While I have lived in Seattle, Washington since 2000 and now call it home I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and return 1-2x per year to exclusively relax and visit with family and friends. This month during my visit I also photographed a couple in love on the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. I was super excited to create photos in downtown Chicago because the city’s architecture is remarkable and legendary. Anxiety briefly cloaked my excitement as I set out to find a suitable location to hold this quick 30 minute session in a city I am no longer very familiar with since my visits largely take place in the suburbs. I wanted to show off the skyline, produce a modern look and also bring in some warmth to compliment the romantic connection this couple shares. I honestly can’t even remember how I came upon the super cool structure at the boardwalk designed by Studio Gang Architects and WRD Environmental but I’m tickled I did. And I’m really happy that the photos make it seem as if these two had the zoo to themselves when nothing could have been further from the truth with droves of people all around us on what was a gorgeous warm and sunny day. Enjoy!

Couple hugging head to head in front of Chicago skylineCouple looking at each other with Chicago skylineCouple relaxing on Lincoln Park Zoo Nature BoardwalkCouple hugging in the grass at Lincoln Park Zoo ChicagoCouple hugging in the grass at Lincoln Park Zoo ChicagoCouple posing on Lincoln Park Zoo nature boardwalkCouple in love Lincoln Park Zoo ChicagoCouple in an embrace on Lincoln Park nature boardwalkCouple seated on modern architecture on Lincoln Park Zoo boardwalkModern couple posing in Lincoln Park modern architectureCouple snuggling with Chicago skyline in background


In a perfect world I would share the stunning faces of 2 brides whose wedding I photographed at Robinswood House. However our world is an imperfect place so these brides and their families will remain anonymous. I did however want to share the gorgeous details of the wedding day. Vintage doorknob placecard holders, flower vases atop antique books, a weathered dresser showcasing the beautifully painted tiered cake and gorgeous flowers. Enjoy.

2 diamond engagement rings on a crystal vasevintage doorknob placecard holder

antique books used for wedding table decoration

2 brides cutting their wedding caketiered wedding cake on vintage dressertop of a wedding cake painted with flowers

3 tiered wedding cake painted with flowersfloral wedding decorationsflower vase on top of a vintage book for wedding gueststable setting Robinswood House weddingThe Little Prince bookwedding dessert table decorated with old typewriterwedding dessert table with candy in pretty glass jarsoutdoor wedding ceremony  altar with wooden tableoutdoor wedding altar vintage tableflowers decorating a wedding ceremony chair2 brides saying wedding vows to each other2 brides hands being blessed by a priest2 brides holding handsoutdoor wedding ceremony altar table2 brides holding hands behind their wedding bouquets2 brides holding their wedding bouquetsgorgeous wedding flower bouquet2 brides holding hands in front of a Rolls Roycebrideblue and white pump shoes for 2 brides2 lace wedding dresses hanging on sheer curtainsbottom of a lacy wedding dressBottom of a fluffy wedding dress


When I met Eric and Oliver to talk about potentially photographing their wedding I broke down at some point and frankly told them that I would love to photograph their handsome faces. As in they’ll photograph super well because they’re so dang good looking!!!! No matter what people look like weddings are a beautiful thing and I’m lucky that people trust me to photograph theirs. But I’d be Pinnochio’s cousin if I said I didn’t get excited when gorgeous people hire me. To my delight, Eric and Oliver said yes, to Nataworry! Little did I know Eric’s Midwest family would treat me like a long lost family member (I grew up in Chicago) they way they joked around with me. And I practically wanted to take Oliver’s elegant, sweet mom home. And Eric’s nephew gave an inspirational toast that had many, including Eric, in tears. WHAT a super fun group of people and it was exciting to be on the Virginia V and sail around Lake Union as they were married by their dear friend. Kudos to BreeAnn Gale of Pink Blossom Events for helping to plan a beautiful event. And holy cow the dinner served up by Ravishing Radish was lip smacking good.

Seattle Westin hotel towerwedding bands for 2 groomsgroom wedding vowsGroom writing his vowsBouttonieresGrooms shoes2 grooms dressing each other2 grooms socks2 grooms holding hands2 grooms holding hands at Westin Hotel

2 grooms pretending to be spies1 groom adjusting another groom2 grooms laughing and holding hands2 grooms walking up the hill at Gasworks Park2 grooms stealing a kiss at Gasworks ParkVirginia V ship plaquebucket of AIX rose wineRavishing Radish appetizerswedding guests laughinggroom laughing with wedding guestsgroom tie and jacket close upclose up of 2 grooms and their socks2 grooms ringing the Virginia V horncustom ship flag for 2 grooms getting marriedLake Union Seattle houseboatsVirginia V world flagsView of Seattle Space Needle from Lake UnionWedding guests toasting with AIX rosewedding officiant walking mother of groom2 grooms walking into their wedding ceremony2 grooms holding hands during wedding2 grooms laughing during wedding vows2 grooms reciting wedding vows1 groom putting wedding band on other groomend of wedding ceremony celebration2 grooms toasting to being marriedwedding guests on the Virginia V shipVirginia V captain portrait2 grooms happily just married2 grooms hands with wedding ringswedding guests and grooms huggingwedding guest laughing with reflective sunglasses2 women wedding guests huggingVirginia V classic signagemother of a groomview of MOHAI from the Virginia VVirginia V wooden signcontent wedding guestwedding guest being sillyview of downtown Seattle from Virginia VVirginia V crew preparing to dockcustom placecardswedding table setting detailsflower centerpiece on wedding table

Ravishing Radish wedding dinnerRavishing Radish catering entree

wedding dessertwedding cakewedding cake close upwedding cake dessert tableVirginia V docked

2 grooms walking

2 grooms hugging next to the Virginia V

Portrait of 2 grooms facing each other