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This is one of those rare instances where the bride and groom portrait session seriously rivaled the actual wedding itself. Dressed in their wedding finery, Asha and Cherian were quite the picture as they took a whirl on the Wave Swinger at Navy Pier, dangling 150-feet high above downtown Chicago. They delighted the crowd of on-lookers who cheered the bride and groom on, and I have to agree, it was truly a magical moment in my entire career as a Chicago wedding photographer. I mean – the whimsy of it all, her billowing white gown accented by the bright swings and his huge grin – this was #notyouraverage wedding portraits!

Now, I could also go on and on about Asha and Cherian’s wedding. It was so many wonderful things all rolled into one day – getting ready photos at the famed historic Palmer House, the peacefulness of Milton Lee Olive Park where we captured more portraits, a beautiful Catholic ceremony filled with tears of joy inside a lovely church tucked just outside of downtown, a vibrant and opulent reception filled decor, a sentimental serenade by the bride’s brother who sings in an a cappella group, and that DRESS! All the heart eyes for that dress.

I remember leaving this wedding all smiles. It was one of those days where every little piece came together so well, where there was so much positivity in every moment. It was something about the combination of all these spectacular details that when it was time for me to pack up and go, I almost didn’t want to leave. Hugest congrats to my fun and warm-hearted couple!

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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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  • SamOctober 19, 2016 - 10:58 pm

    Beautiful couple and beautiful photos. Will the bride share her makeup artist vendor?

  • SamOctober 30, 2016 - 10:19 pm

    Is there any way I can find out who did this bride’s makeup? I posted a comment earlier but you deleted it. Any help would be appreciated.

chicago couples boudoir photographer

The tone that a boudoir photo shoot takes is largely set by the client’s energy when she walks in the studio. In this case, my couple, Dana and Kao, who have been married for years, set that tone. As a boudoir photographer, I pay close attention to their personality, their style, and the purpose for their session. Then, my creative juices ebb and flow in that direction for the duration of the shoot.

When Dana walked in to the room at the Lincolnshire Marriott, exuding a fierce air of “You better work!” (Supermodel, anyone??) I knew right away that this was going to be a radiant, raw and sexy boudoir experience between her and Kao.

My philosophy as a boudoir photographer involves owning your beauty and rocking it. This type of photography is more than just about showing off the body – it’s also about feeling sexy, strong, confident, powerful – any or all of the above! Don’t be afraid to try new things. Sure, sometimes we get your hair and makeup did, and then there’s some post-editing involved, but I pride myself on being able to bring that inner bombshell to light without completely changing someone’s authentic appearance. Of course, the wine helps, too 😉

Thanks, Dana and Kao, for being an awesome couple to work with on this boudoir shoot!

xo, Melissa

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Chicago Boudoir Photographer

Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after boudoir, 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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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

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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