Melissa Isai Photography » Chicago Wedding Photographers

I love photographing couples around the city! Whether it’s a wedding day, an elopement, or an engagement session it’s so much fun to add a little Chicago flavor. Here are some of our favorite spots to photograph! 

Where to have a photography session in the City – Chicago

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary – It’s so pretty there and every time I go it looks different. It’s a little slice of nature in the big city. Within walking distance you even get a lake & city view and turn around to get a background with boats. It’s a win win with diversity. Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary City Hall WeddingPINIMAGEMontrose Point Bird Sanctuary Blogger Photo ShootPINIMAGEMontrose Point Bird Sanctuary Survivor ShootPINIMAGEMontrose Point Bird Sanctuary lake viewPINIMAGE

 

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool – This place is gorgeous! It’s just outside the Lincoln Park Zoo and walking distance to North Ave Beach! Another spot where there are so many options. 

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Bonus: The other side of Lincoln Park Zoo has this gorgeous sculpture. 

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Graffiti Walls – They are all throughout the city. I’m a sucker for a good graffiti wall. 

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Downtown – There are a ton of opportunities downtown. Here are some fun ones from Millennium Park. 
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We are always down for exploring new options. Above all, we recommend picking a spot that means something to you. Maybe a place you used to go on dates to or that you have good memories at! This couple is into beer so went to a bar and grabbed some. 

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If there’s nothing that jumps out to you, then no worries… You have these suggestions now.:) 

 

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Saturday Anna & Kevin got married. It was a beautiful sunny day full of love, and Anna looked just gorgeous. Her dress was elegant and timeless. These two make a stunning couple. Take a look at these sneak peeks! 

 

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Creative Team:
Photographers: Melissa & Isai Photography
Wedding Dress: The Crystal Bride
Flowers: Fox Flower Farm
Venue: Riverside Receptions
Make-Up: Odalisque Beauty Apothecary
Hair: James Anthony Salon

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My husband and I got the opportunity to travel to San Francisco a couple weeks ago. I love going on trips and exploring new places. I swear vacations are my love language haha! I am a cancer survivor and we were accepted for a travel grant to go to a conference down in Oakland, so we took advantage of the opportunity and took a few days to ourselves. If you’re visiting soon and you’re wondering what you should go and do, here are 5 things we did and loved in San Francisco that are budget friendly. 

  1. In & Out Burger of coarse… In case you were wondering they are just as good as they say. Of coarse, I’m craving one now. Fun Fact: Ask for the fries animal style and they will put their special sauce, cheese, and onions on them. So good! in & out burger - san Francisco vacation ideas on a budgetPINIMAGE
  2. Van tour of the City! We found this van tour with Left Coast Tours on Groupon and decided to take advantage of a coupon that Groupon had that day so it came out to be super cheap. It was 100% worth it. It was a three hour tour with a guy that used to be a taxi driver for 20 years so he knew the streets well and he knew the city well. We were able to see most of the city in those three hours and stopped for some photos (pictured below). We saw the Golden Gate Bridge, stopped at Twin Peaks, drove by China Town, drove by the Pink Ladies (pretty houses in the Full House intro), and more. We did that the second day there and I would recommend doing a tour like that in the beginning of your trip, because once we did that we knew were we wanted to go back. For example, we drove by China Town and knew we had to go back to take photos and grab some yummy Chinese pastriessan Francisco vacation ideas on a budgetPINIMAGEsan Francisco vacation ideas on a budgetPINIMAGE2017-04-19_0007PINIMAGEsan Francisco vacation ideas on a budgetPINIMAGE
  3. Walk along the Fisherman’s Warf and then grab Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista Cafe. The Fisherman’s Warf has a ton of shops, a beautiful Boardwalk, and a lot of places to eat. We don’t like sea food so we skipped on that, but that is where In & Out Burger is so that’s what we ate for a more affordable and sea-food-free option. You can also grab a trolley there if you’d like. Pier 39 is also nearby for an adorable view of sea loins just laying around. One night after we walked along the Warf, we went into The Buena Vista Cafe for some chicken wings. We saw a man in a white coat making Irish Coffees so we knew we had to try one with how official he looked. haha. We later found out that, that is THE place to go for Irish Coffees. Check out their website here. It was extremely good. While we only shared one, because we were full from wings, it was so good I would go back again just for that. The Irish Coffee was about $13 if I remember correctly, but like I said. It was worth it!Buena Vista Cafe - San Fransisco On a BudgetPINIMAGE
  4. Mexican Food – We had Mexican a couple times, but a friend recommended La Taqueria on Mission Street and it was so so so good. The best tacos and quesadillas ever. WARNING: THIS WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY.:) I didn’t take very good photos so this one is from their insta.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 12.12.42 PMPINIMAGE
  5. Just walk around. By walking around we explored and saw so much! We bumped into beautiful parks like these below and got some really cool photos out of it. We went to Fort Mason & Great Meadow which was gorgeous.

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We even woke up early to catch the sunrise one morning. There is a great view of the Bridge from there (See above). There is also a really great view of Alcatraz! 

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We went to the Palace of Fine Arts which was beautiful. I would also recommend Coit Tower. You have to pay to get up in the tower, but the first level is free and you still get these views for free as well. 

Cost Tower - San Francisco on a BudgetPINIMAGEI would totally recommend San Fransisco for sure and I would go back. It was goregous and there were so many things to do. We walked a ton, and a little tip if you plan on doing a lot of walking is to bring good gym shoes. The streets there are insane. We were walking uphill constantly. If weren’t walking we took uber pool or lyft line which was only about $4 for the both of us to go a couple miles. It was worth it! 

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Thanks for reading! Let me know what your favorite budget friendly San Fransisco Tips are! 

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What if there was an event for women by women? What if we could join together as women and come together? What if we could all gather as a community to lift each other up? What if we could have pop up shops all run by local girl bosses at this event, and what if some of the proceeds would go to charity? A foundation that funds research for stage 4 breast cancer in hopes that there is a cure one day soon. Guilt free shopping! What if we could come together and just have fun. Just be beautiful.

I dreamt of this years ago and finally the date is set. March 19th. Chicago, IL. πŸ’™ As a cancer survivor myself it means the world to me to raise money in hopes there is a cure. My heart is to help survivors so survivors get an extra treat of mini glam sessions and a photo shoot done by another local photographer who is just fabulous! You don’t want to miss this event. Click here to buy tickets!

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Today’s blog is full of so much pretty! I was able to attend a photography workshop a couple months ago and it was so great. You can read about it here. The first day consisted of an engagement session and the second was a styled wedding shoot. I was in love with all the details. The creme and neutral color palette, the macaroon wedding cake, the shoes by Left Bank. One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is shooting the details, and this wedding at the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee was perfection. 

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I love the neutral color palette with the accent of gold and navy. Those wooden table numbers with hand lettered numbers are stunning. Villa Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGE

I love macaroons so this wedding cake is my favorite. There was also accents of gold that were brushed on. Villa Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGE

How stunning is this backdrop with their vows hand lettered on to it in gold? Villa Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGE

The Villa Terrace is Stunning! With it’s 16th century Tuscan accents. I love it!Villa Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEVilla Terrace Museum Wedding in Milwaukee, WI. This Wisconsin wedding was gorgeous with itPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

Seriously, this was a dream. That light at sunset was the perfect touch to this photo. I highly recommend every vendor below. They did such a great job! It’s so much fun when creatives get together and make magic happen! 

P.S How cute was this couple? They have been married several years already and they were naturals in from of the camera! 

The amazing vendor dream team…

Workshop Hosted by β€“ Shaunae & Elizabeth
Styling & Stationery – Mint and Lovely Studios
Rentals, Table Settings – Pottery Barn
Hair & Makeup – Makeup by Jaycie
Jewelry, Shoes, & Veil – The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
Wedding Rings – Alyssa & Anna Fine Jewelry
Linens- BBJ Linen
Wedding Models- Anne Kenny and Chad
Venue- Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Suit Rental – The Black Tux
Floral – Ebb & Flow Flowers
Macarons- Cake and Cookie
Floral State Sign – Lovely Retro Renos
Styling Boards – Curio and Oak

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