Maija + John // Backyard Wedding // Vesper Wisconsin

Maija and John are just good freaking people. They're the kind of people who honestly deserve happiness. They are funny and family oriented and from the moment you meet them they feel like your oldest friends. I'm obsessed with them. Whatever. I said it.
Maija and John balance each other out so well it's hard to believe there was ever a time when they weren't together. They are best buds who love traveling, seeing live music, and drinking beer. So yeah, they're my kind of people and I knew their wedding was gonna be pretty damn amazing. Honestly I would have been pissed if they had let someone else photograph it ;)

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Prep pictures are always some of my favorites. I love watching my couples hang out with their closest people. The excitement is contagious. 

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I had to climb onto the window ledge in my socks to hang Maija's dress up... totally worth it.

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Maija and John met at Jennings, so obviously they had to have their first look behind the bar. I 100% support this decision. 

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Weddings are.stressfuuul. Plain and simple. But the moment Maija saw John she went from anxious to totally and completely relaxed. That's why first looks are the best.

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This wedding party though!!! I already told Maija that I want her and John to have a party with their girls and guys so I can hang out with them again.

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Maija and John whispering and laughing during their ceremony!! I'm NOT crying!

I already said this but weddings are stressful. So I'm totally fine with breaking for drinks.

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I love seeing backyards get transformed into pure magic. All the greenery and cake on every table. Yup. It was gooooood.

I don't mean to brag, but my mom made those cakes. And those sugar flowers. If you want the most gorgeous and most delicious cakes. Pam is your lady!

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I hound all my couples to sneak away from the reception so we can take more awesome pictures. And obviously so they can make out.

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I only spent approximately 15 minutes off of the dance floor. Because these are the most fun photos and I like to party.

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Pearls & Tar // Madison Wisconsin Band

Pretty decent guys. 10/10 would recommend. 
For real though. I had a blast running around Willy street with Pearls & Tar. They're so laid back, they've got great banter, they're family men, and they are really fucking talented musicians. This shoot was actually supposed to be of their show but it stormed like crazy before this. I'm not mad though. I'm 100% down to drink and b.s. and make cool pictures all day long. 

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I basically had to sit with some families having dinner to get this picture but it was totally worth it. 

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If you find yourself in Madison, hit up Gib's. They've got the best cocktails, the best vibe, and they let us invade the upstairs even though it wasn't open. 

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Now everyone go find Pearls & Tar, follow them, and harass them to play more gigs. Kthanksbye!

Monica + Scott // Wedding at The Howard // Oshkosh Wisconsin

I always say that the vibe of the day is more important than the location and the couple's mood is more important than the decorations. But when you've got a gorgeous classy venue AND a kick ass couple it's reeeaaaal good.
I knew Monica and Scott were my kind of people the first time we met. They are goofy and easy going and compliment each other so well. Theirs was the first wedding since the eagles club in Oshkosh became The Howard. I'd say it was a pretty good premiere

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Every last detail was freaking perfect. And that romantic 1920's backdrop. God bless.  

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This. This right here is why I'm always encouraging couples to do a first look.
Scott's reaction is the best ever.

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The Howard is basically every photographer's dream come true. We took almost all of our pictures inside and thank goodness because this day was a hot one.

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I'm so so freaking glad I had my right hand lady/assistant extraordinaire/sister Hannah second shooting with me this day. She's like my other half and gets all the shots I would get if I could be in two places at once. 

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Hey couples! Just a word of advice, always always always sneak out after dinner. You'll want some time alone, the light is super pretty, and you'll probably be a little buzzed and more relaxed in front of the camera. I'm just here to help.

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And they told me Grandma doesn't smile for pictures ;)

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Every wedding day needs some cigar action