James + Megan | Married | Fort Wayne, Indiana Wedding

Last year I got a text from my brother telling me that he had given my name to one of his coworkers after having a conversation about wedding planning. Both my brother and his coworker were newly engaged and were discussing how overwhelming the start of wedding planning is, how stressful and surprising some of the pricing was. My brother, being the awesome older brother that he is, started to tell James all about how important a wedding photographer is, and how it’s worth the investment, etc. (proud sister moment!) Oh and if any of you are in need of sound or music equipment/need a Sweetwater rep, let me know! I know a guy ;)

I was so pumped to be able to kick off my 2019 wedding season with James and Megan! They are such cool, down to earth, sweet, generous, funny people! Bonus points for it being an excuse to go down and visit my brother for the weekend and explore Fort Wayne a bit!
They had so many personal details included into their day (wedding bands that they traveled to make and hammer out themselves. Favors from a company they fell in love with while celebrating their engagement in Calgary. James’ suit is actually from a company here in Milwaukee, that he discovered when they were up here for their engagement session!)

It was really important to Megan + James that their awesome animals were involved. Mordecai and Jules were ring bearer and flower girl respectively. And they even got married on a farm so that they could include Megan’s horse Pilot in their day! It was the perfect setting for a wedding!

Megan was literally jumping for joy as we were getting set for the first look! 😭

Jules and Mordecai were enticed to make it to the end of the aisle with a Kong filled with peanut butter. It was so funny seeing their two different personalities come out with their very different styles. Jules had a lay down and relax way of going about it. Mordecai had a “excitedly lick it away” approach 😝

Megan + James have a secret handshake (just solidifying that they’re couple goals) and they incorporated it in to their ceremony (oh also, if you didn’t notice, they did Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who read their vows first!)

Can you say “squad goals?”

BRB, I’ll just be over here being obsessed with these two.

Can we just discuss this photo ^^^ I arrived a minute or two behind the bus with the wedding party (I blame being from out of town and not knowing the fastest route) and my awesome associate photographer started shooting and snagged this photo and I’m obsessed!

Ceremony: Kress Creek Farm | Reception: Welch’s Ale House | Hair: Abby Leffler | Make-Up: Blush Bridal & Beauty Boutique | Florist: Four Seasons DIY Florist | D.J.: Jarvis Foster | Catering: Caliente Cuban | Cake Artist: D-lightfuls Catering | Paper Goods: Botanical Paperworks & Lindsay Neilson | Dress: Ashley & Justin Bridal | Tux: NL Suits Milwaukee | Bowties: Bohemian Revolt | Bride's Shoes: Rothy’s | Bridesmaids: Mod Cloth + Morning Lavender | Wedding Favors: Field Kit (candles) | Associate Photographer: Mysi Grubbe

Matt + Erica | Engaged | Chicago Engagement Session

I met Erica back in 2015 at her cousin’s wedding (I still think about how awesome Alex + Becky’s backyard tent wedding was!) where she was a bridesmaid, so of course I was thrilled to hear from her when she was looking for a wedding photographer!

Okay, so this is the second time that I have had a Chicago Engagement session booked for early January and it has ended up being in the high 50ºs! (the first was Mike + Felicia’s) When you schedule a January engagement session, you are fully expecting to have frigid weather and buckets of snow, so I have no idea what the odds are that I ended up with two perfect days that you absolutely wouldn’t guess were shot in January!

One of the only things Erica mentioned wanting in her photos were pretty Christmas lights. We had found the cafe lights along the river and were excited about that, especially since this was just after New Years so we weren’t sure if any would still be up. But right as we wrapped up our session we spotted a bunch of trees beautifully wrapped with lights, there wasn’t a ton of light still available, but I’m so glad we ran over and grabbed these last few pics!