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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! 


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: 

RECEPTION: Bolingbrook Golf Club: 

FLORIST: Phillips Flowers:

DJ: Your Night Productions:

VIDEOGRAPHY: Mirar Productions:

GOWN BOUTIQUE: Bella Bianca Bridal:



Chicago Family Photography: Melissa Marie Photography

I will never need to read a parenting book or watch another episode of Super Nanny. (Though of course I will! That show sucks me in!) I’ll just take note of what this family does!I have never in my life seen siblings look-after, care for, or adore each other like these three do without any asking. Seriously, completely in awe.  Their hearts and joyful spirit radiates the love of Jesus. Above all else, that’s what I really want for my kiddo!  So glad I got to spend some time with the sweet sweet family!


Chicago Botanic Garden Engagement Photos: Matt + Maria

Alright. Survey…What kind of packer are you when it comes to travel? I am a very thorough light(ish) packer. As in I can have all that I need strategically only in a carry on for 3 weeks in India but that bag and it’s contents have been interchanged for weeks on my floor. If I think of something I throw it in the bag. Adding… subtracting… editing what’s priority. (Hmm… Kinda like photos) (:

As Maria & Matt and me and my camera strolled the Chicago Botanic Gardens we chatted about travel dreams. From the English walled garden to the Japanese, each spot was more dreamy than the next. And that’s all to do with how adorable these two are together. Sure the gardens are beautiful but guys… it was so ridiculously hot I cannot even tell you. Well, I can tell you that Matt literally brought a spray bottle mister it was that hot. (Hello fall in Chicago!) Which made me wonder what kinda packers they’d be for their honeymoon. Whether they end up in New Zealand, Japan, or the Galápagos Islands I know they’ll have all they need by just having each other. They’re infectiously in love!