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Welcome to the White Quill Blog—your one stop shop for wedding planning tips + inspiration. Because, as a 6w5 with over 100 weddings under my belt, my number one goal is to make sure you're prepared in advance so you can live your wedding day to its fullest.

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Couple on a windy day at North Avenue Beach

Most Chicago lakefront photos involve a lot of wind (cue the ‘Windy City’ jokes).

If you’re anything like this fun-loving couple, you embrace the wind for some romantic, messy hair photos. Add in a beach at sunrise, mix in some of the biggest waves I’ve ever seen on Lake Michigan, and *chefs kiss*. Even Fabio would be jealous.

Emily and Adam are getting married this winter on warm, sandy beaches in the Caribbean, but they wanted to make sure to take some sunrise engagement photos before they exchanged vows. So we met up on a chilly fall morning on a stretch of beach, just north of North Avenue Beach.

Even though we were surrounded by early morning joggers, sunrise photographers, and overly friendly seagulls, these two were pros at snuggling close and disappearing into a world of their own.

Epic romance vibes aside, I had a blast letting these two show off their goofy side—whether it was chasing away the seagulls or busting out some dance moves on the beach.

Scroll down to see some of my favorite photos from Emily & Adam’s sunrise engagement session:

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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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