Hello and welcome to the SKP Blog! I'm Sara Mannino and I am a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Chicago/Northwest Indiana. I've been blogging both professionally and personally since 2005. I get to tell love stories, share my own family's happenings and tell you more about planning weddings! Thanks for coming by and I look forward to connecting with you!

October 11, 2018

This Fall Wedding Day had been long awaited by everyone close to Monica & Evan…including me!  When we met for their Engagement Session last Fall, we had such a blast (and some stories came out of that session!) but then we didn’t get see each other for almost a year!    Last Saturday, after 18 […]

October 5, 2018

I love ALL stories…family stories amongst siblings, stories about something special being worn on a wedding day, stories of strife that lead to overcoming an obstacle…we all have stories.  But my very favorite stories are the ones that tell how two people stumbled upon each other in this big, wide world and end up spending […]

September 19, 2018

When I arrived on Saturday and walked into the bridal suite, my eyes went directly to Emily getting her makeup done.  It wasn’t chaos in there.  Music was playing softly. It was calm. And still. And filled with a comfortable mood that could only be attributed to absolute peace. I asked Emily how she was […]

August 30, 2018

He went to a local private high school.  She was homeschooled.  It wouldn’t look like they would ever have any reason to meet but sometimes, its all in who you know.  Emily and Trevor knew some mutual people and Emily made it her goal to be a part and get in with his friend group. […]

July 10, 2018

Not only are Patricia & Tony going to become husband and wife (in just a few short months!) but one of Patricias closest friends is turning into her sister in law as well! It is Tony’s sister that really should get a whole lot of credit for this matchmaking!  Anne and Patricia were best friends […]

June 28, 2018

Happy Thursday Friends!  Since we had a double header wedding last weekend, it’s a double wedding preview blog week too! I am not sure where to even begin with these two!  From the moment I met up with Justine & Sam to talk about their wedding, I knew that this day would be one to […]

June 26, 2018

In the days leading up to Friday, the weather looked like it may drop a whole bunch of rain on this wedding day.  The location was set to be beautiful Starved Rock and rain was NOT in our plans!  It was a good thing we ignored that call for rain…because it only rained in the […]

June 13, 2018

When I walked into the brides getting ready room on Saturday, I found so much peace and calmness.  Lauren was eating some lunch with her matrons of honor and it was just so laid back and still.  It was much like this throughout the whole wedding day as Scott & Lauren became husband and wife. […]

June 4, 2018

Lauren and Scott met by being set up by a mutual friend and it didn’t take long for them to know that they had each found someone they didn’t want to let go.  Her two young boys took so well to Scott and they make the cutest family! While photographing their Engagement Session, I said […]

May 24, 2018

It was Andi’s birthday, and she and Logan had decided to go to County Line Orchard with some friends to spend the afternoon.  Of course…this is what she thought was going to happen.  A simple afternoon at the orchard in the Fall…who would have have thought otherwise?  Logan did 🙂 He had planned to ask her […]

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