Mary + Shane | a Chicago rooftop engagement

Engaged

E Schmidt Photography | Chicago Wedding Photographer | Chicago engagement photos

I was so excited when Mary + Shane asked me to come photograph their engagement photos in Chicago.  I love it there and I loved that they wanted to share with me some of their favorite spots in the city.  I knew it was going to be amazing, but their session was even better than I had imagined.  I met them in their home where Mary had two of my favorite things: sparkles & rose’.  She showed me a white sequin gown she had planned to wear for our sunset shots on the roof and I think I literally looked like a heart in eyes emoji!  We spent the night laughing and running around the city – it was perfect.  I soooooo can’t wait for their wedding day this fall!

Here’s more about Mary & Shane:

Mary, Inventory Analyst
Shane, Regional Representative
Met:  Junior year of college, through mutual friends (Western Michigan University)
How they met:  During my freshmen year of college, my roommate Matt, whom I lived with in the dorms had gone to high school with Mary. Matt and I, along with a few others, continued to live in the same house junior and senior year. Towards the end of junior year I went to a small get-together with him, which happened to be at Mary’s house. I had met many of his high school friends previously, but never Mary. Mary and I began dating a few months after our first meeting and it’s been a fantastic, fun and exciting journey ever since!!
Their engagement story:  We have been together almost ten years now, so we have accumulated a lot of photos of the two of us throughout the years, even if the first few years were before smart phones. One day, while she was at work, and on a day we both had the next day off, I came home early and strung about a hundred photos of her and I throughout the years in our condo. She came home from work, and I told her to wait a minute before she came in while I organized a few last minute things (she thought I told her to wait because I picked up a couple puppies, so you can imagine her disappointment). When she entered the condo, she knew what was going to happen and I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.
any Lana Del Rey or Eminem song
any Lana Del Rey or Justin Timberlake song
Their wedding vision in 3 words:  elegant, simple, timeless
white and gold
Their September 2016 wedding will be held in Detroit.
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  1. Kristine b

    July 5th, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    ???? Heart eyes for days!!!! This session is gorgeous! Obsessed with her white dress and those rooftop images!

  2. Natalie

    July 6th, 2016 at 1:19 am

    What a gorgeous couple!! That rooftop spot!! HECK YES! So many amazing images, I’m sure they will struggle to pick a favorite like I am!

  3. Jenny

    July 6th, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Hello, gorgeous couple! These are beautiful, Erin!

  4. Chrissy

    July 6th, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    IN LOVE with this session!!! It doesn’t get classier than a rooftop shoot! And they are GORGEOUS. Can’t wait to see their wedding images!

  5. Megan D

    July 6th, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Ahhh!!! Those rooftop portraits!! AMAZE!! You killed it! Fantastic job friend!

  6. jenny grimm

    July 7th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Hellooooooo gorgeous engaged couple! This session belongs in a full page spread in some bridal magazine. Loving your work, Erin!!! XOXO

  7. Kendra

    July 8th, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I want to be on that roof and wear that dress and look half as amazing as they do!! Seriously those are KILLER!!

  8. lauren

    July 8th, 2016 at 3:30 am

    You’re winning at life and at gorgeous sessions!! I can’t even TAKE these two! This whole session is incredibly beautiful Erin!

  9. Danielle

    July 8th, 2016 at 6:12 am

    All of these images are giving me the heart eyes!! Stunning!

  10. Bobbi

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Oh my gosh I love all of these!! I always love reading your blog :D

  11. Angie

    July 8th, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Oh my, these are gorgeous!! I absolutely love her style too! I need that patterned dress!

  12. shannon

    July 10th, 2016 at 2:07 am

    the green wall, the puppies, the gorgeous city shots…so much YES!!!!!

  13. Caitlynn

    July 13th, 2016 at 6:13 am

    HOT COUPLE ALERT! They are perfectly perfect. The light. The locations. Their outfits. I’m dying over those rooftop images. You completely rocked this!