Maricel Cruz Photography Chicagoland Wedding and Portrait Photographer

June 22, 2015

Christina & Abe | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 10:54 pm


May 15, 2013

Lyndee & Angus | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 4:41 pm

Lyndee & Angus were introduced to me by my very good friends Heather & Mike. They are friends that met at their church Trinity Lutheran Church which is also where I met Lyndee & Angus for our wedding consultation. What a fun couple. Lyndee is from Houston, so she has a bit of a Texas twang while Angus is from Scotland, who also has a bit of an accent. I could sit and listen to them talk all day!

Angus ran the Chicago Marathon this past October. When they returned to their hotel at The Palmer House Hilton, he proposed to Lyndee where she gladly accepted. They wanted to make sure to get some engagement pictures there, so downtown we went! It was a chilly day but you certainly can’t tell, they were such troopers and I was pretty impressed.

Here are some photos of their session that day, you can just feel the love these two have for each other. Enjoy!


Makeup by Jeanine Shimer. Call her, she does a fabulous job!

May 30, 2012

Karla & John | Chicago Riverwalk Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 12:00 pm

Have you ever walked the Chicago Riverwalk? If you haven’t, it’s definitely something you should explore. Karla & John live off the river so they asked if we could take the Esession photos along the Riverwalk. It was a beautiful day, perfect weather if you ask me (cloudy and high 60’s, yes please).

We started on the north end of the Riverwalk and walked over to the Kinzie Bridge. This bridge seems to be a hot spot for photos, but to me this is the bridge I crossed 4 days a week when I parked by Blommer’s Chocolate Factory to get to school. After the bridge photos, we walked around the corner to get some train shots. We had pretty good timing cause a train passed by while we were there and we managed to get that shot. Karla & John were so much fun to work with, we laughed and had a great time exploring the beautiful Riverwalk. I look forward to their Galena Wedding this Friday!

Here are some photos from their Esession!


May 16, 2012

Blair & Shanti | Navy Pier Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 12:47 pm

Blair & Shanti was a referral from an old co-worker of mine, Sharon, owner of Simple Perfect Peace Events. Thanks Sharon! After booking their August wedding, we scheduled their engagement session on a pretty chilly April day. They were brave enough to withstand the chilly lakefront wind, but I think it was certainly worth it! We decided to go to Navy Pier which allowed us to get the feeling back in our limbs from freezing our butts off. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding! They were so much fun to work with, they have such a wonderful connection and the camera absolutely loves them.

Congratulations Blair & Shanti on your engagement! Here are just a few samples from their session.

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May 9, 2012

Iveliz & Eric | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 12:00 pm

I love shooting engagement sessions. Most couples have never had professional photos taken, together. There is always a little awkwardness and I love seeing how it eventually goes away and love takes over.

That’s pretty much how this session started. We went to North Park Village Nature Center for their session. We took a couple of family photos for a quick warm up and then we started their session. Iveliz was a little nervous, but once I told them to enjoy each other they almost forgot I was there!

Here are just a few samples from their session that day. You can definitely feel the love…


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