Ivan got in touch with me a week before his trip to Chicago, with his girlfriend, Fara. They had a fun agenda planned for their weekend getaway, and the Midwest welcomed them with some amaaaazing weather AND a memorable, busy/buzzing city...celebrating the Cubs' achievement of making it to the World Series! Though, I'm sure that will be the last thing they remember about their time in Chicago, ha!
The two spent an afternoon exploring and sight seeing, venturing over to Olive Park by sunset. Ivan had said they were meeting an old friend of his in the park to throw Fara off. (This was not entirely untrue though; they did make a new friend in ME!) As the two walked down the path away from the shoreline to look back on the skyline, Ivan took her hands and professed his love for her and desire to be with Fara forever. And then, he popped the question!
But that's not all. This guy was SO thoughtful in his planning and approach. He even requested a floral arrangement to give to her after he asked for her hand... as if the ring wasn't enough! Ha! But it was my pleasure to enlist a good friend, Ilda, at Blumgarten (tiny plug: FAVORITE florist in Chicago!) to make a special design for Fara. And she did not disappoint. ;)
Here is a peek at their beautiful proposal!
Words and photos by Jennifer Claire Photography
Meet Jennifer Claire: I am a love and lifestyle photographer available for weddings, engagements, proposals, and portraits in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. As a child, I grew up on a lake in Wisconsin and was immersed in nature all my life, surrounded by so much beauty that my eyes were often overwhelmed (with tears… yes, I’m a sap!). But seriously, I glean endless inspiration and energy from being outside – any season! – and thus, my favorite events to capture are the ones that are set in the great outdoors!
LOVE is what keeps me motivated to continue documenting stories… pure, abundant, RADIANT love. When it comes to engagements and weddings, I want to serve the smitten ones; couples that smother each other with affection and loving gestures. The ones who let romance abound! Who have unabashedly gone giddy! And are happiest when their partner is too… In short: Couples who are truly, madly, and deeply in love.