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Zneita & Justin | Romantic Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

How they met

Zneita and Justin were coworkers working odd jobs during the late teenage years, but that’s not the beginning of their love story. They stayed in contact over the years, and when Justin’s twin and his wife invited Zneita out, she had an opportunity to reconnect with Justin. And to put it in Zneita’s words, “We have been inseparable ever since!” Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

How they fell in love

After a year and half of dating, Zneita decided to have her colored brown hues, inspired by a stunning hairstyle of one of her acquaintances. So, she booked the exacted same stylist and headed in to the salon to achieve her dream look.

Bad news…it didn’t turn out remotely close! Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

The coloring was a complete failure, leaving Zneita’s hair beyond repair. When she cut off her hair, and came home in tears looking like a rag doll, Justin smiled and said, “Well, babe, you will always be my rag doll.”

Zneita’s tears turned to joy! That was when she knew she was in love — because it was the first moment Justin loved her.

Since then, Justin has shown Zneita that she’s loved and accepted in so many ways, no matter what. He continuously lets her explore without boundaries. He challenges her, encourages her, and loves without limits. Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

The proposal

Justin proposed at Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. As they were eating, he told Zneita about a special dessert that wasn’t on the menu — after all, the joint is a speakeasy and the secret recipe is only found online! Apparently, Justin had already put the request for the secret dessert in with the waitstaff. He said something about how it took the restaurant about 45 minutes to prepare the special dish, and he wanted it to be ready when they finished their meal.

As they worked their way through their steaks, Zneita began to ask Justin about the dessert. She loves sweets, so Justin assured her it was coming. Then, Justin handed her a card with a sewing machine on the cover. (He’d been taking sewing classes.) Zneita recalls that he wrote about all the ways he loved her, etc, etc…

But the last line read: Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

“Today marks 1,000 days since I asked you to be my girlfriend; now I’m asking you to spend 1,000 years with me. Will you finish the seam of the first part of our lives together and be my wife?”

When Zneita looked up from reading the card Justin had the ring out and she couldn’t stop smiling.

It was a “Yes!” Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

Zneita and Justin were both born and raised in Chicago, so it only made sense to set their engagement session in their favorite city. We began their session under the iconic marquee at the Chicago Theatre. While it was 38 degrees and chilly in the Windy City, the weather didn’t put a damper on their love! Zneita and Justin glowed with affection and commitment for each other, cuddling up and dancing below the Chicago Theatre sign.

As city-dwellers, Zneita and Justin were able to show me a new and stunning photo location as we ventured across town to capture some glowing fall engagement portraits on the walking trails adjoining the Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s museum campus. Chicago Theatre Engagement Session

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The pair are planning a 2021 wedding celebration in heart of Chicago. Zneita and Justin, thank you so much for filling a chilly October morning with your joy and love for each other! I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you through these engagement photos!

Are you recently engaged and looking for a Chicago Fine Art Wedding Photographer? I am only able to serve three more couples in 2021, so please inquire today for my best availability!

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