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Chicago Family Photographer: Lincoln Park Zoo: Melissa Marie Photography

As many people have recently sent their kids off to school, I’m reminded that my husband claims our kids are never allowed to go to school out of state. (: Ha, his theory (which I get) is that they’ll find someone, get married, and then plant roots far away from family. I get it…I can’t imagine being far away from my family but I love that this group, despite literally now living all over the world, came together in Chicago to spend a week together. I love that they not only allow but encourage each other to follow their dreams wherever that may take them, and all the while knowing they’ve got “home” within family. I also love that the said when people come to visit their actual home, they’re handed a glass of champagne! Here I’ve been offering coffee or a glass of water like a basic fool. (:

Haha! Seriously though, what a FUN, dynamic, caring, sweet family! So glad you all got to reconnect!

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Glenview Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography: BAKER FAMILY

There’s something about the dynamic of sisters…And especially the role of a big sister. My older sister was and still is such a huge part of the things I know in life. She took me under her wing and let me tag-a-long on her adventures. Or so a trip to the mall seemed to be adventures when we were young. (:

So it’s so sweet to see older sister Annie, take her little sister by the hand to go explore “Princess Sarah’s house.” A.K.A the storage garage. (:

Annie, may you always have that curiosity. And Emily…That smile is absolutely contagious! The world needs more of those; so keep on shinin’ girl. Thank you for sharing the afternoon with me!

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KIPTON PALOMAR HOTEL CHICAGO WEDDING: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSH + CONNIE

Often times when atop something that may appear to be scary, people say: “Don’t look down.” Well, I beg to differ on that one. I think we’d often miss some of the most amazing views. Ones that show how hard we’ve come. What work we put in to get to where we are now. That despite it being scary, we did it anyway. It’s an investment; rather than a get rich quick scheme. What you put into it, you’ll get out and then some. So here’s to effort. Here’s to loving when it’s scary. Here’s to taking the stairs.  Here’s to being able to say; we did it!

Josh + Connie, you guys did it! May you look back on your wedding photos for decades to come (especially the gorgeous staircase at the Rookery Building) and be reminded of the journey and investment you guys have put into this now marriage! May your happiness & love be your richest asset in life.

XOXO,

Melissa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Melissa Marie Photography: Melissamariephotography.org

HAIR & MAKEUP: Fearless & Bella: https://www.fearlessandbella.com/

HOTEL VENUE: Kipton Palomar Chicago: https://www.hotelpalomar-chicago.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand-Hotel%20Name_EXT&utm_term=hotel%20palomar%20chicago&adpos={adpos}&creative=171285497195&device=c&matchtype=e&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Pbcotyt5AIVkvhkCh0mSgxCEAAYASAAEgL9g_D_BwE

PLANNER: Lionhearted Events: http://www.lionheartedevents.com/

FLORIST: Flowers by Steen Productions: https://flowersbysteen.com/

GOWN BOUTIQUE: Weddings 826 on Armitage: https://www.weddings826.com/

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INDEPENDENCE GROVE LIBERTYVILLE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: JONATHAN + KYLE

What they’ll do for love…

Willingly take engagement photos amongst wildflowers when he has severe allergies? Yep. Hunch over your car’s AC grasping for relief from the blazing sun while your fiancée changes outfits? Sure. Despite it being a bazillion degrees outside, you still want and give all the unsolicited hugs and kisses?

Yep!  It’s love! Blazing hot outside, burning hearts inside love!   

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SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT SALT LAKE CITY UTAH WEDDING: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: DAN + HANNAH

 

People say follow your passion. But really, how many donuts taste testers can the world really have?  For real though, everything about Dan + Hannah’s Solitude Mountain Resort Wedding was straight out of the dreamiest dream in my heart.

To start, I got to scratch something off my bucket list! I’ve always wanted to fly on the 4th of July in hopes of seeing fireworks in multiple places at once. Like twinkling little colorful stars I saw hundreds of towns’ displays all at once!

Then to be out amongst the mountains…lakes…nature. It captivates and resonates so much more than the concrete jungle of Chicago. I was after all, a camping major in college. (Not kidding!)

But honestly…Even better than me getting to do my bucket list item…Even better than the jaw dropping beauty of the mountains of Utah….getting to capture Dan & Hannah was incredible! They are the most laid-back, easy-going, and kind people! And as much as they so evidently love those around them, they have this way when they’re together that everything else fades away. It almost felt like they were eloping! It was swelteringly hot. Melt your face right off hot. But these two held on to each other, nestling their faces together like they could inhale a memory of that moment and keep it within them forever. It honestly was just pure love for where they live and for each other emoting through absolutely everything!!

Dan + Hannah, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your incredible wedding day with me. I hope you always find solitude with each other for a lifetime of more memories together. And may this not be the last time I get to capture the pure magic of your love! So incredibly happy for you guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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