When Nicole and I first met each other, we were 17 years old, at Penn State freshman orientation, and I didn’t think I was going to like her very much. :) She was too cool for me, with her white sunglasses on her head, laughing with all the boys on the other side of the room. But, a few hours later we quickly became friends when we found out we both had a love for photography and were both advertising majors. In the years that followed, we shared many, many of the same college classes, talked about love and life over egg salad sandwiches (my lunch of choice on our weekly dates) and even lived together for a year in the famous Apartment #1 on Nittany Ave. Nicole has been one of my closest friends, a sounding board through rough roads and is one of the most amazingly thoughtful and giving people you will ever meet. I knew it would take a very, very special guy to match Nicole’s personality.
As it turns out, during all of those years we knew each other, he was already there waiting for her. Nicole + Jim actually met just a few months after that orientation day. Fate was just holding off for the perfect time to bring them together.
I got to spend a few days in Chicago catching up with Nicole and getting to know Jim in October (and snuggling with their adorable toy poodle Gordon!!!) It was so much fun to be able to split up their engagement session over two days so we could take pictures out in Naperville, where Nicole grew up and also take pictures at some famous spots in the heart of Chicago, where Nicole and Jim now live. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites!
Meet Nicole + Jim:
Stay tuned for Nicole + Jim’s gorgeous destination wedding in Mexico, which will be coming to the blog soon!