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!

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 […]

July 12, 2016

Every time I got together with Kirsten & Mark before the wedding, I would tease and say that I put in an order for REALLY great weather for their wedding day.  So when I awoke on Saturday and the weather was GORGEOUS and there was no rain in sight…I smiled! This day was almost six […]

July 11, 2016

I have had a whole team of people that have helped me out with this video! It took a village! (Penny! James! Bryan! Ben! Haley!) I wanted to be able to show you all who I am and why I LOVE being a “love story teller”! Your LIFE is beautiful. Your LOVE is beautiful. Your […]

June 30, 2016

Oh these two.  Their story begins at work.  He noticed her long before she noticed him.  But that was ok…because the extra head start he had gave him time to study her and learn all about who she was and what made Erica so unique. One thing he noticed is that she loved Sour Patch […]

June 3, 2016

When Rachel first inquired with me, she told me all about her relationship with the guy she had chosen to spend the rest of her life with.  Elliott and Rachel first met at a party in the Summer before they entered high school.  It was a simple meeting.  There wasn’t any “magic” things happening or […]

May 16, 2016

On a warmer than usual November day, Tyler took Mandy to the Lighthouse for dinner.  Only he knew that so much more was going to happen that night! Tyler had prepared and planned for months and it had come down to this night.  The lakeside gazebo was set up perfectly with strewn white lights and a rustic […]

May 2, 2016

After photographing Shaye and her family about 5 years ago, I had no doubt that she would be a natural in front of the camera for her session!  Since that Family Session 5 years ago, I have photographed her brother Evan when he was graduating and headed off to college, her sister Brenna just got her Senior Session taken […]

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