“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you…” – The Alchemist // This quote could not be more perfect for this amazing couple who decided to elope in Chicago!
I got an email from Alicia’s sister, Susanna, asking about my availability to capture her sisters small courthouse wedding on April 11th. Usually when a family member contacts me it’s either because they are giving the couple wedding photography as a surprise or because the couple lives out of town and asked someone local to organize it. When I arrived at Chicago City Hall I met Susanna who introduced me to her sister, Alicia, and the groom-to-be, Ayman. I learned that Alicia and Ayman live in Dubai and came back to Alicia’s hometown to elope in Chicago with a handful of family and friends.
The quote above could not be more perfect for this gorgeous couple and their amazing love story. Alicia has her degree in Arabic studies and while studying in Egypt she met a handsome man named Ayman. After dating for a month Alicia was scheduled to move back to America, but instead Ayman asked her to stay and move to Dubai with him. The couple has lived in Dubai for the last four years and made the trip back to Alicia’s hometown to elope in Chicago.
Alicia and Ayman are just the sweetest couple ever. We had the greatest time exploring Chicago from the Chicago Theatre to Lurie Garden, these two were up for anything. It’s amazing to witness a couple that has such a strong natural connection, when these two looked at each other it was like everyone disappeared – which resulted in some of my favorite photo’s of all time!
Alicia and Ayman, I cannot thank you enough for letting me be a part of your beautiful Chicago elopement, I’m so happy that Susanna found me! Cheers – xo, Lisa