It’s been far too long since I’ve had my cameras on my hips and a couple with a story to tell, behind my lens. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful return, than Mike and Kayla’s West Loop engagement session.
I had plans with Mike and Kayla to explore the West Loop back in March, but unfortunately, the city shut down right before our session. We rescheduled for my first week back from maternity leave, anxiously waited. Let me tell you, the wait was worth it.
Mike and Kayla drove in from Milwaukee for the weekend and we met up at Green Street Smoked Meats to get started. My darling couple danced amongst masked waiters and socially distanced tables under the bistro lights that still hang with charm at one of my favorite West Loop hot spots. We found hidden alleyways, graffiti art, and of course made a pit stop at my favorite awnings in the city (what! you mean to tell me you don’t have a set of favorite awnings?) at Soho House Chicago.
Mike and Kayla were up for anything I threw their way. They were relaxed and giggly, and I could tell just how excited they were to have each other during these uncertain times. They had fun with my prompts, and really let loose in the West Loop streets!
The West Loop was alive with outside diners and chatty friends happy to be out and about once again. One of my favorite parts of the West Loop is you can circle a 2 block radius and find so many fun nooks and crannies and locations as a backdrop. You get a modern city meets classic architecture kind of mood that I am ALL FOR.
The other thing I’m all for – Kayla’s killer outfit. I like to tell my couples to pick one casual and one dressy outfit. Kayla opted to step out of her comfort zone a little bit with a stunning jumpsuit-esque number that really stole the show (sorry Mike!).
Getting to hang with these two for their West Loop engagement session made me SO SO excited for what is sure to be my favorite New Year’s Eve yet – getting to ring in 2021 and celebrate these two being married at Room 1520!