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!

December 12, 2019

I think my most favorite way to be chosen to photograph a couples wedding is when they contact me because they have been guests, been part of the bridal party, or are a family member of a former SK Bride or Groom!  When Kelsi first contacted me, she explained that she was a bridesmaid in Devin […]

October 18, 2019

There is nothing better than waking up to sunshine on an Autumn morning and knowing I get to photograph a wedding for two very special people!  Oh but wait, I believe there IS something better. It’s even better when I arrive and walk into the Getting Ready Bridal Suite and see my bride and she […]

August 13, 2019

It was a day that was filled to the brim with friendship, emotion, connection and joy. When I arrived and pulled into the ceremony site (Dave’s parents cottage), I was greeted by Dave’s mom.  She led me onto their property and explained to me the history of it and how their family has enjoyed it […]

June 13, 2019

This day had been long waited for. When I first heard from Andi through my website, she explained that Logan had planned out an amazing proposal for her and she was so excited to marry him!   Their wedding was still a year and a half away, but we went ahead and planned their Engagement […]

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 […]

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