An incredible photographer marries a talented musician! I mean, how could this wedding not be full of incredible design and meaningful moments and AMAZING details? :)

Laurie and Jon are the kind of couple that everyone wants to be friends with. They are kind and sweet and full of life. They care about people deeply and I could tell, instantly, from meeting the wedding party that they are the kind of friends that share deep, special bonds with each person they let into their lives; it was inspiring to see! :)

And their wedding was full of those special people. People that they shared and did life with with vulnerability and gusto. Individually they had great relationships, but together…this couple is going to move mountains. For their friends around them, for their neighbors and family and co-workers and acquaintances. The night was full of laughter, incredible (homemade) food, wonderful dancing and yummmmmmmy pies! :)

Of course, being in the wedding industry herself, Laurie pulled together quite an incredible  team of vendors to pull off her design ideas. It was her whimsical flowers from Alluring Blooms, her custom, handmade gown from Monirose and the use of her organic colors and geometric patterns that visually made the day so unique and special. Everything was thought of and not one single guest wasn’t awed from how special they felt after leaving for the night! :) You can tell from the photos that everything was thought through, personal and purposeful. :)

What an amazing day, Laurie and Jon! I am still honored that I was able to cherish this day with you! :) HUGS HUGS HUGS to your amazing talents and incredible friendship! :)
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Venue : Over the Vines, WI
Dress : Monirose Bespoke custom gowns
Bridal accessories : Moorea Seal Jewelry
Wedding bands : Shallow Jewelers, Milwaukee WI
Shoes : DSW
Hair and Makeup : Be Inspired Salon, Madison WI
Bridesmaids dresses : JCrew, Modcloth, Ruche and one was handmade :)
Coordinator : Monica Pless
Event Stylist : A. Styled Event
Florist : Alluring Blooms
Dessert : Bloom bake shop, Madison WI
DJ : Van Rixel Productions, Milwaukee WI
Caterer : Underground food collective, Madison WI
Invitations : Monograham Paper, Delafield WI
Calligraphy : Chelsea Petaja of Oh my Deer
Farm tables, stumps and copper boiler rental : AlaCrate
Dinnerware and glassware rental : Event Essentials
Gunmetal chair rental : Lakes Area Rentals
Couch in lough area rental : Vintage Inspirations

Everyone happily stood around outside, gathered around Zeke, watching  as his eyes lit up every time he tore the wrapping off of the next birthday present we gave him. Tissue paper everywhere, boxes torn open and a few of the guys struggling to get the dang toys out of the manufacturer boxes (goodness, why are those things practically adult proof?). The sun was out, we had cake in our bellies and it was a relaxing Sunday of celebration for our new little THREE year old! :)

All the presents were opened and Zeke was looking around at his new treasures with the most gigantic smile on his face, he was loving life. Aaron picked him up….told him we had ONE last present for him. “….and in seven more months you will get to be a big brother!”  I saw my brother-in-law jumping up and down, my mother-in-law burst into tears and my little boy look at his Daddy with an even bigger smile on his face. He’s slowly wrapping his mind around the idea of what sharing his room and listening to a crying baby will look like, but gosh, we are quite excited! :)

YAY for celebrations and yay for changes in February! :)

Shout out to the incredible vendors that put this shoot together! :)

custom dress : Monirose bespoke gowns
planning and styling : Midwestern Bride
flowers : Milwaukee floral company
Cake : Eat Cake!
Rentals : Ultrapom and A La Crate Vintage Rentals

Invitations : Kaitlin Parisho Designs
Menus : Layers of loveliness
Venue : Onesto
Hair and Makeup : Wide Eyed Beauty
Model : Mariah Haberman

AND high fives to the AWESOME WI BRIDE for the feature last week on their site! Check it out here!

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  • June 20, 2015 - 12:53 pm

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I walked into their downtown Chicago condo that overlooks the beautiful city and stood there watching them smile with excitement about the fact that we were about to embark on their “YAY WE ARE GETTING MARRIED” engagement photos! :) Christi and Kolin are planning an incredible Door County get-away-weekend for their wedding and if their engagement photos are any indication of how that weekend will go, it will be full of laughter, genuine love and an awesome, awesome time! :)

YAY Christi and Kolin! Can’t wait for August! :)

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  • May 26, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    Emilia Jane - Love this whole session! Gorgeous.