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Though all weddings have a ‘girl in a white dress’ . . . what makes every single one fabulously unique – are the moments. And there was no other just like Michelle and Adrian’s wedding at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. Quirky-meets-understated elegance done right, combined with so, so many happy tears and smile-til-your-face-hurts moments. I felt an overflow of love amongst wedding guests, the authenticity was palpable that night.

A few special standouts from this wedding:

1. There were Superman cuff links, and dress socks with a mini cape, because the groom is obsessed with CK – and AWESOME custom cake toppers (created by one of Adrian’s groomsmen!) featuring teeny versions of Michelle and her very own superhero!

2. It excited me to spot my first selfie stick at a wedding! (This is not as dirty as it sounds.)

3. Guests were sent home with Krispy Kreme donuts! Krispy Kreme!!

If rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, then these two will be set for life. It rained all morning and through their First Look. Michelle, Adrian, and their fun-loving wedding party arrived at Café Brauer in Lincoln Park Zoo by way of party bus – cuz that’s how they roll! Adrian donned a purple satin mask the entire drive, just to preserve the First Look. (Michelle’s idea, obviously.) She stunned in a Kitty Chen Couture gown. There were tears but no ‘ugly cry’ here. These two. So adorable!

The rain FINALLY gave way to a perfectly lit portrait session at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. It all culminated in a sweet ceremony and a reception at Loews O’Hare Chicago that featured a surprise dance number by Adrian and her bridesmaids to the Backstreet Boys. The song? As Long As You Love Me, of course! Scroll through to enjoy a glimpse of this special event and their wedding vendors.

Congrats to Michelle and Adrian on a beautiful night and the rest of your lives together!

xo, Melissa

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Michelle and Adrian’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel (ceremony and reception)  //  Bride’s Attire, Kittey Chen Couture gown, Kate Spade New York shoes  //  Bride’s Hair & Makeup, Lindsay Le Jones at Le & Be: A Hair and Nail Salon  //  Groom’s Attire, Ike Behar  //  Bridesmaids’ Dresses, David’s Bridal  //  Wedding Consultant, Kathryn Sill of Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel  //  Florist, Fleur du Jour  //  Cake, cake  //  Custom Cake Toppers, ChuE Creations  //  Caterer, Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel  //  Music, Joe A. Delfin of ChicagoPremiereDJs  //  Videographer, Eivan’s Photography & Video  //  Officiant, Chicago Wedding Officiant Services

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  • Michelle TruongOctober 13, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Melissa, thank you SO MUCH for capturing our day so beautifully and masterfully. These pictures are making me relive my day and I am in absolutely in love!!! I am so happy with the photos. Some are bringing tears to my eyes. Thank you so much. I love it I love it I love it. I can’t deal!!!!

Sometimes ‘look at her like you adore her’ turns into this…

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Megha and Mannar’s engagement session in Lincoln Park was filled with glorious golden light, lots of laughter, and a glimpse of the spectacular high rises in our pretty little city. The lovebirds flocked to Chi-town eight months ago from Pittsburgh, where they met in grad school. Like true newlyweds-to-be, Megha playfully bossed around Mannar, and he always nodded sweetly in agreement like any good husband.

So the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park may in fact be becoming one of my fave places for shoots (see here, and another shoot at the lily pool coming soon to the blog)… pretty dreamy if you ask me! We also shot at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Work consumes both of them, and Megha also travels four days a week, so she’s usually wiped when she gets back to Chicago. This e-sesh provided them a mini tour of their city – they LOVED discovering Lincoln Park and these two gems off the beaten path.

They will be tying the knot in traditional Indian fashion in India in December. Congrats and good luck, Megha and Mannar!

xo, Melissa

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Michelle and Adrian are tying the knot this weekend! In anticipation of what will surely be a stunning day for the duo, they enlisted me to capture them in this very moment – a gorgeous day at the Chicago Riverwalk. Michelle and Adrian went to high school together in Chicago, and you guessed it, are high school sweethearts! LOVE!

The engagement session is a great way for me to get to know a couple before the Big Day. I get a first look at how they interact, their quirks, and gain a real feel for their personalities – all of which I try to highlight in every shot. To know these two is to know lots and lots of teasing, laughing, loving. (Look at Michelle’s sweetly impish grin – doesn’t she look like she’s got a fun, little secret?)

Michelle and Adrian are so cute together and were real easy to work with. We had a great time snapping away around the riverwalk, including in front of the iconic corncobs at Marina City. There was never a dull moment!

Can’t wait to shoot your special day!

xo, Melissa

p.s. What do you think of my logo refresh? I thought it was time to freshen up my brand and add a little personal touch to it.

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