University of Chicago, where they were both Resident Assistants (RAs) at Rickert House during their undergraduate years. While the exact date of their first date remains a charming mystery, they enjoyed countless moments together exploring Chicago’s culinary delights, not realizing that these were the early chapters of their love story.

University of Chicago Engagement Session

The Campus Proposal: A Surprise in Gothic Grandeur

Fast forward to the day of the proposal. Graham, being the spontaneous soul that he is, surprised Sara on the very campus where their story began. It happened outside the dorm where they first met. The proposal was a delightful mix of surprise and sweet anticipation, proving that love knows how to create beautiful moments when you least expect it.

A Perfect Ring for Sara

Graham picked out an elegant ring for Sara, a classic round-cut stone set in white gold. It perfectly complemented her timeless taste. He chose it himself, albeit after a few trips to the jeweler, “just to look at some rings.” The result? A ring that shines just as brightly as their love.

University of Chicago Engagement Session

A Perfectly Mismatched Couple

Sara and Graham are like two puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together, even if they don’t always see eye to eye. Sara’s a morning person, Graham’s a night owl. Sara’s an introvert, Graham’s an extrovert. Their differences create a strong, harmonious team, making them resilient in times of need.

Love for the Little Things

They share a love for simple pleasures, like cozying up at home with their cat, Roger, watching baseball, and enjoying reality TV. Their shared joy in the little things is a testament to the warmth of their relationship.

Overcoming Obstacles

A significant test of their bond came when their beloved cat, Roger, fell ill. This challenging time brought them even closer, reinforcing their belief in a future together. It’s during such moments of adversity that true love shines brightest.

Planning for the Big Day

Sara already has her outfit ready for their wedding, a beautiful blue and white dress. Graham, on the other hand, is planning his attire to complement her elegance. They’re excited about the upcoming cake tasting and putting together playlists for their big day.

romantic engagement session

A Love That Stood the Test of Time and Distance

Their journey included long-distance stretches while pursuing their studies. From Japan to the U.S. coasts, they made time for each other and their love remained unwavering.

romantic portrait of a couple

The Campus of Dreams: University of Chicago

Now, let’s shift our focus to the University of Chicago’s campus, the backdrop to this enchanting engagement session. As their wedding photographer, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to explore this picturesque place with them. The campus boasts breathtaking old gothic buildings, cobblestone paths, lush gardens, fountains, and, of course, the majestic Rockefeller Chapel.

Why University of Chicago for Their Engagement Session?

Choosing the University of Chicago for their engagement session was a sentimental decision for Sara and Graham. It’s where their beautiful love story began as students. The campus’s gothic-style architecture offers a stunning backdrop, and we had a blast discovering its hidden gems together. We strolled through the University Quad, admired the awe-inspiring Rockefeller Chapel, and captured the essence of their love against this historic setting.

A Furry Friend in the Mix: Roger’s Reluctant Modeling Debut

Oh, we can’t forget to mention the adorable, fluffy addition to Sara and Graham’s session – their charming cat, Roger! As a pet lover myself, I was thrilled when they wanted to include Roger in the photos. However, it turned out that Roger had other plans for the day.

chicago engagement photos with cat

Roger, with his irresistible cuteness, joined us for the session, but he seemed to have his own opinions about being a model. The little guy wasn’t quite in the mood to flash his best smile for the camera. Instead, he playfully turned his face away from me, making it clear that he had his own agenda. Despite his reluctance, Roger added an extra dose of charm to their photos, capturing the essence of a truly adorable family moment. 😺💕

So, if you’re a pet lover like Sara and Graham, don’t worry – I’m more than happy to accommodate your furry friends during your session, whether they want to pose or just be themselves! 📸

A Touch of Nostalgia: Capturing Moments at Their Dorm Building

During our photo session, we didn’t just stick to the grandeur of the gothic architecture on the University of Chicago’s campus. Sara and Graham wanted to preserve the memories of where their journey began, so we ventured to their old dorm building. While it may not boast the same grandeur as the other architectural wonders on campus, it holds a special place in their hearts. This spot was where their story truly began, and it’s where they created countless memories. So, we made sure to capture some moments there, as a beautiful reminder of the humble beginnings of their love story. In the years to come, these photos will serve as a sweet memento of their journey from that dorm building to their upcoming wedding at Rockefeller Chapel. 💑🏫📸

University of Chicago Campus engagement session
University of Chicago Campus engagement session
chicago engagement photos

Join the Journey

Sara and Graham’s love story is a testament to the beauty of unexpected beginnings and the strength of love in the face of differences. If you’re captivated by their story and would like your own love story captured, I’d be delighted to be your photographer. Feel free to reach out and inquire about having your pictures taken. You can also check out more blog posts to dive into other enchanting love stories.

Sara and Graham’s University of Chicago engagement session was a day filled with laughter, love, and the sheer beauty of a historic campus that witnessed the blooming of their love. Stay tuned for more heartwarming tales and breathtaking sessions!

University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session

A Glimpse into the Future: Their Wedding Day in May 2024

The excitement doesn’t end with their engagement session. Sara and Graham are all set to tie the knot in May 2024, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of their journey. Their wedding will take place at the enchanting Mesón Sabika, promising a day filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments. After capturing their engagement at the University of Chicago, I’m eagerly looking forward to photographing their wedding portraits at this iconic location once again. With its timeless beauty and the backdrop of their love story, it’s bound to be an unforgettable day. Stay tuned for more breathtaking moments from their upcoming wedding, as we continue to celebrate their love story in all its glory.

University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session
chicago engagement pictures
chicago engagement pictures
University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session
University of Chicago Engagement Session

A Thank You for Sharing in the Joy

Before we part ways, I want to extend my sincerest gratitude for joining us on this journey through Sara and Graham’s captivating engagement session. It’s been a pleasure to share your love story and the picturesque University of Chicago campus with you. Your interest and support mean the world to me, and we can’t wait to capture more beautiful moments like these.

If you’re hungry for more love stories and breathtaking photography, be sure to explore our gallery. And don’t forget to check out our latest post featuring the wedding of Tina and Sebastian at the Garfield Conservatory for portraits and Victoria in the Park for their wedding venue.

Every love story is unique, and we’re excited to continue sharing these tales of love and connection through our lens. Until next time, may your days be filled with joy, laughter, and beautiful moments.

Check out their University of Chicago & Meson Sabika wedding day post here.

University of Chicago Engagement Session

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