Megan & Clay | Wisconsin Spring Engagement Photography

Megan & Clayton are warm and inviting people – the kind of people who have 2 dogs and a cat and are probably holding back from filling their future house up with even more furry love. But I suppose that is only fitting considering she’s a veterinarian and their how we met story starts at her office where he spotted her and simply had to meet her. And really, any story that faithfully includes the line “I had to meet her” is bound to be a good one.

On this day in early spring I was lucky enough to meet them (and Spud, Diesel & Mitten) at Clay’s house on a larger piece of land that more or less backs up to a beautiful preserve area of trees, trails and water. Free from leashes and loosed into the woods, Spud & Diesel entertained each other and us, eliciting smiles and whistles from Megan & Clay. I loved chatting with them about their honeymoon plans and with that their current debate over how to get to see whales in Norway and kayaking versus hiking on the trip. Clearly these two love the outdoors and the happy exhaustion that comes from being active in fresh air – and I can tell, they love it best when they get to be outside together. Anywhere, everywhere – Together.

Rachel & Chris | Riverbend Wedding in Kohler, Wisconsin

Rachel & Chris’ wedding day was sheer brilliance – from the storybook venue to the perfect summer weather, from the bold dress to the sweet toasts, from the blissed out bride to the bewitched groom. With a small bridal party and an abundance of style they started the day at Riverbend. As guests sipped prosecco and explored the mansion-turned-club, birds celebrated the end of rain showers and the appearance of the sun. Chris & Rachel said I Do under a delicate, rustic chuppah overlooking the great lawn and everyone cheered the breaking of the glass. After a few moments alone on the ride to The American Club in a vintage green car I adored, Rachel & Chris fell in love all over again on the dance floor. They danced and toasted, laughed and adored each other through the words of their friends and family. It was, in every way, the perfect way to spend a Saturday. We withheld posting this wedding last year to give it a chance to post on Black Tie Bride, so I am thrilled to pieces to get to share it with you now. It might just be one of my all time favorites weddings. Enjoy!

The Details ~

 Bride’s Dress & Veil: Vera Wang, Vera Wang Chicago

Ceremony Venue: Riverbend in Kohler, Wisconsin

Reception Venue: The American Club

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Groom’s Suit: Canali

Florals: Marius Bell

Planner: Tailored Engagements

Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia, Primed Artistry

Hair: Krystal from Scott Free Salon

Cinematographer: One Fine Day Productions

Band: One Night Band

Paper: Oliver’s Twist Paper

Newborn Liam Joseph | Wisconsin Natural Light Family Photography

A few seasons ago I photographed a wedding at the Wisconsin Club for one of the most thoughtful and intentional couples I have ever met. Katie & James’ wedding was happy and hopeful, and taught me a bit about seeking meaning in the world around us. Then and now, Katie & James savor their time together and their plans for the future. That future is a bit clearer these days as their baby Liam is recently arrived. Surrounded by his dad’s arms or sleeping on his mama’s chest, Liam is happiest cuddling and responds wonderfully to a little warmth and lots of love. Evidence of how wanted he was and is surrounds him at home – from the hand knit blankets grandma made for him to the closet overflowing with adorable outfits waiting for him to grow into. Liam is filling up his house in another way, too – with his very presence he’s transformed Katie & James’ love into a life, house into a home, and partnership into a family.