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Blush pinks, touches of gold and bronze, towering floral arrangements, sparkly details – this wedding day was perfectly pretty in so many ways! Maryam and Behrad were married at the Hilton Chicago and its Grand Ballroom was the perfect venue for their romantic and lavish affair. (You might remember these hotties from their recent engagement session here.) Be sure to scroll down for the Sofreyeh Aghd, an elaborate floor spread at Persian weddings that includes several kinds of symbolic food and decorations – seriously one of the most gorgeous visual food displays that I’ve ever seen! Maryam has such amazing style, and coupled with the design magic of Yanni Design Studio and day-of coordination by Julie B Events, not a single detail was left overlooked.

As a Chicago wedding photographer who has seen it all, I’m not sure I can pin down one exact detail that made Maryam and Behrad’s wedding day so amazing, but it might have had something to do with the heartfelt ceremony bound in cultural traditions, glittery details like the bridesmaids’ embellished dresses, all their overjoyed family and friends, or the celebrity Persian singer Andy Madadian who performed that night!

I appreciated how these two trusted me entirely when it came to photos and how they allotted plenty of time in the day for portraits (taken at the Formal Gardens in Grant Park across from the Hilton), resulting in what are possibly some of my favorite wedding portraits of all-time! Everyone looks relaxed, happy and natural. As you can see, I did a terrible job of narrowing them down for this blog post, but I just can’t get enough of that amazing soft light, those dreamy colors, and all that joyful emotion.

Congrats, Maryam and Behrad!

xo, Melissa

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Maryam and Behrad’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Hilton Chicago  //  Bride’s Gown, Eve of Milady Amalia Carrara collection, Badgley Mischka shoes  //  Bride’s Makeup, Noor Khan  //  Bride’s Hair, Tarik  //  Groom’s Attire, Vera Wang //  Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Terani Couture  //  Wedding Consultant, Julie B Events  //  Event Designer, Yanni Design Studio  //  Florist, Yanni Design Studio   //  Cake, Hilton Chicago  //  Caterer, Hilton Chicago  //  Music, DJ Sultan and Andy Madadian //  Videographer, Le Cape Weddings

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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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I had so much fun with Maryam and Behrad for their engagement session in downtown Chicago that it seriously felt like kicking back with old friends. He’s outwardly witty and she’s a shy Persian beauty. They met in college, hold a long-distance relationship currently, and cannot wait to make a home together in sunny Cali after they wed. And as ridiculously good looking as these two are on the outside, let me just say that they have the hearts to match – Maryam and Behrad are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and are just as sweet as these engagement photos suggest. (In fact, I’m cutting my vacay here in Maui a little short JUST to return to Chicago next week to shoot their wedding!)

We started off at the Chicago River and finished up at North Avenue Beach. Both locations offered spectacular views of a city skyline and an urban backdrop – and also, because this is the big city, a random guy in the street insisting to polish Behrad’s shoes. And Behrad, being kind Behrad, couldn’t say no.

Looking forward to shooting their wedding!

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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Not your typical garden party variety. Whimsical and romantic, that’s how Asha and Cherian described their vision for an engagement session, and of course, I was so on board! You really can’t go wrong with any of these picture-perfect details – the serene, lush background of the Chicago Botanic Garden, a lovely lace dress, and a couple as adorable as Asha and Cherian. They both have a delightful sense of humor – Cherian fake proposed to Asha about five times to mess with her before popping the surprise question for real.

The pair displays such a sweet effortlessness in their interactions with one another, and as a Chicago engagement photographer, it was so fun following them around this city location as they twirled around or canoodled! And when they changed into their colorful second outfits, I love how we were able to capture those pops of colors against the whimsy of the botanic garden. This Chicago engagement session was the perfect balance of playfulness and romance, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

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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