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In honor of Alyssa & Brandon’s wedding day today I just had to rewind and share with you their incredible engagement session. Right off the bat I was taken back by these two’s style! I was wanting every new sweater Alyssa came out wearing – and those black booties! They started off with bold colors, and I loved this change of pace from the neutrals I typically shoot! Alyssa & Brandon popped so perfectly with the beautiful fall backdrops downtown Milwaukee was displaying this day! Behind the scenes it was brutally cold – 40 degrees in October! – with super gusty winds. These two made it work, and they strolled all around the city of Milwaukee with their dog Finley, freezing our butts to death but all for good reason cause these two look incredible! (we did have to break in the Public Market & warm up with some 10am wine 😛 before braving the gusty shores of Lake Michigan!) All around such a quintessential Milwaukee day. Congrats you guys and I am so excited to celebrate you today!! And stay tuned for our round 2 – this time with a white dress and tux! Eep! I have a feeling they’re gonna be one *stunning* new Mr. & Mrs.!

October 9, 2020

ALYSSA & BRANDON’S ICONIC MILWAUKEE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

In honor of Alyssa & Brandon’s wedding day today I just had to rewind and share with you their incredible engagement session. Right off the bat I was taken back by these two’s style! I was wanting every new sweater Alyssa came out wearing – and those black booties! They started off with bold colors, […]

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I was so giddy with excitement when I saw Jordan & Zach’s wedding inquiry come through! Jordan had found me through her sister Danielle who I lived with back in the early days of College 09! Jordan & Zach were planning a unique destination wedding set in the charming small town of Charlevoix, Michigan at this incredible rustic, castle setting. We got to meet them a few months later for their engagement session and we had SUCH a great time getting to know them and explore Devil’s Lake with them – their love is just so obvious and made it all incredibly photogenic. I was counting down the days to do it again for the big day!

Fast forward to September 29, 2019 and we got to see this beauty of a venue in person. Honestly could have taken a kajillion photos of the venue alone, it was s-t-u-n-n-I-N-G! But beyond the pretty venue sets, the timeless lace gown, the flowy veil and sparkly heels, Jordan and Zach and their undeniable love (for not only eachother but their son Lincoln) were what wow’d me most. A true modern fairytale and I’m so excited to share it on their 1 year anniversary!

Hope you enjoy the highlights and scroll to the end for the full list of vendors who made this day possible!

Venue: Castle Farms – Charlevoix, Michigan / Wedding Dress: Vera’s House of Bridals / Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Hair: Vogue Salon / Makeup: ALH Beauty / Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera’s House of Bridals / Event Planner / Coordinator: Angela Sauve / Florist: Thyme Hill Designs / Dessert: Sugar me Sweet / DJ: Rusch Entertainment / Caterer: Grey Gables / Invitations: Minted / Rentals & Decor: Thyme Hill Designs / Jeweler: BR Diamonds / Menswear: Macy’s/Jos A Bank

September 29, 2020

JORDAN & ZACH’S FAIRYTALE WEDDING DAY AT CASTLE FARMS, CHARLEVOIX MICHIGAN

I was so giddy with excitement when I saw Jordan & Zach’s wedding inquiry come through! Jordan had found me through her sister Danielle who I lived with back in the early days of College 09! Jordan & Zach were planning a unique destination wedding set in the charming small town of Charlevoix, Michigan at […]

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One year ago today we witnessed Aubree & Elliot say “I do” in these woods! It’s so crazy how fast time flies, it feels just yesterday we were back at this magical venue Burlap and Bells, driving past the the 1,000 paper cranes adorning the pine tree grove where they’d soon say “I do”, Aubree getting zipped into her flowy Rue de Seine gown, and the groomsmen arriving in their forest green attire. Before the ceremony, Aubree & Elliot had the sweetest first look with one another in the vine chapel tucked away, sharing their letters they had written to one another. They were completely in this moment, unafraid to let the emotions of the day be felt. My favorite moment of their day. After a sweet ceremony in the pines, they planned for such a fun evening for their guests – including a caricature artist, an “Aubree & Elliot” themed coloring book for the kids, cornhole and dinner served from an airstream “food truck”!

And I can’t not mention how they met “in studio” while studying architecture at UW Milwaukee (in studio = where architecture students spend 100% of their time!) Aubree was celebrating her 21’st bday in studio which was the most perfect time for her and Elliot to finally connect – they realized they shared the same birthday! The next several months Elliot pursued Aubree, and Aubree came to realize how committed this guy **really was!!** and also how much he started to mean to her. They really understood the meaning of love when Elliot moved to Madison and Aubree moved to NYC. Missing that day-to-day connection, they both decided to drop their individual dreams and create a new one together, living the romantic city life in Seattle. Close to the many things they love to do and always having something new to explore whether it be restaurants, coffee shops, markets, or the mountains.

Congrats Aubree & Elliot on ONE YEAR of marriage! Here are some favorites from their wedding day! <33

 

September 21, 2020

AUBREE & ELLIOT’S NATURAL WOODLAND WEDDING | BURLAP & BELLS | BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI

One year ago today we witnessed Aubree & Elliot say “I do” in these woods! It’s so crazy how fast time flies, it feels just yesterday we were back at this magical venue Burlap and Bells, driving past the the 1,000 paper cranes adorning the pine tree grove where they’d soon say “I do”, Aubree […]

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Anytime Alex and I spend time in Door County we always make a detour to Cave Point County Park. Even though it’s a far reach from all the quintessential tourist towns and wineries, the unbeatable scenery and cliffs are always worth the extra trek. We don’t get a ton of this in Wisconsin, so when we stumble upon places like this, they are a GEM! Bri & Dylan are from Chippewa Falls but were open to traveling wherever for their engagement photos! I listed Cave Point as a recommendation and was so happy they decided to take me up on it. They planned a getaway weekend with friends at a rental cabin, happy to get a break from the business of life and hang with friends and simply enjoy the beautiful fall season in Door County!

Well we ended up having an abnormally cold weekend for mid- October. A chilly 40 degrees and CRAZY strong winds (I don’t mind a little wind in a session but this was something else). I had come here several times over the past years, but pulling up to the parking lot I felt I was entering some apocalyptic setting!! Oh. no! haha. The winds were so strong they were creating these mega waves that would crash and shake the actual ground beneath our feet! It was quite crazy.

Bri & Dylan arrived all dolled up, Bri in this epic royal blue formal gown. I knew this outfit would be perfect for the moodier cliff shots & both of them were down for whatever, even if meant getting a couple sprinkles on them.

Well I kid you not. Within five minutes of us starting this session, a tidal wave came out of nowhere and and crashed against the rock they were standing on, engulfing them before my eyes (even my own camera got soaked!) Five minutes in and this poor couple is soaking wet (Did I mention it was barely above FREEZING)?

Okay sooo what did we do next. Call off the session, warm up with hot cocoa, and reschedule for next morning? Noope. Bri & Dylan brushed it off like no big deal, ready to keep going, and it ended up turning into one of my favorite engagement sessions & company to date. They switched to some warmer snuggly clothes and wrapped around a knit blanket (that I was oogling the entire time), brought out their adorable fur babe LEO! Their two friends Brittany and Matt who were staying in the cabin also tagged along with us and ended up being the best assistants (thanks guys!!!)

On an adventure high apparently, all six of us ended up taking an impromptu hike (climb) off the side of this path in the woods to get to the other side of the hill (girls idea to cheat & take a shortcut!) and it led to this beautiful remote spot in tall grass overlooking Lake Mich. Bri & Dylan poured the wine, and I just couldn’t help but think. Yuupp these are my people!

Seriously though. Sometimes sessions don’t go as planned, but I love seeing what each couple makes of it (as a person who gets a thrown off when things I envisioned don’t go as planned, I am always so inspired by who my couples make each unexpected situation so great). It truly says so much about Briana & Dylan’s character and it makes me so excited for their wedding TOMORROW. I know we will be in the best of company!

Without further adieux, here are some previews of their chilly but super warm-hearted session with us! ♡

 

 

September 18, 2020

BRI & DYLAN’S ADVENTUROUS DOOR COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Anytime Alex and I spend time in Door County we always make a detour to Cave Point County Park. Even though it’s a far reach from all the quintessential tourist towns and wineries, the unbeatable scenery and cliffs are always worth the extra trek. We don’t get a ton of this in Wisconsin, so when […]

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You guys! This session was SO much fun. As soon as we arrived to Luke’s family land, Leslie and him greeted us with so much energy, showing us around on golf carts, and introducing us to the different doggies. They had just gotten a mini dachshund named Maple early Spring and so Leslie and I had been comparing puppy notes during our quarantine. And my goodness was she the cutest little thing! They showed us the exact spot of their soon-to-be home where they will build on the family land. Right near the white weathered barn and backdrop view of the rolling hills in perfect position for every sunset to come (this Wisconsin girl at heart was very jealous!) We shared so many laughs in such a short amount of time and I left feeling so excited to see them again next September! Until then, enjoy the preview of their engagement session!

 

September 9, 2020

LESLIE & LUKE’S FAMILY LAND ENGAGEMENT SESSION, WATERTOWN, WI

You guys! This session was SO much fun. As soon as we arrived to Luke’s family land, Leslie and him greeted us with so much energy, showing us around on golf carts, and introducing us to the different doggies. They had just gotten a mini dachshund named Maple early Spring and so Leslie and I […]

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