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WOWZA! That’s probably the first thing that escaped your mouth, too, when you saw this unexpected bridal hairstyle, right? The fishtail braid that my beautiful bride-to-be, Deepi, is sporting is what Disney Princess dreams are made of – pretty much perfect for any special occasion like her sangeet, the big, crazy party BEFORE the actual wedding. Indians know how to party 😉 Ashyana Banquets in Downers Grove, Illinois provided the perfect location for said big, crazy party. Deepi and Eeshan also happen to be members of a professional, traditional Indian dance group called Ministry of Bhangra. Mind. Blown. Best Bollywood performances I’ve ever seen!

Orange and fuschia are going to be a perennial favorite here at Melissa Diep Photography, and this bride totally nailed the hues in her own way by contrasting it with a stunning emerald green and gold top. Add a strong, handsome groom on her arm, like Eeshan, making his own statement with a modern spin on a traditional sherwani coat. Matching a small element works well to pull together contrasting wedding outfits, like Deepi’s green border of her lehenga to the groom’s sherwani. Love Indian weddings and the color explosion associated with them! Deepi and Eeshan’s non-matchy matchy look is a color story perfection, and Deepi’s simple but colorful lehenga is proof that you don’t need to be drowning in an ocean of gold embroidery to look amazing. Scroll down to see all of their sangeet pictures… just wait till you see the wedding coming to the blog soon!

xo, Melissa

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All the pastels and lush greenery make me feel like we’ve been transported to some charming Southern town, like, oh say, Charleston. Don’t be fooled – we didn’t have to go far for these simple but picturesque backdrops for Jamie and Mike’s engagement shoot. Just an hour away from Chicago is downtown Geneva, a quaint suburban town with historical architecture and unique shops with quirky details. This adorable yellow bike was parked outside one business and we couldn’t resist playing with it a little – made the best prop, right? Couldn’t have planned it better myself.

Jamie and Mike are the sweetest couple. I’m shooting their upcoming wedding, and it was fun to get to know this couple before the big day. They are both naturals for the camera and so easy to work with, and you can tell they have a lot of fun together. It was 100 degrees this day, but that didn’t stop them from looking cool and collected. Don’t they look like they’re just taking a stroll through the park, stopping for a little dance… just the beginning of a beautiful life journey…

xo, Melissa

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Oh, but California
California I’m coming home
I’m going to see the folks I dig
I’ll even kiss a sunset pig
California I’m coming home…

California by Joni Mitchell

What do you do when you’re in town shooting a wedding, but then have free time to tag along with your photographer friend/spirit animal for the day? Why, just go shoot some more! That’s what I did with my talented photographer buddy, Adrian Wood, when we did a lifestyle shoot for Serena and Sergio. I met the couple met for an hour first at a cool guitar shop. The kind you see in old movies about LA. We clicked instantly, and I could feel Sergio’s love of music because he looked so in heaven amongst all those guitars! Serena is an amazing photographer herself, so homegirl knows how to work the camera. This couple is the epitome of California cool even thought they’re from Venice, Italy– they have that West Coast ease about them, and it doesn’t hurt to be chasing the glorious California golden sunset at the Santa Monica Pier. You would never know this beach is one of California’s most popular, tourist-trappy beaches just by looking at Serena and Sergio’s serene photos. It’s so, so dreamy, am I right? Scroll through and feel the sun-drenched, salty spray of the West Coast/Best Coast at your fingertips!

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