Lauren & Shane: Stunning Fall Chicago Wedding

Lauren & Shane are one of those couples that you can feel how much they love each other the second you meet them. Their wedding was a magical forest affair, and I just loved every second of it! Lauren and Shane met online- their first date featured a home cooked steak dinner by Shane himself. Fast forward to years later on Lauren’s birthday. They prepared a delicious breakfast, then headed out to Northerly Island to enjoy the meal at sunrise, where Shane popped the question. Pretty dreamy 🙂

We started our photography journey together back in 2015 when we did some engagement photos in the Lincoln Park Zoo area. We wandered around the Conservatory and the Lilly Pond, where we got some wonderful shots full of bright colors and laughter. These two seriously know just how to make each other laugh- it’s the best 🙂

Almost exactly a year later, we met at the incredible Grove Redfield Estate. If you’ve never been there before, it’s definitely worth a trip! The charming house is surrounded by miles of trails, gardens, and even a reflecting pool. This all was made even better by the fact it was mid-Fall again, so everything had some color to it (which I am a total sucker for).

Once I arrived, I joined Lauren and her girls inside to take some getting ready shots. I was obsessed with her shoes! I mean just look at them, how could you not be!? She definitely has great style 🙂 Once she was ready, we went out to the reflecting pool for one of the best first looks I’ve ever seen! Shane’s reaction was so amazing that it almost made me shed a few tears myself. We then took some time for couple portraits, full wedding party shots, and just as the sun was setting, the ceremony started. It was a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by trees (and their loving family and friends!) on all sides.

Up next? Party time! We took some family photos, then joined the guests at the outdoor reception area for dinner, cupcakes, and plenty of dancing. All of their guests were so much fun- I had the best time capturing all their dance moves!

All in all, it was an insane pleasure to get to know such an outstanding couple like Lauren & Shane, and to be a part of such an incredible day 🙂

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