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Sareth & Brett’s Tranquil Alfresco Wedding at The Art Institute of Chicago


Disclaimer: Folks, get ready for a gushy introduction.

Here goes . . . I loooved documenting every bit of Sareth and Brett’s big day . . . wandering around an eclectic mix of beautiful settings . . . getting to know a sweet couple unafraid to play a little and have some fun for my camera . . . exchanging vows around a stunning centerpiece fountain in the courtyard of a behemoth art institution. What’s not to love?

From the legendary Palmer House Hilton to the sweeping Grand Staircase in The Art Institute of Chicago, we set about to make memorable “Sareth and Brett moments!” As a photographer who was bred in (and breathes!) this city, I always love the undeniable tradition of classic Chicago spots, but was absolutely enamored by the whimsicality of a bride and groom portrait session in the very colorful and quirky Open Books bookstore. Here the literary-loving couple flirted a bit and “made eyes” at one another behind themed books such as “The Complete Book of Baby Names.” Hubba hubba, winky wink!

And not to be overshadowed, the wedding ceremony and reception was a breathtaking and serene alfresco affair in The McKinlock Courtyard at The Art Institute of Chicago . . . equally serene, on the inside and out, was the blushing Cambodian bride who shined in a Paloma Blanca gown and glittery Brian Atwood shoes.

Here’s a little peek of the entire day . . .

Sareth and Brett, thank you SO much for allowing me to work with you on your special day and having fun with poses––some of which may or may not have included standing on top of a table at the Palmer House, I won’t tell!

xo, Melissa


Sareth & Brett’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, The McKinlock Courtyard at The Art Institute of Chicago // Bride’s Attire, Paloma Blanca gown, Brian Atwood shoes // Bride’s Makeup, Sonia Roselli // Groom’s Attire, Armani tuxedo // Flowers, Flora Chicago // Food, Bon Appétit // Cake, Sprinkles // Music, MDM Entertainment


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