There really is nothing like a small town wedding, especially one as swanky and fun as Lora and Justin’s.  A graphic designer and photographer by trade, Lora added glamor, unexpected details and gorgeous pops of color throughout the ceremony and reception that took the wedding that extra step of ah-mazing and made my job so easy!  Someone asked if photographing for a photographer was nerve wracking; I’d be lying if I said photographing anyone in the industry isn’t a bit scary, but really, I think it made the day all the more fun and completely inspiring – plus, the bride had fabulous location ideas for wedding party photos!  My favorite part of photographing weddings outside my home base of the Twin Cities is the fabulous opportunity to find and try new locations to shoot.  Between the plethora of cool buildings and amazing light in both Pigeon Falls and Eau Claire, I was in heaven!

Lora and Justin were married in a beautiful stone church in Pigeon Falls, WI, just a stones throw to the south of Eau Claire on picturesque Highway 53.  If you’ve never been to the west central WI area, I recommend you bookmark this webpage, get into your car, and start driving because it’s absolutely, unequivocally, amazing countryside.  There are rolling fields and barns on EVERY CORNER and halfway in between – and anyone who knows me well, knows I have a slight obsession of barns and tall grass.  I found myself seriously considering, more than once, whether I could persuade any of my portrait clients to drive that far for a session.  It’s that gorgeous – seriously.  But I digress.
The couple chose to wait until the ceremony to see each other – a choice not often made these days – but with excellent planning of the day, we had plenty of time for portraits, family and wedding party photos in multiple locations, and even stopped at a local watering hole for good measure before continuing on to Eau Claire for a night of dinner and dancing.

During all the hustle and bustle of the day, the bride and groom couldn’t take their eyes off each other.  It’s always the little things – a sideways glance, brush of the hand or peck when no one’s looking – that make it so blatant a couple is utterly in love.  Lora and Justin couldn’t fool the world if they tried – they’re meant for each other and are absolutely, undeniably smitten.
Gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about it. :)

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Congratulations Justin and Lora – thanks for inviting me to share in your day!

As always, if 25 people comment directly to this post, I’ll send a little something special their way as a token of my thanks!

 

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Monica and Josh met at a Chicago tavern with a Northwoods theme and it was love at first sight.   The pair had their fair share of challenges – He’s a Packers fan, she’s a Bear’s fan, but all in all love prevailed and it was a match made in Football heaven.   Through the years, that little Northwoods bar continued to be “their place”, so when it came time to plan their wedding, Monica and Josh knew they wanted to celebrate somewhere in the country that brought them together.

Fast forward to early Fall, 2011, and almost 200 of their closest friends traveled the few hundred miles from WI,  IL, CA and the likes for a weekend of festivities that surrounded Monica and Josh’s union at the Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River, WI (snowmobile capital of the world, for those of you that didn’t know).  Monica is a Graphic Designer by trade, so she planned, designed, and executed every detail down to the stands the placecards sat on.  Can I just say… Ah-Maz-Ing!?!  Coupled with the natural beauty of the surrounding chain of lakes and tall pines, the overall effect was beautiful.  It really was the perfect setting for such a fabulous couple.

I had the pleasure of being accompanied by the ever fabulous Casey V. over the weekend and boy did we have an amazing time!  We both commented more than once about how their friends and family were so genuinely warm and welcoming and how utterly, fabulously in love the bride and groom are.  It must be the Northwoods – as my husband says, “it’s God’s country” you know.  It’s magical.

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What better way to celebrate than an intimate voyage on a pirate ship?  Captain Steve provided a fabulous venue for the wedding party to unwind before dinner.  What’s that you say?  A Pirate Ship in Eagle River?!?!  Who Knew?!?!  But, it was crazy awesome and I highly recommend it!

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Man, Chicago knows how to dance!!!   The dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night – Monica and Josh’s guests were rockstars!

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**UPDATE** – I almost forgot!
If 25 people comment on this post, Monica and Josh will receive a little something special from me, so let’s see your comments! :)

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A quaint ceremony in an artfully sculptured backyard, designed and brought to life by the bride and groom themselves.  The scene for Kelly and Joel’s wedding day was just that, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  Just goes to show that all you need is a little love!

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