True Connection at Illinois Beach State Park | Chicago Weddings Photographers

The best part about my job is meeting and talking to so many different people on a regular basis.  We do our best to screen people multiple times before they sign with us because we are looking for our ideal couple.  There are several factors we consider during this process but it all boils down to finding couples that are truly in love.  I know it sounds like an easy thing to do but I am going to be honest with you, that’s not always true.

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Ariel and Dan are a perfect example of a couple that is truly in love, truly connected on a level that is a lot of times unexplainable to others. Check box number one, we met them when they showed up at a bridal expo together.  They were already showing a huge investment in one another and their marriage by being together and making these big decisions together.  Check box number two, every time we talked with them they used words like “we” and “us” instead of “I” and “me”.  Check box number three, whenever we see them together they are smiling ear to ear.  Their smiles are so contagious, they respect and appreciate each other with every bone in their body, and their love loudly protrudes from their souls.

When we started talking about engagement sessions with them we all came up with a few locations to try and narrow down.  Then, one day, they came to us with this location we had never heard of before.  Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, IL.  We did some research and they sent us a few pictures from a recent trip they took there and we knew right away it was going to be amazing, like featured magazine worthy amazing.  

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Rue and I try to shoot together as much as possible but occasionally only one of us can make it.  This was one location that we knew we had to have both of us there.  We are able to flow together, brainstorm together, and help the other set up those perfect shots that take some adjusting.  Beachfront locations like this offer so many opportunities for a different look with sand dunes, buildings, and of course the water.  

Rue and I can’t wait to meet up with these two again! I imagine another blog post will be necessary after their wedding in May of 2022.  

Congratulations Ariel + Dan! You two are incredible!

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