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RM Champagne Engagement: Samantha + Mark

She sweetly explains it was not a grand gesture of how they met, but I tend to disagree.  I truly think every story of how every couple met, is the best love story ever told.  Samantha and Mark met at a Memorial Day Barbecue at one of his friend’s home.  Not really knowing anyone who would be there, she was reluctant to go; but one of her good friends insisted.  Later in the night, the two started talking, exchanged numbers; and went on their first date a few days later.

Mark’s initial plan to propose was over a surprise trip to Nashville that he had planned for Samantha’s birthday.  But, he did not get the ring in time from the jeweler, so they went to Nashville and Samantha thought it was an amazing gift!  About a month later, and after Samantha returned from a business trip, Mark had a surprise waiting when she walked in the door.   He had made a book filled with memories and photos of the adventures they had gone on over the years. After going through all the pages, she turned around and he was on one knee asking her to marry him.  She said “yes” of course.

For this wonderful couple’s Engagement Session, we met at RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop.  So in love and ending with bubbly is my favorite kind of engagement session.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites! XO

These two! 

And this RING!

Samantha looking lovely as ever!

West Loop in Chicago is know for amazing restaurants and perfectly crafted cocktails.  Besides the food, the character of the neighborhood is pretty spectacular!


I will end with this because I just adore these two, their love, and this Champagne Salon’s back patio! 

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