October 18, 2013 : Weddings

Tia and Andrew :: Villa Terrace Art Museum

She’s an artist. And they fell in love as they put together one of her installations one summer. I can only imagine that flirty smiles and adorable looks that they gave one another from across the room as they hung art and talked about art and started their romance together! :) A love story that began in an art museum certainly has to be tied together in an art museum, eh? :)

And with Tia being an artist, she designed and MADE the wedding rings, hand letter-pressed the invites, thank you’s, kid-designed coasters and the recipe cards with the first few recipes that Tia and Andrew shared together when they were dating (YUM)! And my FAVORITE part…..she wore her Grandmother’s wedding dress; the one that her mother and sister had also worn over the years. A gorgeous, lace, heirloom that helped begin the lives of 3 other couples….and now it was the same for Tia and Andrew! :) And she looked STUNNING in it! :) I believe she shortened it, added cap sleeves and a few other details….and it was perfect on her! :) Simply perfect! :)

Guests were greeted at the amazing courtyard of the Villa Terrace Art Museum and brought to the balcony that overlooked Lake Michigan for the ceremony! They were wined and dined with food, cupcakes and great Wisconsin Beer! :) Beautiful speeches, lawn games, many MANY hugs and a live band rounded out the night of laughter and fun! :) What a beautiful wedding day! :)

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April 28, 2013 : Engagements, Miscellaneous

Meet Ms. Emily Koska (and Mike too! :)

I had the chance to head up to Fargo, North Dakota for a quick day trip to meet and spend the day with the talented Ms. Emily Koska! :) She is a wedding photographer that has HUGE dreams, hopes and aspirations in her area…and her ball is ROLLING and rolling steadily! From day-time nurse to dreaming big for her photography world, Emily has hopes, goals and talents that will crush the market around Fargo (so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer…hint, hint)!

This girl has a SHEER and unhindered passion for weddings! She realized soon after her wedding day had come and gone that it was SUPER necessary to stay connected to the wedding world and combine her love for photography! She worked her tail off, interned, hustled, shot, shot, shot and launched her business. She’s been shooting ever since and craved a fresh perspective for some advice for her business. We spent the day talking, shooting, critiquing, questioning, sharing and laughing together! It sure was WONDERFUL! :) We both walked away with some new ideas, a gained perspective and a new friendship! :) So friends, watch this girl….she’s making thing happen in Fargo! :)

HUGS Em! I can’t to see you SOON! Real soon! :) And YAY for Mike for being so wonderful for our mini-photo-sesh! :) THANKS MIKE! :)

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February 18, 2013 : Engagements

Mariel and Carl :: winter engagement! :)

They spent the day together picking out and cutting down their very FIRST real, live Christmas tree….a tradition in and of itself that is sure to bring back amazing memories for these two! :) Carl planned the whole day…they trekked out to Krueggers tree farm in Afton, chose the BEST tree ever, cut it down, drug it to the car, drove home (smiling the whole time), and proceeded to begin the magical Christmas season with their new, fresh Christmas tree! :) But before Mariel knew it, as they were decorating the tree, Carl was on one knee confessing his love to his beautiful girlfriend (soon to be fiancé :) as he asked her to become his wife! :) YAY!!!!! I mean, what girl wouldn’t just DIE for their Christmas season to begin like this?! :) Needless to say, Christmas truly WAS magical for these two! :)

And to top it off….engagement photos…and it ONLY made sense to do them in the winter, back at Krueggers tree farm (and then some on the local skating pond too! :)

I mean, for real….could they BE any cuter?!?!?!? :)

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