When I first met Allyson and Kyle, their warm smiles drew me in. But what impressed me most was how excited and interactive Kyle was with the entire planning process. I mean, usually when I ask a couple to tell me about their wedding, the bride interjects with "blushes" and "periwinkles" and "dusty blues" when describing her colors. The guy usually sits there with his arms crossed, along for the ride...
Not Kyle! Before Allyson could even start describing their gorgeous wedding vision, Kyle chimed in with "Our colors are sage green, coral and grey!" WHAT GUY KNOWS WHAT SAGE GREEN IS! Not only are they totally and completely in love with each other, but they are some of most genuine people I've ever met. I'm so exicted to be shooting their wedding this fall at Crago Farms!
How did you meet?
We met through mutual friends who thought we should meet. One of my college sorority sisters invited me to a movie with her boyfriend's Honda coworkers. The movie was Deadpool and after the movie, we got Chipotle. I remember him waving at me while in line for food. We saw each other more at parties that my sorority sister had and that's where Kyle asked for my number.
How did you get engaged?
This last New Years, Allyson and I took a road trip to the Windy City to explore everything it had to offer. Little did she know, I had something in mind that wasn't on the itinerary. On New Year's Eve, I somehow convinced her to get dressed up with me and head to the Navy Pier to watch Chicago's annual firework show in low single-digit temperatures.
Our plan was to go to a casual seafood restaurant and wait in the heat until the fireworks came and bring on the new year. On our way to the restaurant, we stopped before a yacht moored to the pier called the Odyssey and I told Allyson I was going to get tickets. She immediately became confused until I told her that I ordered tickets to go on this brief cruise to eat a fancy dinner and watch the fireworks from the lake before our journey even began.
But the surprises didn't stop there. As we were pulling out from the pier, I asked her if she wanted to go outside to take a picture with the Chicago skyline and the Navy Pier in the background. Our server (who I had spoken to beforehand) agreed to take our picture. After a couple of pictures, I started to tell Allyson how much I loved her, how I loved all of our adventures, how I loved knowing that we're always there for each other, and how I wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Then, I said, "Allyson, will you marry me?" But before I had even finished that sentence, she was saying yes!