"The Jessies" Engagement Session

As the end of 2012 rolled around, we found ourselves headed West to Chicago for an engagement shoot with Jessica and Jesse--known in their circles as "The Jessies". They have a pretty cool story, having met at a party of mutual friends. They saw each other, later exchanged numbers, and hit it off. A year later, they were engaged.

We were thrilled to meet and shoot with them around metro Chicago. We started our shoot just outside Jesse's place at a mural you could only hope to find in a place like Chi-town.

Jesse really enjoys Jessica's personality. "She's cheerful, positive....nice. Not standoffish...a real genuine down-to-earth person." And you can sense her love and respect for him, and the security she has in his presence--truly refreshing.Jesse told us the story of how he proposed. It was very important to him to have both sets of parents around when he would pop the question, but when the day arrived, he was so sick he wasn't sure he could go through with it. But his determination paid off, and with all parents present, he asked her. And she of course said yes!

So don't be fooled by all that sunshine - it was December in Chicago! So we all agreed it would be in our best interest to get something hot to drink (and eat). Jesse being a native Chicagoan was very well educated on the best eats. He suggested Simone's, and we were not disappointed. Also turned out to be a cool environment for a few intimate shots.

After we warmed up, we headed back outside toward the Chicago waterfront. The Jessies were very brave for this shoot. They hardly look as cold as they really were...

This shoot wouldn't be complete without visiting a few places that really say "Chicago" - such as Millennium Park.

We called it a night, and picked up our shoot the next day, at yet another Chicago landmark, Union Station.

Jessica and Jesse showed us a few moves atop the staircase, giving us a taste of how much fun they have together.

After a brisk walk at dusk, we found a brief indoor escape inside the lobby of Chicago Theatre. Don't these two look like stars?

One last shot with the Chicago Sun-Times Building as the backdrop, and we promised we would wrap it up outdoors and head back to Jesse's loft for our final location of this shoot.

With the lighting and candles in place, the atmosphere was perfect.

Jess & Jess, we had a great time with the two of you. We can't wait to continue the story on your Big Day! Congratulations!