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People often want to know what it is I do during a shoot to make my clients feel comfortable and let loose like this beautiful family here. The truth is, I take a deep breath and then let out this crazy, wicked, psychotic sounding laugh when they’re least expecting it, and when my clients start giggling, I click away! This works well when you are shooting your clients in a studio space (like we did here for Mina and Haroon’s family session at Loft 305) or out on a remote location, and they worry about looking natural in their environment. I’ve found this is also a slam-dunk strategy when young kids are involved in a shoot. They’re usually the slowest to warm up for the camera, but they’re also the ones who are usually eating up my crazy laugh the most, kinda like they eat up mac ‘n cheese, peanut butter & jelly, ice cream and sprinkles, ya feel me?

Beautiful Mina, hubby Haroon and their sweet 6.5 year old daughter, Alina, were a pleasure to photograph. I shot Mina’s wedding and I love that they called me back to photograph their little family. Have a peek!

xo, Melissa

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Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after wedding, engagement, family, maternity, newborn, baby, and children portrait photographer based in Chicago. Melissa strives to capture organic moments as works of art. She loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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Come away with me and take a little trip to paradise! Today’s breathtaking destination wedding has me dreaming of another weekend (or week) away in the land of clear blue skies and stunning coastline views, also known as Cancun, Mexico! In October I had the pleasure of documenting Kristin and Brad’s destination wedding at the luxurious Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun. Besides the fact that it took place in dreamy Mexico and I got to escape chilly Chicago, this wedding was perfect for so many reasons. A pretty palette of pastel sky blue bridesmaid dresses, bright white tablecloths, and golden sunshine made this wedding a breath of fresh air. Literally. (I meannn, the ceremony overlooked the ocean!) Beyond the chic resort style details, the delightful strums of a mariachi band filled the air at this wedding.

Kristin and Brad are one of the kindest, sweetest couples I’ve met. Brad has sort of a hard demeanor, but when it comes to her he’s a self-proclaimed softie – and I quote him: “I’m very soft when it comes to Kristin.” That should give you an indication of their romantic love for one another. The thing I love most about photographing destination weddings is that this type of affair is often simple and intimate. It doesn’t require a lot of frills, there is a natural energy pulsing from the exoticness of the destination, and only your nearest and dearest come together as you say “I do.”

So really, how could you not daydream the day away when taking in every last breathtaking moment of this wedding? It’s destination perfection from start to finish and you can see it all here. Happy browsing!

xo, Melissa

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Kristin and Brad’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun // Bride’s Gown, Essence of Australia, Badgley Mischka shoes // Bride’s Hair & Makeup, provided by resort // Groom’s Attire, Bonobos // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Donna Morgan // Event Designer, provided by resort // Wedding Consultant, Cecilia Rangel (provided by resort) // Florist, Exquisite Designs // Cake, provided by resort // Caterer, provided by resort // Music, provided by resort // Videographer, provided by resort

 

Chicago Destination Wedding Photographer

Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after wedding, engagement, family, maternity, newborn, baby, and children portrait photographer based in Chicago. Melissa strives to capture organic moments as works of art. She loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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What makes for a wedding day this perfect? How about a so-in-love couple like my Andrea and Andrew? (You can read about their touching engagement here.) How about a wedding venue in which two generations of the bride’s family–consisting of five family members–have been married? Or a ’61 Dodge Dart Phoenix family car in a fabulous Tiffany Blue? Quirky personal touches like Star Wars cufflinks and themed socks under the bride’s gown? Emotional speeches from family that speak to the core of the couple’s love for one another–and also touch on their competitive sports rivalry? Check, check, check and check!

Andrea and Andrew’s wedding was the perfect picture of black and white elegance infused with a pop of regal purple. It was expertly pulled together by Simply Perfect Events Chicago, who transformed the Northmoor Country Club ballroom in Highland Park, Illinois, into the prettiest glam space – how lovely and minimalist are those glass centerpieces? And how refreshing is it to see an understated wedding cake like this all white and silver four-tiered one from Bittersweet?

Pretty details aside, one of my favorite moments was the mother-daughter dance. It was my first time seeing this done at a wedding, and it was a most special tribute to Andrea’s dad who passed away, as well as to the deep bond I witnessed between a daughter and her mom, who is battling pancreatic cancer. It is a wonderful reminder that your wedding is about you, you can choose to do what resonates with you most, make your own traditions, and infuse it with what you hold most dear.

Speaking of love, I would also like to add, that as a wedding photographer, the photos you see below are exactly why I recommend doing a First Look. Timing and logistics often get in the way, but it’s these moments that are worth the effort. To be able to hold each other and laugh through tears, and have a peaceful moment to savor the day together before it gets underway, is such an amazing thing.

Thank you so much, Andrea and Andrew, for allowing me to capture your beautiful day! I can’t imagine a couple better suited for each other!

xo, Melissa

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Andrea and Andrew’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Northmoor Country Club // Bride’s Gown, Pronovias, Badgley Mischka shoes // Bride’s Makeup, Cynde Cosmetics // Bride’s Hair, Erin Graham // Groom’s Attire, Brooks Brothers // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Bill Levkoff // Wedding Consultant, Simply Perfect Events Chicago  //  Florist, Exquisite Designs // Cake, Bittersweet // Caterer, Northmoor Country Club // Music, Green Fourteen // Videographer, Sean Loftus

 

Chicago Wedding Photographer

Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after wedding, engagement, family, maternity, newborn, baby, and children portrait photographer based in Chicago. Melissa strives to capture organic moments as works of art. She loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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