Those late night snuggles, little coos and adorable tiny fingers and toes! I remember those first few nights and days as a Momma….it was three years ago, but goodness I remember them well! I remember watching episodes of FRIENDS over and over during middle of the night feedings. I remember the sound of little snores when Zeke fell asleep in my arms before I wrapped him for his crib! :) And I remember rocking Zeke and watching the sun rise in a quite house with the summer breeze blowing through the window! Those first days were magical and scary and wonderful and full of love as I looked into those little boys eyes! :)

And my sister-in-law is going through her first days as a Momma right now! :) She gave birth to an INCREDIBLY gorgeous and perfect baby girl, Rosalie Coral a few weeks ago and we are all SO in love! :) And I LOVE being an auntie for the first time! :) Her tiny fingers and toes, her coos and her little chubby cheeks!

HAPPY first MOTHERS DAY Lanae, we love you oh so much and Rosie is one lucky baby girl to have you as a Momma! :)
And happy Mothers day to every other, amazing, selfless Mom out there! Sending extra hugs to all of you today! :)

And ps, isn’t this song just WONDERFUL!? :) It’s by one of my most favorite artists, JJ Heller! :)

March in MN can be super crummy…..melty snow,  brown grass and “meh” weather! But this was SO not the case for Blair and Adam’s big day this past March! :) The sun was shining, the birds were practically chirping and the day was bright and cheery; maybe because the day brought the beginning of a lifetime together for two BEAUTIFUL people! :)

Aria is a venue that gives ambiance and charm that is just breathtaking for a wedding; and it was PERFECT for Blair and Adam! Chandelier-glow in every room, laughter being heard by family and friends well into the evening and a live band that got everyone dancing the night away! :) They celebrated, they reminisced, and they began together as MR and MRS! :) YAY BLAIR AND ADAM! :)

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Ceremony and Reception space : Aria, Minneapolis
Shoes : Kate Spade
Bridesmaides dresses : Jenny Yoo by BHLDN
Day of coordinator and design : Beth from Kismet Event Group

 

  • April 25, 2015 - 6:48 pm

    Blair and Adam Garnaas - Hi Emily,
    This is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for capturing our wedding so perfectly. You are incredibly talented and we feel so blessed to have been able to work with you on our big day!
    -Blair and Adam

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!!!!!