Chicago Engagement Photography

Katherine introduced Ryan to Chicago.  So when he proposed, Ryan took her back to the first place in the city that they visited together!

How They Met:

Ryan and Katherine first met at a University of Kentucky football tailgate on a warm September afternoon back in 2012.  Their mutual friend had invited each of them for a weekend away.  Katherine was in from Chicago, and Ryan from his small hometown Odessa, Texas.

As they watched the game, Ryan couldn’t take his eyes off of her.  He was mesmerized by her long, blonde, curly hair, and charmed by her warm personality.  The feeling was mutual.  Ryan says he believes that she was drawn in by the way he wore his cowboy hat and Wrangler jeans.  Conversation was easy at the game, and the pair hit it off over the course of the weekend.

When it was time for them to part ways, they had forged an unbreakable connection.  They started dating soon after.


How They Knew:

The couple fell deeper in love over the course of the next year as they dated long-distance. By the early spring of 2013, they both knew that they had something special. Ryan left his small town to move to the big city, heading up to Chicago to join Katherine and see what would unfold.


The Proposal:

Ryan wanted their proposal to commemorate their love story.  So, he chose the Cut, a bar and restaurant on the Chicago River, as the location for their engagement.  The restaurant had been the first place Katherine had shown him when he moved there and was a sentimental location for both of them.

He invited all of Katherine’s friends and family to wait nearby and join in after the big moment to celebrate, and pose for portrait shots.  He consulted Katherine’s best friend Laura for help planning Katherine’s dream engagement night.

And on a warm summer night, nearly three years after they first met, he dropped to one knee in front of the scenic La Salle Street Bridge, and presented her with a stunning ring from Rivard Jewelers.

She was completely surprised, and she could barely contain her joy as she said, “Yes!”

After the pair paused for some incredible portrait shots, she was surprised again when all of her friends and family joined to admire her ring, congratulate the couple, and join in some of the photos.  View their full photo slideshow, here.

Interested in planning and capturing your own dream proposal, in Chicago and beyond?  Contact us for a free consultation with one of our proposal experts!  We specialize in proposal planning and surprise engagement photography, helping you capture that once-in-a-lifetime moment for years to come.