Hayley & Matt ~ Engaged

Loved meeting Hayley and her Mom at the Janesville Bridal Show and was very excited to make some photography magic with this killer sunset!  Did we luck out or what?!?  Matt and Hayley met many moons ago on the Janesville water ski team so goofing around and having fun… yeah they have that down pat.  It was way too hard to choose favorites from this session!

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Fawn & David ~ A rainy day wedding

Fawn & David’s wedding was scheduled on a lovely fall day at Janesville’s Rotary Gardens.  Fawn had perfect fall bouquets, the leaves  on the trees were changing vibrant colors, everything was ideal for a perfect outdoor fall wedding… and then the rain came… and not just a light drizzle, we are talking a full on down pour!  But this slight little hiccup didn’t get in the way for Fawn and David.  Fawn’s Mom and her dear friend did a ‘go away’ rain dance, their boys splashed around in the down pour and yet Fawn and David… cool as a cucumber!  Nerves of steel for sure!  Then again they are parents to three wonderful boys, Zeke, Colton & sweet little Montgomery so they have had plenty of practice rolling with the punches, I’d say.

And wouldn’t you know that we had a clearing of rain for a solid hour and the show went on… mud and all!  Little Monty was not a happy camper without his Momma.  It was such a sweet moment when Fawn stopped the ceremony and held her little guy and he settled down right away.  His little toes hanging out during their exchange of the rings was priceless.  In fact, Monty was a part of all major moments of the day including the first dance… and many more dances throughout the night.  This group was a blast and I even took a few whirls around the dance floor myself.  

A beautiful day with a beautiful family!  

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Wendy & Ryan ~ A celebration

I met with Wendy and Ryan last spring when they told me their wedding day plan and I was swept away.  The two of them planned to head up north with their pup and an officiant, hike some beautiful trails in their wedding day finest with a few passing hikers to witness as they married… now, if that isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is!

They planned a wonderful reception to celebrate with friends and family this fall and invited me to come too.  I loved the flowers, the food, the yard games and the band!  Everything was simple and easy just as they envisioned many months before.  They camped near by… and ended the night with a cozy bonfire under an orange harvest moon.

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Stephanie & Aaron ~ A sun kissed wedding

Everything about Stephanie and Aaron’s wedding is the stuff us photographers dream about.  Perfect summer weather, beautiful locations, relaxed wedding party and lots and lots of time for photos… I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, I love my clients!

Stephanie found The Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast doing an online search and holy smokes was it beautiful.  The ceremony location is breath taking and made Stephanie and Aaron’s wedding simply magical. I really, really hope I get the chance to come back again someday soon.  Talk about photography gold! But, more than that, this was an amazing group of people and I was honored to be welcomed among them to tell their story.

Stephanie choose Abundance Acres from Madison to put their flowers together.  Of course they were nothing short of perfection.

Stephanie, you are a my kindred spirt!  And you will always hold a special place in my heart, you are amazing and strong and kind… and I’m sorta sad that your wedding is over.  Good news is we live in the same town!

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Monique… you are a doll!

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Jennifer & Michael ~ A sunny summer wedding.

Jennifer met me with her Grandmother last year at the bridal show in Janesville and we just clicked right away, I love it when that happens.  She wanted lots of candid photos of her day, lots of fun emotion oh and lots of time for beautiful portraits!  Ummm, yes please…

It was a super hot day at beautiful Koshkonong Country Club but this wedding party came all set to have fun and Jen outfitted everyone in some super stylin shades straight out of 1988.  Michael also wanted to use his Dad’s car for some pics which turned out to be my favorite, of course, I’m a sucker for vintage cars.  These two were so natural in front of the camera and made it so hard for me to choose favorites.

On to the good stuff!

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Jen and Mike exchanged gifts before the wedding ceremony.  Mike started Jen a beautiful scrap book.

Jen and Mike exchanged gifts before the wedding ceremony. Mike started Jen a beautiful scrap book.

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Any Doctor Who fans out there... yeah, Jen rocks!

Any Doctor Who fans out there… yeah, Jen rocks!

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All the groomsmen checking out Mikes new cologne...

All the groomsmen checking out Mikes new cologne…

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yeah, hello cuties!

 

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Great Friends & Great Wedding

Chris has been a friend of my husband since childhood, and he stood up in our wedding 7 years ago.  So naturally I’ve grown rather fond of the guy myself… not to mention how much our girls adore him!  Kari and Chris have been dating for a number of years, and as I’ve gotten know to Kari, we just clicked.  On all those Badger Saturdays and nights out with Chris and Scot and all of the their friends, she and I were always together standing on the sidelines shaking our heads at the crazy antics our guys were up to… We may or maynot have created our own crazy because after all… if you can’t beat em – you might as well join em!  Right Kari? Kari is also a super talented photographer and if you book me for a wedding you might be lucky enough to have her come along too!

Of course, I was thrilled to get the chance to photograph their special day and oh so grateful when they moved a few dates around to work with my busy wedding schedule.  (Thrilled and a little nervous, talk about pressure when photographing a friend’s wedding AND a photographer’s wedding.)  All was A-Ok until our third child, August, decided to be a little stinker and show up a week late… three weeks before Chris and Kari’s wedding!  Talk about a close call!!  But alas, all was was well.  My in-laws hung with our little guy while Scot stood up with the guys and I took photo’s with my super talented other second photographer, Courtney.  So little August has already been to his first wedding and he was such a little trooper.

Kari chose the perfect details and styled her day perfectly… well, I should say Kari and her awesome team AKA her Mom and her sister! I must say that Kari was stunning and the moment Chris saw Kari for the first time will be a moment that I won’t forget for a very long time.

Here are just a few of my favorite images from their day…

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Ceremony & Location ~ Rotary Botanical Garden’s in Janesville

Flowers ~ Floral Expressions

Cake ~ Cake Connection

Tim & Lindsey ~ A steamy summer ceremony

Tim and Lindsey are an amazing couple so very calm, cool and collected on the day of their wedding too!  I was so excited for their wedding day after taking their engagement photo’s that we had a similar vision and that it was going to be a fun group to work with. PLUS, now know how it feels to photography Ken and Barbie.  Honestly, I don’t think a couple can get much more attractive then these two!

I was so glad to have Courtney, my second photographer, along to grab some of the amazing details… check out that shoe shot, I work with some talented people, ya’ll!

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Oh my gosh was her dress stunning!

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Couldn’t resist this photo of Tim getting a feel for his new ring just a few moments after he said, ‘I do’…

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Lindsey, you are stunning.

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Florist- Flora by Jamae

Bridal gown- Brides N Belles

Bridesmaid dresses – Brides N Belles

Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse

Clara & Scott ~ A hot day to get married!

Meeting and getting to know Clara and Scott has been so much fun, especially seeing Clara’s creative side.  She has been one of the craftiest brides I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  This amazing couple left no detail tended to… right down remembering Scott’s Confirmation Bible from childhood, perfect wedding favors of pens and pencils (Clara is a teacher!) and a super stocked photo booth!  The day was a hot one for sure, but the wedding party were super sports and we had a blast at Ella’s Deli taking some super fun portraits in blazin’ sun.

One of my favorite moments of the day was watching Clara and Scott open up their letters to each other before the ceremony.  Scott even had a ticket from the baseball game where they spent their first date!  Oh and I LOVED Clara’s something ‘blue’… I’ll leave you in suspense…

From Clara:

What tips and recommendations do you have for future brides?

Take time on your wedding day to take in all of the love and joy that surrounds you. Look around and appreciate all of the friends and family who have gathered and traveled to share in your special day. My husband is still saying, “All of this is for us, and it’s all because we love each other.” If you have the opportunity after your ceremony, take a private moment with your husband – find a space where you can be alone to just share an embrace and a kiss to remind yourself that, no matter what, it’s all about the two of you. Every smile, laugh, and hug, every glass raised, cake eaten and dance danced, it’s all because you love each other and have made a lifelong commitment to one another.

On a more practical note, if you are fortunate enough to have friends and family who offer their time to help with the preparations, accept it! Take any and all help anyone offers – no task is too  small to make a difference. We would have been up all night before our wedding finishing everything if it weren’t for the help of our friends and family.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? 
My favorite part of our day was seeing my husband’s constant smile. It showed me that he was just as excited to be getting married as I was. From the moment he saw me from the end of the aisle, his smile made me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world, and it helped calm me when I got nervous.  Scott’s favorite part of our day was seeing all of the people who mean so much to us and knowing that, whether they traveled across the country or across town, they were there to celebrate our love.

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A sweet image captured by my second photographer!

A sweet image captured by my second photographer!

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Credit where Credit is due!

Bridal accessories, veil & jewelry ~ All borrowed from my sister Elizabeth
Men’s wear ~ Men’s Wearhouse
Florist ~ KP Designs 
Wedding Coordinator ~ Clara! 🙂

Allysa & Gregory ~ The Perfect Afternoon Wedding 

Getting to know this amazing couple over the past two years has been such a breath of fresh air.  They are young, gracious and so sweetly in love.  We first met over coffee where they expressed their desire for the wedding to be a simple event with the focus solely on their union as a couple and after all this time that is exactly what they achieved.

There are so many unforgettable moments from this magical wedding day.  Allysa was the first of her friends to get married and seeing the genuine excitement on all of her bridesmaids faces as she put the final touches on her wedding dress was priceless. Oh and the look on Gregory’s face as he saw his beautiful bride took my breath away and I may have shed a tear or two myself.  My favorite ‘detail’ from the day was when Allysa’s mother brought a piece of paper she found where Allysa had been practicing writing her new married name… ummm, it doesn’t get much sweeter than than that!

They had a reception following the ceremony and were whisked away in a limo to spend the week in lovely Jamaica as a newlywed couple.  What a beautiful day for such a fantastic pair.  I’m so lucky to have been chosen to photograph such a lovely wedding.

From Allysa & Gregory

Allysa: My favorite part of our wedding day was when I got to see Gregory for the first time.  I knew he would probably tear up, but I didn’t expect him to cry! (Gregory said this was also his favorite part of the day.)

Allysa’s tips for future brides: Our wedding day was really quite amazing.  I would highly recommend Upstairs Downstairs Catering! Megan Vlazny was awesome, SO helpful and very professional and organized, along with the rest of the Up/Down staff. The food was soooo good, and everything was laid out beautifully.

I also would highly recommend Dutch Designs – Hope Oostick for anyone looking for a florist – she is so creative and did an absolutely incredible job with our flower arrangements, bouquets, etc.  All I did was tell her my wedding colors (purple and lime green) and she literally did everything else.  Everything turned out so beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

I also have to recommend the Jeweler that we purchased our rings from.  Kessler’s has been incredible!  After purchasing our rings there, I will never buy our jewelry anywhere else.  We mainly have worked with Jay, but really everyone there has been great.  Kessler’s customer service is amazing.

Like I said, everything was so wonderful on our wedding day, but Upstairs Downstairs Catering (Megan Vlazny), Dutch Designs (Hope Oostick), and Kessler’s all stick out in my mind because all of them were so helpful, and did such a great job.  They really went far above and beyond what I had expected.

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Credit where Credit is due!

Bridal Party Hair- Cathy Kuhl from Studio 108 in Waterloo

Rings- Kessler’s http://kesslersdiamonds.com

Bridal Dress- Vera’s House of Bridals ~ Cassablanca

Men’s Wear- Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

Florist- Dutch Designs in Lake Mills

Wedding Cake-  Chris’s Confections

Catering- Upstairs Downstairs Catering

Ceremony & Reception Location- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Limo- Presidential Limousine Service from Cambridge