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Today’s blog post is extra special and that’s because this wedding features two old friends of mine. I’ve known Rasmey and Sondy for over 15 years. My sister-in-law is Matron of Honor and my two brothers are also in the wedding party, and oh, I know about half of the guests in attendance. So let’s just say, Rasmey and Sondy are like family. It’s pretty cool to be the wedding photographer even though it was also sorta like being a guest, too!

Rasmey and Sondy were married in an intimate ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Schiller Park, surrounded by their three daughters, close friends and family. The gathering was just the right amount of elegance and classic simplicity, and a pretty palette of white and jewel-toned blue made this wedding feel so fresh. Since I first met Rasmey all those years ago, she’s always been the most nurturing gal I know in this group of friends. Sondy is reserved and silently strong and getting him to smile is rare. In fact, one of my favorite moments from this day is when I got a little smile out of him for one of the couple’s portraits! Somehow their personalities work so well together and they are a perfect match – the kind of couple that makes you feel overjoyed that they found one another and tied the knot!

It was such a joy to document this wedding!

xo,

Melissa

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Rasmey and Sondy’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Sheraton Hotel Schiller Park // Bride’s Gown, Jewel, Rebecca Minkoff shoes // Bride’s Hair & Makeup, Tran Nguyen // Groom’s Attire, JF J. Ferrar // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Lulus and Azazie// Cake, Sugar Bakery // Caterer, Sheraton Hotel Schiller Park // Music, JJ Production

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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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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.

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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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