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I joined this glowing and very sweet preggo and her family at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. Camille and Wayne are expecting baby #2 in the coming weeks, and big brother Alton is excited! Quite the charmer, if I might add, too. (I mean, did you see the fedora?) ADORE him. Seriously, just adore.

Besides getting to photograph the cutest little dude twinning it with his dad, this shoot was memorable also because I brought Baby Cole with me. Yep, strapped right to my chest the whole time. Quick segue because this is a topic I feel strongly about –

As one of many working women, we’re on the cutting edge of a continuing cultural revolution in corporate America – and I’m excited that I’ve got an opportunity, on my own terms as an independent photographer and proud #bossbabe, to show my sons how to be motivated and to succeed, live and work well. I personally want to raise boys who believe that we’re all equal, and who admire and respect successful women.

Congrats to Camille and Wayne! Can’t wait to see what they are having!

xo, Melissa

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The pre-gamer to your Wedding Day, a.k.a the Engagement Party, can be such a fun way to get your feet wet when it comes to throwing big bashes to celebrate your love. Those are the best kind of parties, in my opinion, and this Indian engagement party in Naperville, IL is quite the stunner. Feast your eyes on some sparkly, jewel-toned goodness from Nikki and Vivek’s engagement party that included lots of family and friends (and a beloved dog), traditional music and Sikh prayer. And that gorgeous outfit she wore? I’m in love. The whole affair seemed to take place around her spectacular cobalt blue garb, from the delish three-layer ombre cake to the colorfully draped backdrop.

Congrats to Nikki and Vivek!

xo, Melissa

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Priyanka and Shawn’s multicultural Indian-Catholic wedding is the definition of awesome – the sort of wedding where every moment is totes beyond beautiful and totes beyond amazing, I’m not even sure what to say.  And since I am sort of known as a Chatty Cathy, it’s safe to say this wedding is a speech-defying affair in every which way that delighted guests over three days. From the festive Sangeet and the bride’s intricate henna, to their Hindu ceremony’s fab gold, red, and pink stylings by Sabrina Hans Events and the stunning Yanni Design Studio backdrop, this fête had no shortage of details.

The bride was stunning in each and every one of her dress changes – four to be exact. (My personal fave was the all-gold number that closed out the night, though her white lace gown from Alegria’s Brides was a close second!)

Priyanka and Shawn’s was the kind of weekend that will melt your heart and feed your soul, celebrating the unification of two religions, and it’s all sitting pretty right here (and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to see their wedding vendors)! Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

xo, Melissa

If you missed Part 1 featuring their colorful Sangeet and Mehndi, click here.

For Part 2 featuring the traditional Hindu ceremony, click here.

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Priyanka and Shawn’s Wedding Guide:

Venue, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort  //  Bride’s Attire, Alegria’s Brides gown, Jimmy Choo shoes  //  Bride’s Hair & Makeup, Hiral Vyas  //  Bridesmaids’ Attire, saris from India  // Groom’s Attire, Formally Modern Tuxedo  //  Wedding Consultant, Sabrina Hans Events // Florist, Yanni Design Studio //  Cake, Lovin Oven Cakery and Yanni Design Studio Flowers //  Caterer, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and Gaylord Indian Fine Cuisine //  Music, Dhiraj Gupta of JSM Entertainment  //  Videographer, Wholehearted Wedding Film CO. //  Officiant, St. Thomas Syro Malabar Officiants

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