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HELEN + ROB // MADISON WISCONSIN WEDDING // L O V E

GETTING TO SHOOT AN AWESOME WEDDING ON YOUR BIRTHDAY? YES PLEASE.

I returned back to Madison, WI in August to photograph Helen + Rob's wedding. If the engagement session was any indication of how the wedding was going to be, I knew I was in for a real treat. It just so happens that on this same weekend was also the Crossfit games and a massive farmer's market, so things were a little populated. 

Two families from two different parts of the world came together and became one on this day. Accompanied by some awesome friends who made up their bridal party, the day was this combination of just one big gathering, it's as if we all just hung out, and oh yeah two people got married too.

The day was full of 'The Office' references/jokes, dogs and some really great speeches. Also, how incredible is this space for a ceremony? The Madison Public Library was a dream to shoot in!
 

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did documenting them. 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Madison Central Library | Hair & Make Up: Midwest Beauty House (Rental space provided by Revel Madison) | Flowers: Daffodil Parker | Cake of Cheese: Fromagination | Cupcakes: Bloom Bakeshop | Decor: A La Crate Rentals | DJ: Celebrations Entertainment | Dress: White Dress MKE | Bridesmaid dresses: Vow to be Chic | Accessories: BHLDN | Suits: Men's Warehouse | Second shooting: Cranberries And Tea Photography

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LANA + BRENDAN // LAKE MADISON WEDDING // L O V E

IT WAS A WARM, YET RELAXING DAY ON THE LAKE...

The perfect backdrop for an amazing summer wedding in Madison, SD.

Lana & Brendan's wedding was an incredible day filled with love, celebrated with family & friends.

Ceremony & reception: Madison, SD | Flowers: House of Green | DJ & Entertainment: SieffStyle
Planning & Decoration: Hitch Studio | Cupcakes: Oh My Cupcakes!
Videography: AJ Production Company | Second shooter: Brittany Elizabeth Images

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PAXTEN + LUKE // ENGAGEMENT // L O V E

I'LL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT I'M NOT A MORNING PERSON... EVER.

I'll admit, I struggle with getting up in the morning, and it takes a good amount of coffee to bring me to 'normal levels' of functionality. Also, throw in that I hadn't met Paxten & Luke until the morning of their engagement session. 

They're both in the armed services, Luke had just arrived from being stationed overseas in Germany. Paxten has family about two hours away, so the meeting point was Sioux Falls. We spent the morning at Coffea, then walked around downtown and took them to a few historic spots. 

It's always interesting meeting someone for the first time in person and see how they'll react to photos, they ended up being a LOT of fun, tons of Family Guys references, movie quotes and laughter -- without realizing it, we might have spent 3 hours together.

Looking forward to their wedding in Des Moines, IA next year. Enjoy!

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KEN + SAM // ENGAGEMENT // BLUE MOUND STATE PARK // L O V E

Samantha & Ken's wedding is less than a month away...

When a couple asks if they can do an engagement session before the wedding, generally it's a few months, if not almost a year.
Sometimes you get a couple who wants to get a session done with less than a month until their wedding.
I was happy to oblige as it gives me a chance to let them know how the process of posing and interaction will be on their wedding day.

We started out at Blue Mound State Park, and took a few family photos featuring their son Colton, who seriously loved taking pictures and smiled all the time.  Though the session was laid back and casual, they still dressed up (bonus points!) Enjoy!

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HELEN + ROB // MADISON WI ENGAGEMENT // LOVE

In the later part of March, I traveled to Wisconsin to meet Helen & Rob to photograph their engagement and also see their wedding venue (at the Madison Central Library) -- you'll see it in some of the photos here, it's a pretty amazing spot.

While it rained a good portion of the weekend, the rain did let up at times. Helen hails from London, so the rainy weather was channeling home vibes for her. After exploring Madison, we made a stop at Lucille, which serves Detroit style pizza, and it was INCREDIBLE! (I hope this becomes a thing where EVERY engagement session ends with pizza)

We had a ton of fun with this session, I cannot wait for their wedding in August (which happens to be on my birthday too!)

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[LOVE] MARLEE + ISAAC // ENGAGEMENT // SOUTH DAKOTA

Marlee & Isaac's wedding is kind of coming together at the last minute, like, in 3 months... BUT they still wanted an engagement session, who am I say to say no?

I drove to Harrold, SD where we photographed on Isaac's family farm (it's a bit of a drive but totally worth it, as you'll see) along the farm is the Missouri River. We were fortunate to get some decently warm weather, but we never really paid much attention to the weather. As you'll scroll down, you'll see the chemistry between these two is magical, and time FLEW by. Looking forward to their wedding in June!

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BRYAN + MORGAN // L O V E // DECEMBER WEDDING (SIOUX FALLS, SD)

Ceremony & Reception: Icon Lounge Sioux Falls | Planning & Decoration:  Serendipitous Events by Jessica |
Flowers: The Flower Mill | Cake: Kresha Tracy | Dress: BHLDN | Hair & Make up: Lacey Mae
DJ/MC: Collin Richards | Ceremony & Reception music: Matt & Amy Morrison, Maddie Todd, Sayre Bedinger
Video: Ludeman Productions | Second shooting: Corey Gross Photography

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All You Need Is Love - Owen & Amanda - Beatles themed wedding, Old Courthouse, Sioux Falls, SD.

Who wouldn't want a Beatles themed wedding? Every time I see or hear that there will be Beatles music or influences in a wedding, I get VERY EXCITED! Owen & Amanda are two very down to earth, kind people. So when I met with them to discuss their wedding, they mentioned just how big of Beatles fans there were (and also James Bond too!) There are so many great moments from this wedding, from bridesmaids singing "Til There Was You" to Amanda herself singing to Owen, "I Will" to a beautiful poem reading from E.E Cummings, it was hard not to cry!

Upon our sunset session, we got to take photos with a restored 1967 Shelby Mustang courtesy of Amanda's father. Any time a couple has a car to pose with, I make sure we incorporate it as much as possible! To top off the night, the Hegg Brothers performed a medley of Beatles songs and other great songs. Special thanks to the Old Courthouse museum for allowing us to use an old chair from the 1900's for our 'old fashioned' photo.

Enjoy! 

Wedding venue: Old Courthouse Museum SIoux Falls | Reception: Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown | Wedding dress: Posh Bridal Couture Minneapolis | Flowers: Bella Rosa | Cake & Cupcakes: Sugar's Baked Goods and Sweet Treats | Planning & Decor: Envision Event Planning + Print Studio | Reception Entertainment: Hegg Brothers

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