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Chicago Skyline Anniversary: Jessie & Jake

Chicago Skyline Anniversary: Jessie & Jake

Jessie & Jake have been married for three years, and to celebrate they wanted to have a romantic photo session that was juxtaposed against one of their favorite cities (their other favorite is Koba, Japan!) With a goal of not staying in one place too long so they can experience new places and people, they have lived in Utah, Connecticut, Illinois, and loved every minute of it. This adventurous couple shared some things that they’ve learned about each other and marriage, and we are delighted to feature them today on the website!

from the photographer, Diane Sotero: “Jessie and Jake are such an adorable couple. We clicked the first time we met, and I was so excited to capture their love. They are passionate about Chicago and wanted something romantic and delicate that could combine with the beauty of the windy city’s skyline for their wedding anniversary session. Jessie owns a design company and is naturally attracted to art. She loves the feeling, colors and light that film provides. Their session was shot entirely on film and I couldn’t be happier with how the images turned out.”

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?

Jessie: I first saw Jake sitting across the room in one of my freshman college classes. I definitely did a double-take when I saw him, as I thought that he was strikingly handsome. Completely out of my character, I decided that I was going to go sit next to him the following class and introduce myself. When that day came, I was confident enough to go and sit by him in class, but I got too nervous to strike up a conversation. Thank goodness he helped me out on that one!

Jake: We met in college (we actually had a class together). One day while I was waiting for class to start, I sat on the far side of an empty row of seats. As I was shuffling through my things in preparation for class to start, an attractive and sharp-looking girl came and sat directly next to me without saying a single word. After what felt like a long pause, I said the smoothest thing I could think of: “Uh… hi.” We’ve been inseparable ever since.

What is your favorite thing about each other?

Jessie: My favorite thing about Jake is how passionate he is about the things he cares for most in life. Whether it be fitness, his career interests, or — most lovingly — me, he dedicates 100% of himself to showing up and making those things a priority in his life. And I feel so lucky to be a part of that.

Jake: Jessie makes things happen. She isn’t a passive participant in her life. When she sets her mind to doing something, she sets goals and expends her efforts intelligently and efficiently to achieve what she wants. She is absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?

Jessie: The best thing I’ve learned from Jake is that it’s ok if things in life don’t go perfectly or according to how I planed. I know lots of family members and friends have tried to help teach me this in the past, but it had never really stuck with me until I met Jake. He has such a natural ability to go with the flow, and there’s just something about him that helps calm and assure me like no one else can.

Jake: From Jessie, I’ve learned that there is incredible strength in trusting and relying on another person — more specifically, on her. I’ve always struggled with opening up emotionally and truly sharing my feelings, but Jessie has shown me how empowering it is to be vulnerable and trust someone else with my feelings.

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

One piece of advice we have for other couples is that it’s always best to be honest with each other and share how you’re feeling, even if your feelings might be difficult to share or hard for the other person to hear. Nothing has brought us closer in our marriage than strengthening our emotional intimacy by working through our feelings together.

Photographer: Diane Sotero  / Film Lab: The FIND Lab

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