There is nothing that puts me more in the holiday spirit than walking around downtown Chicago at Christmastime. The streets are lit with a holiday glow, musicians are outside singing carols, and wreaths, ornaments and beautiful trees decorate the city in every direction you look. This last weekend was a beautiful prelude to winter, perfect for Nicola and Alex’s downtown engagement shoot. I met the happy couple at Millennium Park for something I’ve always wanted to do: an ice skating engagement shoot! While I haven’t skated the last few years, ice skating downtown Chicago was always one of my favorite things to do on winter break. Nicola and Alex had fun skating around the rink. Despite how crowded the ice skating rink was, there was a magical moment where the rink cleared of people just as they shared a quick kiss. For the remainder of the shoot, we walked around Millennium Park and then ended up finding a beautiful horse-drawn carriage. It was a fun shoot and I’m so excited to share it!