Grandma’s first glimpse of Shannon as she came around the corner wearing her 50 year old wedding dress brought her to tears. Her hand clasped over her mouth and her eyes filled with tears as she looked at her husband out of the corner of her eye. Grandma couldn’t get the awe and wonder off her face the rest of the night…she was elated that Shannon chose to wear such a precious piece of her story into the beginning of their own! :)

Shannon and Dave planned a FABULOUS day filled with meaningful traditions, favorite family recipes (YAY for midwestern salads, yum) and loads of love! And Norskedalen was the most perfect location for their big day; lush with greenery, tall trees and the most wonderful open space for their outdoor dance party under as the strung lights and twinkling stars in the warm summer night sky! :)

HOORAY for beautifully, casual, family-filled weddings like Shannon and Dave’s! :) Congrats friends….wishing you many years of hugs and smiles and endless amounts of your families wonderful salads and homemade pies! (seriously, I am DROOLING just thinking about them)! :)
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Ceremony + Reception : Norskedalen nature center
Dress : family heirloom; Grandmas vintage dress :)
Brides shoes : Toms
Hair/makeup : Ultimate Salon, LaCrosse WI
Cake/dessert : homemade family recipes
Band : Double Talk, LaCrosse WI
Invitations : Minted

  • September 3, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    Dani - You were one of my first recommendations I have to Shannon when she started planning. I knew you would make magic and you did! My grandma’s dress looks INSANE! You made beautiful photos of a special day! Thank you!

  • September 3, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Pam Schryver - Beautiful job Emily :)

  • September 4, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    Laurelyn - Oh Emily, this post brought tears (of happiness) to my eyes, grandma’s reaction is just breathtaking – and so is that dress!! LOVELY work, friend, and what special moments you documented! <3

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YAY Rebecca and Tim and yay for your gorgeous and wonderful wedding! :)

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Ceremony : Church of Assumption, downtown Chicago
Reception : Galleria Marchetti, downtown Chicago
Dress : Catherine Deane for BHLDN
Bridal accessories : BHLDN
Brides shoes : Kate Spade
Bridesmaids dresses : JCrew
Hair : Salon Buzz
Makeup : Beauty on Call
Coordinator : Ashley from Midwestern Bride
Florist : Diane Dorner
Cake : Amy Beck Cake Design
DJ : Toast and Jam :)

  • August 27, 2015 - 11:31 am

    Dani - This dress! And love the Art Institute garden photos. Beautiful!

Rain schmain……it didn’t stop the smiling or the laughing or the dance parties or the happy tears or the perfect vows or the beautiful promises as Chelsea and Tom became husband and wife! :)

Guests arrived and were greeted to the amazing (new) barn at Camrose Hill…..chandeliers lit the barn in a warm glow and the sound of the drizzle outside was a soothing start to the processional! :) After the vows, guests were greeted with signature drinks and toasts that filled the room with laughter and tears, especially as Chelsea’s dad sang a song that he wrote for the bride and groom (I mean, come on!!!) :) The day ended with the containing rain and the joy of the newly married bride and groom as they whisked away on their honeymoon adventures! :)
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Ceremony and Reception location : Camrose Hill
Wedding dress : Paloma Blanca purchased at Brides of France
Bridal accessories : earrings from Hair comes the bride
Brides shoes : Badgley Mischka
Hair/makeup : Hair District
Bridesmaids dresses : BHLDN

Florist : Camrose Hill :)
Caterer : Common Roots
Chocolate truffles : homemade by family (YUM)
DJ : Adagio
Invites and paper goods : Minted

  • August 12, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Linda Ritland - a fantastic, magical wedding of two beautiful loving people. we loved every minute of it.

  • August 12, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    Dani Schafer - Emily, these are incredible. Even the rain looks magical (and that blue suit is perfection).

  • August 13, 2015 - 9:32 am

    Judy Gack - 9042698740- Emily you outdid yourself. The photos are as close as anyone could come to having actually been there. You caught everyone’s true self.
    Many thanks for such an excellent job.

An incredible photographer marries a talented musician! I mean, how could this wedding not be full of incredible design and meaningful moments and AMAZING details? :)

Laurie and Jon are the kind of couple that everyone wants to be friends with. They are kind and sweet and full of life. They care about people deeply and I could tell, instantly, from meeting the wedding party that they are the kind of friends that share deep, special bonds with each person they let into their lives; it was inspiring to see! :)

And their wedding was full of those special people. People that they shared and did life with with vulnerability and gusto. Individually they had great relationships, but together…this couple is going to move mountains. For their friends around them, for their neighbors and family and co-workers and acquaintances. The night was full of laughter, incredible (homemade) food, wonderful dancing and yummmmmmmy pies! :)

Of course, being in the wedding industry herself, Laurie pulled together quite an incredible  team of vendors to pull off her design ideas. It was her whimsical flowers from Alluring Blooms, her custom, handmade gown from Monirose and the use of her organic colors and geometric patterns that visually made the day so unique and special. Everything was thought of and not one single guest wasn’t awed from how special they felt after leaving for the night! :) You can tell from the photos that everything was thought through, personal and purposeful. :)

What an amazing day, Laurie and Jon! I am still honored that I was able to cherish this day with you! :) HUGS HUGS HUGS to your amazing talents and incredible friendship! :)
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Venue : Over the Vines, WI
Dress : Monirose Bespoke custom gowns
Bridal accessories : Moorea Seal Jewelry
Wedding bands : Shallow Jewelers, Milwaukee WI
Shoes : DSW
Hair and Makeup : Be Inspired Salon, Madison WI
Bridesmaids dresses : JCrew, Modcloth, Ruche and one was handmade :)
Coordinator : Monica Pless
Event Stylist : A. Styled Event
Florist : Alluring Blooms
Dessert : Bloom bake shop, Madison WI
DJ : Van Rixel Productions, Milwaukee WI
Caterer : Underground food collective, Madison WI
Invitations : Monograham Paper, Delafield WI
Calligraphy : Chelsea Petaja of Oh my Deer
Farm tables, stumps and copper boiler rental : AlaCrate
Dinnerware and glassware rental : Event Essentials
Gunmetal chair rental : Lakes Area Rentals
Couch in lough area rental : Vintage Inspirations
  • August 9, 2015 - 12:18 pm

    Natalie - Stunning!

Everyone happily stood around outside, gathered around Zeke, watching  as his eyes lit up every time he tore the wrapping off of the next birthday present we gave him. Tissue paper everywhere, boxes torn open and a few of the guys struggling to get the dang toys out of the manufacturer boxes (goodness, why are those things practically adult proof?). The sun was out, we had cake in our bellies and it was a relaxing Sunday of celebration for our new little THREE year old! :)

All the presents were opened and Zeke was looking around at his new treasures with the most gigantic smile on his face, he was loving life. Aaron picked him up….told him we had ONE last present for him. “….and in seven more months you will get to be a big brother!”  I saw my brother-in-law jumping up and down, my mother-in-law burst into tears and my little boy look at his Daddy with an even bigger smile on his face. He’s slowly wrapping his mind around the idea of what sharing his room and listening to a crying baby will look like, but gosh, we are quite excited! :)

YAY for celebrations and yay for changes in February! :)