The wind blowing through the willow tress, the soft pink dresses, and a little girl in a soft-puffy dress….I mean, doesn’t it sounds like a dreamy, outdoor, Wisconsin wedding? :) Well, it sure was!

Talia’s soft and seamless style came through with the wedding of her dreams as she married the guy of her dreams at the Barn at Harvest moon pond. Guests were greeted with pink punch and popcorn as they arrived to the ceremony, gabbed outside under the summer sun and then enjoyed some romantic dancing under the barn lit ambiance for the rest of the night. The day was soft and stylish and so beautiful! :)

Wedding days like this make me so excited that summer is on the brink and the bright, shining, summer sun will soon be returning! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : the Barn at Harvest Moon Pond
Hair and Makeup : Kristin Ulrickson
Dress : Waters from Bliss Bridal
Bridal accessories : Meg’s Jewelry
Bridesmaids dresses : Waters from Bliss Bridal
Floral design : Daffodil Parker
Calligraphy and Paper Goods : Brown Linen Design
Table elements, vintage pieces and rentals : From the brides NEW SHOP, Quite adored vintage rentals
Cake and cupcakes : Cupcakes a go go

  • April 14, 2015 - 4:17 pm

    Talia Laird - Hi Emily!

    Thank you so much for featuring us on your blog! You are sooo talented! We were so happy to have had you as a part of our day! You truly made it so special and the pictures you took will forever take us back to the love and laughter we shared that day!

    X Talia & Ryley :)

A classic wedding under the stars in the north woods of Wisconsin; Minocqua to be exact! :) I mean, it was mere PERFECTION! :) Sara and Nick planned a weekend away for guests to a weekend to rest, relax and party with friends and family. Everything was planned within miles of Nick’s family lake-home which brought to life all of their favorite adventures of Northern Wisconsin! :)

After the traditional, Catholic mass filled with rich-family traditional and beautifully spoken vows, guests were treated to a school-bus ride (a nod to the couples high school romance) that brought them to the STUNNING reception site complete with a gorgeous lake view and custom picnic tables while sipping Wisconsin’s best brandy-old-fashioneds! :) Everyone was wined-and-dined with a yummy dinner that highlighted Wisconsin’s best summer produce and danced under the glow of the stars that could be seen from under the clear-reception tent! :) The tall-pines were filled with the noise of laughter and new memories being made as we drove away from the glowing-tent by the lake….it was a perfect weekend!! :)

AND a giant HOORAY, YAY and THANK YOU to Martha Stewart weddings for featuring Nick and Sara’s wedding on their site! :) A gigantic honor for both Sara + Nick, all the other vendors and I! :) YAY! :)

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Ceremony location: Holy Family Catholic Church, Woodruff, WI
Reception location: North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters, WI
Design and coordination: D’Arcy Theiler
Dress: Marchesa purchased from Ultimate Bride, Chicago IL
Groom accessories: Tie from the Tie Bar, Cuff links from David Donahue, shoes from Calibrate
Floral design: Evolution in Design, Wausau WI
Papergoods/Invitations: Sarah Drake Designs
C
hef: Dawn Psenicka
Cake: Bee Delish Custom Cakes
Band: Blue Water Kings Band
Rentals: Briggs Tent and Party Rental; Nimble Well
Lighting: Briggs Tent and Party Rental, Eau Claire WI
Hair: Samantha plusher of Shear Beauty
Makeup: Kristin Andersson

  • March 2, 2015 - 3:53 pm

    Marie Odden - These are absolutely stunning!

  • March 2, 2015 - 11:07 pm

    Cathy Gray - No matter how many times I see these pictures, I am still amazed at how beautiful they are. Of course Nick & Sara are gorgeous subjects (this coming from a proud aunt), but I have kept up with your website and every single wedding you shoot is just beyond words. You have a very unique perspective and these are definitely not your ‘run of the mill’ wedding photographs. You capture the whole essence and spirit of the event and the people involved.

  • March 3, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    Dani Schafer - Beautiful everything. And those shots of the tent and lights at night — amazing, Emily! <3

  • March 3, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    Liz - SO GOOD! :)

  • March 4, 2015 - 3:11 pm

    Sammy Norasingh - SO PERFECT! All those trees! Love, love love. Good job, Emily! :)

Over the past few weeks, I keep finding myself in the same place of gratitude over and over….not just the “THANK YOU” kind of gratitude, but the oh-my-goodness, woah, dance my socks off with a margarita in hand and look at my husband with a GIANT smile kind of gratitude. The kind of gratitude that comes despite my undeserved feelings. The kind that stops me in my tracks and it’s the kind that forces me to look around feeling SUPER loved! :) That kind. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such excitement in my life…but the reality is that this excitement isn’t deserved, it’s merely gifted! :)

So, cheers to an awesome month of features and cheers to a great 2015 ahead! :) This year began with THREE (ahem….three) features in different KNOT magazines nationwide (talk about taking my breath away). Joel and Allie are featured in the KNOT Minnesota, Casi and Ben are featured in the KNOT New york and Elena and Matt are featured in the KNOT Missouri/Kansas! I mean, WOAH!!!!! SO if you’re in any of those three areas, look for them on shelves this entire spring/summer! :)

AND, December blew my socks off even more with a feature on Martha Stewart’s website.
DREAM COME TRUE! :) Sara and Nick’s incredible north woods Wisconsin wedding was featured on her site, and it was a day of dance parties around our house when I saw those images live on her website, Twitter and Instagram feed! :) WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! :)

I am choosing to embrace this excitement with both hands as I virtually hug all of you…my brides, encouragers and cheerleaders! :) It’s incredible how much life there is to be celebrated when I’m surrounded with a great community (you!) as I leap for new heights and stretch my business into new adventures! :)

WOAH! What a start to 2015! :)

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  • January 26, 2015 - 9:23 am

    jess - You’re amazing!!!!! :) so happy for ALL of this and for what else comes your way in 2015 :) you’re the best and you deserve it all!!!!!

Being invited into someones story, someones wedding day, is quite amazing. I feel like I’m on the front lines of a big and important change; I meet new people, hear stories all day and watch one of the most incredible commitments that two humans can make during their ceremony! :) I love hearing guests at cocktail hour recount stories of the “glory days” during college and I love when I am photographing the bride getting into her dress while her sisters start spewing moments of her gaudy middle-school fashion. I think it’s because I am invited into the lives of two “strangers” and by the end of their wedding day I feel like I have been a part of multiple little stories through childhood, college, dating and now, their wedding day! :)

And Jenny and Mike’s wedding was one of those moments that I felt in awe of their story and personalities all day long! Jenny was beyond cheerful and full of joy from the moment I walked in (can you tell from her gigglie photos….a girl after my own heart practically jumping up and down to marry the love of her life)!!? :) I had to wipe the tears from my eyes when Mike walked his mom down the isle and waived an “I love you” to her cell phone…on the other end of the video call was the best man, Mike’s brother, while he was proudly serving in Kuwait and sending his support from afar. I also heard stories from Mike’s groomsmen of his military service overseas, about how he saved lives, specifically the life of one of groomsman. And I also had to just laugh right along with Jenny as her maid-of-honor shared stories of how they grew up together with her outgoing personality and expressive joy for life! :)

It was a gorgeous day in July for a gorgeous wedding at Camrose Hill! :)
And an extra virtual hug sent to Ms. Tasha for helping me with this wedding! :) LOVE you friend! :)

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Ceremony and Reception site: Camrose Hill Flower Farm, Stillwater MN
Wedding dress: Watters from the Wedding Shoppe, St Paul MN
Bridal Accessories: Banana Republic
Brides shoes: Cole Haan
Hair/Makeup: friend of the bride
Bridesmaids dresses: Ann Taylor
Florist: Camrose Hill
Cake: Buttercream
Dueling Pianos: Black and Whyte
Caterer: Deco Catering
Invitations and paper goods: Shannon Kirsten