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When it comes to downtown Chicago engagement photos, North Avenue Beach is the perfect spot. Especially for couples like Liz and Craig.

You see, they inquired wayyy back in February 2020 with this note:

“One of our main passions is travel, so we decided to live without regret, quit our jobs, and backpack South America. We are currently 7 months into this year-long adventure before we head back to Chicago to figure out our next moves and get married!”

Yup, they were planning a wedding while hiking in Patagonia. I just wanna take a moment to appreciate their dedication. Especially with the spotty internet access.

But then COVID entered the chat, causing them to head back to the US and re-evaluate wedding plans.

They ended up having a small, backyard wedding in September 2020 with their immediate families and a zoom feed. In Spring 2021, Liz and Craig finally felt comfortable going forward with plans for a larger wedding like they’d originally envisioned.

But first—their complimentary engagement session (though, since they were married, I suppose it was more of a portrait session).

When it came time to pick locations, Liz had a few ideas in mind. She knew she wanted to take engagement photos at North Avenue Beach and the Chicago Riverwalk. The main theme? Plenty of skyline views.

For a couple who’d been backpacking in South America when COVID hit and spent a chunk of 2020 living out of a van out west, it seemed right to take their engagement photos in some classic Chicago spots to document the place they’re currently calling “home”.

So we kicked off their session at LaSalle St. bridge (my bridge of choice for photos). After a few photos on the bridge, we ubered over to North Avenue Beach for some perfect sunset engagement photos.

Couple standing on Lasalle St. Bridge in Downtown Chicago
Couple standing on Lasalle St. Bridge in Downtown Chicago

Hey, I’m Chelsea

Growing up, I had big dreams of being a writer—but one screenwriting seminar over mac and cheese pizza changed everything. Now, with a film degree and over 100 weddings under my belt, I get to tell your real-life stories (and, trust me, they put my made-up ones to shame). 

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