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weddings at the art institute

The Art Institute of Chicago is where “happily-ever-after” begins in grand downtown style, and it was the scene of Valerie and Oscar’s chic city wedding last month. From the elevated outdoor terrace offering magical views of the skyline to the prize winning architect-designed Modern Wing, this venue is a photographer’s dream come true – and a sleek blank canvas for any bona fide masterpiece event.

This sweet couple met in college. While Valerie grew up in a small suburb of Chicago, she and new husband Oscar happily reside together in the city they love so much. It’s easy to understand why they wanted their big day to exude downtown-chic style. From portraits at the legendary Palmer House to the bustling city streets (and hello, let’s talk about that next-level cake decked out with an edible skyline!), Valerie designed her wedding like a seasoned artist with a vision.

Pops of bright fuschia dotted her bridesmaids’ attire and accented dinner tables. The minimalist design approach allowed the sparkling glass-curtained room to shine – and the happy newlywed couple radiated in the rich colors that lit up the night. I hope you enjoy a peek into this awesome Chi-town wedding!

xo, Melissa

p.s. Check out Val’s super cute, very plump furball hanging out! A day as special as this wouldn’t be complete without your four-legged friend. He showed up just for portraits and didn’t leave Val’s side once. Best man?

chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
Valerie and Oscar-102chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
chicago palmer house wedding getting ready
Art Institute of Chicago South Garden wedding

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Art Institute of Chicago South Garden wedding
Art Institute of Chicago South Garden wedding
Art Institute of Chicago South Garden wedding
Art Institute of Chicago South Garden wedding
weddings at the art institute
weddings at the art institute
weddings at the art institute
weddings at the art institute
weddings at the art institute
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding
Chicago Modern Wing Terzo Piano Wedding

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Valerie and Oscar’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, Modern Wing at Art Institute of Chicago (ceremony and reception)  //  Bride’s Attire, Kathy Ireland gown, Benjamin Adams shoes  //  Bride’s Hair, Maxine Salon  //  Bride’s Makeup, Bride Eyes  //  Groom’s Attire, The Black Tux  //  Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Allure  //  Florist, Zuzu’s Petals  //  Cake, Take the Cake  //  Caterer, Bon Appetit  //  Music, Custom DJs  //  Videographer, Parklife Videography  //  Officiant, Dan Kopelow

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arlington heights family photographer

I first met this couple not too long ago when Samantha was about 34 weeks pregnant – and now their beautiful bundle of joy is here! Named Viviana, this baby is just gorgeous! During Samantha’s maternity shoot I enjoyed watching hubby Washington dote on her and her baby bump, and it’s clear that fatherly love didn’t stop there! Now at 10 days new, Baby Viviana has been keeping both mom and dad busy and feeling plenty exhausted, but that didn’t stop them from beaming ear to ear. Washington doted and took watch over a very alert Baby Viviana while Samantha rested during our shoot. Enjoy the sweet photos!

xo, Melissa

arlington heights family photographer

arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer

arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
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arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
arlington heights family photographer
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melissa diep mommy and me session

When the cat’s away the mice will play. And that we did! While the Giant was abroad in Germany for work I decided to pack up the kids and visit their grandparents in Florida for a week. We had the best time! (You can follow our adventures down south here.) In between delightful shenanigans at Disney World, blueberry picking and on golf carts, I made time for a Mommy and Me session with one of my favorite fellow photographers, the talented Kristen Weaver in Orlando, Florida! Between Rhys’ crankiness from the long drive to the studio, and Roman’s hyperactivity having just woken from his nap, I was worried we didn’t get any good shots of the three of us – but Kristen’s innate talent to make her clients look and feel good are superior! I love the outcome – tell me in the comments what you think!

xo, Melissa

melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
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melissa diep mommy and me
melissa diep mommy and me
melissa diep  mommy and me
melissa diep  mommy and me
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session

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