Sarah + Anders // Norwegian Backyard Wedding // Stevens Point Wisconsin

I knew this wedding was going to be one for the books right away. Sarah and Anders got married, surrounded by their closest friends and family, next to the river in Sarah's mother's backyard. It was overcast and cool (my absolute favorite kind of weather). It was laid back and intimate and there were so many cool details incorporated into their day.
Sarah and Anders met on a cross country skiing trip and they've been walking through life, hand in hand, ever since. Anders loves that she gets excited about everything big and small (like sprinkles). Sarah loves that he's steadfast and adventurous. Even though they've been separated by thousands of miles because of school and work, it's only made their love stronger. Everyone around them speaks so highly of them. Sarah and Anders are both smart and love to travel. They're the type of people who excel at everything they do, but the thing they're best at is loving and supporting each other.

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Anders is Norwegian so he and Sarah opted to wear the traditional bunad. Sarah's dress was handmade in Norway. I think it might possibly be my favorite to date. 

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Ladies- find yourself a partner who will fix your crown ;)

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For the record, I one hundred and ten percent encourage couples to walk down the aisle together. 

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This ceremony was so personal and heartfelt and perfect in every way. It makes me really happy when couples take the time to really plan out this part of their day. I mean, that's the whole reason the day is happening. Make sure your ceremony is meaningful and special and true to you. 

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There was no shortage of adorable children for me to hang out with. So that's a plus :) It rained on and off throughout cocktail hour and dinner but honestly I never did mind a little rain on a wedding day.

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I tried to learn as much Norwegian as I could but the only thing I really remember now is "Skal!!!" aka what you shout before you take a shot. So really what else do I need to know? 

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Sarah's friend Anna read this passage from The Velveteen Rabbit during the ceremony. I could barely keep it together then and every time I've read it since the affect is the same. 

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" 
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." 
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. 
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." 
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" 
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." 
"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled. 
"The Boy's Uncle made me Real," he said. "That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

Cookie | Class of 2018 | Wisconsin Senior Photography

if it's all in my head there's nothing to fear
nothing to fear inside
through the darkness and the light
some sun has got to rise

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Sometimes you meet people and you know right away that you're vibrating on the same frequency. Their energy and your energy are just made of the same stuff. From the moment Cookie got to my house it was like that. We clicked on an artistic level and I knew that I could shoot exactly how I wanted to during this session. She's basically the cool little sister I always wanted.
We bonded over our mutual love of Karen O and ended up jamming out to Yeah Yeah Yeah's while we drove all over town. There was no awkward, getting warmed up phase to this shoot. I think we both had the same vision for this shoot so we already knew what we were doing. 

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I think we both really wanted this to be kind of an anti senior session. None of the stereotypical "senior poses". We wanted it to be grungey and fashion forward and editorial in nature. I'm pretty positive we nailed it.

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For years I've have this vision of shooting inside a greenhouse and I've had my eye on one overgrown floral shop in particular. We were shooting in the parking lot when Cookie looked at me very seriously and said "I'm going in. You can follow me or not." and immediately hopped over the wall. And that's the greatest part about photographing seniors. They're fearless and it's always a collaboration. I'm really glad we risked the trespassing fine because this 100 year old greenhouse was recently demolished. Obviously I'm heartbroken. And I have nothing else to say on the subject at this time. 

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Someone please just use this set for some sort of advertising. I promise you'll sell out of whatever it is you're selling.

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Cookie- You already know I think you're coolest. You've got the most unique taste in music and fashion, a wicked sense of humor, and a wonderful understanding of art. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures next year. 

We can all thank Emily Olson for Cookie's amazing, phenomenal, second to none makeup job. 

Class of 2017 // Central Wisconsin Senior Photography //

If you know me at all then you know I've got a passion for empowering and encouraging women. And seniors were my first love!

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Being a teenager is hard. Like really freaking hard. Being a teenage girl? It's basically the worst. Trying to figure out who you are and what you want to do with the rest of your life plus all the pressures society and your peers put on you?? It's a lot. Each year I get to meet so many amazing young women who are the verge of the greatness. They are getting ready to start their adult lives. It's such a cool and exciting time. And the fact that I get to capture them at that stage and remind them that they are perfect and beautiful and powerful and unique and have worth beyond measure? That's pretty cool. 

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The class of 2017 though?? Seriously stole my heart. I have gotten to know these girls outside of just their sessions. We've talked about their relationships, their dreams, we've laughed and prayed together. I've hung out in their homes. I've waited to hear if they got accepted to the school of their choice. They let me know when my hair is good and when it's bad, they keep my wardrobe in check and tell me when to stop saying things like "bomb". 

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These ladies are passionate and funny and empathetic and brave and bright and some of my favorite people. And I'm already getting a little sad that they're going to leave me in a few months. But I'm more excited to see what's in store for them. These ladies are world changers, movers and shakers. So this post is a little early but congrats girls. I'm so freaking proud of you! And fyi I'm totally coming to crash in your dorm room! xoxo