Haecker Family | Milwaukee Family Portrait Session

Guys! This family was basically my first “real” clients. I had recently graduated college and really the only people I had photographed were either friends from school, friends from church, or family friends. Everyone I had worked with thus far had been people I had met/known already. The Haeckers were the first clients I had that I hadn’t ever met before, before our session! Dawn and Greg put their faith in my to take their family photos when I was just getting my business off the ground. It meant so much to me and I’m so thankful for them.

Dawn reached out a few weeks back asking if I would be available to do family photos. The date she asked about was a Saturday, for me, Saturdays in the summer are usually booked with weddings, but this particular Saturday, I by chance wasn’t booked! I didn’t realize until they told me today, this really was the only day it could have worked. Cole flew in this afternoon from a trip, and Hannah is back to school tomorrow morning! So glad this worked out, it was so much fun getting to catch up with them.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from their session:

Sam + Peyton | Married | Venue Chisca Wedding | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Sam and Peyton reached out to me, they had been referred from a couple I had photographed in Peoria, IL. They let me know that they were getting married in Peoria, but had recently moved to Milwaukee. They expressed that they weren’t sure how that would work out for their engagement session, not realizing that I was actually based in Milwaukee! It worked out perfectly! We were able to have their engagement session in Milwaukee where they were temporarily calling home. There were so many beautiful moments throughout their day, some fun small world moments too! It was exciting to get to shoot at the new Venue Chisca! Peyton and Sam had been telling me about how their venue wasn’t even renovated yet when they booked, so they were just trusting that it would turn out! And boy did it, such a gorgeous space!

I love when mom’s help get their daughters ready! Peyton’s mom actually made a small alteration on her dress and then put in earrings that Peyton’s dad got her mom. Such sweet moments!

So this is where the small world moment happened! So I went outside and saw the getaway car. It looked polished up and oh so shiny. My cousin, Matt, who lives in Peoria, owns a detailing company in Peoria. I knew that they are basically the only detailing company for 100+ miles. So I took a pic on my phone and sent it to Matt and asked if Detail Peoria had done this detail. Before he could respond I found out who’s car it was and asked them if they had taken it to Detail Peoria and they said they had! Such a fun small world moment!

UPDATE: Got a message from my aunt! She used to work with Peyton’s dad! Yay for more small world moments!

I can’t get over all these gorgeous spots a few blocks away from Venue Chisca in downtown Peoria! So many pretty spots!

Ceremony: Northminster Presbyterian Church | Reception: Venue Chisca | Hair Stylist: Corpo Bello  | Florist: Cheryl at Schnucks’s for Bouquets and Ceremony florals & Venue Chisca for Reception | Band: DJ4U | Planner: Kenzie Morey | Catering: Kickapoo Creek Winery & Catering | Cupcakes: Trefzger’s Bakery | Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit: Van Heusen | Ties: Skinny Tie Madness  | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Loft | Associate Photographer: Libby Kathleen