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!

January 17, 2019

The weather forecast when Northwest Indiana woke up on Saturday morning called for a bit of snow. What resulted from that forecast was LOTS of the white stuff that never stopped all day! While it made traveling a bit difficult…it also made for a magical, Narnia-like background for photographs! As I made my way into […]

November 12, 2018

When Sam emailed me and we started chatting all things wedding, she mentioned really wanting to do their Engagement Session soon to be able to capture the bold Fall colors at their most beautiful.  I thought for sure that we couldn’t possibly get the most beautiful colors in November.  But as luck would have it, […]

October 28, 2018

I have been eagerly anticipating being able to write this blog post and show you these photos. Because these photos and this “season” for Katie & Steve has been long awaited.  I feel lucky that I get to be the person to share it with you all! I have known Katie and Steve for quite […]

October 25, 2018

Patricia & Tony are the beautiful “caboose” to my busy end of Summer/Fall Wedding Season…and what a way to finish it off!  When I first met with Patricia (about a year ago!), we immediately clicked.  Our love for planning and organization was instantly evident 😉 We talked for quite a long time about how she […]

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 […]


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