Elise + Brian | Elegant Barn Wedding at the Rustic Manor 1848 | Hartland, WI

Elise + Brian | Elegant Barn Wedding at the Rustic Manor 1848 | Hartland, WI

I should probably apologize in advance for the large number of images in this post, but start scrolling and you'll understand why! Elise and Brian's wedding day was one of my favorites for sure!! Not only was everything they planned just stunning, but they are just the sweetest couple and wanted to plan a day that was super fun for their family and friends. 

A few of the details that I'll touch on quick are Elise's tulle skirt that went over her dress (genius!), the soft muted tones and patterns of the bridesmaids dresses (ummm, love!!) and the mix of rustic charm of the barn venue with elegant touches (give me more of this please!).

I could go on and on about this day, but because of the large number of images I'll keep it brief and just leave you with this, that probably my favorite part of the day was how Elise kept asking for the day to just slow down. This couple just wanted to soak up every moment of their wedding day and for it to never end. I think that's how it should be :) Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the awesome vendors that helped make this day happen.

Second Photographer: Kari Anne Co // Ceremony: St Charles Catholic Church // Reception: Rustic Manor 1848 // Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock, Miss Ruby Bridal Boutique // Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell, David's Bridal // Groom's Attire: Stone Manor Bridal, Nedrebo's // Make-up Artist: Kabao Knanga // Hair Stylist: Brenna Fischer // Florist: Feisty Flowers // Stationery: Paper Envy // Props and Rentals: Vintique Rental, BBJ Linen // DJ: Smoov Music

Aisling + Mark | Bright, Summer, Lake Engagement Session | Muskego, Wisconsin

Aisling + Mark | Bright, Summer, Lake Engagement Session | Muskego, Wisconsin

Oh where to even start with this engagement session?! A few weeks ago I met Aisling and Mark at their beautiful home in Muskego and just had the best session with them!! Even though it was super hot and humid, these two kept huge smiles on their faces and enjoyed some time with each other :) Then the cherry on top, their amazing dog, Nash, joined us for the session and just made this perfect couple complete!

These two will be tying the knot in the same spot next year and I already cannot wait to hang out with them again and photograph their big day!!

What To Expect From Your Bridal Party Portraits | Shasta Lake, California

What To Expect From Your Bridal Party Portraits | Shasta Lake, California

Choosing who stands next to you as you say your vows on your wedding day is a very important decision! These are the people that you couldn't imagine getting married without. I June I had the opportunity to photograph this wonderful couple with some of their closest friends at a resort on Shasta Lake in northern California! This group of people exemplifies what bridal parties are all about. Some are family, some are friend, but all are there to love, support, and have the best time ever with the couple!

So what do I do to capture these groups? I always do individual portraits, just the girls, just the guys, and then the whole gang together! Each wedding and group has their own personality and special things they want to do, but just know that this is an example of the basic types of images I will capture for sure at each wedding :)

Tips For A Successful Engagement Session

Tips For A Successful Engagement Session

A lot of my clients ask me before their engagement sessions what advice I have for them, so I thought it was about time that I made a blog post about it! 

1. Relax! I know that it's stressful to be in front of a camera, shoot, I get nervous too! Everyone always thinks that they are super awkward in front of the camera and they don't know what to do, however, you have to realize the more relaxed you are the better. I don't think the perfect hand placement is the most important thing in an image, I think your expression and how you're interacting with your partner is most important.

2. Wardrobe is important! You want to look and feel your best for your portrait session and a big part of that is what you're wearing. If you want to feel special, confident, and sexy then you have to wear something other than your normal. Granted, you should wear something comfortable and that you can move in, but how often do you get your portraits taken? Why wouldn't you plan something special to wear for this special occasion?!

3. Coordinate your wardrobe, don't match it! Unfortunately jeans and white t-shirts was a thing in the 90's, but it's no longer the 90's! Couples shouldn't be too matchy-matchy, but your outfits should coordinate. Prints are totally fun, accessories make it unique, and complimentary colors just make it all come together.

4. Don't forget the grooming! I know you are super busy, honestly I understand the chore shaving your legs can be some days, but don't forget the little things! Iron out those wrinkles in clothes, guys don't forget to shave the back of your neck, and drink an extra couple glasses of water so your skin is glowing and fresh.

5. Make the right make-up choice! Have you done your make-up test for the wedding? Your engagement session can be a great time to do that. I know I am not great at my own make-up for fancy events, so it's totally worth it to spend a little money and have it done professionally! Guys, don't forget your foreheads get shiny and lips dry too!

6. Don't be shy! My favorite images to take are the ones when you'll be all cuddled up with each other. I tell my couples to get all cuddly and cozy, a lot! Say absurd things to make each other laugh, run hand-in-hand through a field, have an intimate moment (keep it PG, please ;) ) between the two of you, but just don't be afraid to show your fun, crazy, adventurous, romantic, and intimate sides.

7. Lets get adventurous! If you want something unique that usually means getting off the beaten path and needing a little more of an effort! You can totally wear some more comfy clothes as we hike in and change in to a cute and flowy dress at the final location! Haha, I totally realize that's not for everyone, we can also find a swanky airbnb space to rent for some unique locations.

While a lot of these tips may seem general, or obvious, it's good to just remember the basics. Just know though that the most important and best advice that I can give is to just have fun! Engagement sessions are a special time to spend quality time with your partner, enjoy it!

 

Ericka + Jared | Downton Chicago Engagement Session | Chicago, Illinois

Ericka + Jared | Downton Chicago Engagement Session | Chicago, Illinois

I had such a fun time exploring Chicago with Ericka and Jared! The session started near their home with their adorable pup, Apollo! Sadly we couldn't take Apollo with us for the rest of the session, but he was the cutest little model with his bowtie and I'm glad I got to meet him :)

From there we took a stroll by the river before Ericka and Jared got all fancy for the perfect view of the Chicago skyline! As you can see these two are just natural in front of the camera and so happy and in love. I cannot wait for their wedding here in Wisconsin later this year!