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Some photos you just look at and they make you smile. You can’t help but giggle (and maybe get a little baby fever, too) when looking at these oh-so happy family portraits of Katrina and David’s family. Their adorable chubby-cheeked baby girl, Amelia, is not even 1 year old and she’s just so stinkin’ cute. Big brother Benjie can’t stop kissing and loving on his little sis! When we did this family session last week, it was just the beginning of fall – new beginnings, a crisp new season to look forward to. Here we are chasing fall color with the gorgeous foliage at Morton Arboretum, and we got the last of those carefree end-of-summer vibes and sharing laughs.

Morton Arboretum is 1,700 acres of living beauty. It’s a photographer’s dream, perfect for family photos if you’re local to the Chicagoland area! Momma Katrina had meticulously planned every detail for this shoot, including scouting out popular locations on-site. However, at the end of the day, it’s mostly about the lighting (and kids) which dictates where we ultimately shoot, and this is what I always tell my clients. We ended up catching the best lighting in non-descript areas amongst hidden walking trails and romantic fields of wildflowers. I’m so glad Katrina let me guide the way. No image is too candid, too haphazard, too unplanned, too imperfect. In fact, I have a strong conviction that these might just be the most meaningful to you years down the road.

xo, Melissa

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I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a same-sex couple and I’m so glad to change this right now with these adorable engagement photos of my happy couple, Matt and Grant. They’re busy getting ready to say “I do” next year and commencing the wedding planning with this sweet engagement session right in the heart of Chicago that not only gets us right in the feels, but also proves that love is love.

You know those couples that make you want to be BFFs with them? Yeah, that’s Matt and Grant. The couple’s natural love is showcased amidst the spirit of Chicago, an inviting backdrop of a city most welcoming to same-sex marriages. Their joy is reflected in the shimmering water and sandy shores of Oak Street Beach. We shot in a few locations around downtown; the most sentimental is in front of The Chicago Theatre because that’s where Matt proposed and Grant said yes! Beautifully tender exchanges between the loving couple every few minutes, and playful banter, I hope I captured the epic Chicago skyline views and Matt and Grant’s larger-than-life love that made this engagement session one for the books.

xo, Melissa

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Our dull Thursday needs a bit of color and this pretty Sikh wedding is just what the doctor ordered. I had a tough time narrowing down the images for Deepi and Eeshan’s wedding post because there were so many beautiful details to capture, like the bride and groom’s intricate lehenga and sherwani in ruby red and gold, and helloooo, the cool, festive baraat where Eeshan makes his entrance on a decorated horse! The cool pastel pink hues of the bridal party’s outfits and the sheer warmth of these two’s smiles made the day picture perfect – and this wedding surely had all the elements of Bollywood! Of course, everyone always looks forward to scrolling ahead to see the wedding reception, but you won’t want to miss the in-between scenes from the vidaai, where the bride’s family sends her off just after the ceremony on a sweet powder blue moped. And omg – the couple’s cute little dog, Scruffy, makes an appearance.

Deepi’s wedding gown that she changed into for the reception is probably one of my favorites I have ever seen, in that it’s not your traditional white. She is stunning in a Jaamawar Minx blush ballgown with emerald bejeweled straps – perfectly fitting of a princess – and her groom in an impeccably tailored, slim grey suit. It’s all in the details! The venue Renaissance Schaumburg made for pretty pictures and was the perfect Bollywood dance party space.

p.s. If you missed Deepi and Eeshan’s engagement session, check it out here!

xo, Melissa

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Deepi and Eeshan’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Renaissance Schaumburg // Bride’s Gown, Jaamawar Minx // Bride’s Hair & Makeup, NAOME Makeup – Omehabiba Khan // Groom’s Attire, Surmesur // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Jaamawar Minx // Event Designer, Yanni Design Studio // Wedding Coordinator: JD from Abricoe // Florist, Yanni Design Studio // Cake, Renaissance Schaumburg // Caterer, India House (reception); Shree (wedding); Ashyana (sangeet) // Music, Dj Twinbeatz // Videographer, Delack Media Group

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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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