Leah + Mitchell | Wedding

When Whitney from Whitney Beth Photography reached out to me needing a second shooter for an upcoming wedding I was totally down to join her. Then she sent me a picture of the couple and I about fell off my seat – they are so stinking cute! Then when the big day came and I had the chance to meet Leah and Mitchell, I come to find they are the KINDEST people you will ever meet. More than that, they are SO in love. Perfect wedding to photograph? You could say that.

Ah, what to say about their big day. For one, Leah was the calmest bride I've ever seen. She was just so happy that it was finally the day she got to say "I do" to the man of her dreams. Even when she got all dolled up and did a reveal to her bridesmaids in her dress, she hugged them all then said "Ok, can I see Mitchell now?!" She asked about him all day. It was adorable, and my heart just melted. I knew then they were more in love than words can describe.

I am so happy and honored and thankful I had the opportunity to be part of their wedding day. It was beyond perfect, and I would relive it in a heartbeat. Congratulations Leah and Mitchell – I know married life will be everything and more than what you dreamed.

Ashley + Eric + Madelyn

Well friends, this is going to be a bit of a longer post so bear with me.

On May 16, 2017, Ashley and Eric's lives changed forever when they welcomed their little girl Madelyn into the world. I have to say, she is absolutely perfect and was blessed with two incredible parents. Just being around Ashley and Eric, you can see and feel how happy and in love they are not only with each other, but with Madelyn – their eyes just sparkle when they look at her. When it was just the three of them together in the calm and warmth of the outdoors during our session, everything was right in the world...even when it's not.

What should be the happiest time of their lives is now plagued by Ashley's battle with breast cancer. It makes me sad and angry and sick to my stomach. No one should have to battle cancer, especially a new mom.

But after knowing Ashley for an hour, I can tell you one thing is for certain: she is an incredible woman. She has the heart of gold and is so happy, positive and upbeat. It's admirable. On top of that, she has her husband, she has her family, she has her friends and she has little Madelyn by her side battling this terrible illness with her every day. From the outside looking in, beating cancer is about having the right attitude, outlook and support, and she has it all.

I would have dropped everything to take pictures of this family. I am beyond honored I was given the opportunity to capture Ashley and Eric with little miss Madelyn. I know I can't cure cancer, but I can give Ashley, Eric and Madelyn something they'll have forever, and it means the world to me. 

As I leave you with photos from this session, I just want to say always hug your loved one's a bit longer, don't worry about the little things in life and soak up moments that make you feel alive. Ashley's story touched me. I am praying for this family every day and hope these photos can always be a source of happiness in their lives.

Danielle + Darrick + Kids | Family

I am so happy this session FINALLY took place last week! Back story – we initially scheduled this session weeks ago and had to reschedule three times to get it in. Mother Nature was not our friend (ehem – rain, wind and chilly temperatures), but the night of our session was beyond gorgeous so it eventually worked out in our favor.

The best thing about family sessions for me? In life, time goes by so fast. And it goes by faster the older you get. When you're a parent, time doesn't slow down and life gets busier. On top of that, kids change like crazy. Not just in a year, but in a month, a week, a day. I have the honor of freezing time just for a day to capture moments parents (and eventually kids) can look back on. How awesome is that? I would have to say it's pretty darn neat.

As you can see, Danielle and Darrick are blessed with two amazing, adorable little girls, and the love they have for them unmistakable. See for yourself...

Reid | Family

Meet Reid. He just turned three, and this session was a chance to capture what being three years old is all about. By this, I mean playing with him for an hour and trying to not miss a beat with my camera with all of his energy. It was a lot of work but SO much fun!

So a little about Mr. Reid that I found out from our session. He loves playing football with his dad, likes throwing rocks (the bigger the better), dabbles in baseball, already has a girlfriend and has an exploring spirit. I think the highlight of the night for him was when he found out he got to go on the hay bales. The highlight of my night? Getting serenaded by a three year old singing "You Are My Sunshine" – it was adorable! 

I could not have asked for a better night for this session, and it was such a pleasure to meet this little one. Here's to turning three and a year full of learning, growing and adventures!

Rachel + Sam | Wedding

You guys. This wedding was my DREAM wedding – literally, I would redo this day for my own wedding. This was a wedding where I second shot with the gorgeous, talented and amazing Rachel Traxler Photography, and I am oh so happy she let me join her for the day. It was everything and more. Let me explain.

The Bride + Groom

Because I was second shooting, I met the bride and groom on their wedding day, and they welcomed me with open arms – literally, they're huggers. I felt so welcomed and it made me even more excited to get to work.

Why are Rachel and Sam perfect for each other? Because they're total goofballs together – I can't tell you how many times I bursted out laughing because of their little remarks to each other or how many times Sam broke out in dance just because he could. Because they wrote each other letters and read them back to back before they saw each other and it was amazing – I started tearing up, not going to lie. And most of all, because they only have eyes for each other. When they saw each other for the first time, their faces literally lit up and their eyes sparkled. You could see and feel the love these two have for each other, and I couldn't be happier they found each other and are starting the next chapter of their lives together.

The Venue + Details

Ok. So, the venue and decor were beyond amazing. The wedding was on a secluded gorgeous barn in Pepin, Wisconsin called The Hidden Meadow and Barn (hot tip: check this place out if you're looking for a venue – it's that gorgeous). There was a bridal suite that was beyond perfect for the girls to get ready in, the reception area had these elegant chandeliers and ceiling lights that I am still obsessing over, the ceremony area looked out over a beautiful field and rolling hills...then on top of that, the flowers, signs and decor were insanely beautiful. It was rustic, chic and looked effortless (although I'm sure the bride and groom put in plenty of work). And to top it off, they had a donut wall! 

The Photos

Ok, enough talking – see for yourself how gorgeous this wedding was!

Sarah + Kids | Family

Oh, where to begin! Family sessions are special. Super special. Why? Because kids grow up so fast and it's hard to freeze time and capture the little moments you'll want to remember forever. I don't have kids of my own (yet), but I have a niece and nephew that change every time I see them. It's amazing and great and sad all at the same time. I want them to stay little forever. But because they can't, I want to capture them on camera when I can so I can always have photos to look back on.

This brings me to this mommy and me session that took place the weekend before Mother's Day. I met my sister and her two little kiddos I am fortunate enough to call my niece and nephew, and we shot around for an hour. I am so happy with how these pictures turned out, and I'm even happier my sister was in the photos with them. As a mom, she's always the one behind the camera (or iPhone) snapping pictures of her kids. Rarely is she in photos with them. I'm so glad I was able to capture her interacting with her little ones. These candid moments are moments I cherish and hope she does too. 

Abbie + Thomas | Wedding

Well, this is my first blog post, and I'm showcasing my very first wedding! Now let me start out by saying I was second shooting at this wedding for the lovely Whitney Beth Photography, but this day was life changing. Seriously. This day, May 6 to be exact, is the day I fell in love with wedding photography. 

Everything about this day was perfect – the weather, the venue, the decor, and of course, the couple. I couldn't have asked for a better first wedding experience as a photographer.

Why Wedding Photography

So, why did this experience make me fall in love with wedding photography? Because I love capturing couples who are in love. I love being surrounded by the pure happiness, tears of joy and treasured family traditions. Capturing the first look, witnessing the vows, hearing the speeches, being there for the special day…it’s an honor. I felt like I had known Abbie and Thomas, and their families, for years and was welcomed into their world for a day to capture this life changing moment. It's fun, it's work and it's so rewarding.

Cheers to Thomas and Abbie as they embark on the next chapter in their lives – take a peek at some of the moments from their big day!