Some weddings are just so wonderful, they deserve multiple celebrations. That’s the case with this gorgeous day! Jennifer and Nithin have family all over the world, and they started off their marriage with ceremonies in India and on the East coast. Then, this summer they wrapped up their wedding festivities with a renewal of their vows and a beautiful and fun party at one of my favorite venues: the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art! I always enjoy revisiting the spot where hubby & I started our own happily-ever-after, and Jennifer & Nithin’s wedding was no exception. Throw in a few India-inspired details and I was in love.:)

I started the day with Jennifer while she got dressed at her childhood home.

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Everyone knows I adore Kate Spade, right? Right.

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Jennifer & Nithin indulged me in something I’ve wanted to do for a while: a first look at the end of State Street, with a view of the Capitol at the end.:)It’s not the most *intimate* spot to see one another, but it was fun!

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Bonus points if you can find the juggler we had to plead with to clear one of my favorite Library Mall spots:


I ADORE the Memorial Union, but I can’t wait until the construction is completed over the winter. Despite the very limited access, though, we found a few spots to commemorate one of the couple’s favorite places to hang out. One of mine, too! The Union is so Madison…

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Jennifer, you looked stunning… But I think the kids at the wedding gave you a run for your money on “cutest” of the day! Nithin’s nieces were so adorable!


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Gigi’s Cupcakes! Delicious! I had the chocolate peanut butter. So yum.


The casual ceremony was perfect. Really sweet, a little quirky, and given by a dear friend of the bride and groom!

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Plus, we *just* made the cut before they took the old Orpheum sign. Kind of crazy that this is my last wedding photo with that sign in it!

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Big benefit of a first look: you get to ENJOY your cocktail hour.

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The beauty of wedding photos on State Street.

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Thank you, guys, for trusting me to capture this lovely day! I had a blast!!


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Today, it’s nearly time to say goodbye to September…and almost time for my 2015 wedding season to draw to a close. I’m loving the onset of fall and the slow transition to cozy sweaters, tall boots, and knitted goods- but I’m actually not ready for my weddings to be over just yet! This year has been such a renewal for me. It’s been slower, with fewer weddings than usual. This year has allowed me to play more and to rejuvenate my workflows, my home office, my creative process, and my enthusiasm for the life of an entrepreneur. I’ve found more of a balance between the personal things that are important to me and the professional things that are important to my business. So, I’m really not ready, and I’m incredibly excited for the handful of weddings that remain.

This blog post is long overdue. But for good reason, which makes it really fun. For one, you might notice that this little website looks a bit different. That’s because it is! I got a fun little update from my amazingly talented sister, Mariah. I’m in love with it! I’m excited to say HELLO to fun gold details, and happy to keep around my sassy red shoes. I hope you like it, and I promise to blog a bit more later on this most recent adventure in creative branding. I’ll tell you one thing, though- I’ve tried for too long to be my own graphic designer. Just as I urge brides and grooms to invest in a professional photographer, I urge photographers to invest in professional design. More on that topic soon!

Now that I’ve droned on, though, it’s time to share Emily & Ryan’s wedding with you! Ohmygoodness, I loved their wedding day SO. MUCH. It was a gorgeous August day in Madison, made only more beautiful by the love they were surrounded with from start to finish. These two are so perfect together, and so in love. They’ve spent a very long time in love, and everyone was over the moon to celebrate the beginning of their marriage! Their wedding was casual, very Madison-inspired, and loads of fun. Emily is in love with the water and lakes. Their venue choices made that very clear, and did not disappoint! Starting right off with the girls’ morning prep on Lake Mendota at this gorgeous bed & breakfast!

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The front yard of the Mendota Lake House B&B is a STUNNING garden with the most amazing plants you’ll ever see on a Madison lawn.

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The bedrooms at the Lake House are eclectic and fun, offering so many great spots and textures for detail shots.

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The little bit of rain we got that day gave me just enough raindrops to play with, and then it stayed away for the festivities!

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While the girls enjoyed mimosas at the Lake House, the boys hung out at a pretty swanky little AirBnB down the road.

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Little tiney lake paintings… This lake theme was everywhere!

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This wedding day was just chock full of awesome first looks and sweet moments. My sentimental side was brimming over with SQUEEEEE!

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Emily had a special first look with her dad, and then her brothers walked her down to the lake to say hello to her groom.

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I love my brides who don’t hesitate for a second when I say, “take your shoes off, we’re hitting the beach.”

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In lieu of a traditional “wedding party,” Emily and Ryan invited their closest friends to spend the entire day with them. No bridesmaid dresses or tuxes, but all the love in the world. Their friends had a blast and everyone got to be together the whole day!

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What an awesome-looking group, huh?!

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After a few group portraits, everyone got together and walked across the Isthmus from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona. There, we boarded probably the coolest wedding transport I’ve ever had in Madison- the Pontoon Porch! And it was off to the East Side Club ceremony in style.

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We did a little drive-by past the East Side Club, where all of their guests were enjoying the Tiki Bar and awaiting the bride and groom!

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Once we arrived on land, it was time to get seated for the ceremony. The weather was perfect for a lakeside wedding: not too hot, covered by light clouds.

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If you follow me much, then you probably know how much I adore happy wedding tears. This wedding put me in my happy place for sure!

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A very talented family member made this gorgeous wedding arch for the couple. How amazing and gorgeous is this, and how wonderful will it be when they can place it on their very own lakeside home?!

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See that lovely girlie kicking off the funniest bridesmaid speech I’ve seen in a while? Yeah, she was my bride a couple years ago. LOVE HER! These bridesmaids killed it with a perfectly customized wedding day rap!

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We snuck outside for a few fun nighttime shots before I left. My favorite. (yes, pretty much everything about a wedding is “my favorite.”)

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Emily and Ryan- wow, what a blessing it was to be part of your day. Thank you so much for sticking it out and waiting so darn long for your blog post, as I perfected the new brand look and worked hard on a perfect peek! And- happy one month anniversary today!! I can’t tell you how glad I am that you chose me to capture such a fabulous lakeside celebration.


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Every summer seems to go this way… We wait forever for it, and then it’s here and it’s wonderful. What seems like ten days later, it’s drawing to a close. How do all those beautiful weddings weddings, relaxed cookouts, breezy days at the lake, and cold beers at the Union fit into such a short time?! This year, we haven’t even gotten around to our annual camping trip with the pugs! Oh, well- Anissa and Shane managed to enjoy their camping trip. That’s where they were with their adorable fur-child, Scout, right before our engagement session in Middleton.:)Oh was it lovely! A challenging, sunny day- but lovely nonetheless.

This one might be my favorite family portrait, because I love the way Shane is looking at Anissa as she loves on Scout.


Check out Scout’s handsome bowtie!

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“Mom, are we done yet?”

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Queen Anne’s Lace is one of my FAVORITES.

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I am so very much looking forward to Anissa & Shane’s wedding in October. Well, I’m looking forward to practically everything FALL! But I’m still working on enjoying these last bits of summer, promise.:)

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