Charles Gregory | Wisconsin Newborn Photographer

Baby Charlie is a sweet, sleepy darling lucky enough to have more arms ready and willing to snuggle him than your average newborn. There are the arms of his mom and dad, of course, but also of his extremely gentle and proud older brother Henry along with all the furry limbs of Rhea and Lola, two of the gentlest dogs I’ve ever met. Just over 2 years ago I photographed his family when Henry was a newborn himself and I was impressed then, as I am now, by how much a baby can be loved even when they’ve only spent just a few days in the world of their parents. Charlie arrived well before his due date and spent a bit of time in the NICU developing his lungs and it turns out that these photographs were made right around the time he would have been 39 weeks in utero. He had his own timetable, I suppose, and in the end that’s alright – he has 10 little fingers and 10 little toes and a superhero big brother to show him the ropes.

Stephanie & Matt | Pritzlaff Winter Wedding Photographer

Last summer I spent a day with Stephanie & Matt in Minneapolis where they have a home and jobs and a life that is already oh-so-sweet. In the heat of that Minnesota day we waxed poetic about the possibilities of them having a cozy, snowy winter day for their January wedding. Fast forward to January and I meet them again, totally buoyed by the delight that comes with knowing that everything they ever hoped for is coming true – and there you have it, their wedding day in one sentence. Everything they ever hoped for is coming true.

Matt dressed at the Iron Horse and Stephanie at the church, each as excited and bubbly as the champagne they would drink that evening. I loved how she asked for a moment of quiet before her dad saw her for the first time and how her niece stared at her in adoration all day. I loved how he doted on everyone, especially Stephanie, and suggested they practice their first dance one last time up on Pritzlaff’s romantic, sun-drenched third floor. It was there I saw them both melt, into one another, but also into the moment, the day, the meaning, the emotion, into being Mr. & Mrs.

The Details ~

Ceremony Venue: Brew City Church
Ceremony Musicians: Lakeside Strings
Reception Venue: Pritzlaff Events
Catering (Dinner, Late Night, Linens): North Star
Baker (Cake & Desserts): Aggie’s Cakes
Reception Entertainment (DJ & Lighting): Milwaukee Airwaves
Florist: Belle Fiori
Invites/Stationary: Caitlin Hogan, Wauwatosa, WI
Transportation: Royal Limousine
Menswear: Atmosfere, Minneapolis, MN
Bride’s Dress: Designer – Jasmine; Store – The Wedding Shoppe, Minneapolis, MN
Bride’s Veil – The Wedding Shoppe, Minneapolis, MN
Bride’s Jewelry: Savvy Bride
Bride’s Hairpiece: Hair Comes the Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Nina Crystah
Bridesmaid Jewelry: Rachel Chmielewski, Philadelphia, PA
Hair/Makeup: Inspire Salon, Franklin, WI

Kristin & Joel | Wisconsin Winter Engagement Photography

Kristin & Joel have the best kind of love story – one that is all about family. They met on a lake, at a party where he basically hung out with her dad all night. And it progressed when he asked her to marry him while vacationing in Key West, an event that was immediately followed by an amazing surprise – their parents had secretly flown to Key West to celebrate with them. And their families will gather again in August, this time as no surprise, but rather in a joyful expectant celebration to join their families together, his to hers and hers to his. Beans the Golden Retriever likely will be the only one missing that day, so we made sure he joined us for their engagement shoot. Usually dogs are rather interested in cameras and the person wielding them, but when we met on a sweet sunshine-filled winter day not too long ago there was something way more important to investigate and enjoy: snow. Beans loved it and so did Kristin & Joel – the perfect shimmering setting for a little stroll and a glass of champagne.