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Megan & Osaze Engagement Session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL

How they met

Megan and Osaze’s love story starts far away from Chicago, at the University of Kansas. Osaze came all the way from Nigeria to study business and participate in university sports as a football player. Megan, on the other hand, came to the University of Kansas to train and practice as a social worker.

They were both out to eat and drink after classes one day, and happened to cross paths. After exchanging numbers, they met for their first date just a week later, and as Megan so enthusiastically says, “The rest is history!”

The Proposal

After they each completed their degree program and graduated, the pair moved to make their home in the Chicago suburbs where Osaze proposed in the comfort of their home.

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The Engagement Session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL

While meeting with Megan and Osaze by Zoom to plan their engagement session, Megan told me how much they loved going on adventures together; none of us could have imagined how much of an adventure their engagement session would be! Engagement Session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL

As a fine art engagement photographer, We partnered together to plan a luxurious engagement session at Milton Lee Olive Park and the lakefront near the Adler Planetarium. But nature tried to stop us from having a great time. The weather forecast called for heavy rainstorms, thunder, and lightning on the afternoon of Megan and Osaze’s session. Megan had just started a new social work job and was worried because she wouldn’t be able to reschedule if the weather forced us to cancel our session. When we arrived at our first planned photo location, we were so pleased that the weather was holding for us–pleasantly warm with beautiful overcast skies.

But our joy was shortlived when we realized Chicago’s COVID-19 restrictions had closed Milton Lee Olive Park. Part of my job as a Chicago fine art wedding photographer, however, is to serve clients by helping them plan the most elegant locations for the sessions, and sometimes this means improvising. Just steps from Milton Lee Olive Park was another park, Jane Addams Memorial Park, and it was open. So the engagement session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL was a go.

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Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL features a beautiful open lawn surrounded by mature trees, and the environment made an elegant backdrop for creating authentic and timeless fine art engagement portraits for Megan and Osaze. Engagement Session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL

When planning Megan and Osaze’s engagement session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL, I encouraged the couple to include some personal accessories in their session. Megan’s mom crafted a beautiful wedding canvas featuring their wedding date and names, and we had some much fun incorporating this unique piece into their Chicago fine art engagement session photos.

Megan also brought a handcrafted bouquet to their engagement session. Fresh hydrangea blooms tied with an ivory ribbon made for a beautiful accent in their images. And Osaze completed the look by wearing a traditional formal outfit from his home country of Nigeria! Engagement Session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL

In summary, between downpours on the rainiest Mondays of June, we met in downtown Chicago to make beautiful images and memories. When we discovered our original photo location was closed due to COVID, we explored the nearby area, and the resulting photos from their Jane Addams Memorial Park engagement session were breathtaking!

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Their wedding plans

Megan and Osaze are looking forward to celebrating as the happy couple at their upcoming 2021 wedding in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Oakbrook Bath and Tennis Club. They had to move their wedding date due to COVID-19 conditions and to accommodate travel restrictions for family members, but I am so glad they are able to move forward in this next chapter of their love story!

If you are looking for a Chicago Fine Art Wedding Photographer, I would love serve you! Please feel free to reach out to Joshua Harrison Photography. Engagement Session Jane Addams Memorial Park Chicago IL

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