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Jenn and Ron’s Engagement at Midway Airport

Jenn and Ron amaze me.  Seriously- my jaw dropped when they told me that they were in a long distance relationship for over a YEAR. When Jenn suggested that we could take their engagement photos at Midway airport, I thought- of course!  One could only imagine the series of emotions that went through the two of them with every departure and arrival set for Philadelphia between them. Every month, Jenn and Ron made sure to book a flight visiting one another, with most all flights going through midway- and!  See the luggage they’re sporting?  Indeed- it’s long distance certified. 😉

I loved all of the mini planes on a string!

And the luggage tag?  Perfect touch!  Goes quite well with the backside of the tag, along with the & symbol- which will go quite well with their Chicago Bulls wedding colors of Red, Black, and White.

Jenn and Ron- Thank you so much for spending the morning with us!  Cannot wait to see the details at your wedding in 3 1/2 months!

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Akili and Janeen’s Wedding!

It was a wonderfully warm and sunny 4th of July weekend.  Janeen and Akili decided to have their wedding in Akili’s parent’s backyard, making for the perfect family and friends event.  Janeen is originally from California, making for the perfect weather for a vintage California style backyard wedding. 🙂

Akili’s father is a professor, and couldn’t get enough of all of the wonderful artwork and artifacts throughout the house. Perfect spot to hang the dress!

Janeen’s mom was so sweet!  I don’t think that there were any moments where she didn’t have a smile on her face. 🙂

Recycled wine and champaigne bottles? Yes please! AND- not to mention the fantastic mason jars. 🙂

See? Look at her mom’s beaming smile!  Aww.  Perfect! 🙂

Here’s the proof…. Let it be known that Janeen jumped higher.

The wedding cake was a rum soaked cake filled with the most delicious fruit, delicious butter, flour and sugar.  It was amazing.  Janeen’s mom spent all day on this family recipe.

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  • Loreal Waits-Smith - This is the best wedding album ever! I relived the entire day! Congratulations again you guys!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • nia - best wedding ever!! what a gorgeous bride, and a very lucky groom :).ReplyCancel


  • Diane Terry - Definitely one of the prettiest weddings I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Akili Lee - Great post/pics! Thanks Jason & Ela!

    And yes, Janeen did jump higher….I was focused on making sure she didn’t fall on the way down! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jonni-Ann - Amazing photos…viewing them was like revisiting your beautiful wedding day. They definitely tell the story of your day unfolding. I love that the story begins inside with the two of you getting ready…then onto the writing of the your personal vows…so intimate. What a generous gift to share with those who love you both so much. I can’t wait for disc two… Love, Aunt Jonni-Ann PS. I showed them to grandma who is just beaming…so proud!ReplyCancel

  • Vennieta - Beautiful pictures, gorgeous couple…wonderful day!!! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Lee!!!ReplyCancel

  • B Grant - Akili & Janeen,

    Congratulations and I hope you enjoy a wonderful life together. The pics are gorgeous.

    peace & blessings,

    B GrantReplyCancel

  • mediget - what precious photos! you guys look aaaaaaaaamazing!!!!! i had such a wonderful time….love you both and wish you the best! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • crystal denmon - beautiful wedding. Congratulations. I wish the both of you much happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Dumi and Aisha - Looking at the pictures was like reliving this!! Such an amazing day. Perfect photos for the perfect couple on a historic day.ReplyCancel

  • Tene - Love, love, love the wedding pictures! I must agree….thee best wedding album I’ve ever seen! A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple…wishing you both the BEST life together!ReplyCancel

  • Tracye Simmons - Akili & Janeen,

    Congratulations !! The pictures are gorgeous.

    Many Blessings,


  • Molvina Carter - Janeen and Akili –

    The pictures of you and Akili are phenomenal! You are both stunningly beautiful and obviously very much in love…I’m so happy that your photos captured this. On the day of your marriage, I just loved seeing the joy in both of your eyes as you lovingly gazed at each other. What a blessing to behold. Thank you for sharing these pictures. Love, Aunt Kim and family.ReplyCancel

  • Maria T. - Janeen & Akili,

    Congrats to you. What a beautiful collage of pictures. Cried at the pics of you writing to each other(?) before the ceremony. Palpable love in these pics!

    Best wishes for more great times with fam n friends and an ever evolving love!


  • Lorna - Simply Beautiful! I am thrilled for you. I wish you and your husband a lifetime of love and laughter.
    Mrs. WilsonReplyCancel

  • Thomas K.R. Stovall - Beautiful pics Akili. Hey, congratulations man. Its been such a joy watching you grow up from a pip squeak at Rich Central to seeing how you’ve handled your business over the years, and now you’re a married man. I’m so happy for you and your new bride, and I wish you a lifetime of joy together. Be blessed.

    Thomas K.R. StovallReplyCancel

  • Barry - I don’t know what was more beautiful – the photos, your suit, or the love you have for one another and the beautiful community around you helping you two take this next step together.ReplyCancel

  • Michallene - Janeen!!
    The pictures are beautiful…I can feel the love. I wish you two all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Okeoma - Love, love, love! Truely amazing and beautiful. Eternal blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Absolutely stunning. You can feel the love. Congratulations. And may God continue to bless you with an abundance of happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Santillan - Awesome album! We pray for many years of wedded bliss and growth in love to Akili & Janeen! 🙂 Welcome to the club (the married one).

    The SantillansReplyCancel

  • Ashley Goodwin - STUNNING details! The first photo had me HOOKED!ReplyCancel

  • Charlaine Carter - Wow!! What gorgeous pictures!! I am so glad that I was there to see you both take this incredible step in your life. I would encourage you both to always remember the joy you shared in this day.

    Love Aunt Charlaine.ReplyCancel

  • Guy Proviron - Awesome Idea with the twitter hashtag!ReplyCancel

Megan and Jim

The sunrise was amazing.  Golden over the lake- casting a bright blue over the city and everything else. I don’t think we’ve ever seen Chicago in such a blue light.  Perhaps its because it was just after 5am. 😉 And Megan and Jim are amazing people for being up that early with us- AND looking gorgeous so early in the morning might I add. The sun also had about 30 minutes of cloud cover after it rose, giving us a fantastic photo-op in the 7 Weeping Willows. My favorite tree- and seven of them! In downtown Chicago? Who knew?!?

Megan and Jim actually met at their friends wedding, almost 3 years ago. How perfect is that? They are set to get married later this summer at the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst- a lovely area with a fantastic courtyard and magnificent historic house. Megan is so sweet- she asked us how we were doing in the middle of the wedding season- it’s the nurse in her. 🙂 Megan we are so excited for your wedding and to see your sisters and Jim’s brothers standing next to you two next month!

Blue cityscape AND golden sunlight? Yes please!


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Chicago Engagement Photography – Heidi and Eric

When Jason and I met Heidi and Eric for coffee, it felt like we knew them.  There is something about them that brings back loads of memories of good times past.  They are a perfect catch for each other- Heidi, you’re absolutely lovely.  And Eric is so incredibly funny. 🙂 The type of person that you can grab a beer with and laugh for hours.  Good humor indeed.  Actually, he reminds me of my friend Dave from Boston- which those good times were always had.

We began this Chicago engagement photography session in the morning with – Heidi and Eric a nautical theme by the beach- with bunches of little boats conveniently lined up for our session. The sky was intense, I cannot get enough of the clouds this week!  Perhaps it’s making up for lost time from this winter. After the beach, we headed over to the amazing Garfield Park Conservatory, located over by the Greenline.  Eric actually had to head to work after the engagement session, along with the day we first met (a Sunday mind you). Given the fact that being a sports writer/commentator, you work when people play (literally).  Heidi and Eric are getting married at Independence Grove in May of next year, filled with 1100 acres of photo ops. Excited about the countless possibilities!  See you two next year. 🙂

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  • Cassie - I love these! Especially the one of them sitting on the boat and the close up of her adorable red shoes and his sperrys. Sigh. Everytime I look at your blog it just gets better and better. 🙂ReplyCancel

Elizabeth and Brian Engagement

These shots make me realize how much I love this city, just as Elizabeth and Brian do. Between starting the early morning off at a giant freshwater sunrise and simply walking across acres upon acres of park, playgrounds with scenic skylines, and nature- so many possibilities! I can go off track with hours of ideas and stumbling intos. Elizabeth proposed for a shoot in the Park, just over by the North Pond, which was conveniently located by a fantastic gazebo settled by quite a large flock of Canadian Geese (no worries, we excused ourselves for them to move out of our shot).

You guys were great and Elizabeth, your dress was perfect for every setting!  We can’t wait to see you again in less than 5 months!

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  • Kathy Engert - These are great! THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Shaw - Thank you for sharing these with me. I love them. These are great.
    I was out with LaDonna and Nancy last night and I showed these to them. They were also impressed. Nancy has never been to Chicago and now she is more anxious than ever to go.ReplyCancel