On September 17th, 2016 after over 10 years together, Crystal & Scott decided to celebrate where they have been and where they are going together as well as a family with Scott's daughter Ashley. I had the pleasure of being by Crystal's side documenting all of the little moments with her friends and her comfort plate ( :) ) and I had lovely help from the wonderful Andrea Paradowski the whole day. Beautiful venue, the perfect weather and a wonderful group of people supporting these two beautiful people.
A day surrounding the important things in life - love, family and community. Mark and Annie decided to get married in the backyard of Annie's grandparents who are no longer with us but the way their family honored them throughout the day was beautiful. Annie's Grandpa wrote her a letter for her to open on her wedding day, Annie's family wore pink to honor their Grandpa who wore pink often. Following the ceremony their family and friends walked the 4 blocks over to Annie's Parents home where they had a meal and an epic dance party. This day was a good one not only to attend but to document, watching the love these families have for each other and the support they have for Mark and Annie. When Annie would start to cry, the way Mark would smile and put his hand on her back for comfort. It was a good day.
My new favorite thing is brunch weddings! Chris and Kathryn got married in the Olbrich Gardens at 10am followed by amazing breakfast food, coffee and Bloody Mary's -- a perfect way to start a Saturday!
Melissa and Andrew got married on July 25th at the Monona Terrace. It was the hottest Saturday of the year but we went outside to take photographs anyway, followed by a beautiful ceremony, cocktail party, dinner and then a wonderful show by The Hometown Sweethearts turned into an epic dance party. A perfect way to celebrate these two and their love for each other.
This past winter I photographed Chris & Jen's weddingÂ and in May the welcomed their son, Lincoln WilderÂ Canty to the world. A few weeks ago I went over to their home to meet him, catch up with Chris and Jen and document them as a family.Â
A few weeks ago I got a call from Rob, an old high school friend, letting me know he was getting married on Monday, June 29th followed by a wedding in Colombia and the following Saturday. I made it work for me to document it for I wanted to meet his lovely bride and be apart of their celebration here in Wisconsin. Minutes before the ceremony was to begin it looked like rain was coming, they decided to risk it and the rain stayed away until we were off taking photographs, but that didn't stop their smiles on this lovely Monday.
An outdoor wedding moved indoor for it was far too humid to guest to enjoy such a beautiful ceremony -- at least they let me take some photographs of the two of them before the wedding! Despite the weather, this day was filled with so many lovely moments, faces and love, I am so happy for Brady, Virginia and Brady's two lovely daughters.
I first met Joleen & Brendan back in January to discuss the wedding and take their engagement photographs, it was the week before they moved to Washington D.C and it was about -10 degrees outside, so getting a chance to take their photograph on July 5th, a perfect summer day was wonderful. I arrived to the room with Joleen sitting in her beautiful flower crown with her brother and friend Joanna and everyone was so calm, I knew it was going to be a good day. Joleen & Brendan had a small guest list, a beautiful outdoor ceremony and the best party bus I have seen in all my years of wedding photography. They had lawn games, an amazing meal by Upstairs Downstairs Â followed by an epic dance party. Â
My last 2013 wedding blog post, and the perfect wedding to end the year on. I met Chloe a few years back when I started to freelance at ShopBop, she works there as a stylist/stylist assistance. Chloe and I have working together on a few projects and when she got engaged to Mike I was so happy when they asked me to document their day. Chloe and Mike had a small guest list (around 50 people) and even though it was pretty chilly they still got married in an adorable park in the Monroe St area- their ceremony was beautiful and the guests were cozy with blankets. After they were pronounced husband & wife the marching band started up and we all walked to theÂ reception space, Crescendo Â (a coffee shop on Monroe St that is a wonderful place to rent for small gatherings) where we at dinner and danced. Â It really was a perfect way to finish my 2013 wedding season.
I decided I should follow the photographer blog trend a dedicate a post to my favorite Instagram images. I am so grateful for my life, I love the people I spend my days with and I love the work that I do. Instagram allows me to quickly document my day to day, something that I find is very important - I love being able to follow my friends all over this world to stay in touch with them visually - here is a collection of my beautiful life through the filters of instagram:
Last week I went down to Chicago to meet with my June 15th couple. We talked about the wedding, met the Chicago Mayor and took some photographs around the city- meet Sylvia and Pierre.
Yesterday I went down to Chicago to meet with my June 15th couple. We talked about the wedding, met the Chicago Mayor and took some photographs around the city- meet Sylvia and Pierre.
You may not have noticed, but spring is in the air, at least for the good folk over at the Good Style shop who recently said goodbye to their winter collection and hello to 1,000+ vintage threads. If you haven't had the pleasure to shop the racks, you best get down to the 800 block of East Johnson soon to stock up on your springs wears.