Weddings: meghan & matt, simon creek winery and the english inn, door county

Meghan and Matt tied the knot at Simon Creek Winery in Door County this September. The winery only does a handful of weddings which made the event all the more unique for their family and friends. After a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the vineyard, guests mingled on the lawn with full glasses and an array of appetizers while the couple and their attendants explored the grounds with us. We loved photographing in front of the old vine-covered barn, tall trees, and in the rows of grapevines. The entire scene was made all the more stunning by the warm, fall sunshine.

Meghan and Matt’s reception was held at The English Inn in Fish Creek, a special treat for family traveling in from out of town. The venue was strung with lights and decorated in gold sequins and peacock accents, just as Meghan had envisioned when she started planning their special day. The small bridal party and 50 person guest list made for an intimate-feeling wedding, as well as the couple’s choice to have a “sweetheart table” in place of a head table. Guests mingled and enjoyed the live music and heartfelt words from family. Congratulations, Meghan and Matt!

Seniors: karlie, downtown green bay & bairds creek

It’s no secret how much we love fall! This year, with the arrival of baby Juniper, I knew we were going to miss most of the gorgeous color and warm fall light. Lucky for us, we had a couple sessions right before our baby girl arrived, like this one with Karlie! Karlie’s session was one of our favorites because she chose two very different locations which gave us really different looks – downtown Green Bay was all about the modern lines and urban textures, and Bairds Creek was filtered light and natural spaces. I adored her outfit choices (I mean, plum suede boots? Yes please!) and we had a great time exploring different poses and expressions with her. Karlie is on the swim team and throws for Ashwaubenon High, so we ended the session with a few photos in her letter jacket with some of her sports paraphernalia. Enjoy your senior year, Karlie!

Personal Post: welcoming juniper violet

On October 18th we welcomed our baby girl, Juniper Violet, into the world. Over the past month we have been getting to know her – what she needs and how she expresses it – as well as what it means for us to be parents. It is such a miraculous thing to give birth; one day it was just the two of us and the next, we were responsible for this new life.

I was blessed with an easy pregnancy (if we can forget about that morning sickness part) so my weeks were still filled with camping, canoeing, travel, etc just at a slightly more cautious level than before. We photographed our last wedding only a week before she arrived (with backup plans in place of course). I loved that I had a partner with whom I could share my experiences, especially as I got further along and she would respond to touches, sounds, and food. Still, little swishes of movement across my belly and a baby out in the world – squirming, crying, and learning to eat – are two very different things. I remember lying in the hospital bed the night she was born, looking at her as she slept between us in the little plastic bassinet, thinking how is this possible?

One month later, the feeling of awe still comes over me in waves. There are good portions of my day where I am too busy to dwell on it – one feeding will stretch into the next (punctuated by diaper changes) and suddenly it’s the middle of the afternoon and I still haven’t showered. And in quiet moments, when I’m deep in work or writing (or Stranger Things, let’s be real), and it’s easy to forget that she is two feet away snoozing in her rocker, I’m too preoccupied to dwell on it. It’s as I unwrap her swaddle blankets at 3:00 am that it will hit me. She will let out little squawks, arch her back, stretch her arms, and open her eyes, and I will think, wow, this is my baby.

There are so many worthwhile experiences in life, and rather than feeling that parenthood has trumped them all, I just feel like it has made each of them more valuable. I am looking forward to sharing so many things with Juniper – imparting a love of art, music, travel, and the outdoors, as well as watching her discover things to love all her own. But for now, we’re immersing ourselves in this newborn stage and learning to be flexible beyond our expectations so we can appreciate it, mess and all.

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Photos by KP Photography http://www.kirstenpetersonphotography.com

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Weddings: cora & eric, olde 41 vandervest, green bay

Cora and Eric’s wedding is one that I have just been bursting at the seams to share! We loved everything about it – the soft lavender bridal gowns, outdoor ceremony along Duck Creek, and all the little details (like the succulent takeaway gifts!) From the moment we arrived that morning it was clear how much time and heart Cora and Eric put into planning their wedding day.

Both the ceremony and reception were held at Olde 41 and after a handful of pictures the bridesmaids were back inside watching guests and groomsmen arrive from the windows. After some last minute moments with mom and a beautiful ceremony, the bridal party packed into the trolly and headed for Lambeau Field. Our favorite photos were taken back at Vandervest as the golden fall light passed across the creek. Cora and Eric are so sweet together and we loved capturing how they care for one another. Congratulations, Cora and Eric! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness!

Seniors: kellen, voyageur park de pere

Kellen’s senior session was one of the last we photographed before going on maternity leave.   The leaves were just starting to change and the sky had the soft moody tone it gets in fall. It was the perfect day for portraits. We chose Voyageur Park in De Pere as our location because it offered greenery, waterfront, and more industrial looks. Diverse locations like that make for sessions with good variety. Kellen was a natural in front of the camera and we had a blast capturing his personality and making timeless images. Since it had been years since their last family portrait, the {K} Family decided to add on a mini family session and include Kellen’s brothers, Jamie and Reed. Enjoy your senior year, Kellen!

Personal Post: our maternity photos

On Friday we hit our 38th week of pregnancy. The doctor says this little girl could arrive at any time now, which means I am editing photos like a maniac and Ben is cleaning the house like mad! It’s all very exciting and terrifying. How strange that one day you can be pregnant, carrying a squirmy little thing inside of you, and the next day you can be a parent.

As we go into our last weeks, days, or hours of this stage of the adventure, I wanted to share some photos from our maternity session with KL Creative at High Cliff Park. I imagined something boho and cozy and we are so excited to have these special images to cherish this milestone.

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Special thanks to:
Photographer – Kayla with KL Creative
Florist – Nichole with Petal Pusher

Seniors: mckenna, ashwaubenon high school swim team

Having attended a small country high school myself, there are all sorts of academic clubs, social groups, and sports opportunities that I get to learn about from the students in the Green Bay area. Being as my school was small and many miles away from the nearest pool, the one swimmer who attended actually swam on a nearby school’s swim team. So talking with McKenna about competing on swim team, teaching lessons, and lifeguarding was entirely new (and interesting) to me.

McKenna swims for Ashwaubenon High School, and they have the most incredible new pool with lane lines in their school colors, and big windows that let in bright, natural light. When she mentioned doing senior portraits in her warm up gear, we thought that was a great idea! We love when seniors want to do something personal because it makes their images that much more unique. Congratulations to McKenna on her senior year, and best wishes for the rest of her swim season!

Engagements: lauren & zach, green bay botanical gardens

I met with Lauren and Zach over drinks at Kavarna in downtown Green Bay, only to find out that’s where they had their first date nearly four years earlier. They gathered for tea which blossomed into a relationship built on so many things they share: biking travel, music, and spending time outdoors. Although their engagement session date predicted lots of rain, we ended up with a bright, clear day to walk around Botanical Gardens, take photographs, and chat about their wedding plans. We are looking forward to kicking off our 2018 season wedding with them at Meyer Theatre and Tundra Lodge this April. Best wishes and happy planning, Lauren and Zach!

Portraits: beach maternity session, waiting for baby alena

Elizabeth was turning two and Rachel and John were expecting their second baby girl – so much to celebrate! Lizzy loved playing in the sand and patting her baby sister, and we loved the sweetness of three of them (soon to be four) snuggled up together. Together we explored the beach, watched seagulls, and chased Lizzy down the boardwalk. It was a beautiful evening to celebrate milestones.

Weddings: theresa & ben, st. mary’s church and oshkosh convention center

Theresa and Ben are the sweetest couple. They are thoughtful and organized and just the best to work with. They even sent us a card with a Starbucks gift card to cover our morning coffee – seriously, the best. So, when Theresa called the day before their wedding, to say that disaster had struck and their reception could no longer be held at the hall they reserved, it was no surprise that they were handling the situation with patience and grace. In less than 24 hours they had new venue and everything was completely stunning: twinkle lights, uplighting, thoughtfully dedicated tables, and lots of little details. If you didn’t have to change the address in your gps, you would never have known it was not the plan.

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh, the bridal party packed up and drove to Doty Park in Neenah where we could take advantage of the sunny day surrounded by willow trees and waterfront. The day may not have gone exactly as planned, but it was exactly how it was meant to be. Congratulations, Theresa and Ben!

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