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A Dreamy, Sun-filled Beachside Engagement Session: Joanna + Ralph

Sweet, sweet love like this story is something for the books.  For Joanna and Ralph, their story started at the end of their senior year of high school.  They had known each other for a little while, but perfect timing aligned at the end of high school just before going off to separate colleges.  That summer, they fell in love, and their love only grew stronger over the years, and a long distance love.  After college on a June day, Ralph couldn’t wait any longer to propose to the love of his life.  Joanna came home from work one day to see their dog, Perelka (meaning “Pearl” in Polish) running towards her with a large, red bow attached to her collar.  Ralph had met with Joanna’s parents earlier that day to ask their permission to marry Joanna; and of course they had said, yes.  Joanna did, too, as Ralph proposed with the most beautiful ring (attached to Perelka’s collar) that June day.

As if the story couldn’t get anymore romantic, Ralph surprised his Bride-to-be with a trip shortly after the proposal.  At the airport over breakfast, Ralph surprised her with the news they were flying to Hawaii to celebrate their engagement.  On one of the days in Honolulu, they drove to the ever scenic and secluded Eternity Beach cove.  Ralph had brought a blanket, wine, cheese and grapes for a picnic overlooking the ocean.  With the waves crashing nearby, Ralph pulled out an eternity band and reproposed to his lovely bride-to-be.

As their wedding approaches on 8/8 of this year (on their 8th year together); I wish nothing but 3 eternities worth of happiness, sweet surprises, and love.  I hope you enjoy this loving engagement session of two extremely beautiful souls… XO, Annie

Here are some of my favorites…

It was a bright day at North Avenue Beach, and these two just glowed…

LOVE theses…




I can’t wait for their wedding day!

STUNNING couple, inside and out…

Oh happy day, friends!  If you are in Chicago, make sure to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sun shinning day today– it’s a gorgeous one! <3

Oh, and you can leave some love for this wonderful couple below! xx

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  • June 24, 2015 - 10:22 am

    Cathryn White - A true fairytale. Can’t wait to celebrate the special day with my sister and brother-in-law. Annie, AMAZING work…!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2015 - 2:41 am

    Joanna Lisak - Annie, you are phenomenal! What a blessing that you are our wedding photographer!!ReplyCancel