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A River North Engagement: Martyna + Daniel

They grew up playing on the same school playground in 6th grade. Daniel swears Martyna had a crush on him, but he was not interested in being bothered by girls back then. Growing up living just two blocks from one another, they shared and played in the same alley way. A few years later, Daniel’s family moved and it wasn’t until years later, and after graduating college, did this lovely pair meet again. They reconnected through Facebook, and a strong friendship grew. Friendship grew into the forever kind of love, and Daniel made the daily 80 miles round trip commute just to spend time with Martyna.

After two years of reconnecting and falling in love, they vacationed to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Martyna thought this was just going to be a sun filled, relaxing vacation, but Daniel had planned more. On the third day of vacation, the two took an excursion to the Colombian Ruins in Tulum. Up on a cliff, overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean; he asked Martyna to marry him. She of course said, Yes!

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting these two in one of my favorite urban neighborhoods of River North close to downtown Chicago. When I arrived, I found out that Daniel had recently broken both wrists in a biking accident. His doctor had agreed to let him be without casts until after his engagement session.  Now, that is dedication to your Engagement Session, folks;) These two are simply the best, so in love, and I hope you enjoy some of my favorites…

These two suggested an urban cool light store in River North, and I couldn’t have been more excited!

You are just stunning, Martyna!

After a few shots inside, we went outside to capture some more sweet shots…

Oh, Chicago… how I just adore you.

After a quick change, we made our way to the streets of River North…

Alleys make for some of the best picture locations in Chicago.


Happy Thursday! xo

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