Megan and Derek were such an easy couple to work with. I love throwing out little directions (walk and hold hands, give butterfly kisses, twirl her around) and seeing what will happen. Every couple is different and has their own way of expressing their love. With Derek and Megan they never stopped smiling (unless I told them to!), they just kept making moments happen without even knowing it. The adorable in-between moments that are natural and real. Rocking an engagement shoot really has less to do with experience being in front of a camera and more about just being in love! When you’re in love, it automatically shows itself in photos. No questioning Derek and Megan got that going on!
The story of how these two met feels like serendipity! Derek’s been all over the country. Born in Texas, living in Colorado, traveling through work. During his travels he stopped in Milwaukee before he was about to head out east. It was here that he met Megan! They decided to stay in touch, fell in love, and here they are now about to get married and start a life in good ole Wisconsin. Ain’t life just crazy? I love this couple’s greenery/ industrial wedding vision and am so excited for their special day next spring. Until then, here’s some favs of their engagement session!
Megan and Derek were such an easy couple to work with. I love throwing out little directions (walk and hold hands, give butterfly kisses, twirl her around) and seeing what will happen. Every couple is different and has their own way of expressing their love. With Derek and Megan they never stopped smiling (unless I […]
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Liz and Kyle and their country chic wedding is here! I loved that their wedding inspiration came from their special song for each other (also their first dance song – SO sweet)!! These two love their country music and their love song “Head Over Boots” is what inspired the guys to all wear cowboy boots (well, according to Liz, Kyle already wears them every single day) 😉 The girls kept it romantic in blush, and rustic elements and custom wooden signs by Liz decorated their reception at the beautiful Scenic View Country Club. And can we talk about this flower girl? The cuuuutest! It was overcast all day long but Liz, Kyle and crew definitely didn’t keep that from having a heck of a time. The covered patio allowed guests to still take in the view and the outdoors despite the dreary weather. Luckily we were on schedule all day long (Liz was a rockstar keeping everything organized) and we had some wiggle room before dinner to sneak out for “sunset” pictures just before it started to rain.
Liz & Kyle you put on a beautiful wedding and I’m so honored to have been a part of it! Hope you guys are just having a blast on your honeymoon in Nashville right now and enjoying the country music scene!! Leave a congrats for the new Mr. & Mrs. Rose!!
Liz and Kyle and their country chic wedding is here! I loved that their wedding inspiration came from their special song for each other (also their first dance song – SO sweet)!! These two love their country music and their love song “Head Over Boots” is what inspired the guys to all wear cowboy boots […]
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You guys, this day. Adorable couple. Stunning location. Epic PARTY! Everyone (I really mean everyone!) was so inviting and hospitable, so genuinely happy and elated to be there to celebrate Courtney & Ilan – at this undeniably breathtaking forest setting. So ready to dance the night away and welcome these two on their new journey! I have never been a part of anything like it. Their day was sprinkled with New Orlean’s flair, even including a funk band from New Orleans (THE BEST)! They found ways to include their beloved cats and recent trip to Iceland in their decor (where these world adventurers got engaged underneath the Northern Lights – yes my couples are WAY cooler than me). Being foodies, their dinner was a mix of Mediterranean, Mexican, and Asian…all to die for. Courtney & Ilan, you know how to throw on an epic party and left me feeling so inspired by every little thing!
Aside from it being one of the best times, these two are the reason WHY the air in the room was of such great energy. I was dying to meet Courtney & Ilan for quite a while now. They have this ability to exude adorableness and I have come to the conclusion that you don’t even need to know them to know that they are perfect for each other. It’s obvious in everything they do. The way Ilan looks at Courtney, my gawdddd. Forget posing with this couple, they didn’t need me! Just WAIT until you see their first look (and bring some tissue)!
Every toast, every word of their written vows, every little piece of meaningful decor they brought in, every glance this sweet bride and groom made towards each other, and every song that came from that funk band that brought people’s smiles and feet to hit the floor, this day was truly amazing! So happy to finally share these photos!!! Leave a congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs.!!
You guys, this day. Adorable couple. Stunning location. Epic PARTY! Everyone (I really mean everyone!) was so inviting and hospitable, so genuinely happy and elated to be there to celebrate Courtney & Ilan – at this undeniably breathtaking forest setting. So ready to dance the night away and welcome these two on their new journey! […]
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In honor of Whitney & Brandon’s wedding week I’ve decided to get off my blog hiatus and finally get around to sharing what I’ve been so busy with, this one being the first since we returned from our trip! I met Whitney & Brandon in May, they drove up from Illinois with their parents and pup Gracie to spend the afternoon exploring High Cliff with me! It’s funny, after our road trip out west it felt like we were coming home to flatland Wisconsin a.k.a dairyland (not much to see here)! I forget how beautiful Wisconsin really is, no we don’t quite have ocean or mountains but we are blessed with beautiful scenery. Lakes, cliffs, forests, bluffs, beautiful hiking trails. Whenever a couple comes to me for recommendations for their session location almost always High Cliff is on that list. It’s one of those places that has it all, and it’s only a 15 minute drive from me! Sometimes it takes a sweet family from Illinois to remind me of what I take for granted, they couldn’t get over how beautiful this place was!
I connected with Whitney & Brandon right away in our initial conversations. They are another adventurous couple who love exploring national parks, they even took a 35 day road trip to multiple different ones out west. Hey sound familiar? Plus they love dogs, so much that Gracie made the trip from Illinois! Brandon’s parents tagged along too and watched their son and future daughter-in-law twirl each other near the edge of the cliff (sorry parents for the near heart-attack!!) and they nonchalantly became my photography assistants (thanks guys!!) Super sweet family!
These two are getting married on my birthday this Saturday, and you know you love your job when you COULD have had the day off but didn’t want to. When Whitney & Brandon’s inquiry came along for their lavender/rustic barn wedding I knew I couldn’t pass this one up. I cannot wait to see it all come together and to celebrate their special day this June 30!!! Stay tuned cause you’ll be seeing them again soon! 😀 Here’s some favs from their session!
In honor of Whitney & Brandon’s wedding week I’ve decided to get off my blog hiatus and finally get around to sharing what I’ve been so busy with, this one being the first since we returned from our trip! I met Whitney & Brandon in May, they drove up from Illinois with their parents and […]
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The blog has bloomed with new spring inspiration! Elise and Ryan said “I do” this past March, opting for a small, intimate ceremony with just their closest family and friends. Elise & I became good friends while working together for three years at the office, she watched me grow my little business and was one of my first cheerleaders! I was soo honored when she told me she wanted me to be the one to photograph her wedding day! Elise and I always joked about how we’re basically the same person. I mean who else nonchalantly describes themselves as “an old soul but young at heart” in those exact words. Cause I was sure I was the only!! (I’m still pondering if that makes sense or if it’s a contradiction). Getting to work with my coworker-turned-friend and kindred soul, I knew being a part of their day would be nothing short of magic! We started on the planning from the get go, and probably spent way too much time discussing ribbon colors, but Elise was my detail queen and it was SO fun watching her vision come beautifully together.
Then there’s her Ryan, the jokester of the office. Goofy but at the same time such the gentleman. Ryan is her perfect fit, always making sure Elise has that glow about her all of us love so much. When they first began dating he gave her nonstop flower bouquets for months (really it was months!!), and this caring, giving nature never wore off. No matter what crazy thing happens, Ryan is always right there by her side, always so patient, so caring. Seriously a stand up guy. Working at the office brought them together and the world is SO happy it did!
Their wedding vision was so fitting for early March, “the past of winter just beginning to melt away as the future spring breaks through.” Sage-y mint greens and peach tones. The perfect mix of winter and spring. Her day was coming together beautifully as planned, and then one month before their wedding Elise came crutching into the office with a broken foot. This sweet girl actually apologized (to ME!) so worried she had ruined the day as far as photos go. As you can imagine, a million thoughts were going through her head like how am I going to walk down the aisle? Will I have crutches in pictures? How do I pose when I can’t stand on two feet?
Whether you’re dealing with unexpected weather, a hair crisis, a ruined cake, or a broken foot, unfortunately nothing is ever going to go quite as planned on your wedding day. So when I heard the news, yes I knew it was going to be a challenge, but I also knew the day would still go on and it would still be JUST as gorgeous. We got a little creative and worked around these limitations, and these photos actually became some of my favorite work yet. They put the bride to happy tears! I normally don’t like to focus on the stressful side of a wedding day, but I really want brides out there to know that although every wedding looks perfect on Pinterest and blogs, they’re not! Weddings are living, breathing, events. They are unpredictable as they are beautiful, which is why my job will never get old.
So excited to share Elise & Ryan’s wedding day with you, scroll down to see some of my all-time favorite photos. And make sure to scroll to the end for all the vendors who played a part in this “winter-meets-spring” inspiration!