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!
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.
The bedrooms at the Lake House are eclectic and fun, offering so many great spots and textures for detail shots.
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!
While the girls enjoyed mimosas at the Lake House, the boys hung out at a pretty swanky little AirBnB down the road.
Little tiney lake paintings… This lake theme was everywhere!
This wedding day was just chock full of awesome first looks and sweet moments. My sentimental side was brimming over with SQUEEEEE!
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.
I love my brides who don’t hesitate for a second when I say, “take your shoes off, we’re hitting the beach.”
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!
What an awesome-looking group, huh?!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?!
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!
We snuck outside for a few fun nighttime shots before I left. My favorite. (yes, pretty much everything about a wedding is “my favorite.”)
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.