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Janine & Ryan Lion’s Den Gorge Engagement Session Grafton Wisconsin

How they met

Janine and Ryan met in 2011 when they were both working at Portillo’s Hot Dogs in Crystal Lake, IL. By pure coincidence, Janine ended up training Ryan on his first day as a new hire. Janine says she’s continued training him ever since!

How they fell in love

Janine and Ryan slowly grew from co-workers to best friends in three years. It took a while, but Janine finally agreed to a date with Ryan and they have been together ever since.

The proposal

Ryan took Janine on a trip to Traverse City, Michigan, where he proposed on the northern point of an inlet at a lighthouse on Lake Michigan (one of Janine’s favorite locations). They celebrated their engagement by touring three wineries and sitting down for a romantic dinner afterward.

The Lion’s Den Gorge Engagement Session

Janine and Ryan helped me discover an amazing new engagement session location when they suggested Lion’s Den Gorge in Grafton, Wisconsin. Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve is one of the last undeveloped tracts of bluff land on the coast of Lake Michigan. Janine and Ryan showed me some of their favorite views as we explored the nature preserve for their Lion’s Den Gorge Engagement Session.  Together, we enjoyed a beautiful evening taking in some of the best Lake Michigan views I’ve ever seen.

Janine and Ryan paired the perfect fall outfits with the natural beauty of the nature preserve for the Lion’s Den engagement session! As you can see in the gallery below, Janine’s floral print dress was a perfect accent for the wildflowers blooming beside many of the trails we walked along the bluffs above Lake Michigan. And when Janine and Ryan changed into fall sweaters, they looked right at home among the woods!

These two lovebirds tied their Lion’s Den Gorge engagement session back to the story of their engagement, too! Janine and Ryan packed a small picnic basket with champagne from one of the wineries they visited after getting engaged in Traverse City, MI, and they enjoyed a toast and few quiet moments together in the peaceful stillness of the woods.

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Q & A With the Couple

What are you most excited about for your wedding?

Celebrating our love in front of all of our family and friends. Also, dancing the night away!

Your love story is made into a movie… What is the title?

We go together like Mozzarella on a Chicago Beef.

Describe your relationship in 5 words.

Best friends, Cuddly, Compassionate, Opposites attract, Silly.

What is something that means the most to both of you?

Life is short and we always want to make the most out of every moment.

Janine and Ryan are planning a 2022 wedding celebration at Blue Harbor Resort.

Are you engaged and looking for a Chicago fine art wedding photographer? I have limited space in my calendar for 2021, and 2022 is booking quickly, so please reach out today for the best availability.

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