Theo at 6 months | Wisconsin Family Photography in Winter

Theo and his older brother Nolan are two peas in a pod. Just 14 months apart these two clearly are destined to be buddies, even if right now Nolan would prefer Theo stay out of his ball pit when Theo would prefer to be knee deep in plastic balls, too. Each time I photograph these little guys and their kind parents together (and I’ve done it several times including mom Meg & dad Dan’s engagement in Chicago, their wedding in Wisconsin’s lake country, and all of the boy’s respective newborn, 6 month and 1 year sessions) I feel a sense of calm and happiness about this family. There’s never any fuss or stress that a cuddle, a laugh or a cheesestick can’t mend and mom & dad are happy to just let the boys be themselves – crawling, walking, drooling or being “so big.” It never really matters because they know that all that counts is being together simply and authentically. I think this may be one of my favorite sessions though, because it was hosted at the family home where Meg & Dan became a family themselves. I like the symmetry in looking back at Meg putting on her wedding shoes on the stair landing that Nolan plays on now, and at seeing the boys play with their parents in the lakeside backyard in which Meg & Dan hosted their tented reception. It feels homey and sweet and complete – which is all a family can ask for.

Morgan & Tim | Cuvee’ Third Ward Winter Wedding on New Year’s Eve

Morgan and Tim hosted the ultimate winter wedding for their nearest and dearest this past New Year’s Eve with a celebration that included noisemakers and an awesome band, strappy heels and classic tuxes, divine orchid centerpieces and lots of little black dresses, plus all the emotion these two could handle for one day. They started the morning at the ever-gorgeous Pfister, where Morgan slipped into her elegantly structured dress with the help of her mom and Tim donned his late father’s watch. Morgan gave a toast to her bridesmaids that morning too, and with the help of Kate Spade set the tone for the day with little cuffs engraved with the words: Love is All Around You. And all around it truly was. As snow covered the ground and the sun peeked out here and there, Morgan met Tim in the private “bride’s walk” at the church where Tim’s parents where married decades ago. It was a fitting tribute to family and memory and really, the most lovely way to start their married life. At Cuvee’ the party truly started with cozy surroundings, free flowing champagne, delicious desserts, heartfelt toasts and of course, the ringing in of a new year. I can’t think of a better way to start 2016 – and I’m guessing that’s exactly how Morgan and Tim felt – with love all around they said cheers to one year and welcome to a new one – together as a family.

The Details ~

Hotel: The Pfister Hotel

Reception: Cuvee’ Champagne Lounge

Ceremony Flowers: Belle Fiori

Reception Flowers: La Tulipe

Band: Diamond

Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride’s Dress: Oscar De La Renta via Ultimate Bride, Chicago
Makeup: Wide-Eyed Beauty
Hair: Katie Bohn of Jett Vance Salon

Sara & Tyler | Madison Engagement Photography at the Overture Center

Sara & Tyler are bold and gorgeous and oh-so-fun to be around. A little rain on their engagement session day in Madison proved all of that and more to me as they played on the slick streets of the state’s capital and kissed behind an adorable fedora. We escaped the major rain drops inside the always bright and light Overture Center where Sara’s smile was the perfect accent to her cherry red dress and Tyler couldn’t keep his own smile off her. I love their world ranging story that starts in Toronto and wiggles through Wisconsin and Dubai, and how despite living in one of the world’s largest cities they can feel so at home in Tyler’s home state such that they’ll celebrate their Persian design-inspired wedding here next year. That day promises more sun and lake vistas, but also, the same drop dead beautiful smiles of these two lovebirds shown here. If they can be this effortlessly fun in the rain I can’t wait to see them next July, surrounded by their favorite people in the world saying yes to forever together.