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    Ice Skating and Art: Ashley & John’s Chicago Engagement Shoot

    Spending a chili Monday afternoon in Millennium Park ice skating with Ashley & John for their Chicago engagement shoot which made for a fun way to start off the week.  I met them at their apartment and after some pizza rolls, an oh so yummy Carmel latte and stories of how they met, got engaged and how they enjoy spending what little time they have available… we headed on the L to Millennium Park to go ice-skating.

    Ashley & John are med students at Loyola University and as you can imagine, time is precious. So I was grateful they were able to spend the time they had off for the holiday with me celebrating their relationship. I got to hear the story of how John proposed, which has to be one of the most unique proposals I’ve heard yet. Last fall John got their instructor and the AV guy in on the proposal. They had Ashley doing a demo on the heart (poor girl even spent time studying for this faux demo) lol. Ashley is rather passionate about the heart so John put a faux ring into a pigs heart for Ashley to find. The whole class was in on it. To see the video for yourself check out below… Pretty cool right.

    I just find this couple so interesting, they come from these incredible backgrounds. Ashley was a professional figure skater and spent six years skating with Disney on Ice! Pretty sure she stole my childhood dream lol?! And John grew up on the South side of Chicago and loved playing hockey (think John stole my hubby’s childhood dream lol) so naturally I suggested we go ice skating lol. It was really fun to watch these two on the ice. It was like watching figure skating on tv but better :)! Ashley’s bear Ted also joined us, no not the bear from the movie… But a very special bear her dad gave to her before he died. Learning how important Ted was to her I knew we had to use him. :)!

    Ashley and John also have a love of art so naturally we spent some time wandering around the Art Institute, never have I been so happy to be in the museum  don’t get me wrong I love museums and art but  this time I loved it even more just for a break out of the cold to enjoy the warmth. Thanks to Ashley & John for sharing yourselves and your stories, can’t wait to hear more xo- laurie marie

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     To see John & Ashley’s  super cool engagement click below :)! A++ John!

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