Downtown Chicago Fall Engagement Session

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.

Wedding plans?
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.

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide


Richmond Indiana wedding at Forest Hills Country Club

Richmond Indiana wedding at Forest Hills Country Club

Adam and Mary’s wedding was a blend of sweetness, romance, and elegance. Their wedding colors of Green/Ivory paired with the warm fall sunlight was a stunning combination.  Not to mention working alongside one of my favorite assistants, Greg, as well as the very considerate Lovesreel videographer team made for an enjoyable day. I am so appreciative of Mary and Adam letting us borrow them right before dinner at sunset. The images of them strolling into the sunset of the Forest Hills Country Club are some of my favorite wedding images I’ve taken this year. Thank you Adam and Mary, from the bottom of my ginger heart, in having Greg and I there as your photographers. You two were an awesome couple to work with and I hope to see you again soon!

Q&A with Mary and Adam:

I’d say that it was wonderful to see everything we’d planned for come together. It was a really beautiful day and most things seemed to go smoothly & without a hitch thanks to countless people behind the scenes.

The venue was chosen by me as it is the church I’ve grown up in & the club for the reception had a lot of wonderful memories spent with family (quite a few deceased) that I will always hold dear. Decor was to be classic & elegant but also simple. The date was special to me as it is in between two of my favorite couples of all time anniversaries, my parents at the beginning of September & my Grandparents at the end of September.

The day overall was a success! We got married & had fun doing it surrounded by loved ones! One of my very favorite moments was when I opened the charm bracelet from Adam. Without his knowing, the night before our wedding day, my mom had surprised me with my Grandmother’s charm bracelet that I believed to have been lost. I was incredibly close with her & it meant so much to me. As I inspected it, I came across a charm that said “A date to remember” that had her anniversary with my Grandfather on it. When I opened the gift from Adam…it had the same charm saying with our wedding date on it. I felt like my Grandparents were looking over us in that moment. I also loved walking down the aisle on my dad’s arm. I just love my family so much!! Adam’s favorite moments were our first look/reveal, lighting the unity candle & chatting during the service, me walking down the aisle (as well as his God-daughters/flower girls) & having a calming moment outside to himself, looking at the sky prior to the ceremony.

I’d say one of the funniest moments would be that the old car we had planned to use as our getaway car broke down before even making it to the church so we went in my parent’s car. I think I found out about it right before walking down the aisle. Adam thinks it was funny when he gave my dress train/veil a kick at the alter…he also found it funny when my Pastor had my four or five rows of my family nationwide stand & then about half of the church stand as his family members.

Vendors: Venue & catering: Forest Hills Country Club, Photographer: Stacy Able Photography with special help from Greg Jones, Videographer: Jesse Wallace with Lovesreel, Wedding Dress: Galina Signature, Florals: Becky, Invitations: David’s Bridal, Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung, Hair: Julie McNew, Country Classic Hair Design & Brittney Brush, Renew Salon & Spa, Make-up: Whitney Mosey, Whitney’s The Art of Hair Design,Wedding Cake(s): Bowman Bakery, Hagerstown, IN, Men’s tuxes: Dell Brothers, Columbus, IN, Rehearsal Dinner: The Gennett Mansion, Honeymoon: Sandals La Source, Grenada, Engaged at: The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC,Engagement ring: Leigh Jay Nacht, NYC, Wedding ring: Distinctive Diamonds

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide


September 24, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Janice Scheidt - Awesome job! Thank you so much!!

September 25, 2014 - 5:00 am

Jennifer Stassin LInk - Dear Miss Stacy,
The black and white photo of Mary so reminded me of my Aunt Jane (Mary’s grandmother) and an era gone by. You did an outstanding job of not only getting the outer beauty but the inner beauty of the bride.
Sincerely, Jennifer Stassin Link

September 29, 2014 - 3:40 am

Renee - You have some amazing photos. You are very talented!

Factory 12 Loft Wedding | Columbus Indiana Photographers

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Lisa & Fred’s  Factory 12 Loft Wedding | Columbus Indiana Wedding Photographers

Fred is a fun, silly guy which pairs perfectly with Lisa’s organized, sweet demeanor. Their wedding was a blend of the pair. Lisa’s dress… stunning. I have never seen anything like her stripped Haley Paige gown and I hope to see more like it. Fred’s striped gray suit complimented Lisa’s dress to a t. My favorite moment of their day was when Lisa was about to walk down the aisle and covered her beautiful face with her bouquet as she was overcome emotion. They were a fun group to document around Columbus and at the Factory 12 loft. Thank you Fred and Lisa in having Walter and I document your day. Also thank you in letting us steal you away for some sunset portraits. They were well worth it!


Wedding synopsis with Fred and Lisa:
The day was a whirlwind and it just flew by! We chose the venue by finding a place in Columbus, Indiana, that could be both fun and classy. We ended up calling the Factory 12 Event Loft and reached Gethin Thomas. We toured the Loft on one of those negative degree days in January 2014, and we loved it! The hardwood floors and exposed brick gave the venue rich character and a romantic touch. After seeing the venue and speaking with Gethin, we were sold on this place.

When it came time to pick a date, we ran into a few challenges. Freddie wanted to get married as quickly as possible so we could start our lives together. Being that it was already January 2014, dates available were very limited. We knew we wanted to get married in early fall, however, the Loft and Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church did not match up with available dates until mid-November. The very day we went to finalize a November wedding date, we were told a date had opened up in September due to another couple changing their wedding venue location. Freddie and I were ecstatic. We immediately verified with Saint Bartholomew that September 6, was still available, and that’s how we landed on the perfect day of September 6.

Favorite moments
Lisa: Meeting Freddie at the alter. He looked so sweet standing there, and it was a surreal moment.
Freddie: Lisa walking down the aisle was beautiful. The toasts and memories with everyone were really special.
Vendor Info:
Bride’s Dress designer: Hayley Paige  | Place purchased: Marie Gabriel Couture | Groom’s Tux designer: Archetipo | Place purchased: Marie Gabriel Couture    | Bride’s Rings: Rick Simony at R.S. Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm  | Cake Figurine: Lenox  | Caterer: Gethin Thomas at Henry Social Club | Church: Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church  | Chiavari Chairs: Fifty Chairs |  DJ: Tim Glesing with Grapevine DJ  | Florals: Pomp and Bloom (Gina Martin) | Groom’s Ring: Larson Jewelers | Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse | Black by Vera Wang Slim Fit Gray Tuxedo | Hair Stylist: Sydney Zink at Vivian Lou Salon | Invitations: Minted  | Lanterns | Linens: Linen Hero Duchess Satin (Ivory and Blush colors)  | Makeup: Lisa Pairitz | Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth   | Pillows (customized): Zazzle  | Reception Venue: Factory 12 Event Loft  | String Quartet: Sixteen Strings | Table Favors: Bell Glass Jars | Table Favor Macaroons: Aubrey Smith | Table Favor Tags: Evermine | Uplighting: Alan Trisler | Videographer: Xoomworx | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy

 Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide

Late Summer Columbus Indiana Engagement Photography

Aaron & Anna’s Summer Columbus Indiana Engagement Photography

It was a delight to meet up with Anna and Aaron in the town they met, Columbus, Indiana, for their late summer engagement photography session. Anna’s clothing selection for Aaron and her was perfection. Leslie Hair and Makeup did a fabulous job creating the perfect wave/curl in Anna’s gorgeous locks. Then, we hiked in some atmospheric places to achieve some pretty epic bridge shots. They also put up with my silly commentary which made for great laughing captures.  Anna and Arron, it was great to get to know you two better and I can’t wait for your wedding next August! xo

Q&A with Anna and Aaron:

How did you two meet?
Aaron and I met in June 2011. After graduating from college, we each unknowingly made the move to Columbus to start our careers at Cummins. We met on our first day of work at the company’s OnBoarding program. Aaron asked me to lunch the next Friday, followed by drinks at 4th Street Bar that same evening. A friendship quickly developed which led to us dating a few short months later, and the rest is history!

How Aaron proposed?
Aaron proposed a few weeks shy of our three year anniversary. It was any typical Saturday; Aaron started the day off golfing with friends, and I began it with a kickboxing work out at the gym followed by a shopping trip to Bloomington. Later that afternoon, Aaron asked if I wanted to ride our bicycles downtown. The weather was absolutely beautiful so we made our way from the west side of town on the people trail. This is something we have done a million times, so I definitely had no suspicion! As we were riding into town, Aaron said we should stop for a beer a 4th Street Bar. Again, nothing out of the usual. However, this was the place of our first unofficial date. After we paid our bill, Aaron said we should take the long way home and ride down Washington Street. From there we cut over to Jackson Street where the Cummins Corporate Office Building is located. By the corporate office there is a nice area with fountains, a pond and park benches. Aaron asked if I wanted to stop and relax for a bit. Again, we had been here before when we first started dating, so I still didn’t suspect anything at the time. We sat there for a while and chatted before Aaron asked me if I wanted a drink of water (he so smartly packed a back pack before leaving for our bike ride!). Instead of pulling the water bottle out of the bag, Aaron pulled out a ring box and got down on one knee. This is where the story gets a little blurry as my first reaction was to start crying… a lot. But that was soon followed by “yes, yes, yes!”

General wedding plans?
We will be married August 1, 2015 at St. Batholomew’s Catholic Church in Columbus, In. Our reception will be held at The Commons, with a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Artisan Foodworks will be catering a delicious Italian dinner served family-style, and Alan Trisler with Audio Magic will provide the music to take us dancing into the night. We are extremely excited to host our friends and family in the town that brought us together.

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide


Indiana State Museum Wedding | Indianapolis Wedding Photographers

Nan & Yinghao’s Indiana State Museum Wedding | Indianapolis Wedding Photographers

I walked into the Indiana State Museum to Nan’s Blue Manolo Blahniks, you know the one’s that Carrie Bradshaw was proposed to with in Sex and the City, and knew this wedding was going to be awesome. Being a foodie and shoe fanatic, sadly with big feet, I’m not ashamed to say I took A LOT of photos of Nan’s shoes.

Nan and Yinghao were so mellow, happy, and easy to work with. They and family were very patient as assistant Molly and I were having a ball taking them around the State Museum for portraits. In addition to a plethora of Manolo photos, Nan’s dress from Marie Gabriel had this ethereal quality to it which lent to some epic veil/dress in the wind photos. Their sunset with grand entrance by Nan down the Indiana State Museums Canal steps was stunning. To top the evening off, Keith Maddox kept the music playing while Nan and Yinghao let Molly and I sneak them away for sunset and night cityscape bridal portraits. Thank you Nan and Yinghao in having me be your photographer. It was truly my honor!

Vendors: Venue: Indiana State Museum, Tiffanys, Brides shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Dress: Marie Gabriel Couture, DJ/Lighting: Keith Maddox, Makeup: Abby, Photography: Stacy Able Photography with special assistant Molly Connor.

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide