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chicago river walk engagement pictures

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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chicago river walk engagement pictures
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chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures

chicago river walk engagement pictures

chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
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chicago river walk engagement pictures
chicago river walk engagement pictures
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alfred lily pond family portraits

This might look like any other family session, but I have a SURPRISE to announce!

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We’re pregnant with #3!

I’m so excited to share this news with all of you, dear readers. I’m 12 weeks today, and even though this means I’ll be giving up my much-coveted dream closet / office, I couldn’t be any happier with how things turned out. Back then, when I was pregnant with LWG, I was truly worried if I could ever love #2 as much as Roman. I quickly found out that I could – and I did – and now I’m feeling a bit like a veteran when it comes to the idea of a #3 joining our family. I cannot wait to love on this precious new member!

Roman is a super big brother to LWG, and he’s already showing his loving spirit to this teeny peanut inside me. I like to ask him where #3 is and he always replies, “In Momma’s belly. Baby #3 is sleeping in Momma’s belly!” Then he’ll press his little face to my belly, and say, “When are you coming out to play, #3??”

Thanks to fellow photographer Katherine Davis of DeepEnd Imagery for shooting our sweet family session at Alfred Lily Pond. Roman was obsessed with the ducks and Rhys, well, in typical LWG fashion, he just wanted to explore everything and everywhere! We can’t wait to see what #3 will be like.

p.s. Scroll all the way through to find out whether we’ll be decking out our new nursery in pink or blue!

xo, Melissa

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Aaaaaand we’re expecting a….

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chicago diner en blanc 2014
Any day is a good day for a tulle skirt, and it was my #OOTD to the Diner en Blanc event in Chicago a couple weeks ago. I’m not gonna lie, this Space 46 Boutique tutu had me kinda feeling like Carrie Bradshaw.

I want to share a glimpse of my personal life today, since usually I blog about other people. Remember when I said I needed to get out more and do more for myself? There didn’t seem to be a better opportunity than going to a themed dress fête, and I had the BEST time in ages! Said fête, Diner en Blanc, is like one massive Greek sorority party (a couple thousand in attendance, no biggie) – and everyone is told to wear the same color and there is a definite aura of exclusivity. Only difference is that this shindig is more civilized.

See? All white! (Except for a swipe of a bright red lippie. I really must find more places to wear to.)

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It’s a secret affair with a secret location that is revealed to partygoers only hours before! (Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk was the incredible backdrop for this year.)

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It is invite-only!

You even have to bring all white tableware for dining!

The dinner gods must have been smiling down on us because the day started off pouring and ended that way at night. Luckily, everything in between was dry like it was meant to be!!

Sorority jokes aside, Diner en Blanc is truly a photographer’s dream. More than that it was a rare magical, elegant evening spent with The Giant and friends, amongst the revelry of thousands of others all there for the same reason – having a grand time! Scroll through to see all the fun, from beginning to end! There are no shades of grey here!

xo, Melissa

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