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St. George Greek Orthodox Church Chicago Wedding: PAT + ADRIENNE

It’s was sort of a backwards elopement. That is the main wedding was quaint in the backyard of a lake house in New York. And the small wedding was in the big city. Now it wasn’t in elopement in that everyone knew about both ceremonies. But I loved the premise behind why they did it this way. And so did they! They kept saying: “This is so fun!” “I wouldn’t have even noticed that at the first wedding, it goes by so fast.” Sure, it’s fun to wear your wedding dress again, and have totally polar opposite location vibes for photos: Lakeside or big city. But the reason they did it this way, and the reason I think more people ought to think about doing it this way is that they wanted to have an orthodox ceremony where their grandparents could attend. So at the first wedding in New York, they partied. They danced. They had what you would more so anticipate the events on a wedding day to be. That then allowed the Chicago wedding to be relaxed. We hit the big Chicago landmarks for photos with no rushing. The ceremony involved no nerves. And most importantly, they got to just sit and have dinner at local restaurant with their family. No going from table to table. They just got to sit with grandparents and soak up time together. Doesn’t that just sound refreshing? Loved it! And so glad they did too! Congrats Pat & Adrienne! 

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

I love this family! I could easily exchange the “this” for “my” with them. We aren’t blood related. But I’m not even blood related to my actual family! (PSA-adoptions rocks!) Have you ever had someone in your family or that you know really well visit you at work? It’s refreshing right!?  That’s how I felt about these gems coming to the mini sessions I was doing. They’re goofy, kind, flexible, and helps that they’re pretty darn good lookin too! Love these guys!

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

This family has a special place in my heart. The last time I photographed them I was pregnant. Never having had been a parent, the unknowns were at times daunting.  I didn’t know the gender of my kiddo, but I had a strong premonition that it was going to be a boy. (I was right!) Somewhere between curling up to read Scary Stories, the spontaneous hugs that were given, and playing games in their back yard between photos, I felt my fear melt. If I could have any part of this “family life” I got a taste of with these kiddos, I’d be blessed. Fast forward, and my little one is now 10 months old and I can’t begin to put into words the joy that is in my heart from being a mom. Thankful for another day capturing these kiddos! 

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Bolingbrook Golf Club Wedding: Melissa Marie Photography

We absolutely loved being able to capture every gorgeous moment for you guys!!

As if Marc & Nicole’s airy & ethereal wedding wasn’t already dreamy, they had their first dance out on the putting green of the Bolingbrook Golf Course, with a big surprise for their guests: fireworks! Not just sparklers…Fireworks. Lots and lots of fireworks! I’d insert every heart-eyed emoji buuuuttt I think the photos will be better suited. Way to start marriage off with a bang! (:

We absolutely loved being able to capture every gorgeous moment for you guys!!

CEREMONY: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: https://www.goodshepherd-naperville.org/ 

RECEPTION: Bolingbrook Golf Club: https://www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com/ 

FLORIST: Phillips Flowers: https://www.phillips-flowers.com/

DJ: Your Night Productions: http://www.yournightproductions.com/

VIDEOGRAPHY: Mirar Productions: http://www.mirarproductions.com

GOWN BOUTIQUE: Bella Bianca Bridal: http://bellabianca.com/

MAKEUP:: http://www.fabb2gomakeup.com/

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