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Couples, Engagement

October 3, 2017

Katherine + Erlend | Chicago Engagement

A couple of months ago, I was sitting at my computer minding my own business when a message popped through. It was from a newly engaged bride, inquiring about my wedding collections and availability. I didn’t think too much of it, until I got further into the message — “We’re planning on getting married next summer near Ålesund, Norway”

My jaw dropped and stayed that way for a good five minutes. Hold up. NORWAY?!? Talk about surreal. And, after getting to know them both more, I couldn’t ask to celebrate in such a beautiful country with anyone else.

I can honestly say that these two are one of the most heart-warming, genuine, and hilarious couples I’ve come to work with yet. And, I am so incredibly grateful to know them.

On the car ride to Chicago, we talked about their love story (they met through mutual friends) and wedding planning, our plans for the future…we also shared jokes and laughter, and on the way back we jammed out to the radio. It was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. Thank you Katherine + Erlend, for asking me to be a part of your story and so graciously welcoming me into your lives. I seriously cannot wait for your big day next year!



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