Mepkin Abbey Moncks Corner, SC Wedding Photographer | Alyse & Matt Engaged

From the Moose: 

Alyse and Matt chose a picturesque location for their engagement photos called Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, SC. From the Spanish moss, lush greenery and live oaks, this location just screamed "Southern Love". We even had a little visit from an alligator during the session. You can see it on the left hand side of the photo above. Alyse and Matt will say their vows next march in Virginia and the venue they have chosen there is just as amazing.  It was a blast to capture these two and I wish them the very best that life has for them  in the future.

 

From the Bride to Be:

Matt and I started out as friends. We worked together and always hung out as just friends. Then one day that all changed and I started to see him differently. Matt constantly made me smile and laugh. Slowly I started to developed a little crush on him. I went through a lot becauseI was a single mom and always feared no one would accept me for who I was, but Matt did. He was different than anybody I had dated before. I could without a doubt be myself around him, and he was the sweetest man I had ever met. One night I invited him to come have a drink with me, and he did! Later on I found out he had gotten out of bed to do so... which I thought was super sweet. Everything changed after that night. Which is why our first dance song is, “it all started with a beer” we took things slow, but after 4 months we made things official as we were head over heels for each other. We built a relationship on top of our friendship, and it was a strong one. We then faced a challenge of having to do long distance for a year. It was tough, but we knew the end result would be worth it. Once that year was over, we moved in together without hesitation. He continues to be the most loving, selfless, and most caring man I have ever met. Matt has also been so incredibly amazing with my daughter and it makes my heart so happy and full. Right before Christmas last year, Matt asked me to marry him. For one of the first times in my life, I didn’t have to think or question something. I knew a long time ago, and so did he, that we would spend the rest of our lives together. I absolutely cannot wait until next March when we say I do. Then the journey really begins!

Tenney Park Ice Rink | Madison, WI | Engagement Photographer | Stacey + Matt Engaged

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From me, the photographer:

Many times I ask my couples tell or give me their stories on how they met, when they know the other person was the one for them and how they got engaged. Stacy provided me with the perfect story.  It's a little longer than usual but I truly urge you to read it to the end. This is Stacy and Matt to a T. 

I've truly have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing couples since moving to Wisconsin and Stacy and Matt is right there at the top. It will be hard to meet such a cute, adorable down to earth couple like these two. Thank you Stacy and Matt for introducing me to Karben 4 and Ice Skating.  Even though I didn't skate, it still was impressive to see a southern guy like myself standing on a frozen pond.  We just don't do that in da south! Also I thank you for allowing me to find new friends like yourselves.  Congrats!!

 

From the Bride to be:

My friend Kayla knew Matt from Michigan Tech College.  I was having a 30th birthday party here in Madison, and she asked if she could invite her friend Matt. He was new to Madison area.  So of course I said yes. Matt met us out that night, however we didn't talk much.  The next day Kayla said I should add him on Facebook and be his friend here since he didn't know anyone yet.  All while playing matchmaker, she was telling him that he should date her 30 year old friend in Madison. 

So soon Matt messaged me on Facebook and we swapped phone numbers.  We had decided to go grab a beer one Sunday afternoon, however when Sunday came I didn't feel like going out; so I invited him to my apartment.  I didn't think much of the situation so I didn't dress up, put on makeup and decided to stay in my comfy sweats.  Like I said, I didn't think it would turn into anything, so I didn't put in any effort into my appearance LOL.  He came over and was the perfect guy. Matt stayed until 10pm that night.  We had great conversation, he was so easy to talk to, and I felt super comfortable with him.

Matt asked to hang out a few more times, and I kept turning him down, making up excuses.  (I had recently sworn off men, and decided to become an old cat lady.)  I had just gotten out of a relationship a few months back, and I wasn't looking for anything.  I was scared to open up to anyone again.  I did however felt bad, because he was persistent and kept trying. He truly hung in there and I was trying to find excuse after excuse not to like him...I was telling myself that maybe  he was ugly, he was mean, this and that.  But I simply couldn't come up with a reason NOT to like him!!  

Finally I decided to give him a chance.  Our mutual friend Kayla, was graduating from Michigan Tech and invited us both up to come to her graduation party.  I was sooooo trying to drive up alone, but Matt insisted we drive together.  It was a 5 hour drive, and our first one at that.  He picked me up, and I hadn't had coffee yet and everyone who knows me, know that I am not pleasant without my coffee.  Matt stopped at a Starbucks for me and I became very pleasant and chatty after that!  However, I did have to make him stop to pee at least 6 times on the way up LOL!

The night of the graduation party we drank together, played music for everyone and just enjoying ourselves and having a hoot.  At the end of the night Matt said he was going to jump in the lake. Needless to say this was in the winter.  So I called him to make sure he wasn't going to actually do that, and we ended up talking for 4 hours long that night.  After that trip there was something special there and we started spending more and more time together. So Matt and I made it official in July 2015. 

I am still amazed to this day of how this happened and why did he put up with me making up all those excuses and kind of blowing him off? There were so many times that he could have easily given up, so I asked him one day and he said... "there were always just something about me, and that's why he simply could not up." I don't remember when he finally told me he loved me, but he did say it first.  I had to go on a work trip to Atlanta, and when we were apart for that week, that's when I knew I loved him, but didn't tell him.  I had to wait for him to tell me first!! 

My Grandma saved a ring for me, to use for our engagement.  We had talked about getting married already, and I said we could save money by using this beautiful family heirloom.  I gave it to him in November of 2016.  

Our proposal is special, because... it's us in a nutshell.  So on the Monday afternoon April 24th 2017 we had decided to go for a run down by the Terrace. And weeellll I was a little HANGRY that afternoon!  The Terrace is one of our favorite places in Madison.  I found out later that Matt wanted to propose at Picnic Point in Madison. He tried to get me to run all the way to Picnic Point, but I just couldn't make it. It's something like 5 miles! So we had to turn back, and he said let's just get a beer at the Terrace then.  He didn't say let's walk out to Picnic Point, or try really hard to get me out there.  We got a beer, and sat out on an empty pier by the Hoofer's Club.  I called my Dad to chat about the upcoming Crazylegs race.  At this point Matt was scared and getting a bit antsy, because my Dad is a bit of a chatty Kathy, and he was wondering if he was going to get his chance to propose.  I finally got off the phone with my Dad and I was asking where we were going to go to eat, because it was getting late.  (By this time it's was almost 6pm and we still had to walk back to our apartment and I must say, I am sort of a Grandma, and like to be in bed by 8pm on work nights.)  So then I started to get antsy.  He was telling me "just sit here and enjoy the sunset with your boyfriend."  Another 10 minutes passed, and well yea, HANGER was kicking in full force.  I stood up and said "we need to eat, we need to figure out where we are going."  He told me to sit back down, and wait 5 more minutes.  He started saying "do you want to get married at the Terrace?" I said, "sure, we can get married here, we can figure that out later, let's go"  He then said, "do you want to get engaged at the Terrace?" I said, "yea sure if that's what you want to do in the near future" as I am starting to stand once more, he said "no, I mean right now" and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

I felt SO TERRIBLE after that.  I felt I had ruined the entire proposal with being hungry, and not running all the way to Picnic Point.  Although it wasn't the perfect proposal that you see in the movies and on tv, it was perfect proposal for us because of how funny it turned out to be in the end.  He picked one of our favorite places, and I was just being me, and he loved me enough to still proposed ha!!

...and the rest is history.  Now I get to marry my best friend and soulmate in May. 

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!

FOR WISCONSIN RESIDENTS ONLY

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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