Wow, I can hardly believe Monica and Andrew will be tying the knot a week from tomorrow! We had a great time earlier this year at their engagement shoot, with the help of their adorable daughter Carmen and both of her grandmothers. I don't usually get to travel with such an entourage, and boy was I happy to have the extra hands. :)
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a couple's engagement party at a super hip bar in Humboldt Park. The "California Clipper Lounge" is all things retro: red neon, vintage juke box, tasty cocktails, and all the other accoutrements that make this the perfect spot for a memorable night. The two actually met at this favorite neighborhood night spot, so where better to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with their closest friends? The party accounted for about half the bar's patrons that night, and I had trouble discerning who was whom. After a little while the occupancy was at maximum, and a line of hopeful visitors to the establishment formed on the chilly sidewalk outside. Luckily, the last attendees arrived just as the party hit peak!