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.

Best of Wisconsin Weddings 2016 | Why We Do What We Do

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. ~ Emily Bronte

I love her. And that’s the beginning and the end of everything. ~  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Oh to love and be loved with that kind of passion. I think that may be all that matters in this world. And so today I offer up our best images from 2016 – the ones that I think show passion and deep joy, endless love and soulful embraces; the ones that make my associates and me want to spend our weekends with other people’s families. We adore photographing styled paper, flowers, shoes, food and all the little details that make an engagement session or wedding day personal, but here you will find mostly portraits; Portraits of people who love deeply and profoundly. My kind of people. Ultimately, it has been a little gift to myself to dive back into the 35,000 + images (wait, what? yes, you read that correctly) that we created this past year and to curate my favorites here. There’s no contest or winner or anything to vote for, but rather I just hope that these images speak to you of love and light as they speak to me. All of these were chosen because they make me feel something and because we had something to do with creating them – picking the spot, the angle, the view, suggesting a path or place, getting out of the way at the right time and blending in, paying attention to all of the right moments, people and emotions. These exist because we made them.

~  Engagement Sessions ~

~ Weddings ~

The Details  {Venues, Planners, Florists and Sources }


Riverbend at Kohler

Whistling Straits and The Irish Barn

The American Club

The Villa Terrace

The Milwaukee Art Museum

The Grain Exchange

The Pilot House at Discovery World

The Pfister Hotel

The Historic Pritzlaff

The Edgewater in Madison

The Seeboth

The War Memorial

The Basilica of St. Josaphat

The Abbey Resort

St. John’s Northwestern


Cherry Blossom Events

Orange Events LLC

Tailored Engagements

Evenement Planning and Lounge


Blossoms Flower House

Belle Fiori

The Flower Garden

Esther Fleming / Impressions

Sugar River Stationers


Tayla LaMacchia / PRIMED Artistry

Elena Darrus

Wide Eyed Beauty

Tailored Salon


The White Dress Bridal Boutique / Pronovias   Liancarlo

Kleinfeld’s / Pronovias

Bliss Bridal / Hayley Paige

White Toronto / Galia Lahav

Stella York

Vera Wang 


Kenneth Winston 


Megan & Nick | Wisconsin Winter Wedding at the Iron Horse

Megan & Nick are big hearted helpers, a classic nurse + firefighter pair that is pretty much universally adored by all of their friends and family. With their loved ones they play many roles, sometimes the wry and dry-humored bestie, or the goofy happy instigator, or even the knowledgeable healthcare supporter and expert. And even though they have deep reserves of love all around them in their siblings, parents and friends, their deepest love is reserved for one another. They are, very simply, a joy to be around, to photograph, to get to know and we were honored to be invited to capture their cozy, stylish destination wedding. Everyone came in to town from Illinois or beyond for the weekend to celebrate their love story and celebrate they did – with old fashioneds and cigars, warm toasts and emotional hugs, with joy and thanksgiving.

The Details ~

Venue: The Iron Horse Hotel

Florals: Marius Bell

Hair & Makeup: Tailored Salon

DJ & Lighting: Sound By Design