Hello and welcome to the SKP Blog! I'm Sara Mannino and I am a Wedding 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!

January 11, 2017

Happy Wednesday friends!  I get to share my FIRST wedding of the New Year but also my last of this “Wedding Season” (March-Jan) I think that Rachel & Elliotts wedding is the perfect way to start AND end the wedding season!  This year has been quite a year of a weddings for SKP and this […]

December 30, 2016

As the years go by, I find myself having more and more difficulty with finding the right words that convey what I want to say about my children.  With every New Year, I realize how fast it is all going and how my time to have an influence on what kind of adults they turn […]

December 22, 2016

This is our last wedding of 2016 and it was a perfect way to finish off an AMAZING wedding year!  When I talked to Nathayn and Clare just a couple of weeks before the BIG day, Clare mentioned that she was really hoping there was snow in the forecast.  Well, her wish came true and not […]

October 5, 2016

The sound of the rain pattering on the window is what everyone in Northwest Indiana woke up to on Saturday morning.  But even though rain was in the forecast all day, you would NEVER had known it.  Because the joyful anticipation as I arrived at the church was contagious and palpable.  No rain was going […]

September 21, 2016

When you meet them…you just feel it.  It is hard to even put into words but all I can come up with is that Erica & Chris never needed to say they were in love because their actions showed that they were head over heels in love with each other!  And then on Saturday I met […]

September 14, 2016

When I first met Kaylin last year, Joe was away at school (finishing up his college degree!) and couldn’t come with.  So Kaylin brought her mama and we sat and talked the night away!  I knew right away that we were a GREAT fit for each other.  I could tell right away the importance that […]

August 18, 2016

I am here.  Faster than I thought possible. I am here.  Where the days aren’t long anymore…they are so undeniably short. I am here.  And while there is a certain joy to being here…my heart is longing for the simpler days. But I am here.  And my daughter is in middle school. Before I knew […]

August 16, 2016

I remember sitting across from Julie and Drew in a small little coffee shop about a year ago.  They introduced me to their sweet and shy little daughter, Ava.  We sat and chatted about their story and their plans for their upcoming wedding day…and I just knew that the day would be beautiful! This past […]

August 2, 2016

The very moment I walked into the Briar Ridge Country Club (which doubled as both the “getting ready” location and the reception location!) I felt a sense of family.  I made my way through the ballroom area and noticed Lauras mom arranging things on a table and others getting things ready for the celebration to […]

July 21, 2016

Ahhh you guys!  This engagement session out in the wide open spaces…well it was just perfect!  Clare and Nathayn grew up in different states (her in Illinois and him in Texas!), first connected in Iowa at college and they are getting married here in Indiana this Winter.  In fact, it will be our last wedding […]

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