Art Institute Engagement : Michelle + Luis

They both had a choice- swipe right or swipe left on who just may be the person of your dreams. In this love story, they both swiped right and the rest is history....

We started out their engagement session at the Art Institute South Gardens....

We started out their engagement session at the Art Institute South Gardens....

Michelle likes to go salsa dancing, and decided to schedule their date near the salsa club she frequents. If the date didn't go to well, at least she'd still be able to go dancing afterwards, right?! If the date did go well, she planned on inviting him along. Luis was instantly smitten, and remembers only feeling his nerves intensify upon first meeting Michelle. She was beautiful, intelligent, interesting, kind- everything he has ever looked for. He confesses that while she may not be willing to admit it, Michelle is a tough person to read, and he distinctly remembers thinking during that first date that he had NO CLUE whether she even liked him or not! Luckily about half way through the date, he decided to just relax and let his true self shine through. Believe it or not- beneath that calm, collected exterior, Michelle was super nervous that night too! After getting to know one another, Michelle (who was thoroughly impressed at this point!) invited him along to go dancing. They danced the night away, and Luis remembers their first kiss that night like it happened 5 minutes ago.... They lingered in each other's minds for weeks to come.... 

The lush greenery made it feel like a little slice of urban paradise!

The lush greenery made it feel like a little slice of urban paradise!

Their relationship had a slow and steady start. They both travel a ton, and immediately after meeting, Luis was off to Costa Rica while Michelle jetted off to Thailand. Michelle couldn't shake this guy from her mind, and confesses she thought about him the entire time while on her trip! Aw! As for Luis, his attraction to Michelle only multiplied and strengthened as time went on. They took their time and really built a solid foundation based on trust, respect, kindness, and ultimately, LOVE! 

We then headed over to the new section of the Chicago Riverwalk...

We then headed over to the new section of the Chicago Riverwalk...

Michelle is a big believer in creative visualization- if you can dream it, you can live it! She recounts that at some point the year prior, she had written down everything she was looking for in a man. You guys- Luis is every. single. thing. (down to some pretty specific details too!) that she had asked for, and more. How about that for manifesting your reality!

I loves the way Michelle “sings” along to music, attempting to mimic a guitar or keyboard rather than singing the words like most people. I love her kindness and her mindfulness....
— Luis
I know for sure that God had sent him to me. I’m so thankful to have found my best friend and an amazing life partner.
— Michelle
We finished the session at North Avenue beach with an amazing view of the skyline. Once the clouds came in, the lighting was so gorgeous, we didn't want to leave!! Seriously, how beautiful are these two?!

We finished the session at North Avenue beach with an amazing view of the skyline. Once the clouds came in, the lighting was so gorgeous, we didn't want to leave!! Seriously, how beautiful are these two?!

Luis knew from the start that this was the woman of his dreams, and when the time came, he set off to find the perfect ring. It had to symbolize her beauty and uniqueness as well as convey his commitment to her. This is a man who knows what needs to be done! Both self professed "health geeks", he waited until they traveled to the mecca for Paleo enthusiasts - a health convention in Austin, TX called "Paleo FX"! How freaking adorable and sweet is that! Like-minded indeed! Michelle was already super pumped to be attending this convention and when he proposed, it turned a great vacation into the best kind of vacation! 

We can't wait to photograph their small, intimate elopement in a few weeks. Until then- life is what you make it. Let this beautiful couple's love story remind you to start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart; PURA VIDA!

xo

Jamie and Jesse