July 17, 2014

University of Chicago Engagement: Sheila & Jon

We got an email from Sheila last year & on the inquiry form where it said “On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you to have J&M shoot your wedding?”….she said it was a 20! :) That’s when I first knew she definitely had to be a J&M bride.

We emailed back & forth in preparation for their engagement shoot & Sheila sent me a picture of the incredible navy Modcloth dress she was going to be wearing. She described it as a “poofy, retro-inspired, party dress.” And that’s when I knew she most definitely was our ideal J&M Bride.

But it was afterr the shoot, after we were on our way back home, when we got not one, but two emails- one from Sheila AND one from Jon thanking us for everything….that’s when I knew that we had been lucky enough to book our ideal J&M COUPLE! The kind where we just connect so much with both of them, they are both so super kind & thoughtful, they have amazing, classic style, they are funny, they are both into planning the wedding, they both value photography, love the work and knew they wanted to work with us in particular, and they are the kind of people you just want to be friends with….the kind of people where you are the best version of yourself when you’re around them. Now THAT’S our idea couple!

Earlier this week, we got together with Sheila & Jon to shoot all around the University of Chicago campus. As soon as we walked through our first stone archway & saw the ivy growing up the wall….it felt like we were home! And we thought….these are our people! :) I have to admit, I think the UC campus might even be a little prettier than the Yale Campus. And that’s saying something! Everywhere you looked, there was some new amazing corner to shoot in! Let’s just put it this way, it took us about a half an hour to walk twenty feet, we just kept seeing so much we loved! This is a classic photographer’s DREAM backdrop and we were loving every minute of it!

I think this shoot was made even better because Sheila & Jon are both creatives themselves, so photography & art are really important to them. Jon is a designer & Sheila is actually photographer herself (she & Justin were at RIT at the same time!) who does a lot of editorial work in Chicago, so it was such a HUGE honor to be asked to be her photographer! We were joking that I think this must be the year of the photographer wedding because Sheila’s will be our FIFTH photographer wedding of the year! Amazing!

Sheila & Jon we had the BEST time hanging out with you guys and seeing a part of Chicago we’ve never seen before! We loved every minute of getting to know you guys, hearing your story, and winding up the night in a pub together. It just got us SO excited for the wedding & now we can’t wait until October to see you guys again! Until then, here are a few of our favorites from our time together!

So much love!
J&M

  1. Emilia Jane

    Oh my gosh that last frame!!!

  2. Christy Tyler

    One of my absolute favorite places to shoot in Chicago – and you guys captured it (& them) perfectly! Love the black & white of her in the ivy!!

  3. Stephanie Rita

    LOVE her portrait in the ivy!

  4. Abby Grace

    This reminds me so clearly of your Yale sessions- that same timeless sophistication, just less New England-y. I love it!

  5. Lindsey LaRue

    Love that umbrella sneaking in! It adds such a perfect touch. Simply stunning session.

  6. Caitlin Nicole

    Such a beautiful, adorable couple. To repeat what others have said: sophisticated, stunning photos here!

  7. Jennifer

    Love this series – so classic ! And I love her dress too… :-)

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