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Melissa Marie Photography: Chicago Trump Tower Engagement Session: CHARLES +MEGAN

You ever wonder what wedding planners weddings look like when they get married? Wedding photographers photos look like when it’s their big day? Even with me living and breathing weddings everyday I still get curious to see what people in the “industry” do when it becomes their turn. Well, today, I got to photograph Charles & Megan. The creative owners of Charles Jewelry  who’s timeless, handcrafted designs are honestly jaw-dropping! So of course it took me .2 seconds to see Megan’s sparkling gem on her finger. WOW! WOW! WOW! Umm…Did I say wow!? They make custom made jewelry pieces so to see a ring so classically beautiful yet unlike any other was a perfect reflection of Megan!

Now these two have an edge to them. Literally. Her of course, one of a kind  Louboutins (he was rockin’ em too) which Charles window shopped for her when he took her to Paris (Yeah, is this not like a ridiculously amazing romantic scene) are literally studded from heal to toe. Again, that cross-position between such a unique, handcrafted design, on such classically beautiful girl. And speaking of edge…These two could cut with their muscles. They are fit fit fit! But they still eat. Megan a foodie chef of the house had pork chops waiting for them back at their place to be made after our shoot.

I literally cannot wait to see and capture their wedding!! And on the day to day, seeing their gorgeous jewelry on their insta page @Charlesjewelry 

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Melissa Marie Photography: Acquaviva Winery: JEFF + BETHY

A wine picnic amongst the vineyard. Dreamy right? Okay… Real talk. It was hot. Like real hot. Was supposed to be overcast to the point of flirting with rain but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Which actually makes things tricky. It means it’ll be roasty toasty for you, (Which Jeff + Bethy, ya’ll were troopers!) and shadow challenges for me. So next time you have photos don’t root for that bright sunny day, but rather clouds.
But don’t sympathize too hard for us. A sprawling vineyard in Illinois is already a rare experience but they even got a private wine tasting and better yet, we got private access to where they age and store the wine! Brings new meaning to Rose’ all day! Which that was both their favorites by the way if you ever stop by for a tasting. Cheers you guys! Can’t wait for the big day!

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Melissa Marie Photography: Humboldt Park Boathouse Engagement: +MATT + CLARE

There was exactly 2 hours predicated to not have rain and we went for it! Of course it wasn’t until we were at the furthest from shelter spot that it decided 1 hour was enough and started to rain on us. (:

Totally worth the dreamy overcast skies. (And more importantly, not sweating, squinting, and shadows all over the place!) Having the place to ourselves to capture the super cool architecture of the boat house was unexpected, and ended up being some of my favorite images from the day. Clare, I know you’re a planner at heart, and I know we couldn’t have “planned” for some of the elements but so glad ya’ll went for it! So stoked for the wedding day.

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Melissa Marie Photography: Chicago Engagement Photos: BOBBY + ERIN

Some people don’t talk politics. Some people don’t talk religion. Some don’t talk about money. These two? Well it’s baseball. Both die-hard fans of the game but unfortunately for different teams. They legit said when the Cubs won they almost broke up. Haha. Oh my. They obviously worked through it as they’re now engaged! They may have opposing teams they’re cheerin’ for now, but come August, these two will be on the same team. (At least in life) (:

Had so much fun with you guys. Love your bantering. Love your admiration for random facts. Love your history of Ohio. (: Can’t wait for the fun to continue with bocce & bowling on the big day!

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography: Cantigny Park Wheaton: MADDIE

I am a complete sucker for “where are they now?” type shows. If a show I’m hooked on doesn’t have one, you better believe I’m googling like a mad woman about what they’re up to now? That’s probably why catching up with families who I’ve captured over the years is one of my favorite parts of what I get to do everyday. Last time I captured little Maddy, she was maybe 2 weeks old?  She’s now 18 months! What!?  She’s always had piercing eyes and has been cute as a button, but to now see her so full of vibrant, playful energy, is so fun! Besides, what kid makes it through 2 hours of photos without one (NOT ONE!) meltdown? She just played in the Cantigny gardens, smelling the flowers, plucking the petals, making us all laugh. It all makes me nostalgic. (And all the more appreciative of the gift that photos gives us) She’s grown so much in what seems like a blink of an eye. And the next time I see her, she’ll have a whole new set of things she’s into. Soon enough, I’ll be taking her senior photos. Okay, slow my roll. But really, it’s so sweet to be able to see “where this family is now” and get little previews of what’s to come. Can’t wait till next time!

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