Laura and Matthew are getting married next year at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Florida. As both are from Chicago, they wanted their engagement images to showcase iconic city views. Laura’s Florida wedding will be very classic, timeless, and sophisticated with a European spin, so her Chicago engagement session needed to have the same vibe. We made it a point to take portraits in front of buildings with beautiful architecture to recreate the feeling of being in Europe!

European-Inspired City Engagement Portraits in Chicago

To bring Laura and Matthew’s vision for a classic Chicago engagement in the city to life, we started shooting around the area of the Wrigley Building. For those who aren’t familiar with Chicago, the Wrigley Building is a skyscraper that is located on the Magnificent Mile, a busy area dotted with luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels. As a Chicago wedding photographer, I simply adore this stunning building! Pretty stone artwork accents the off-white facade, which makes a lovely neutral backdrop for engagement portraits. 

For their session around the Wrigley Building, Laura wore a very timeless white dress. Matthew’s dark grey suit contrasted her light attire beautifully. And let’s not forget about their cute dog, Spinach. Together they make the most adorable family. It’s always fun when a couple incorporates a pet into their engagement session!

Next, Laura and Matthew changed their outfits and we also switched locations. Being from Germany, I love to take my couples along the Chicago Riverwalk. The metropolitan scenery in this area of Chicago really reminds me of home. It’s one of many reasons I thoroughly enjoy being a Chicago engagement photographer! For their next set of photos, Laura wore an intricate turquoise lace dress—the perfect outfit to reflect her upcoming wedding in Florida! Matthew matched Laura’s more relaxed attire in a classic beige suit.

These images are perfect for Laura and Matthew’s Save the Date cards and will really set the scene for their upcoming wedding at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. I can’t wait to see how the entire design comes together!