Travel Portraits & a 40th Birthday Celebration – Dominican Republic

RMP Couples, Travel

She is fierce. She is loyal. She is passionate. She is hilarious. She just so happens to now be 40. And I am incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to document the once-in-a-lifetime trip Nicole planned to the Dominican Republic to celebrate. Having friends and family come from near and far, the week naturally became a beautiful blend of relationships that have spanned every decade of Nicole’s life. Of course, as is so often the case, when the common denominator is a wonderful woman, everyone quickly felt like they had known each other for years rather than the few days we were all together. Childhood friends shared poolside lounge chairs with colleagues and siblings swapped stories with friends from halfway across the country. I can’t wait to share the unique portraits we made with Nicole and each particular friend or family member, but for starters today, I’m showcasing just the birthday girl!

Nicole is one of the best event planners in Chicago (working alongside the fabulous team at LK Events), so when she turned the table to plan her own celebration, of course she didn’t miss a detail. But my favorite part was seeing such a beautiful mix of friendships and loved ones come together to celebrate this fantastic lady. Life is meant to be celebrated and I firmly believe the momentous occasions alongside the perceived little ones should be documented in a way that future generations will get a glimpse into what it was like to be there.

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  1. Janet

    Oh my! These are just fantastic photos! And such great memories from an amazing trip with our girl.

  2. Nicole Zenner

    Rebecca, thank you does not begin to describe how grateful I am for these photos and for the time you took to talk with my family and friends during our portrait session. I was so lucky that you could join us on the trip and am blessed to call you my friend. XOXO


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