Chicago Wedding Photographer | North Ave Beach Engagement Photos

Alexis and Andrew met using a popular online dating website and had their first date on New Year's Eve (Dec 2014). They rang in the New Year at a place called Will's Northwoods Inn, it's one of very few Green Bay Packer establishments in the heart of Chicago. Alexis and Andrew both grew up in NE Wisconsin and joke that it took moving to Chicago to meet each other.

Christmas 2017 Andy proposed according to Andrew: "As they say...the best laid plans tend to go array. Such is the case when you’ve had an engagement ring burning a hole in your pocket, luggage and gift bags for over 24 hours. However, most of the plan went off without a hitch, as I wanted Lexi to have the final gift of Christmas at the Parkovich’s. As dinner went on and I knew I couldn’t wait much longer (despite wanting to wait until the next day), so I took an opportunity in the lull of activity to plant a final gift under the tree. No, it wasn’t the ring, but rather a makeup bag that just so happened to say “...but first, champagne” on it. On the inside I had wrapped two small bottles of champagne with a meaningful saying between the two of us on each one. As she unwrapped the second one I bolted to a knee and all the great things I wanted to say in my head simply came out as “Alexis Parkovich, will you marry me?” The surprise in her eyes was priceless, if only because she just looooovvvveesss surprises. I think she made an exception this time and after the shock wore off she did say yes! "

The proposal according to Alexis: "We had opened gifts and just finished a lovely meal with my parents and Cody and Amy. Football was on TV and I think we were all in a food coma. Andrew said, “Lexi, I think Santa brought one more gift for you!” I was a bit skeptical but this was something that he said when we were opening gifts with Ken (Andy’s Dad) too so I figured that he just had something small for me to open that he forgot about when we exchanged gifts earlier. At Ken’s he gave me one of my favorite bottles of wine and as I’m working through the bag I noticed that there was a pouch filled with a few champagne bottles. Each of them having a fun saying wrapped around the bottle. As soon as I’m finished unwrapping I notice that he’s down on one knee and asking me to marry him! It takes me a minute to grasp what is happening and the few words that I can manage are “oh my goodness…..seriously…..are you kidding me…..oh my gosh it’s so gorgeous…..YES!” We popped the champagne bottles and shared a toast as a family. Soon after we made calls to Ken, Julie (Andy’s Mom) and Bryan (Andy’s brother) and the screams and congratulations continued. Bryan summed it up perfectly and said, “Lexi, you can breathe anytime now!” It was a really special moment and I was so excited to share it with family."

On May 25th 2018 Alexis and Andrew are getting married in Green Bay at Badger State Brewing. It's a beautiful venue, I'm so excited for their wedding in just a few weeks. 

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