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Love these two for so many reasons. One, they’re just great humans and some of my all-time favorite folks. Two, they picked locations for their engagement session that were meaningful to them – their first official apartment together in Chicago, their first date spot, and the dog beach where they take their pup, Murph, often. We basically laughed the entire time while trying to dodge the rain (stupid, Chicago weather). I’m gonna stop talking now so you can enjoy their photos – but let it be known that I CANNOT wait for their wedding in September!

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I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again here. We LOVE when couples pick meaningful spots for their Engagement Session. Whether it’s your neighborhood, favorite bar, favorite restaurant, favorite shoe store – it doesn’t matter. Take us anywhere you frequent as a couple and we’ll tell your story. For this one, Sally + Connor took Nicki around Logan Square to capture some of their favorite hangouts. We love these because they tell the story of your relationship as it is NOW. Your love story might not look the same in 10, 15, 20 years… and that’s why we want to tell this one.

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Last October, Nicki hung out with Alyssa + Tucker in their home and neighborhood (our FAVORITE type of engagement session). She captured them in their element, where they spend their daily lives, just relaxing and having fun with each other. We love capturing these types of engagement sessions, because we like telling this story of your life, today. When you move onto your next home or new city or next stage of life – won’t it be fun to look back on these pictures and remember what your lives were like?!ย  We think so.

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JTP team photog, Nicki, spent the afternoon with Erin + Joe last fall, hopping around the 606 and capturing a little bit of their daily lives. We always love shooting around our couples’ neighborhoods. It tells the story of this moment in their lives – where they lived, where they spent their time, and where their love grew changed dating to engaged. This session is extra special to my heart because it’s so close to where we live in Logan/Bucktown, too! Erin + Joe’s wedding is just a little over TWO WEEKS away – and we can’t wait to celebrate with them!

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I photographed Patrice + Kevin’s Engagement session in September of 2018 at Cantigny Park. We’d never met in person, so it was a beautiful mixture of getting to know each other and capturing their relationship with my camera. We laughed and explored the park, even seeing some peacocks, but most of all – we got some super fun shots that show just how great they are as a couple. They weren’t afraid to let their guards down in front of my camera – and because of that – we have some gems! Can’t wait for the wedding!

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For those of you who don’t know, Dan and I got engaged back in May over Memorial Day Weekend – and since then have been planning our wedding! We decided we wanted to celebrate with our family and friends up in the northwoods of Wisconsin (where Dan proposed, his family owns a cabin up there, it’s where we got Boyd our cat, we spend a lot of time up there, etc.) this October 27th ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, though – our grandparents can’t make the drive up there (it’s a 6.5 hour drive from Chicago, wayyyy up there). We definitely wanted to celebrate with them too though, so we are doing a small ceremony in my parents’ backyard with just our immediate families THIS SUNDAY!

I can’t believe it’s here already. It has been a whirlwind ofย  a summer to say the least. Planning two weddings in less than five months in the middle of my busy wedding season has proven to be harder than I expected. Thankfully, our families and friends have all rallied around us to help pull everything together so quickly, and we’ve definitely been trying to enjoy some of the little moments leading up to the big day.

One of my favorite days of the summer was August 1st – our Engagement Session. Our good friend and JTP Team Photog, Nicki, spent the day with us at some of our favorite spots. We wanted the session to document who we are today – in this home, in this neighborhood. We know we’re not going to live here forever, so to capture our first home together was super important. We wanted to of course have some pics with the cats (Boyd and Butters)…

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…Boyd wasn’t that happy about it. He’s a grumpy kitty but we love him anyways. He looks SO mad in this picture and I love it.

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This is pretty standard – Dan and I watching something on Netflix and the cats chasing each other around and wrestling.

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This is Butters’ favorite spot to sit. She’ll literally climb over me to sit on Dan.

When I’m lucky, Dan also humors me and dances with me in the kitchen. Boyd is usually my first choice dance partner, but he ends up growling after a few twirls.

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We also make avocado toast fairly often – with all the goodies, too. Sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, onion, red pepper for me… and cream cheese (of course) for Dan.

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Per usual, Boyd begs for food or bites our toes while we cook.

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We also bike everywhere. We’re always on the 606, and it’s right next to our building so we had to capture some moments up there. Fun fact: our building is an old wood furniture factory that was converted into condos – kind of fitting for Mr. DMHwoodwork! You can usually catch us biking to any street fests, the gym, to work, to hang with friends – if it’s nice out – we’re biking.

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Another (not so) fun fact – I lost my necklace during the shoot, and Dan’s bike (pictured above) got stolen shortly after this shoot ๐Ÿ™ he has since replaced it with the exact same bike and never locks it up outside anymore (sighhh Chicago life).

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Parson’s Chicken and Fish is one of our go to spots for frozen drinks and patio hangs in the neighborhood. Dan likes their chicken so much he once ate two still cold chicken wings without noticing – until I bit into one and realized it was still cold. JillTiongcoPhotography-ChicagoWeddingPhotographer_0016.jpg
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The Freeze is also a summertime neighborhood favorite. Dan’s go to order: pistachio soft serve dipped in butterscotch. It looks like poo but actually tastes pretty delicious. Me? I’m a wildcard and usually panic and order something different every time – but I’m never disappointed. JillTiongcoPhotography-ChicagoWeddingPhotographer_0022.jpg

We opted for the pistachio dipped in birthday cake so it wouldn’t look so gross for pics ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  JillTiongcoPhotography-ChicagoWeddingPhotographer_0020.jpg
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I swear we do other things than eat and drink… but this session wouldn’t have been complete with a stop at Small Cheval. We’ve ended more than a drunken night or two at Small Cheval and a quick walk home on the 606. Also, that’s our blue line train in the top left corner. All of the meaningful things!

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Ahhh Alta. I used to live in this building. It’s where I still lived when Dan and I first started dating. This pool was where Dan confessed all of his feelings after all of these years of friendship. And shortly after I realized that this was a real thing – and two years later – we got engaged, and we’re getting married this weekend! CRAZY. But it all started here.

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And of course we had to end the session at Diversey Riverbowl – we spend more time here than I like to admit (between bowling league with the Bobo Dawgs, date nights, and somehow most nights out with friends end up at the bowling alley) –ย  I even have my own bowling ball and shoes. Although it might not be the prettiest location for an engagement session – these moments with our friends are important to us, and ones we never want to forget… even though I may have gotten hit in the head with a bowling ball this time.

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If you’re still here – thanks for reading a little bit about our love story! It’s fun (and a little scary) to put it up here with all of our JTP couples – but just wanted to share a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes these days. We’re getting married on Sunday and then taking the week to enjoy and celebrate our marriage together. Back to your regularly scheduled JTP weddings and engagements blogs the first week of October, I promise. Thanks for your patience in the meantime ๐Ÿ™‚

We always encourage couples to have their engagement session shot at a meaningful spot or in their home. It’s the most real to us – and we love to document this time of their lives by capturing some photos in spaces they actually spend time in together. Joanna + Jordan embraced this idea – and we think it was so much fun to see true happiness on their faces… inspired by Antique Taco and Jeni’s Ice Cream! We started the session walking around Wicker Park (near where they live), stopped at their favorite spots in the neighborhood – Antique Taco and Jeni’s (some of our favorites, too!), and ended the session on their rooftop. Joanna + Jordan – thanks for being your awesome selves… we can’t wait to capture more moments for you on your wedding day in October!

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Jackie + Mike started off in the friend-zone but eventually went from being just friends to dating to getting engaged in Austin! They’re getting married next July in one of the most beautiful suburban locations – Cantigny Park! So while they’re celebrating and enjoying their engagement this summer – they spent some time with Hanna at Olive Park to capture the unbeatable views. Jackie + Mike, we hope you enjoy this fun time in your lives and we can’t wait for the big day in July!

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Liz + David spend a lot of time walking around the Glen Park Center in Glenview. I’d never been there before, but we spent the afternoon exploring some of their favorite spots. Thanks for showing me around your hood, Liz + David! What a gorgeous area! Good luck with the rest of wedding planning and hope to talk to you again soon!

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Sam + John met at ISU and started dating immediately. Their anniversary is December 1st, 2013… 12 + 1 = 13 (that’s how John remembers their anniversary date)! He’s gonna need a new way to remember their engagement date though – 12.16.17 (any ideas?? 4 years and 15 days later? I’m not good at this.). Anyway, Sam + John went to zoo lights for their friend’s birthday and as John pretended to take a photo by the light up cinderella ball (if you’ve ever been to zoo lights, you know exactly what I’m talking about) – John asked Sam to marry him! Hanna took them back to where John proposed for their engagement session, and they had the most fun. They’ll be heading out of Chicago up to Milwaukee for the wedding – so we had to make sure and get them some meaningful photos in Chicago. Can’t wait for the wedding!

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