Becki & Steve’s Downtown Chicago Fall Engagement Session by Stacy Able Photography
I’m always fascinated by how people come by my work. With Becki, she was recommended by one of her stylists at her Salon, B. A Salon on Armitage which I’m super honored. I After many emails, and planning, it was time for Becki and Steve’s fall Chicago engagement portraits. Being these two are awesome foodies, we went to the west loop where many of their favorite restaurants are. There, they had cocktails, and showed me around to some hot Chicago culinary spots that Walter and I will have to try. After Randolph Street, we headed to Millennium park to catch the last bit of sunset, as a lake effect fog rolled in. Side note, Becki’s ginger tresses glowed in the fall light and her engagement photography clothing outfits were perfection! I’m super excited to see these two again for their January 2015 wedding at Spiaggia.
Q&A with Becki & Steve:
Steve and I have known each other since we were kids. Our parents were good friends while we were growing up. But we never went to school together or hung around together when we were kids. But later on, he was a neighbor of my parents before they retired to Las Vegas and he was friendly with my Dad. We finally became friends a few years ago after he reached out to me to refer him to a few restaurants in Chicago as he was coming in to visit and he knew I was just as much as a foodie as he is. Instead of just giving him some options, I took him around and we became friends through food.
How did Steve Propose?
We had talked about it a lot, but the proposal came as a surprise while having dinner at GT Fish and Oyster. It was very simple and sweet, but kind of surreal. I was looking at the menu and he took my left hand under the table and slipped the ring on my finger. I was stunned and asked him “Is this for real?” He said “It sure is.” He sounded calm, but he was pretty nervous. The whole waitstaff new what was coming and after he popped the question we had a glass of champagne. Chef/Owner of GT, Giuseppe Tentori came over to congratulate us and offered Steve a shot of whiskey, he could even tell he was still coming down from the nervousness!
Who chose the ring?
We both did. I looked at pictures and told him the things I liked, but he picked out the diamond and put the two styles of rings together that we agreed upon. He really put a lot of thought and effort in to the whole ring. We worked with a great jeweler that was really helpful and took him to search for the perfect diamond down in Jewelers Row. Steve said it was a really cool experience.
Spiaggia. In picking out our wedding venue, we wanted first and foremost to celebrate this milestone by taking our best friends and family out to a wonderful dinner. Our wedding will be simple and intimate; just us, no one standing up.
What did you wear for your session?
I bought my dress at P.45 in Bucktown. They carry very interesting stuff from Alexander Wang to really cool, local independent designers. It was made by an Indy designer that I don’t remember. (Oops) Steves blue shirt was Hugo Boss and John Varvatos jeans were from Bloomingdales. His Jacket was Banana Republic. My green shirt was Joie from Nordstrom and his shirt was Banana Republic and Jeans were from J. Crew.
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