I. Freaking. Love these two!!!!
I first met Sarah and Rachel back in May of 2019 when I had reached out to one of them on Instagram to work together. And guess where we shot--surprise surprise, North Avenue Beach! As you all know, North Ave Beach is one of my favorite locations in Chicago to propose, or take engagement pictures, or wedding pictures, orrrr sometimes just to hang out and watch the city from afar :)
These two have been together for almost 9 years, and you can tell how seriously in love they are with each other every time they're with each other, even if it's just watching them online on Sarah or Rachel's Instagram, or their YouTube channel together. I've been lucky enough to shoot with them now a total of three times (once virtually over FaceTime, back when that was becoming a thing during quarantine), and of course this gorgeous Chicago proposal at North Avenue Beach!
The classic cityscape in the background of this Chicago proposal is what everyone wants when they ask me to photograph their proposal at North Avenue Beach, and it's clear to see why! I love it every single time, and makes the moment of saying "yes" that much more grand.
Let me get philosophical for a sec--I love looking up at the stars and realizing how freaking tiny we are, and looking into a cityscape can kind of feel the same way. There are so many windows in a building, and each window is room with someone in it (ya know, in normal times), and the streets are filled with cars that are filled with people--but here are two of those people that make up this giant city, having a super special moment together that changes their lives, and maybe makes them feel just a little more important and excited than they do every other day of the week. And that's why I love proposals at North Ave Beach--you get to be the highlight of the entire city for a few minutes, or at least have pictures that look like it.
This was only part one of the day--part two was dinner, and part three was a mini party at their home in Chicago with some close friends and lots of cute, sentimental things. If you want some proposal inspo or are just in the mood to read some super cute stuff, you can see more here.
After lots of hugs and kisses and shock, Rachel was still trying to figure out what the heck just happened (as most people do after they get engaged). Then some tears came, lots of laughter, and a few more photos to commemorate the day.
This proposal definitely had to be one I couldn't share annnyyything about on my Instagram, since both of these two followed me, and I've done quite a few proposals at North Avenue Beach before, so I didn't want to give Rachel any hints in case she saw my story or feed! Funny enough, at the actual proposal, she even mentioned how she pictures me being there for the proposal--so good thing I kept it a secret! 😂
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