Joe & Marissa | Rockford Country Club Wedding

November 1st is one of those dates. The time of year that the weather can go either way. I woke up on Saturday morning to the clearest of skies and cool temperatures. Joe and Marissa deserved an absolutely beautiful day and they sure got it.

I remember when I first met these two. They have such a relaxed ebb and flow about them & Joe makes Marissa laugh like no other. Leading up to their day we exchanged details and even with our busy schedules we were able to check in and connect.

Marissa sent over details for their wedding and it included 3 (!!!) hours between the ceremony and reception giving us 4 (!!!) location changes for portraits and plenty of time to soak up that beautiful November sunlight!! I truly can't believe how fast the day went and I am very excited to share this wedding with you!

Congratulations Joe & Marissa!! Can't wait to see what your future holds!!




Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding dress hanging in doorway

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Shoes Veil and Flowers

 So my hair totally fell in front of my lens and basically made this shot. In love with this. 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding
 Such a glowing bride!! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding
 Marissa you are beautiful!!! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding
 One of the most beautiful churches I've ever been in! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding
 MARRIED!! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding
This shot idea was totally Marissa's! One of my favorites! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Navy bridesmaids flowers and bride
 La la love! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
 Rockford kicks butt for locations! Adored our first stop! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
 So in the background of this image (he's not there anymore) is a statue of a guy taking a photo.. For 20 minutes I totally thought he was real.... Oops. 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portraits
 GAH!! Gorgeous! 
Rockford Illinois Catholic Wedding Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portrait Location

Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portrait Location
 Michael's capture!! 
Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portrait Location
 Loved this location.. That white concrete was the perfect reflector! 
Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portrait Location

Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portrait Location
 Walking up the steps from where they first met :) 
Downtown Rockford Illinois Riverside Portrait Location

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding
 I have a lovely picture of my butt while taking this photo from Michael... HA
Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding
 Confession: I absolutely ADORE golf courses for photos.. The wide open space with trees is my dream. 
Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding
 Swoon.
Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding
 Not a detail I usually share but Marissa's rings are a size 4 1/2... I wear an 8... I couldn't even put them on my pinky... 

Looking handsome Joe!!! 
Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding
 I'm jealous of this one. So proud of Michael for kicking butt! 
Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Fall Wedding

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception
 The view of the river was so perfect during the reception. 
Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Rockford Illinois Country Club Reception

Madison Wisconsin Natural Light Wedding Photographer
Vendor List Coming Soon. 

Curt & Bailey | Oregon, IL Fall Wedding

I get nervous for every wedding but I was extra nervous for this one in particular. Bailey and I were good friends in high school and she's also a wedding photographer. Oof. What an honor but also made this girl have sweaty palms for 95% of the day (just being honest.. haha).

As I started editing the images I realized quickly that this wedding was going to be one of my favorites. The colors, the light, the smiley couple it was hands down (pun intended) picture perfect.

As she walked down the aisle tears began to stream down his face. It was hands down the most sweet, heart warming, look a groom could have and I think everyone felt the same way. Curt loves Bailey fiercely which I think every girl dreams of and Bailey doesn't take it for granted. Watching these two on their wedding day was nothing short of amazing.

I can't believe the day is here and gone. We've been waiting, and talking, and anxiously planning for this day for what feels like forever. Your day went faster for me then every other wedding and I'm a little sad about that! I hope you love your images as much as I do because half of them I was gasping and ooohing and ahhing over!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Daughenbaugh!!!

I was obsessed with the chairs for the ceremony. 

Bailey's attention to details was nothing short of amazing. Photographers dream. 




Cutest cake topper ever! 



Such a beautiful ring! 


Bailey got ready in her and Curt's home. It was so inviting to see their relationship scattered throughout. 





Curt you looked so handsome! 


I adore first looks as it gives us plenty of time for portraits! 
After almost every first look the bride whips around, looks at the crew, and says "now what?!" - It makes me laugh every time. 

Rocking it girl! You look BEAUTIFUL! 


Bailey did a great job picking out this location. I adored shooting portraits here! 

I had her look over to the right which is where Michael was standing. Not sure what happened but it's clearly funny. 


I love this one. 

I love how alley ways give that spot light, light. So illuminating! 




A lot of couples aren't sure about first looks because it could ruin the "walk down the isle" moment. I totally get that but Curt is the poster man for how even if you do a first look that moment is still special.
My heart exploded when I looked over at Curt as he watched Bailey. 


Such a sweet daddy/daughter moment. Jeff just didn't want to let go. 



Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Daughenbaugh! 
Loved Katie & Tim's reactions!!! 
I had THREE (!!!) brides at this wedding! One 2014er and TWO 2015er!

A favorite!!! 


Another favorite! 






I always love to take some dancing photos without the flash to capture the actual light, ambiance. Love the ones without the flash. 


Hands down the best garter retrieval ever. Everyone was dying laughing. 



Vendor Love:
Reception: Oak Lane of Oregon
DJ: Brian Horner via Oak Lane of Oregon 
Caterer: Powerhouse BBQ

Michael & Leah | Schaumburg Illinois Elegant Wedding

Leah and Michael have such a laid back, goofy, full of love personality. Watching these two interact on their wedding day filled the room with such joy. From the florals to the dress to the suits it was nothing short of beautiful and classy!

It was a cold windy October day which made portraits a little tough but these two took the weather like champs and produced some beautiful images. I was obsessed with Leah's dress! It looked like it was designed specifically for her!

Leah and I went to high school together which made shooting her wedding such an honor. I'm always more nervous for people I personally know but I am thrilled with the outcome and very proud of this day!

Congratulations to two people that deserve a lifetime full of happiness and trips to Disney :)





I was obsessed with her shoes. 

Bridal suites are designed specifically to kill wedding photographers. Zero windows and over head lighting but that dress still shines!! 



Love these two! You are such a stunner Leah! 


Looking good fellas!! 


The way you're looking at him, Leah! I love it! 




MARRIED! 



The guys weren't so sure about this shot... Haha! 



Wow! Beautiful!!! 

Love this one!! 


Model status Leah! 





The reception hall was stunning!








Congratulations you two!!!! 
Vendor Love:
Reception: Chandler's Chophouse 
DJ: DJUj
Caterer: Via Chandler's Chophouse
Florist: Mariano's 

Jake & Brooke | Backyard Chilly October Wedding

Brooke emailed me six weeks before their wedding inquiring about my photography. She stated that she was planning a last minute because, "Life is short and we're ready to get married!".. I was thrilled that I was available because after some social media stalking I knew these two were going to have a relaxed full of love day and that's exactly what it was.

I pulled up to a beautiful house tucked into fields of country side with music blasting and the wind whipping. It was going to be a chilly one at 45 degrees but weather aside it was going to be a perfect day.

From our short time getting to know each other there are a couple of things I have noticed about these two. They love their puppies, they have incredibly good taste (their house is amazing), and they're just two people that can just "be". I admired their excitement and how welcome they made me feel. It's funny really, we hardly knew each other but these two felt like old friends.

From the very bottom of my heart, congratulations you two! Your wedding was picture perfect and I was thrilled to be there to capture it for you. Enjoy!




Brooke's dress was fabulous. I wasn't kidding about the good taste. 

 I don't think there is a more classic engagement ring. Jake's wedding band was silicone! How cool is that?! 






 Lizzy, the MOH, got Brooke this beautiful jewelry box! So unbelievably thoughtful and sentimental! 


 Whoa. Hands down my favorite groom-getting-ready-portrait ever. 




 When Jake walked down the isle the amount of hugs that were given was heart warming! I love the smile! 

 This is the view on their front yard! Wow! 

 Brooke you have amazing eyes. I should have told you that day but I'm telling you now. Amazing. 

 This picture is false advertisement. Imagine me saying something really witty and funny and everyone laughing. Nope. Lies.. Fake laugh for the win.. ahhhhgain. 
 Portrait time aka my favorite time. Obviously. 


 "We know we hired the right photographer when she wraps us in a blanket" - Jake 
Another favorite. 
 Good smile job Mr. Statstad 
 Worrrrk it! GQ Style! 


 We had to include the pups (and photoshop out a few lingering tails...) - I la la love Ari Gold in this one! 


 Redd Dog & Ari Gold are hands down the best labs I have ever met. They were the sweetest most relaxed pups all day! 

 Prepare yourself for a lot of green. Never would have known it was 45 degrees and wiiiindy! 
 Brooke! Ahhhh! The one on the left?! Call Tyra Banks! 
 Another favorite!! 




 And another favorite. Safe to say I really loved this wedding! 




 Lightroom + RAW images = Holy awesome sky batman.
Michael would say, "Yepp..... Those are words" 
 Gahhhh!!!!! LOVE! 







 Yepp.. 6 inches chopped off my hair! So fresh and so clean! 
Vendor Love:
Ceremony: Jake & Brooke's Home in Blanchardville, Wisconsin 
Reception: Jake & Brooke's Home in Blanchardville, Wisconsin
DJ: N/A
Caterer: Johnson's Catering (Sooooo GOOD!!!)
Baker: Johnson's Catering baked fresh apple crisp! YUM

Aaron & Sarah | Green & Gold Wausau Wisconsin Wedding

I was standing in the hotel room talking with Sarah when Ann, Sarah's mom came in.. We were introduced and then it happened. Ann started tearing up and gave me probably the biggest hug I've ever received in my life. It was in that moment that I have never felt more appreciated. I never want to forget that hug. I have been waiting for Sarah & Aaron's big day for that felt like forever.

He turned around and just kept saying, "You look so beautiful. You look so beautiful".. They stood there and embraced each other as the sun gleamed through the yellow turning trees that Wausuau morning. These two are the epitome of a couple that's going to grow old together. The couple that laugh together and their eyes glistening up when they are looking each other.. You know what I'm talking about!

I am so unbelievably happy for you two.  Since the day our interaction started we have just clicked and you have felt like lifelong friends. It made photographing your wedding such an honor and to celebrate with you was amazing.

Congratulations you two. I wish we lived closer to one another!!!





Sarah's grandma's earrings were the perfect accessory to her wedding day attire. Seriously how beautiful! 




Have you ever seen a momma so happy?! I sure haven't and I was very excited when I snagged this capture. 

Sarah and Aaron opted for a first look giving them plenty of time for portraits AND they got to spend the WHOLE day together!!! 

If you look closely look at Aaron's face.. I tear up when I look at it for too long.. I love the emotion. 




We did their engagement session at Rib Mountain and it was so crazy to see it in fall colors!! 


These bridesmaids dressed were handmade!! Imagine my delight when I saw them! Obsessed with GOLD!
I love this one! 
So Aaron was waiting for Sarah.. Drew, Aaron's brother, got out of the car and I said.. Oh my goodness you guys look SO much alike!!
Aaron says.. Yepp we're identical twins...... Been that way since birth!
Chicago fan myself but I loved the touches of the Packer's throughout their day. 


DAISY!!! 


Might be my favorite! 






There was sooo much emotion that day!! Sarah's Grandma is the cutest thing in the world. 





MARRIED!!!! 

Michael found this area!! GREEN & GOLD!! 



We snuck out for a sunset session with some glow! So worth the crazy mosquitos!! 











LOVE THESE! The sun was amazing! 


My favorite! 

Bahahaha Aaron! I love this one of Sarah and your face cracks me up!! 
Aaron's request and I love it ! 










Much love to this amazingly warm, welcoming, down to earth couple. We love you!!!