previously known as iron and honey

It’s all led up to this. That first kiss, the first time your friends met each other, and the first time you met their family. You went from “me” to “we,” and that was just the start...

Wedding photos are the first preview of your remarkable story that lies ahead. From
documenting the people who made you who you are to capturing the essence of the
experiences you’ve had together, your story is one that I cannot wait to tell.

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I'm a Midwestern girl with an unwavering love of Chicago, an unbreakable bond with the White Sox, and a serious case of insatiable wanderlust. 

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"I'm so incredibly grateful to have the beautiful and emotive images she took for us. I really appreciate the details she captured and the story she told of our day through the photos. I'm pretty sure it goes without saying that Melissa has my highest recommendation! Working with her was effortless and it felt like we were hanging out with a friend the whole time!"


Melissa was fantastic at capturing our wedding day! Her communication leading up to the day went into detail and she had a great understanding of how we wanted the day to go and the types of shots we were looking for. She did a great job at making us feel comfortable and relaxed with portraits and shots with our whole group. Her direction allowed us to get the perfect ceremony set up when the rain caused us to shift our plans. We couldn't recommend her enough!

Tyler + Nick

Melissa is awesome! We genuinely had fun working with her. We weren't sure if the pictures would feel overly staged, but Melissa's calm demeanor and smart ideas made the experience feel so fun and natural. Her pictures capture the beauty and the emotions of the day. We loved that Melissa listened so closely to what we wanted.

Brooke + sam

Unrehearsed, Unscripted, and Authentic Photos of Genuine Moments That Feel Like You

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Days of Miracle and Wander:

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There’s nothing I love more than wandering through a city or town and capturing what it’s all about. The views are never the same twice, even when photographing iconic and historic places.

Documenting love's journey wherever it may roam.

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