A Beautiful Day for Family Photos in Madison

Our son, Jack has a best friend, and her name is Kenzie. Jack and Kenzie met at the park last year and they have been inseprable ever since. Ben and I also love spending time with Kenzie’s parents. When Kenzie’s Mom asked me to do their family photos, I was thrilled! We had a perfect fall day at the Auboredum. I hope I was able to capture some memories that they will treasure for years to come.
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October 29, 2014 · 2:57 am

Zach and Courtney’s Green Bay Wedding

Courtney and Zach’s Green Bay Wedding. Go! Pack! Go!

You may know that Brendan is from Green Bay. Every now and then, we get to go back to photograph a wedding. Usually our Green Bay brides and grooms are Packer Fans. And, Brendan is a die-hard fan. We always ask our wedding couples about things that are important to them, so we can be sure to photograph the most meaningful moments of their wedding day. For Courtney and Zach, the Packers and Lambeau Field held some of their happiest memories.   Needless to say, we were pretty excited for Courtney and Zach’s wedding. Two wonderful people and Packer fan’s to boot.

Courtney and Zach were married on a beautiful September day. Everything about their wedding day was absolutely perfect.   Courtney and her beautiful bridesmaids got ready at iCON Salon in Howard.   Afterword, they headed to St. Edward and Isidore Church to get ready for the ceremony. Courtney was absolutely stunning in her beautiful wedding gown, created by Jasime Bridal.   Her bridesmaids looked elegant and beautiful in their Private Label by G- Ella Rosa gowns.

Courtney’s “something old” was unique and so special. Her garter was created using the wedding veil from her Mom’s wedding dress. She also incorporated her Mom’s wedding veil into her stunning bridal bouquet. Her flowers, created by Amy Sohrweide from Devine Nature, were stunning. Full of orchids, calla lilies and hydrangeas. They perfectly complemented the sophisticated purple and charcoal theme of the wedding.

Zach’s dream was to have a kick ass limo bus to get their party started. Beyond Limousines delivered. Their party bus was complete with rock’n tunes, plasma TVs and a great time for all.

After the ceremony, the wedding party headed to the NEW Zoo for some beautiful wedding photos. From there, we headed to the one and only Lambeau Field. Courtney surprised Zach with a visit inside the bowl.   It was pretty cool to have Lambeau Field to ourselves. I’m pretty sure that if you go over to Courtney and Zach’s house, you may end up seeing one of these wedding pictures up on their wall.

The Marq in Howard proved to be an ideal location for the wedding reception, with a beautiful bar, wonderful food and a great atmosphere for a wonderful wedding reception. Aaron Rodgers (in full cut out glory thanks to Associated Bank) even made an appearance! Instead of having just one Wedding Cake option, Courtney and Zach had three! The gorgeous traditional wedding cake was created by Monzu Bakery. It was to die for with delicious with crème brulee frosting. If wedding cake wasn’t your thing, they also provided wonderful ice cream cakes made by Cold Stone Creamery.   Instead of kissing for clinking glasses, Courtney and Zach created a wheel that guests spun. The guys from Fortune Talent kept the dance floor packed and the party going late into the night.

We had a blast photographing Courtney and Zach’s wedding. We hope their wedding photos bring back happy memories for years to come. We know these two will have a lifetime of fun, laughs and happiness. We can’t wait to see them at the next Packer Game. Go Pack Go!!

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Molly

I was really excited the day we did Molly’s Senior photos. I knew working with Molly was easy and fun and that the Olbrich Botannical Gardens is a great place to shoot. Molly was one of our Senior models this year and she amazes me every time we meet. A senior at Middleton, she plans to study medicine after graduation. Hopefully she will come do a ride along on Medic 2 with us next summer before she heads to college. Good luck Molly and thanks for all the help this year!
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September 9, 2014 · 4:06 pm

Marina’s Senior Photos, Class of 2015

~”The doors will be open to those who are brave enough to knock” ~

One of the best things about being a photographer is capturing people during times of transition. For our wedding photography clients, they are going from focusing singularly on themselves to committing themselves to another person to form an new family. With our newborns photos, we get to see new life and the start of a family.

There is something so special about photographing high shcool seniors. Bright young people on the brink of major changes in their lives and their families lives as they prepare to set out into the world. We love capturing this unique moment in their lives to remember and look back on.

We photographed Marina on a warm summer evening at the beautiful Allen Centennial GardensAllen Centennial Gardens in the heart of the University of WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin campus. We then went to Governor Nelson State park to capture the beautiful golden light of sunset.

Marina is a Senior at Verona High SchoolVerona High School. We hope her senior photos will bring back memories of this special time in her life for her and her family.

Congratulations Marina, we wish you a wonderful Senior Year full of laughs and adventure.

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Emily and Ben: A Door County Wedding

Best Wedding Ever.

That obviously couldn’t happen without two pretty amazing families: The Jollys and The Phillips. We have known the Jolly’s for many, many years. In fact we have a bit of a family crush on the Jollys if you haven’t noticed from our previous posts.  A kick ass family pretty much sums it up. It’s only been in the past 5 years or so that we really had a chance to get to know the Phillips family. They are genuine, laid back, and a hell of a lot of fun. We are happy to call them our friends and we are looking forward to seeing them again.

So what made this such an incredible wedding? Lets start with location. Emily and Ben choose The Wood Walk Gallery, near Egg Harbor in Door County. Wood Walk was stunning and oozing with charm and warmth. Forget those pesky mid-day transports to do wedding photos, and get to the wedding reception. The Wood Walk Gallery is a one stop shop with space for the wedding ceremony, photos, dinner, and of course dancing.  If your looking for the perfect barn wedding in Door County that delivers rustic elegance, Wood Walk is a wedding venue you should check out.   

Throw in a stunning bride.  Emily Jollly is absolutely beautiful.  She is one of those women who is so smart, warm and kind that her inner beauty radiates out of her.   Emily looked gorgeous in her Agusta Jones wedding gown.  Her bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo dresses in a soft pink that flattered each one of them.  They guys wore blue suits from Macy’s, complete with bowties (that they may have struggled a bit with).  

Flora did an incredible job with the wedding flowers.  From the low profile table centerpieces to the amazing archway under which the wedding ceremony took place, to Emily’s bouquet, they pulled together all of the details of the wedding day.  

Mission Grille catered the dinner, and it was fantastic.   They served melt in your mouth tenderloin, gourmet mac and cheese, salmon, and much more.  It was all served up family style.  The food didn’t stop with dinner, a late night taco bar kept the party going until late in the evening.  Instead of a wedding cake, Emily and Ben had a cookie table with cookies from Cookie Cart in Minneapolis.  Cookie Cart is a nonprofit organization that provides urban teens with meaningful work, life and leadership skills by operating a non-profit bakery.  It is always wonderful to see wedding couples incorporate great organizations into their wedding day.  

I’ve never been to an event with Ben or Emily that didn’t turn into a raging party.  So, we naturally expected that their wedding would be an epic party.  The band, Hey Jimmy got and kept the party going.  They played everything, from Etta James to Katy Perry if you named a song, this band could play it flawlessly.  They kept the crowd energized and dancing.  It felt more like a concert than a typical wedding reception.  If you are looking for an awesome wedding band, don’t hesitate to hire Hey Jimmy.  If you are in the Chicago area, check out their website and go to one of their concerts, you will have a great time. 

All of these details came together beautifully.  Emily was an absolute joy to work with and her wedding planner, Carrie Baldwin from Door County Event Planners pulled together Emily’s vision into a flawless wedding.  I would highly recommend any newly engaged couple to consider working with an event planner.  They know who the best vendors are for your tastes and can make your event come together seamlessly.   

Best.  Wedding.  Ever.  

Congrats Emily and Ben!! 

 

 

 

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Kassidy’s Senior Photos

We are so excited to share Kassidy’s Senior Photos! Kassidy is one of our Class of 2015 Senior Photo models. With an eye for fashion, Kassidy is an absolute pleasure to have in front of the camera. Kassidy is a Senior this year at Verona High School. We wish her a wonderful Senior Year and hope her Senior Photos bring back happy memories for years to come.

Contrats Kassidy!
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August 29, 2014 · 5:37 pm

You’ve got to check out Matt and Thabatha’s Wedding Photos

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Sometimes it is hard to express how happy you are to photograph a wedding. I first met Thabatha five years ago when I began my MBA program at the University of Wisconsin; I was lucky enough that our last names both started with the letter “S”, so we were seated next to each other on the first day of class. I quickly learned that Thabatha was one of the smartest, kindest people I would have the pleasure to meet. After three years of school, which included a trip to India, I am proud to call Thabatha a friend.

I was so incredibly happy for Thabatha when her and Matt got engaged. I was thrilled and honored that her and Matt considered Brendan and I to be her wedding photographers. Thabatha and Matt came over for dinner to talk about their wedding and their photography needs. Many (many) hours later, we had a wonderful meal, a couple of bottles of wine and some wonderful conversations. However, we were having so much fun that we completely forgot to talk about wedding photography!

Thabatha and Matt were married on 7-11, a beautiful summer day in Madison, Wisconsin. Their ceremony took place at Imaculate Heart of Mary in Monona. After the ceremony, we traveled to some of Madison’s most iconic destinations, the Wisconsin State CapitolWisconsin State Capitol and the Overture Canter before heading to their wedding party at the The Orpheum Theater.

Thabatha’s beautiful flowers were created by Lewiston Perennial Farm. Their absolutely delicious and beautiful wedding cake was created by Carl’s Cakes in Sun Prairie.

Thabatha and Matt had a wonderful wedding celebration full of friends, family and lots of love and laughter. We hope their wedding photos bring back joyous memories for years to come. Congrats!

Congratulations on your wedding Matt and Thabatha! We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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July 31, 2014 · 3:03 pm