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Melissa Marie Photography: Independence Grove Libertyville Wedding: RYAN + CHRISTINE

First of all can we talk about how ridiculously beautiful Ryan & Christine are!? It’s jaw droopingly obvious the first time you see them, but it also doesn’t take long to see their hearts match their outside. Kiddos flock to Christine like animals in a Disney movie. She’s warm. Inviting. And kids (and adults alike) adore her! Ryan, he’s what I call a secret softy. Doesn’t show his emotion too quickly but one thing that so obviously has his heart are the people he loves. One of the most telling examples in a speech during the reception. When Sundays call for Football, BBQ’s, sleeping-in, hanging out, Ryan would get together with his grandpa every Sunday. These two love others well. That love so obviously extends to one another. The spin of the wedding day world stops when they are together. It’s not just infatuation with each other’s beauty. (Though, that’s an added perk right?) (: Their cards to one another, their vows, the way they speak to each other. It comes from the right priorities. Their focus was (and is) people over things. Now that’s something to take along this lifelong journey you’re on in marriage.

VENUE: Independence Grove Libertyville:

FLORIST: Aberdeen’s Wedding Florist:

DJ: Mike Staff Productions:

HAIR & MAKEUP: Misano Salon:

DRESS BOUTIQUE: Volles Bridal:

CATERER: Catering By Michaels:

HOTEL: Holiday Inn Express Libertyville: 


Chicago Newborn Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography: Meet Connor!

Having kids is what I call a perspective adjuster. What mattered before either just doesn’t anymore (at least in comparison). What occupied your thoughts, time, money, dreams, all are now in a sense recalibrated to that bundle of joy you now live & breathe for. In a way, there’s amazing freedom in that as it really just boils down to, your kid comes first, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s also terrifying as you realize that most everything of actual value is now in the must vulnerable little body. But oh how worth it they are! So happy for you guys! Thanks for sharing precious time with me to capture Connor in his first days!


Love this image of Connor in his Cubbies Onsie. Caption contest for it on my Instagram Page:  @Melissamariephoto


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 


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!


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.