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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ellie & Will- Sweet Home Chicago

Ellie & Will- Sweet Home Chicago

Ellie and Will went to the same college, this college had just one bar on campus, and it was underground. They met while working at this bar, and even the watered down beers and lack of windows didn’t diminish the way they felt when they were around each other. Their college romance lasted beyond graduation, leading them to Chicago where they had their first place together. Although they are now in Massachusetts, they spent most of their relationship in Chicago and it will always feel like home. While Ellie and Will were back on a recent visit, we caught up in their old neighborhood for some photos. They showed me their old building, and even the window of their former living room where they had stuffed their Christmas tree out the window, we went to their favorite bar with an outdoor patio, and then strolled over to the Cubs stadium. It was a perfect afternoon, and a great warm up for their wedding later this year. They were relaxed and totally in sync, and no matter what state or city they live in it’s obvious they are “home” when they are together.


We stopped by their old building.



We came across some perfect signage…

Then a beer at one of their favorite dive bars.



Some Chicago Cubs love…









Love!




Congrats Ellie and Will, I can’t wait to celebrate your wedding at Fulton’s on the River!

 

Jesseme & Mike- Unexpected Love

Jesseme & Mike- Unexpected Love

Sometimes before we meet the “one,” we imagine a checklist of what that person will be. We think he or she should be a certain height, have a particular eye color, dress well… we might even speculate their profession and what kind of car they will drive. It’s easy to find many people that don’t measure up while playing the dating game, but when the right person comes along that checklist flies out the window. When the yoga instructor met the fireman, she didn’t know what was in store. All of a sudden she was laughing and having a wonderful time, and was much too busy to notice Mike’s shoes or the fact that he wasn’t as tall as she had imagined. She really did find her prince charming, the kind of guy that would run into a burning building to save her, and then some. All he has to do is flash his boyish grin in her direction and she breaks into a huge smile. They are a great pair, I had a terrific time wandering Wicker Park with them for some photos. Their wedding at Room 1520 later this year is going to be a blast!








Mike works for the Chicago fire department, so we strolled up to the local fire station for some photos.










Love!


Jesseme looking gorgeous…

Mike struck a pose too.




This might be a new all-time favorite…

Congrats Jesseme and Mike!

 

Marriage Mondays- May Day giveaway!

Marriage Mondays- May Day giveaway!

Spring is here and love is in the air!

May 1st is just around the corner, and my little photo company will be celebrating it’s 4th year! In honor of May Day and it’s Maypole tradition (hence the company name), I am giving away a FREE styled engagement session (complete with goodies like hair and makeup). Love goes hand in hand with flowers and ribbons, so as we welcome in Spring and dance around the Maypole, I want to celebrate a love story through the gift of photography. What’s your love story? What makes the two of you inseparable? What are the things that make you crazy in love?

Email me your love story: bethany@maypolestudios.com
It can be funny or serious, long or short, yours or someone else’s (you can submit on behalf of a friend, as long as they really do exist). This isn’t limited to engaged couples, all are welcome. Boyfriends, girlfriends, in new relationships or perhaps celebrating a lifetime together. The couple with the best story wins the photo session, a 2-3 hour afternoon with yours truly and my camera. Please submit by April 29th, 2012, so that a winner can be announced on May 1st. I look forward to reading your submissions!







 

Lila and Jeremy, Love on Ice!

Lila and Jeremy, Love on Ice!

I caught up with Lila and Jeremy again a couple of weeks ago for an ice skating photo session. It was probably the last cold day before this influx of warm weather, in fact the ice was already melting- we were just in time! They used to work in the same building across the street from the ice rink in Millennium park, and would skate together after work on a daily basis during the winter. It seemed fitting to photograph them gliding around the ice, it was not only a great photo opportunity but also something that is a part of their relationship. I love spending time with these two and can’t wait for their wedding this May!





















See you both in just a couple of months!