HotelRed | Madison, WI Wedding Photographer | Betsy + Tim Wedding Photos

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Happy 4th of July everyone!!

What a wedding day Betsy and Tim had!! This was such a laid back wedding atmosphere with an intimate vibe along  with an high energy reception at Madison's downtown modern hotel HotelRed. Betsy prepared for her wedding in one of the gorgeous modern suites with tons of her friends and sorority sisters around. While Tim prepared downstairs with his lifelong buddies. 

From awesome cake pops, tasty beverages and amazing food Betsy and Tim wanted this day to be remembered as a true celebration with friends and family.  The Wise provided amazing food and drinks. There were love and smiles all throughout the day and night.  The Ecolimes provided amazing music all night long.  Betsy and Tim we were honored to capture your wedding day and we wish you years of love and happiness!

VENDORS:

Venue // HotelRed

Florist // J. Kinney Florist

Cake & Desserts // The Wise at HotelRed

Catering // The Wise at HotelRed

Band // EcoLimes

HAMU // Lovely Elegance

Jewelry // Olive Avenue Jewelery, Wedding Bands by SoHa Diamonds

Dress // Vera's Bridal

Bride's Shoes // Aldo

Groom's Attire // Fine Line Custom Attire

Event Rental Co // Event Essentials

Second Shooter // Melissa Grace

Holy Hill and Schauer Arts Center | Hartford, WI Wedding Photographer | Wedding Photos | Heather & Derek

Happy July 4th EVE everyone!!!

Heather and Derek's wedding day full of laughter and fun. It was so light hearted and overflowing with love.  A beautiful ceremony just outside of Milwaukee in Hartford, WI at Divine Savior Lutheran Church. Then from there we made our way to the majestic Holy Hill for bridal party and bride and groom photos. The grounds there are amazing and make for a beautiful backdrop. Heather was stunning in her Oleg Cassini dress from David's Bridal.

Heather and Derek had the celebration at Schauer Arts Center where they laughed with family and friends and danced the night away with music from Carter Events and Entertainment. Mr and Mrs Brown THANK YOU for having us along for the ride!!!

PS I did miss seeing Callie!!

 

Vendors

Ceremony // Divine Savior Lutheran Church

Reception // Schauer Arts Center

Day Of Coordinator // Jessica Helmer

Cake & Desserts // Baked By Beans

Floral // Nicole Butler of Diamond Vu Floral

DJ // Carter Events and Entertainment

HAMU // Salon Effervescence

Catering // Country Catering 

Dress Shop // David's Bridal

Dress // Oleg Cassini

Rings // Erffmeyer & Son Co Inc

Groom & Groomsmen Attire // Amelishan Bridal

Transportation // Milwaukee Trolley - DMI Limousine Service, Inc.

Bridal Party/Couple Photo Location // Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians

Favors & Gifts // Popcorn Bar- Knights Popcorn

Second Shooter // Melissa Grace Photography

Assistant // Hailey Amber Photography

 

 

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

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!

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