Warner Park Community Recreation Center | Madison, WI Wedding Photographer | Kellie + Rob

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Whenever you have two kindred spirits come together and one is a yoga instructor and the other a rocker...the wedding is going to nothing short of epic. Kellie and Rob's wedding is definitely one of my favorite weddings of all time! It was a wedding full of smiles and laughter.  Most importantly it was a wedding where the bride and groom just let the day be, went with the flow and were themselves from start to finish.  I knew it was going to be a great day when I heard the conversation between Kellie and her mom (Mrs Effie).  I really wish I could share it with you guys.  I will just tell you it was absolutely hilarious.

The ceremony was held at Warner Park Community Recreational Center in Madison, WI and the party was at the Brink Lounge. There were custom wedding bands, spiked bracelets and a pink fur coat made an appearance at this wedding. A beautiful bouquet that paired beautifully with a pop of purple that was perfect for this early winter wedding.

Rob walked into the ceremony like only Rob can do! This guy is awesome! The look they gave each other when Kellie was coming down the aisle was priceless. I can truly say it will be hard to find and meet two free spirited and loving people like Kellie and Rob! They simply LOVE LIFE and EACH OTHER!!!

From the bridal party photos to the toasts, there was always a surprise or a joke or a crazy face right around the corner.  This was a party of love ones and friends, much more than a wedding day. I truly mean that in a good way. It was a true celebration. Rob rocked out on the drums and Jessica started a flash mob and Eon toast was absolutely "GENIUS". What a day...Kellie and Rob you have a special place in my heart and I wish you the best that life has to offer. Congrats to you two!!

Thanks to the awesome vendors that made this day possible.

Ceremony Venue: Warner Park Community Recreation Center // Reception Venue: The Brink Lounge // Coordinator: Spirit & Style Events // Floral: Momentum Floral // Cake & Desserts: Hyvee and Homemade // Band: Michael Walters Orchestra // HAMU: Effie Kaddatz & Alyssa Dabner // Catering: Tex Tubbs Tacos // Bride's Dress: Mikaella Bridal // Bride's Dress Shop: Marah's Elegant Bridal // Bridesmaid's Dresses & Shop: Alfred Angelo & Brandi's Bridal // Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Nedrebos // Rings: Etsy & Chalmers Jewelers // Transportation: Kobussen Bussees

Winter Engagement Session | Giveaway Winner | Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo WI | Lindsey + Cody

Lindsey was our Winter Engagement Session Contest Winner. Lindsey and Cody made the trip up to Wisconsin from Indiana to partake in the session.  I can truly say that these two were amazing during their session. They were laid back and full of smiles.  You simply could see the love all over their faces.  One thing Lindsey stated to me was she wanted a session outside in nature. So the first place that came to mind was the majestic Devil's Lake State Park. Nothing says outdoors like this park. It was cold, over casted and beautiful, but filled with love, smiles, laughter, gorgeous red hair and a frozen lake. It made for a great time.  So enough about the day...read below about Lindsey and Cody's love story in the bride-to-be own words.  Congrats Lindsey and Cody!!

 

Lindsey's Love Story in her very own words:

So our love story; it's a loaded story, but Cody and I officially met in 2013. Later I actually learned that we'd met in junior high at the county fair...(crazy to think that I met my soulmate in junior high without realizing it!). We spent so much time together taking road trips, grocery shopping, and watching TV. We really got a chance to simply know each other. During this timeI realized that I really liked him, and he really liked me. However we were both to blind to see the  signs we both were throwing out there and we both were just too stubborn to tell each other. Because of the great amount of stubbornness we ended up going our separate ways and seeing other people.

In the summer of 2015 I decided to take a chance to messaged him to see how he was doing; but really I did it just to see if he would remember me. After sending that first message we reconnected and basically picked up where we had left off. At that time we both were still being a little gun shy and very hesitant to develop deeper feelings and being in a relationship. This however didn't stop Cody. He officially asked me to be his girlfriend at the end of October in 2015 and a weight was lifted. 

Over the next couple of years he became my rock and my best friend. I genuinely didn't want to be with no one else and I knew he was the one.  As time went on, we constantly joked about different ways to propose. Then one evening Cody told me he'd probably propose with a puppy. So, last spring he surprised me with a puppy, but there was no ring on the puppy. Later in the summer we decided to take a trip down to Williamsport falls, in Indiana. It's there that he asked me to marry him. Which definitely took me by surprise, since I am pretty clumsy and we had discussed that with my luck I'd hit it out his hands and it would be dangerous to do around water. However, I didn't that and it was the happiest day of my life. Now I get to marry my very best friend.

UW Madison Arboretum Engagement Photographer | Madison, WI | Abbi + Fabian

Abbi and Fabian are sweethearts who's love has stood the test of time. These two lovebirds met while attending high school in the Dells. They made through the trying times of being apart during college. Abbi was attending college in Minnesota, while Fabian was studying in Milwaukee. Even though they spent a lot of time a part they remained in love. Now they are together in Madison and are ready to start their lives together as husband and wife.  From boy meets girl in high school, to being a part while in college, to Fabian proposing on a mountain top (yes I did say mountain top), to future Mr and Mrs...these two have loved each other endlessly and unconditionally.  Can't wait to photograph their lovely union this summer. Abbi and Fabian are a beautiful couple and they deserve everything life has to offer.  Congrats Abbi and Fabian!! Let the countdown begin!

God's Little Angel

I don't know where to even start with this blog.  There is always that story that you hear that simply moves you and melts your heart. This couple reached out to us last year following a fundraising event at Habitat for Humanity that we both participated in.  We had an expiration date on the services that they won in a the silent auction and it had already expired. But once I received Josh's email and in that email he briefly told me their story I knew I wanted to do this for them.  So we scheduled a date to meet in February of this year and hearing their story at that meeting from both Suzanne and Josh I was almost brought to tears. Their story goes from being heartbreaking to a beautiful new chapter that is about to unfold. Here are few images of their maternity session at the beautiful Calendonia Golf and Fish Club in Pawley's Island. 

As for their story of God's little angel, I will let them tell you themselves...Listen to Suzanne and Josh as they share their story of heartbreak and joy as they are about to welcome little Miss Tenley Brooks into this world.

If you know of anyone who have or is struggling with this type of loss in their lives share this with them to let them know that they are not alone. That they can feel joy again and maybe share their story with others. We never know what God has in store for us and your struggles could one day help others. However,  I can tell you that He will not give you anything you can't handle. 

God Bless You Suzanne and Josh and THANK YOU for allowing us to tell your story. Until next time...Be Blessed, Stay Happy and Keep Smiling!!!

Many thanks goes to:

Taylor Sparks for makeup and hair and Kevin Dunbar of Media by KD.

Family Farm Engagement Photographer | Highland, WI | Betsy + Tim

A little back story on the couple:

Betsy and Tim met on online four years ago. Betsy had a feeling from the start that Tim was the one. She really realized this when she had to cancel their third date so she could see her Dad when he in came in town for the weekend. That weekend she told her dad, "I don't know where this is going, but I think he could be my best friend,". Betsy met his parents the following weekend and the next month Tim drove all the way to Virginia with her to meet her grandmother. Everyone knows once you get introduced to grandma, things are pretty serious. LOL! 

Things started moving quickly between them and the trust was truly building with them, so much that they started a business together six weeks into dating. Betsy says "because they're crazy like that." About five months into dating Tim turned his focus to their web marketing business and moved to Madison. They moved in together the following January 

So I guess you could say they knew they would be together and committed to each other pretty quickly. 

They have spent most of our relationship working and loving each other side by side. And that commitment to each other extends into the relationship.  The working relationship just solidifies and anchors their love even more. Currently, they own a real estate brokerage and remodeling company together. They spend more time together than most couples and get comments all the time like, "I could never work with my spouse, we'd fight all the time,". They see it as creating a life and a home together; which involves so many of the same decisions and conversations as running a business together, it just makes sense to share all of it. 

Betsy and Tim chose to have part one of their engagement session on the family farm and part two at Summers Tree Farm in Middleton. Beautiful acreage with so many places to photograph made for the perfect backdrop for part one of their session. Summers Tree Farm was awesome to photograph too.  They wanted images of them cutting down their Christmas Tree.  The kicker that it was so cold and extremely windy, but Time and Betsy stuck it out to get a few images. I can't wait to photograph these two on their wedding day at HotelRed. Congrats to Betsy and Tim!

Pine Lakes Country Club Wedding Photographer | Myrtle Beach, SC | Sarah + Colby

Sarah and Colby met freshmen year of college, on a camping trip in the Berkshires. Sarah is an extreme girly girl and was definitely out of her element. Colby a Portland, ME native, was overly prepared. Who knew they would be the perfect match. The couple bonded over Sarah's weird choices in sports teams. After 3 days in the Berkshires and lots of bug bites later, Colby took Sarah on a date. The rest is history they have been together ever since. After college the couple decided to move South and begin their life together down where it does not snow, well most of the time. Soon after moving down to North Carolina Colby took Sarah to Asheville, NC and proposed in the wilderness in front of a waterfall. Miles away and years later they began their life together in the great outdoors once again. This time it was a promise to each other forever.

These two along with Gigi Noelle Events planned the perfect outdoor wedding at Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. However mother nature decided to change it up a little.  With rain coming down hard, the ceremony was moved inside.  Sarah and Colby didn't let that dampen their spirits nor their beautiful wedding decorated with amazing floral by Little Shop of Flowers.  With tears of joy and smiles everywhere, these two said their vows, celebrated with family and friends, and danced the night away as DJ Scott and Company supplied the outstanding music. Congrats to you, Sarah and Colby!!

Thanks to the amazing vendors that made this day happen.

Venue: Pine Lakes Country Club | Wedding Coordinator: Gigi Noelle Events | Floral: Little Shop of Flowers | Cake: Janet Adams | Music: DJ Scott & Company | Hair: Salon & Spa 18 | Make Up: Make Up Artistry On Location | Catering: Pine Lakes Country Club | Dress: Susan Deborah Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Wedding | Myrtle Beach, SC Wedding Photographer | Beach Wedding | Summer + Justin

From the Bride:

Justin and I have been together for 6 years. When we met he had a beautiful 3 year old little girl, Macie, who is now 9. The day we met I was working in a small town cafe and he and his buddies came in for lunch that day. That was the beginning our path to where we are now. We now have a beautiful 4 year old daughter, Cashlyn. Justin and I didn’t want to get married just because we were having a baby. We decided to wait until we felt it was time. We have built a beautiful life together that started with our beautiful daughters, then bought a beautiful home on 110 acres 2 years ago.  That's when we decided that this is where we wanted to raise our family and raise a family as Mr. and Mrs. Hall.   So one day we walked out to the waterfall that’s on our property and Justin surprised me by asking me to marry him. That was so special to me because how much our home means to us. Now we will raise our family and live out our lives as Mr and Mrs Hall there. 

From Moose:

When I received the message from Summer inquiring about me photographing her wedding and hearing why she wanted me photograph it, I was floored. I was so honored and humble by her response. Also as I got to know Summer during this process, I realized more and more she was definitely the bride for me.  Summer has a loving and sweet soul that you can't help to love. As she talked about Justin, you immediately knew and felt the love she had for him. You knew this was a marriage that was meant to be and there was time put into this relationship like no other. 

Summer told me it's going to be a small intimate beach wedding with just a few people. I love those types of weddings too. When I walked into the beach house, Summer and Justin's family treated me like I was their kin as well.  I watched and talked college football with the men. I talked about my girlish figure with Grandma.  Grandma told me on many occasions not to be shy and fix a plate.  She tried to feed me a lot! With a family like this and a beautiful couple like Summer and Justin, you couldn't help but to simply enjoy yourself.  Summer and Justin were so in love and you could feel and see it.  And that's rare to see when a couple has been together so long. I can't thank Summer and Justin enough for trusting me to document their union and bringing me back to shores of Myrtle Beach. I wish you guys the absolute best.  And Justin you have your hands full with those gorgeous girls of yours. Invest in a Louisville Slugger for the future.  Love you guys!

Blu Moose Photography | Wisconsin | Winter | Engagement Session | Giveaway

For the couples that have a tremendous love for nature, cold and snow, this is the contest for you.  Blu Moose Photography is giving away an up to 2 hour couples/engagement session just in time for the holidays. 

With me being from the south, I've never had a chance to photograph an amazing couple in snow before. I was mostly always shooting in beach sand or around lush green live oak trees.  But I've always wanted to shoot in the snow. So why not do it now and in the great state of Wisconsin.  The winner of this contest will meet with me to go over details such as hair and make up, clothing options, locations and possible themes of the shoot.  So if you are the winner of this awesome giveaway, be prepared to be adventurous, be a little chilly, love one another and have fun!!

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Engagement Shoot Giveaway Details

This is what you have to to do to enter:

1) Liked this post on Instagram 

2) Followed @Blumoosephoto Instagram

3) Tagged a friend or come to this page directly

4) Fill out the short form below to enter the drawing for the Winter Engagement Session      Giveaway. Don't forget to tell us your engagement story!

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Rules: One entry per account, per day. Couples/engagement session dates and location to be agreed upon by Blu Moose Photography and winner. Session to occur outdoors and in snow. Winner responsible for their own travel to session location, permits and fees if applicable for selected location. Contest ends midnight CST on 11/11/2017. Winner to be announced 11/13/17.

 
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Ft. Atkinson, WI | Model Call | Styled Shoot | Blu Moose Photography

Blu Moose Photography and Love Madison Weddings are looking for models or an amazing couple (preferred) to model for a Styled Shoot in Ft. Atkinson, WI on October 17th.  With photography starting around 3:30pm.  Please fill out the form below and send a full body photo to info@blumoosephotography.com with the subject line being "Styled Shoot-Ft. Atkinson". 

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Picnic Point, Madison, WI Wedding Photographer | Kellie + Rob - Engaged

From the Bride:

Our first date was September 6th 2013. We had arranged to meet up at ‘Picnic Point’ in Madison WI after messaging back and forth day and night for about a couple of weeks on Match.com.  The sparks were already flying, our emails to each other where fun and deep and on a different level of connection than I had experienced in a long time. I got little butterflies in my stomach every time I saw a new email from him in my inbox, I just knew this guy was different. I really wanted to meet him, but I was also so nervous. What if he didn’t like me as much in person? What if I wasn’t what he expected? Or what if our connection lost its spark, and I came crashing down from the euphoric high I was feeling? But, I decided to go for it, we set the first date and I tried not to freak out too much.

Everything went perfect, the weather was perfect for a stroll, his smile was perfect and it instantly put me at ease. We definitely clicked. We walked and talked for what seemed like forever, probably 7 or 8 hours. We talked about our lives, where we had been and where we were going, we couldn’t get enough of each other’s stories. We smiled and laughed and held hands. It just felt so natural to be with him, so safe and instantly, I was hooked.

4 years of ups and downs later, Rob got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him as his wife. He was “playing Santa” at my family Christmas party, and with my entire family as witnesses, I said an absolute “hell yes!” I truly could not imagine my life without this man in it. He has taught me about true love and true commitment and how to return to those values when the going gets tough or days when it would be easier to walk away. He has shown me the type of man I want by my side as I go through this amazing life of exceptional times and of miserable times. I have no doubt that he will forever be my rock that I cling to and can trust to always keep me safe and smiling. 

So, as we are now preparing to walk down the aisle, we wanted to capture this sweet period in our lives with photos of us back where it all started, back at ‘Picnic Point.’ I think Rob and I were more nervous for this experience than we were our first date. But as soon as we met Moose, we were back at ease, comfortable being our true selves, and truly having a blast. The photo session totally exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful that Moose was there to help guide us through it. He made us laugh and let us be ourselves, and most importantly, he captured images of us that reflect who we are as a couple and our real love for each other. After this experience, we are even more excited about having Moose capture the most important day of our lives in photographs. We are so looking forward to sitting down with these photos on every anniversary until we are old and gray and can barely remember each others names and always being able to see the true love we have for each other shining through in each and every photo.

Thank you Moose, we are forever grateful.

 

From me:

I really feel I don't need to say too much more. Kellie explained it all.  What I will add is that it was a blast to photograph Kellie and Rob.  You would be jealous if you knew how much fun we had on during this engagement session.  Rob kept me rolling with laughter and there are a couple of images here but I felt I should just let Kellie and Rob have the rest of those moments just for them. Kellie has the most radiant smile and personality I've ever experienced.  This is a love story of a yoga instructor and heavy metal rocker meeting and falling in love; and I can't wait to photograph their wedding day!

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