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Brennan & Nicole Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Brennan was looking for a Fine Art Engagement Photographer in the Chicago area and reached out to me. Brennan shared the story of how he met with Nicole, and his words are far better than mine: Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

“For months on end, my uncle told me about this cute bartender at a restaurant called Bobbers in Lake Zurich. Finally, one day after work we decided to stop for drinks and that was the day I met Nicole for the first time. We talked as if we had known each other for decades, and she later told me that she normally closes early if there was no one in there, but she made an exception for me (a fact she still likes to constantly remind about!). That first night we spoke about her impulse decision made earlier that week to go to Germany and visit some au pair friends she had made while living in Atlanta. As I was leaving, I gave her my business card and told her to call me when she had some free time in her life for me. Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL
Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL
“I didn’t hear back from her for quite some time until one night I was in Dallas on business and got a random call from my uncle, “Brennan, I’m at Bobber’s and that cute Nicole girl is working – do you want to talk with her?!” Before I could even breathe out a syllable Nicole was on the other end of the phone, both of us in an awkward forced conversation. I remember hanging up after an uncomfortable minute saying to the person with me… “well I just blew that one”. Little did I know back in Lake Zurich Nicole called her dad and asked for a picture of my business card she had kept hanging in her room. Later that night I got the best text of my life when Nicole proposed the idea of getting some dinner when I finally returned home. Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL


Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Engagement Session Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

“I jumped on the opportunity and a week later we finally had our first date. Nicole showed up a half-hour late (totally opposite of her personality) because she was told by everyone at Bobber’s you should never show up “on-time” or “without a little buzz”. I didn’t think anything of it as I had made friendly conversation with plenty of people around me and was just happy she showed up! Like the first night, we met the conversation flowed smoothly – we talked about everything: hard times in our lives, our love of family, and how what we want from a relationship. Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL
“We both considered the best first date in history, however, we didn’t know that until later. I tried everything I could to get a second date, however, Nicole was still unsure if the grass was greener on the other side and decided at the time she wasn’t completely sure it was done with the ex. For the next few months, I would show up at Bobber’s with my uncle “randomly”. The first time I came in after our date there was a girl who dropped an entire tray of customer’s drinks when I walked in (it was Nicole!!!) – she was so frazzled she ran to the back and asked her boss to look on the cameras to see if it was really me (not thinking once that her boss had never even met me so had no idea what I looked like!). Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

“I came into Bobber’s a few more times with my uncle and one afternoon decided to hang back after he left to do some work on my laptop as Nicole was on shift. She clocked out when she was done midafternoon and I acted like I had no idea – after an hour of sitting at the bar by herself she finally came over to me and said, “Are you going to drink with me or what?” to which I “suavely” replied after I get done with work (I’m sure it was not smooth at all as I was over there in no less than 2 minutes!). Drinks lead to me asking her to dinner which leads to her giving me a ride home. In the driveway, I asked if I could kiss her which she now tells me is when she knew she was going to fall for me. Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

A week later I invited her to go to the Cubs game with me where we had the time of our lives. I took her to a few rooftops I knew about, the Kris Bryant batting cages, and great seats for the game (which we only made it to half of). After the game, we ran into my friend from college who was meeting up with another friend from college that just so happened to be the manager of the brand-new Swift & Sons Tavern. We ended up getting a private table on the second floor overlooking the Cubs Marque with our meal and drinks covered (I still to this day I don’t know how it worked out like that!)

“Since our first three dates we have gone on countless adventures together, are wildly in love with each other’s family, and can’t wait to commit to the rest of the journey. We have plenty of stories full of laughter, times we have tested each other, and events that have brought us together as one – but at the end of the day, love is at the center.” Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

Brennan asked the big question in front of a waterfall while they were on vacation in Hawaii, and we had originally planned to take their engagement session at a Starved Rock State Park in Illinois, but when we found out the waterfall in question was dried up due to the summer heat, we pivoted to schedule a golden hour Engagement session at Nippersink Forest preserve, and I dare say the results were magical! Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

If you are engaged and want to do an engagement session in Nippersink Forest Preserve, feel free to reach out to Joshua Harrison Photography, I am a Chicago Fine Art Wedding Photographer Engagement Session Nippersink Forest Preserve Round Lake IL

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