Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Madison, WI Wedding Photographer | Engagement | Photos

Aly and Mike love Iowa a weird amount. Maybe because Aly was Miss Iowa in 2014 or because Mike loves eating Hy-Vee Chinese food, but mostly because their stories intersected at the University of Iowa in 2011. Mike and Aly met first as part of the same scholarship program and started dating in their sophomore year of college in 2013 after Mike impressed Aly about playing the tuba in high school. 

They now live in Madison, Wisconsin where Mike is in medical school at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Aly works in Implementation Services at Epic. They share a passion for the state of Iowa and a love for hiking, family, reading, Mike's mustache, Game of Thrones, and for each other. 

Mike and Aly will soon be heading to the next journey as Mike finishes medical school in 2019 and heads into a medical residency. The years and distance from Iowa change with time, but Mike and Aly are extremely excited to head into marriage. 

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. 

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!

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!

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:

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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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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!

Wisconsin Engagement Photography | Downtown Madison, WI | Memorial Terrace Union | Engagement Photos | Claire & Pete

 

This was a fun engagement session with a fun and beautiful couple. Claire and Pete were our winners of the Wisconsin Engagement Session Giveaway. I love the fact these two chose to do their engagement session in Downtown Madison. With me being new to the area, Claire and Pete were able to show me things in Madison that I've yet to see and that was incredibly awesome.  Photographing downtown and on the grounds of the State Capitol was amazing in itself with the large trees and bright stone of the capitol's step. Then we walk the streets a little for more shots until we made it to the renowned Memorial Union Terrace. If you haven't been, you have to go.  It is an AWESOME experience.

Being around these two is infectious.  You can't help but to have a good time.  The love they have for each other is outstanding to witness.  Also the love Claire has for wonderful head of hair is so funny and awesome at the same time. (Sorry Claire, I had to throw that in there). When Pete is with Claire, the smile that she has is brighter than the sun itself.  You see the love, the joy, the affection they have towards one another. The look that Pete get's in his eyes when he looks at Claire is simply mesmerizing. You just know he adores and loves her infinitely. You can't help but to fall in love with these two.

So a big thanks to our winners Claire and Pete for being awesome, gracious and simply beautiful for their engagement session.  I wish you the best that life has to offer for years to come!

Wisconsin Engagement Photography | Paquette Park | Portage WI | Engagement | Photos | Heather + Derek

Heather and Derek met at Cabelas at the end of 2014 during the holiday season. Heather had been working there since summer of 2013 after not having any luck in the chiropractic field at that time. Derek decided to go a different career path (he was tired of working 2nd shift) so the part-time job kept him occupied while attending technical school. At first Heather was upset the chiropractic job didn't work out; however, looking back on it now she realizes it was meant to be because they never would have crossed paths if it weren't for Cabela's.

The first time Heather saw Derek at Cabela's as a new employee she  was immediately attracted to him. In her mind she stated that she said to herself, "Yup, I want to date him". Heather would purposely go out of her way to run into Derek and smile every time she would see him. She knew something was there for her because this was unusal for her to do, because she tends to be more on the shy side. However, with Derek everything was different, much different. She told another co-worker who happened to be a life long friend of her dad about the crush she had on Derek and it didn't take long before word got to him and they exchanged numbers. To find out Derek was very much into to Heather as well. So Heather was relieved to find out he felt the same way. Then the journey to where they are today started to flourish.  After 2 years of dating and making countless memories together, the end of 2016 became very eventful as everything happened all at once. Before they knew it they were in different careers and working full time jobs as a boilermaker and chiropractic assistant, so the moved on from Cabela's. Then came along their loving child (of the 4 legged kind) their beloved puppy Callie, then moving in together. At this point things were good for Heather and Derek, but it was about to get even better.  A friend and former employee from Cabela's who worked alongside Derek also worked at a jewelry store designed Heather's gorgeous and unique engagement ring. On December 17, 2016 Heather came home from work and saw that Callie was running down the stairs to greet her with a big bow around her neck. Derek told me to check out her new tag that said, "Will You Marry Me?" on it. The ring was tied around the bow. Heather was so in love the proposal and knew then she would be marrying the man that stole her heart at Cabela's. Heather and Derek so excited and cannot wait to be married in May of 2018, to start and experience a lifetime of happiness and unconditional love. 

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