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!

June 26, 2018

WHITNEY + BRANDON’S ADVENTUROUS ENGAGEMENT SESSION – HIGH CLIFF STATE PARK – SHERWOOD, WISCONSIN

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!

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!

Vendor Love!

Ceremony: Living Water Lutheran Church, Oshkosh WI | Reception: Greene’s Pourhouse, Neenah WI | Dress: The Bridal Event – “Beloved” by Casablanca | Veil: Noon on the Moon | Florist: The Flower Mill | Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini | Hair/Makeup: Modify Hair Studio | Groom’s Suit and Accessories: Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Cake & Donuts: Happy Bellies and Manderfields | Cupcakes and Macaroons: Tamara – The Cake Guru | Jeweler: DeBebian’s engagement ring and Jared’s wedding bands | Invitations: Minted

May 14, 2018

ELISE + RYAN // EARLY SPRING WEDDING // LIVING WATER LUTHERAN CHURCH – OSHKOSH, WI

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!

Vendor Love!

Ceremony: Living Water Lutheran Church, Oshkosh WI | Reception: Greene’s Pourhouse, Neenah WI | Dress: The Bridal Event – “Beloved” by Casablanca | Veil: Noon on the Moon | Florist: The Flower Mill | Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini | Hair/Makeup: Modify Hair Studio | Groom’s Suit and Accessories: Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Cake & Donuts: Happy Bellies and Manderfields | Cupcakes and Macaroons: Tamara – The Cake Guru | Jeweler: DeBebian’s engagement ring and Jared’s wedding bands | Invitations: Minted

Guys, SO embarrassing it has taken me this long to get this session on my blog, it sorta got put to the bottom of the list after client inquiries starting coming in! This fun, spur-of-the-moment shoot took place last May, before I had any clients or weddings or sessions on my calendar. Back when I was just playing around with my camera and running with my ideas! The inspiration for this shoot hit me after my coworker Sally invited me to come over sometime to take pictures at her Alpaca Farm. I honestly didn’t even know what an alpaca was so I had to google it. They are these gorgeous, adorable, fuzzy creatures! My inspiration kicked in and I imagined an engagement session or bride dressed up with the alpaca! The more I thought about it the more I loved it. I wanted something fun, quirky, and different, to show brides that they can do some off-the-beaten path things on their wedding day, like having some llamas or alpacas as guests 😉 And let’s be real I also really just wanted to play dress up with alpaca.

Crazily enough this idea has kinda blown up this past year, have you seen the articles floating around in the wedding world?! What do ya think? Would you have some furry guests strolling around and entertaining your guests? My sister graciously offered to model for this shoot and Sally chose Hope to model, the alpaca she thought would cooperate best (with animals ya just never know!). Being May I wanted something springtime-y so we used my sister’s petal pink David’s Bridal gown she already owned from wearing to my own wedding. Romantic, blush, flowy, it’s technically a bridesmaids dress but I think it could still pass as a gown for a bride looking for something simple, budget-friendly yet still different. We also loved it cause it is convertible! You can play around with it, twist it different ways, add some sleeves if you get cold. Lauren of Flower Mill LLC got on board and provided the bouquet and flower crown, sticking to soft pastels. And of course we didn’t leave Hope out, she got her own greenery crown too! We weren’t sure if she would try to bite it off the entire time, but once we put it on she started prancing around with a SMILE on her face. Seriously, this animal was GLOWING!

Just as we were settling in and getting the models used to each other, Sally’s husband came running and they began panicking. I’m thinking, what could be wrong?! Turned out one of the alpacas was about to give birth, like RIGHT then and there, and needless to say they were both caught off guard! We ALL were caught off guard! There was no time to call the doctor, so together we all anxiously watched the mother give birth. Saw the baby plop out and everything. It was a littttttle more alpaca than I wanted to see that day 😉 but seeing the baby newborn come to life and WALK before my own eyes. Wow. I think I need to be a farmer in my next chapter, how amazing would raising some alpaca be!? Anyway, this day was SOOO spontaneous, SOOO much fun, and SOOO dang cute! Here’s a few favorites! Enjoy!

March 15, 2018

WHIMSY ALPACA SHOOT // AMAZING GRACE ALPACA FARM // FREMONT, WI

Guys, SO embarrassing it has taken me this long to get this session on my blog, it sorta got put to the bottom of the list after client inquiries starting coming in! This fun, spur-of-the-moment shoot took place last May, before I had any clients or weddings or sessions on my calendar. Back when I was just playing around with my camera and running with my ideas! The inspiration for this shoot hit me after my coworker Sally invited me to come over sometime to take pictures at her Alpaca Farm. I honestly didn’t even know what an alpaca was so I had to google it. They are these gorgeous, adorable, fuzzy creatures! My inspiration kicked in and I imagined an engagement session or bride dressed up with the alpaca! The more I thought about it the more I loved it. I wanted something fun, quirky, and different, to show brides that they can do some off-the-beaten path things on their wedding day, like having some llamas or alpacas as guests 😉 And let’s be real I also really just wanted to play dress up with alpaca.

Crazily enough this idea has kinda blown up this past year, have you seen the articles floating around in the wedding world?! What do ya think? Would you have some furry guests strolling around and entertaining your guests? My sister graciously offered to model for this shoot and Sally chose Hope to model, the alpaca she thought would cooperate best (with animals ya just never know!). Being May I wanted something springtime-y so we used my sister’s petal pink David’s Bridal gown she already owned from wearing to my own wedding. Romantic, blush, flowy, it’s technically a bridesmaids dress but I think it could still pass as a gown for a bride looking for something simple, budget-friendly yet still different. We also loved it cause it is convertible! You can play around with it, twist it different ways, add some sleeves if you get cold. Lauren of Flower Mill LLC got on board and provided the bouquet and flower crown, sticking to soft pastels. And of course we didn’t leave Hope out, she got her own greenery crown too! We weren’t sure if she would try to bite it off the entire time, but once we put it on she started prancing around with a SMILE on her face. Seriously, this animal was GLOWING!

Just as we were settling in and getting the models used to each other, Sally’s husband came running and they began panicking. I’m thinking, what could be wrong?! Turned out one of the alpacas was about to give birth, like RIGHT then and there, and needless to say they were both caught off guard! We ALL were caught off guard! There was no time to call the doctor, so together we all anxiously watched the mother give birth. Saw the baby plop out and everything. It was a littttttle more alpaca than I wanted to see that day 😉 but seeing the baby newborn come to life and WALK before my own eyes. Wow. I think I need to be a farmer in my next chapter, how amazing would raising some alpaca be!? Anyway, this day was SOOO spontaneous, SOOO much fun, and SOOO dang cute! Here’s a few favorites! Enjoy!

Alex and Cody may have gotten married on the coldest day of the year, and my fingertips may have lost feeling for 2 weeks afterwards (no joke, it was a whopping thirty degrees below zero!!) but getting to witness and capture the special moments of their day made it all SO very worth it! I’ll never forget Alex’s genuine excitement as she was about to marry Cody, their private and hidden “first look” / exchange of letters, nuptials in a cabin filled with family and friends, and the gorgeous details that filled the romantic reception lodge at nighttime. Every little detail was so carefully thought out, I’m pretty sure everyone was tuning out the cold and tuning into their special celebration.

Almost all the details were handmade by Alex herself! The invitation suite and hand drawn map of the venue YMCA Camp Alexander, all the hand-lettered paper goods and signage, the homemade fudge boxes, and let’s not forget the FLORALS!! Can you believe this bride designed the bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnieres, corsages, reception decor ALL herself out of artificial flowers? I am still in awe. “Lush, neutral tones” were their wedding day vision, and when the bridal party all stood next to each other with their different shades of pastels, and their soft white & greenery bouquets, there was no better way to describe it.

After reading their vows and saying “I do” in front of all their loved ones, guests moved from the ceremony cabin to the reception lodge to be greeted by drinks and an apple cider bar, handcrafted photo booth, and homemade pies and fudge for dessert. This wedding had everything that entails a cozy, winter wedding! Warmest congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Griffith! Enjoy a few favorites from their wedding gallery!

 

 

March 4, 2018

ALEX + CODY // COZY WINTER WEDDING // YMCA CAMP ALEXANDER – WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI

Alex and Cody may have gotten married on the coldest day of the year, and my fingertips may have lost feeling for 2 weeks afterwards (no joke, it was a whopping thirty degrees below zero!!) but getting to witness and capture the special moments of their day made it all SO very worth it! I’ll never forget Alex’s genuine excitement as she was about to marry Cody, their private and hidden “first look” / exchange of letters, nuptials in a cabin filled with family and friends, and the gorgeous details that filled the romantic reception lodge at nighttime. Every little detail was so carefully thought out, I’m pretty sure everyone was tuning out the cold and tuning into their special celebration.

Almost all the details were handmade by Alex herself! The invitation suite and hand drawn map of the venue YMCA Camp Alexander, all the hand-lettered paper goods and signage, the homemade fudge boxes, and let’s not forget the FLORALS!! Can you believe this bride designed the bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnieres, corsages, reception decor ALL herself out of artificial flowers? I am still in awe. “Lush, neutral tones” were their wedding day vision, and when the bridal party all stood next to each other with their different shades of pastels, and their soft white & greenery bouquets, there was no better way to describe it.

After reading their vows and saying “I do” in front of all their loved ones, guests moved from the ceremony cabin to the reception lodge to be greeted by drinks and an apple cider bar, handcrafted photo booth, and homemade pies and fudge for dessert. This wedding had everything that entails a cozy, winter wedding! Warmest congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Griffith! Enjoy a few favorites from their wedding gallery!

 

 

Happy new year (a tad belated)! It’s been a while since I last blogged, I’ve been enjoying some downtime and netflix and weekends sleeping in. But I’m excited to get back at it again. My mind has been busy lately reflecting on this past year, the whole insanely awesome ride. Last January I was a girl working a 9-5 office job, dreaming of a life beyond my cubicle. And in just a couple months I’ll be turning in my badge, and diving on into to the world of self-employment. A full-time wedding photographer and girl boss entrepreneur. Ready to share my journey of beautiful weddings and couples! It takes a lot for me to be proud of myself, but this year I built a successful brand and business from the ground up, while working full time. I’m literally typing these words and wondering if I’m in a dream. Don’t wake me!

I never would have predicted that this first year with a camera would already have taken me so many incredible places with so many incredible couples. That I’d max out my number of weddings for 2018 and be able to say “so long” to the corporate world. But as much as it oftentimes feels like a blur and that it happened over night, it didn’t. Looking back at all the in-between moments, it took major grit and determination and stamina. There were days I literally broke down to my husband, feeling so guilty that I didn’t make enough time in the week for him. Wrapped up in emails and editing and being home but not really “home.” Spending your first year of marriage starting a business isn’t exactly the most romantic way to enjoy newlywed bliss. But it definitely made us stronger, and I have been shown time and time again just how incredibly lucky I am to have someone so patient and supportive, who’d shake me out of any self-doubt that crept in. Although the lows were pretty low, the highs were incredibly freaking high. Just two weeks ago, all the successes of this past year came and hit me as I was inside Barnes and Noble. As usual I went to the magazine rack and picked up a few wedding magazines. I began flipping through but this time it was work I recognized. I was seeing my own work – printed in Wisconsin Bride Magazine. It still baffles me. This year was filled with so many incredible moments, rolling in this new year just wouldn’t be right without taking a moment to pause and look back at 2017 and thank ALL my amazing couples who helped share a part in my beginning!

So here’s a little recap of my favorite images from each session, in chronological order! I tried narrowing down to one photo, but you’ll see that wasn’t working too well 😉

 

ROMANTIC FOREST WEDDING INSPIRATIONAL SHOOT COLLAB at BURLAP & BELLS

See the full feature on Wisconsin Bride here.

 

 

WHIMSY ALPACA BRIDAL INSPIRATION – AMAZING GRACE ALPACA FARMS

Full blog post here.

 

BECCA + SETH

 

JULIA + ADAM

 

 

ALEX + CODY

 

 

LIZ + BRYAN – LOVELY LAKESIDE WEDDING – HEIDEL HOUSE

 

BRITTNEY + JACK

 

CHELSIE + TOM

 

JAY + RAE

 

SHAYLA + BRONSON

 

AMY + ANDREW

 

AMBER + CHRIS

 

ALEX + CODY – COZY WINTER WEDDING – YMCA CAMP ALEXANDER

(in early stages of editing, check back soon for the full blog reveal!)

 

2017, you were oh so magical!! But I have a feeling 2018 will be the year to beat. Between road trippin’ it to the Pacific Nor