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!

Portraits: barn family session, howard, wisconsin

The last time we photographed the entire {B} Family, Luke and Emma were just tots, running and playing outside. Now Luke is on his way to passing up mom and dad and Emma has turned into a beautiful young lady full of spunk and style. The {B} Family’s past sessions have taken place at their northwoods cabin, so it should come as no surprise that this session was at an equally sentimental location: Missy’s grandmother’s barn.

The barn is located in Howard and it stands as a beautiful piece of family history. While the land around it has filled with the homes and play-sets of young families moving into the neighborhood, the barn remains, worn and beautiful, filled with memories of the people who enjoyed it over the years, their names still visible in the cement. When we photograph families at a location this special to them, the images become more intimate. It’s as though the past clings to the space, and transfers itself to the photograph.

We were happy to make some new memories with the {B} Family, and look forward to all the exciting changes to come in the next few years.

Personal Post: high tea baby shower at sepia chapel

For years, my mom and I had joint birthday parties with themes and costumes. They were always silly and elaborate with lots of homemade decorations and matching activities (like our Alice in Wonderland party where everyone played a round of flamingo croquet). It’s been a few years since those birthdays, but the excitement we experience over matching details, thrifting just the right pieces, and finding the matching paper suite, has not changed.

When the topic of my baby shower came up, both of us had the same idea without ever discussing it: high tea. We toured venues in the area, and Sepia Chapel was perfect. Gina completely understood our vision, and even offered up her grandmother’s wedding china so guests would have actual teacups and saucers. Planning went so smoothly with Gina coordinating all the linens, place-settings, and beverages, my mother-in-law working hard to make sandwiches and fruit cups, and my mom taking care of salads and all the beautiful desserts. In the week before the shower I picked up succulents and greens from Green Bay Floral, and, with the help of friends and family, every little thing was taken care of.

The shower was incredible. So many people were able to make it, even those who had a little drive to get there. We sipped tea, snacked on sweets and savories, played a few games, and chatted. Before gifts, my Grandma Claudia opened an outfit that would reveal the sex of our baby. Guesses from our guests came in nearly tied: 22/21 in favor of a boy, but Grandma was right (as she always is) and from the bag she unwrapped a tiny sailor dress that we picked up when we were in Maine. It’s a girl!

Thank you to everyone who came to the shower, for those who sent surprise gifts in the mail, and for the special people who care so much about us that they set aside time to help plan, purchase, make, and set-up all the things that made this shower so wonderful. I will be sure our babe knows how much she is already loved.

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Credits:

Sepia Chapel (venue) http://www.sepiachapel.com
Green Bay Floral (greens/succulents) http://www.greenbayfloral.net
Almond & Ivy (macarons) http://www.cakeandcookiellc.com
Ashley Viste (photos of me and some details)

Weddings: sarah & curtis, chateau de pere first look & backyard wedding, de pere wisconsin

Sarah and Curtis planned their backyard wedding all the way from Fountain, Colorado, and still every detail was attended to. The couple got ready at Chateau De Pere, and their first look to place on the docks of the riverwalk. The day was warm and sunny, and they could not have looked any happier to see one another. Sarah’s hair was pulled back in a classic bun with tiny pearl details and an elbow length veil, which gave a midcentury modern look to her knee-length dress. The wedding ceremony was held in in the afternoon in her parents backyard with a view of the Fox River, and was officiated by Curtis’s brother. The entire day had personal touches like these, and it made for an intimate celebration that was all about family and togetherness.

As dinner was winding down, the sky outside the tent began to darken a bit. No sooner had the sides been put up along the tent, and we were in a full blown thunderstorm. Guests enjoyed their yummy dessert protected from the rain, but as strong winds threatened the tent, everyone quickly made their way indoors. Breathless and smiling, Sarah and Curtis were laughing as their family handed out towels to dry off their damp guests. It was the perfect day that ended in the most memorable night! Congratulations, Sarah and Curtis!

Portraits: victoria’s 15th birthday session, beach and preserve

After setting up Luis’s senior photo session and planning for photos at Voyageur Park and downtown Green Bay, Matilde had an idea to celebrate her daughter’s 15th birthday: her own portrait session. Victoria loves natural, artistic photos that have fashion photography influences, which is a perfect fit for our style. Together we looked at some source images to pick the perfect locations – one with blue water and a sandy beach, and the other with rustic fields of wildflowers and warm sunlight. We got exactly what we were hoping for, and Victoria chose outfits that complimented her boho vision for the session. Victoria celebrated her 15th birthday away from her extended family, and we hope that this session helps her feel extra special on this big milestone! Happy Birthday, Victoria!

Seniors: kasey, de pere nature preserve

When Kasey and her family got in touch about a senior session, I had to do a double-take on her name. I’ve only met two other Kaseys who spell their names like mine, so it’s a rarity to say the least. Kasey was looking for a location that was wild and rustic for her senior photos, and we found the perfect spot just outside of De Pere. I love the intense greens, endless fields, and soft line of trees at the nature preserve, and they were complimented nicely by Kasey’s blush dress and lace up boots.

We ended up with a great day – clouds covered the sky providing even light, and soft breezes were just enough to add movement to our photos. Congratulations, Kasey! Enjoy your senior year!

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