North Avenue Beach, Chicago Proposal | Nina & Yousef


Listen, I feel like it’s time that I’m allowed to be designated as the official Washington, DC wedding photographer for the VCU chapter of Phi Mu. Well, at least the 2010 – 2012 class anyway! I’ve photographed Maddy’s Metropolitan Club wedding, Brittany’s Outer Banks wedding, Emily more times than I can even count (I think she needs her own category on my blog!), and have Jordan’s wedding coming up this November at Hanover Tavern! I’ve actually also photographed Nina on two occasions before (this Fairy Tale styled shoot and one more that I’ve yet to share — coming soon!), so I’m pretty sure once you hit five girls in one sorority that you get some kind of badge, right? At least designate me as an honorary sister… All kidding aside, I am so incredibly lucky to have been paired up with each of these beautiful girls! If you get to know them a bit, it’s really no surprise they all ended up in the sorority in college – they are all hilarious and kind individuals that make me slightly wish I had chosen VCU over JMU (although I’m just a few too many years prior!)! 

Anywho, I am totally off on a major tangent! All of this to say, I was completely honored when I got the Facebook message from Yousef asking if I would be available to fly to Chicago over Labor Day weekend to capture him proposing to Nina. I’d been scheming with Emily for many, many months while waiting for this opportunity and after Yousef had completed his MCATS just a few weeks prior, he knew he was ready to propose. I immediately hopped on Kayak and found an amazing flight deal out of BWI for that weekend; it was set! His proposal wouldn’t be until sunset so we could soak up beautiful golden hour – which meant I had all day to walk around and explore the city (read: eat). It was an absolutely perfect September day and the cool breeze off the lake on North Avenue Beach made it feel like there was just a hint of fall in the air. 

Yousef and Nina finally arrived and they sat down together in the sand. He gave her an album that he filled with images since they first started dating. On the last page, she flipped to a picture of a ring box and the rest is history! She of course said yes and we headed down to the beach to do an impromptu engagement shoot! 

I hope you both know how excited I was to be a part of this moment in your lives! Thank you for having me out to Chicago and I cannot wait to do a proper engagement shoot with you later this fall! Congratulations to you both — I can’t wait to hear more about your plans for the big day! 

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