Baby Ellis | Milwaukee Newborn Photographer

Baby Ellis just joined an amazing little family we’ve been blessed to photograph over the last 6 or 7 years. It all started with Tara and Adam’s wedding on a sunny day in Muskego. Back then Tara was just starting her graphic design business called Cracked Designs (you should really check it out) and I still remember her lovely self-designed bird-filled invites and wedding day paper. Everything about them (both the paper and the couple) was easy and airy, a little quirky and fun, but thoroughly sweet and elegant. Then Beckett came along and I was invited into their home to photograph him snuggled happily against a backdrop of beautiful big dogs and bookshelves filled with antique trinkets and inspiring design ideas. Now this year more big changes: a new house in a new neighborhood, and best of all, a new baby to fill out the family. The new house is still under construction so we welcomed Ellis to the studio where Sara photographed his family all warm and happy to have him in their world. I’m happy to call these 4 part of my world too – welcome baby Ellis; you are part of a crazy cool clan.

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