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It's not every day that a wedding photographer gets to photograph a dear friend's wedding. 

In November 2020, the year that many want to forget,  I photographed a close friend's wedding!  Folks, this is a friend that is going on 17 years of friendship and that is an accomplishment in this day and age.

I met Cami (her professional friends call her Camille) around my 20th birthday - the same time I met Lee (um... the man's whose last name I made my own).  They met several months before I entered the picture. Over the years Cami and I took classes in college together at UWSP, traveled together, and maintained a long-distance friendship as she built her life in Atlanta, Ga. We stood in faith for the right man to come into each other's lives... and at the perfect time, they did. Lee and I just over 10 years ago and Cami and Darren's this past November (in the midst of a pandemic because... well, LOVE!)

When you're a wedding photographer and are faced with the choice to "standing up" in the wedding of a close friend or shooting it... you have to make a choice: step aside for another photographer to photograph or shoot if yourself. After being in the photo biz for years, I have learned that the BEST way I can support is through my craft.  Being a wedding photographer... I don't know if there is any better way to serve a dear friend than being behind the lens. Visually documenting and emotionally supporting is what I know (and do best)... I will gladly set aside the title of bridesmaid in an effort to support a close friend as she enters into a new stage. 

All I can say... what an honor. 

On that note... I'm thrilled to be able to say felicitations to my dear friend, Cami, and of course, Darren, the man that makes her smile.  That may seem trite - but do not be fooled... 


To the bride and groom:

Lee and I love you both dearly... and can't wait to make memories with you both, the Finks.

With gusto + love,

Ann + Lee



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Kyle and Janine | Rose House | 2020 Wedding https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2020/11/kyle-and-janine-rose-house-2020-wedding

Photographing Janine + Kyle's wedding was a very special treat.  See, Lee and I have known Janine since she was in grade school. 

At one point, Lee and I were both her teachers.  I remember years ago she said, "You and Lee are going to photograph my wedding one day." Just after Kyle proposed to Janine, she messaged me within 24 hours. We had such a great time connecting, getting to know Kyle - who is just so obviously head over heels for Janine (and vice versa).  We were so excited to get to finally get to photograph this couple's special day.

Of course, like the other weddings in 2020, there were hurdles and zig-zags to work around with the pandemic but they were set to tie the know on 10.10.2020.  Lee and I are thrilled that they did. It was beautiful!  All that came out to celebrate made the day memorable.  I don't know what it is about these Covid weddings... but for those that pressed on.  You will forever have a special spot in our hearts!


To Janine + Kyle:

Thank you for following our little photo business all these years and still choosing us!  It was an honor and we look forward to connecting more with you in the near future!  We are so excited for both of you! <3

Until next time...

With gusto,

Ann + Lee


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Fall Wedding | Bullseye Golf Club | Wisconsin Rapids https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-wedding-bullseye-golf-club-wisconsin-rapids


Last fall, Lee and I met Nick + Emily and were so excited to get to work with them.  First off, they had us photograph their engagement session at a Motorcross track where Nick proposed to Emily so that was unique!  Second, I got they told us at the wedding there was going to be a car that was special to them that we'd be photographing them in.  Seriously, seeing Emily get in the car in her wedding dress was priceless.  Though it was cloudy most of the day, and a little cooler than anticipated beyond the obvious hoops of getting married in the midst of a pandemic of sorts, their delight for one another was beautiful.


To Nick + Emily:

Thank you for inviting us to photograph these milestones in your life together.  Your steadfastness in moving through despite all the odds was inspiring! We look forward to seeing you two continue to grow in not only your Motorcross skills but getting the Masters in education! SO FUN!

Until next time...

With gusto + moxie, 

Ann + Lee


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On the morning of Alex and Jacob's wedding, I walked into the hotel room where the ladies were getting ready, and what I was greeted with was peace.  Having photographed 80+ weddings, I can say that isn't every wedding's vibe but for these two it was.  I didn't fully know what I was going to encounter as many things had not gone as planned due to a pandemic... and rain - a double whammy!  Despite all that, it was beautiful and truly reflected Alex + Jacob. 

 


 

To Alex + Jacob:

Thank you for rolling with the punches and staying true to yourselves in the process.  It was truly a delight getting to connect with you both - and such a joy getting to photograph your special day!

 

Until next time...

With gusto,

Ann + Lee

 


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Classic Fall Wedding | Hotel Mead | Wisconsin Rapids https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2020/9/classic-fall-wedding-hotel-mead-wisconsin-rapids


The weather in Wisconsin has been all over the place this fall.  Thankfully, Emily + Kevin got a pocket of sunshine with a bit of the fall warmth that follows a dreary, cold + rainy week on their wedding day.  We had a FULL day of getting ready, to a beautiful traditional Catholic wedding mass, followed by a cocktail hour, dinner, and wedding dance!  The reception hall was transformed by Bev's Floral.  You were not only welcomed with cascading flowers from the head table and light fixtures but also be the aroma of all the flowers.  It was rather enchanting and the perfect setting for Emily + Kevin to dance the night away with close friends and family!


 

To the bride + groom:

From the moment we met you through FaceTime at the beginning of the pandemic up to the wedding day, it has been a pleasure getting to know you!  Connecting with you and watching you work with all that has been thrown at you has been inspiring. Lee and I are so thankful we were able to be apart of your day and capture all the moments that you pursued despite the adversity!

Thank you for allowing us to be there and witness it all.

With gusto,

Ann + Lee



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Destination wedding at Dane's Hall | Waupaca, WI https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2020/9/destination-wedding-at-danes-hall-waupaca-wi


Despite the pandemic, family and friends traveled to little ol' Waupaca, Wisconsin to celebrate with Carrie + Caleb.  These two should win an award planning their wedding in the midst of such a time as this!  (It truly helps when you have an amazing wedding planner like Marsha at Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events, LLC! (If you're a bride need help with your day, check her website out: https://www.stevenspointweddingplanner.com/

The thing that stood out the most to me was not the face masks, but the first look.  So many couples are on the fence on whether to do a first look or not, well, there are a few photos below that will say it all!  I love that Carrie + Caleb had those first moments together early on in the day.  They read their vows to one another, shared happy tears, and laughs - it was beautiful!

I can't wait for you to get a glimpse into their day - it was definitely their own!


To Carrie + Caleb:

Thank you for pressing on and choosing to continue with your wedding despite all the issues with the pandemic.  It was an honor to get to witness your authenticity and love for each other!

We thank you for allowing us to document such a sweet time in your lives together.  Here's to a new chapter as husband and wife!

With gusto + moxie,

Ann + Lee


 

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Destination Wedding in Green Lake Wisconsin https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2020/7/green-lake-holiday-weekend-wedding  

Lee and I had the pleasure of getting to know this lovely couple from Chicago through FaceTime at the beginning of the pandemic in March.  We all had high hopes that things would be more stable by August but as you all know, it's all up in the air still!

Carrie and Brady's wedding was originally supposed to take place this coming August, but they opted to save the bigger celebration with friends and family next year when people near and far can celebrate.  They still wanted to be married this summer and decided to move the date up to July 3 and hold a smaller, intimate gathering.  Like many couples, they had to make some big decisions in adjusting their expectations in how they wanted to celebrate their wedding nuptials.  I am loving the trend of holding a smaller wedding and planning for a bigger celebration in the future!  I mean, why wouldn't you want to celebrate more than once? I don't know about you, but I'm a birthday week kinda gal versus a birthday-day kind - WHY NOT?! ;)  

Now, let me tell you, July 3rd was a hot day but these two pressed through!  We ducked in and out of air-conditioned vehicles and shade while we took portraits in a few different locations they chose.  I feel like all of our years in shooting lead up to this moment so we could be quick and efficient AND STILL get a good variety of portraits despite the heat!

The ceremony was held in their family's backyard overlooking Green Lake followed by a spin around the lake in a beautiful Chris-Craft boat (side note: Lee has ALWAYS wanted to ride in a Chris-Craft boat since he saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade... so THANKS, Carrie + Brady for making that dream come true for him!). After the boat ride, the evening ensued with dinner, yard games, and sparkling conversation late into the evening. 

It was truly a beautiful way to begin a new chapter of life!


To Carrie + Brady:

It was a joy getting to work with you and seeing how you adjusted your plans numerous times; from our first meeting in May based on the original plans to what actually happened on your wedding day.  Your desire to roll with the punches is delightful! Lee and I were honored to get to be apart of your day!

Until next time...

With gusto,

Ann + Lee



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Par 4 Resort Summer Wedding | Waupaca, WI https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2020/6/par-4-resort-summer-wedding-waupaca-wi

Friday weddings are my favorite.  Typically they're smaller and extremely intentional, with that in mind, Sabrina + Brett had to get even more intentional with the whole pandemic situation.  

On Christmas Eve 2019, Lee and I had the privilege of photographing Sabrina + Brett's proposal.   Lee and I hid underneath a building waiting for Brett to lead Sabrina to the spot where he chose to "pop the question" and introduced ourselves to them after (it was a surprise for them)! Six months later Lee and I got to capture their "I do's" with their closest friends and family at Par 4 Resort in Waupaca.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the energy was high with the bridal party, family, and four friends that were able to make it due to the COVID-19 policy restrictions in place.  Talking with Sabrina in the planning phase, they went from plan A then to plan B, then plan C... and then back to a modified plan A! We loved seeing everyone come together to celebrate the happy couple!  What stood out to me (besides seeing hand sanitizer everywhere) was all the joy from pouring out from all that attended.  

Who knows what trends will stick after the restrictions are lifted... but I can tell you, an intimate ceremony will always be in vogue in my book.

 


 

To Brett + Sabrina:

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day.  Lee and I are so proud of you for riding all the waves that you encountered these past few months and the gumption to choose to move forward with your day.  It truly was beautiful!  We are so happy for you as you get to move forward as husband and wife!

Congrats!

With gusto,

Ann + Lee

 



 

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Woodlands Church Winter Wedding | Marrying my Daddio off! https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/12/woodlands-church-winter-wedding-marrying-my-daddio-off


 

Picture this:  two brilliant people, who had strong marriages and full families, losing their spouse to cancer after a courageous fight.  Several years passed as they walked out finding their separate new normals without their faithful partners and emotionally supporting their grown children as they find their new normal without their mom/dad.  In due time their separate paths found their way to seeing a sweet second act with a new love.  That’s the beginning of Ginny and Jim… also known as Daddio to me.

 

Watching these two together was heartwarming.  Being the only girl in my small family, I naturally felt a need to keep an eye on my dad after losing my sweet mum.  When Ginny entered, it was fun watching my dad’s eyes light up again in a new way after several years of not having his companion of 38 years.  Was it weird at first, of course!  However, in my life so far, I have learned life is better when you have people you can share it with.  Knowing my dad has a companion to laugh with and share the daily nuances of life at the end of the day brings me a sense of peace and joy.  

 

The wedding was intimate and heartfelt.  Lee and I, of course, photographed it because, honestly, it’s how I process life - and this was a big event for me.  The ceremony was emotional, especially as both the late spouses were honored and remembered.  It makes sense because Ginny and my dad are who they are because of life with their own families.  It was also special as they recognized the blending of the families - 3 sons on Ginny’s side and 2 sons and a daughter on my dad’s side - 5 spouses and 6 grandkids.  Christmas this year looked a little different for all of us… but it was sweet seeing God work through it all.

 

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my childhood home that my mum turned into a place where people would come and be revived by her hospitable touch.  I watched my crazy dad drive away with a small snowblower in the back of his car secured by ropes - the hatch not fully closed despite it being only 23 degrees.  I love knowing he is heading to his new home with Ginny while I sit here with a glimmer of excitement in my heart knowing that in just a few weeks my childhood home will become Lee’s and my new home.  Yes, you read that right.  Lee and I are buying a house… and it just happens to be my childhood home - since moving to Wisconsin, anyway.  I feel a sense of peace knowing that I get to carry on what my sweet mum started here… creating a place where people can come rest and just be.  

 

If you made it this far, I hope that you enjoy these photos I’m about to share.  They are a visual story told through the eyes of a loving daughter marrying off her dad to a brilliant woman knowing God had a plan in the midst of heartache and loss.  My sweet mum shared with me in her last months on earth, “I know God has another woman lined up for your dad.  God knows that man can’t live alone.” ;) On that note… Here is to strengthening relationships in 2020 as this world is better when we live it together.

 


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(Ann Ilagan Photography) Central Wisconsin Winter wedding Wisconsin Wisconsin winter Woodlands Church Woodlands Church Wedding https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/12/woodlands-church-winter-wedding-marrying-my-daddio-off Tue, 31 Dec 2019 20:55:26 GMT
The Great Dane and a Beautiful Plane | Fall Wausau Wedding https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-great-dane-and-a-beautiful-plane-fall-wausau-wedding


 

Well, this wedding was truly a delightful way to wrap up our fall wedding season.  Kirk and Katrina were all smiles despite the day turning from sunshine to rain. It was so fun hearing the stories of how these two came together and the boldness that came from Katrina in getting to know Kirk in their beginning days.  The wedding was full of sweet moments and good beer (thanks to Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company) that the guests got to "toast" the couple with!  Watching everyone celebrate Kirk and Katrina really made it easy to create a beautiful visual story for Kirk and Katrina to re-live in the years to come!  Golly, Lee and I are just so lucky to get to work with amazing couples - we are thankful we get to help document each couple's wedding so they can be "present" with their friends and family!

 


 

To Kirk + Katrina:

Thank you SO much for allowing Lee and me to be apart of your special day.  It was beautiful and heartfelt!  Katrina, I'm so thankful you remembered me several years after our first photo session - your senior photos!  It was such an honor to get to photograph two major events in your life! <3

Looking forward to our next shoot together... ;)

With gusto + moxie,

Ann + Lee

 


 

   


 

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Scandinavia Wedding | Milwaukee + Iowa Celebrates in Central Wisconsin! https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/10/amherst-wedding-mikwaukee-iowa-celebrates-in-central-wisconsin


 

 

For real, this wedding was full of happy tears and heaps of laughter.

I don't know what Maria + Cole's guests were expecting... but they definitely attended a wedding to remember.  

Maria + Cole were planning on being married outside... however the fall weather of Wisconsin threw them a curveball.  Thankfully Maria's parents had a greenhouse that was able to be cleared out and fit EVERYONE!  It was cozy and the air was charged with excitement.  Just before the ceremony, the bus that was bringing the guests from the hotel happened to get stuck in the long driveway.  A tractor, chainsaw, and machete were brought out to break the bus free!  I do have to say that was a "first" for Lee and me in our decade of shooting as a team!  Despite the several setbacks, the ceremony began and the happy tears flowed.  Weddings, where couples have to overcome a lot, are definitely memorable!

If you're reading this and think I used too many exclamation points... I'm okay with that.  I meant everyone one of them! ;)

(SIDE NOTE: Maria's family's home is on Airbnb - it's beautiful!! Click HERE to see it!) 
 


 

To Cole + Maria:

Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your day.  Lee and I were so blessed by the celebration and how kept to all the things that were important to you.  Watching the dynamics of all your guests was such a treat!  Your authenticity and vivacity for your friends and family are inspiring!

Until next time...

With gusto,

Ann (+ Lee)

 


 

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Saint Paul Lutheran Church Wedding | Stevens Point, WI https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/10/saint-paul-lutheran-church-wedding-stevens-point-wi

On Paige and Ty's wedding day, I walked into Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point and found Paige relaxed.  As a wedding photographer, I never know what I'm going to walk into because every person walks out excitement differently.  Paige was patiently waiting and all the nerves were under control. 

The first part of the day flowed like many of the other wedding days we have photographed, a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family, portraits to follow before moving on to the celebration dinner.  As we were moving on to our second part of the celebration, the "party bus" took a turn we didn't expect... a turn into the McDonald's parking lot.  Soon enough we saw the entire bridal party jump out and run in to order their favorite items.  It was definitely a first for Lee and me... and totally fit our bride and groom!  We loved that Paige and Ty decided to make the day their own and take that party bus where ever they wanted!  

 


 

To Paige + Ty:

Thank you for being a delightful and unique couple to work with.  Your day was classic and fun - a perfect way to continue your story as a couple.  We are thankful for the opportunity to document it!  Lee and I wish you the best as you move forward in your "story!"

 

Until next time...

With gusto,

Ann + Lee

 


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(Ann Ilagan Photography) Central Wisconsin fall wedding Saint Paul Lutheran Church Stevens Point Stevens Point wedding Wisconsin Wisconsin wedding https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/10/saint-paul-lutheran-church-wedding-stevens-point-wi Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:22:12 GMT
Camp Jorn | Chicago Crew Heads to a Northwoods Wedding https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/9/camp-jorn-chicago-crew-heads-to-a-northwoods-wedding


 

Lee and I are based in the sunny Stevens Point, WI area and were thrilled to get to photograph a wedding in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Driving just over 2 hours north, magical things begin to happen in the landscape fo Wisconsin. 

Mike + Elizabeth picked a camp full of vintage vibes (with modern amenities) and then tossed in their own creative style to turn it into something like a vintage fairytale - think tapered candles, chandelier, old books as centerpieces, etc.  When Lee and I arrived early to check out Camp Jorn, we saw people on bikes jousting, playing basketball, yard games, and others wandering around enjoying the crisp air.  It really was just like Elizabeth said at the beginning of our email correspondence, "think of the camp in Dirty Dancing."  If we're looking at that storyline, swap out drama and the talent show, and insert close friends, family and a ceremony amongst the giant trees of the Northwoods.  While getting the feel of the campgrounds, we could feel the anticipation of the events to come later that day.  It did not disappoint - tears and laughter were what filled in the cracks of the celebration.  

Lee and I walked away from the celebration seeing a glimpse into what Mike + Elizabeth value most: close relationships, amazing food,  and beautiful atmosphere.

 


 

To Mike + Elizabeth:

Thank you for allowing us to photograph such a beautiful moment in time.  Lee and I were honored to be able to capture it for you.  We trust that you both will continue on with your authentic relationship and hope that it will continue to grow deeper in a way you could never have imagined!  

With gusto,

Ann + Lee

 


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Classic Iola Wedding | Iola, Wisconsin https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/8/classic-iola-wedding-iola-wisconsin Surrounded by friends and family, Johnna and Tyler tied the knot on August 10, 2019, in their home church, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.  What was one of the sweetest points of the day for me was getting to see Tyler's reaction when Johnna joined in on a special song during their ceremony and Johnna's grandmother sneaking a kiss on Tyler's cheek during the family portraits!  These two transformed Shooters reception hall with the help of Flowers of the Field, incorporated a traditional Norwegian wedding cake on top of their cupcakes, and danced the evening away while Tyler's mother played the trumpet in the live polka band!  Lee and I loved watching the bridal party come together and celebrate with them along with close friends and family - and let me tell you... a live polka band brings out just about EVERYONE onto the dance floor at some point.  To top off all the special touches, the parting gift from the couple was honey from Johnna's dad's beehive!
 

As Lee and I drove home reminiscing the day's events, we agreed on being blessed by how relaxed Johnna and Tyler were together amidst the hustle and bustle of their wedding celebration.  

 


 

To Johnna + Tyler:

Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your day.  We enjoyed the process of getting to know you both and were blessed by your attention to detail and truly resting in what matters... that at the end of the day... it's best to be surrounded by those you love.

Congrats!!

With gusto,

Ann + Lee

 


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(Ann Ilagan Photography) Central Wisconsin Iola Iola wedding Lutheran wedding Shooters wedding reception summer wedding wisconsin Wisconsin wedding https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/8/classic-iola-wedding-iola-wisconsin Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:32:23 GMT
English Garden Wedding at Willow Springs Garden | Wausau Wisconsin https://www.annilaganphotography.com/blog/2019/8/english-garden-wedding-at-willow-springs-garden-wausau-wisconsin So this wedding is one that Lee and I will truly never forget.  Let me start with Lee's and my morning BEFORE the wedding that afternoon. 

There was an intense storm that shook the town of sunny Stevens Point and Plover.  I personally was caught in the midst as I was driving and pulled into a near-empty parking lot where I was away from trees (not sure it was the smartest idea, but hey, I couldn't see!) There was a young lady sitting in her car waiting it out and I thought we could at least do this together - I waved and smiled the best I could and popped on some music to help distract myself from the storm.  Folks, it was so intense that my body was shaking along with the car that seemed to be gripping the ground the best it could so it wouldn't blow away.  After about 25 minutes of that and trying to reach Lee by phone to let him know I was okay, I finally made my way home.  I had to drive slowly to move around all the trees and power lines that were now blocking the roads.  I texted Sarah Kate to see how things were fairing up in Wausau since they were hit too.  Apparently, the house next door to hers where the ladies were getting ready was hit by lighting which started a bit of a fire.  What a way to begin your wedding day, right?  After Lee and I got ready while using flashlights and candles we started our trek up to Willow Springs Garden in Wausau (45-minute drive from Stevens Point).  The highway was full of cars which is not common for our neck of the woods... and we stumbled upon a big trampoline in the center of I-39 - so if someone reading this is missing their trampoline after the storm, check there. 

We made it to the wedding venue just before the next batch of clouds decided to wring out.  The wedding timeline was completely thwarted by the rain but the bride and groom rolled with the punches.  Lee and I did what we could with the timeline but in the end, the Sarah Kate and Matt had to accept what was happening and remember the whole point of the day... they were getting married and that's what mattered.  Yes, a few tears were shed in grieving the expectations of what they dreamed of, but in the end, they accepted what it was and it made the day POWERFUL.  I wish I could say that the rain was the only thing that went wrong, but there were a few other things as well i.e. Sarah Kate got neon colored pollen on the front of her dress AND their cake knife broke as they were cutting the cake.  

The rain continued all the way up to the 4:00 PM ceremony.  We didn't get to do any of the organized portraits like planned and had to move them after the ceremony.  The guests were understanding and we had an incredible time working through family and bridal party portraits.  In the end, we were only 25 minutes off schedule which is pretty awesome for not getting to do anything in the 2 hours we planned before the ceremony!  The dinner on the patio under the bistro lights and the afterglow of the storm were perfect, toasts were heartfelt, and the dancing was epic.  The wedding day ended up brilliant.

Now, to all the brides out there getting ready for their big day, you can plan the best that you can... but know there will be troubles that happen you can't control... the only thing you can control is your attitude.  Feel free to take a moment and grieve the expectations that were set, but don't stay there.  Run with what it is and ENJOY the beauty of a perfectly imperfect wedding celebration. 

 


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Katie and Clay are quite the pair and balance each other perfectly.  It was amazing getting to document their day on what felt like the hottest day of the summer at that point - no one complained - just smiles on their faces.  I loved that each piece of the day was intentional and the fact they brought their sweet dog along for a "family portrait" was delightful!  The reception was high energy and filled with smiles and tears through the toasts!  What an incredible way to kick-off a beautiful life of marriage!

 


 

To Clay + Katie:

It was such a pleasure getting to know you both through the planning process.  Lee and I enjoyed our time with you not only on your beautiful wedding day but on your old stomping grounds in Eau Claire during your engagement session last fall.  We wish you the best and look forward to our paths crossing again!

Until next time...

With gusto,

Ann + Lee

 


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Happy "wedding" Wednesday!  I'm thrilled to be able to share this sweet outdoor wedding with you.  I love it when couples are so laid back that the bride opts to feel the grass between her toes as she marches down the grassy aisle to her husband to be.  Amaliya and Travis chose a beautiful venue that had some major European vibes which included cafe lights that twinkled above the guests while they celebrated their commitment to one another. Some of my favorite moments of the day included Travis' expression and tears running down his face as his bride walked down the aisle, Amaliya almost hitting Travis in the head with her ballet flat when playing the 'shoe game,' and their 'exit' done in a vintage car after running through a tunnel of glow sticks.  Lee and I truly enjoyed getting to see how much joy, personality, and celebration this lovely couple squeezed into their Friday afternoon nuptials!

 


To Amaliya + Travis:

Thank you so much for inviting Lee + me into your special day.  We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you in the process... and based on your inside joke with each other about 'David and Alexis,' Lee and I have been binge-watching the show! ;) We hope that you are enjoying your first adventure together as husband and wife on your road trip to the East Coast!

Congrats!

With gusto,

Ann + Lee