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Veronica & Andy | Madeline Island Wedding

Andy and Veronica were married on August 18th, with a ceremony on Madeline Island.

I started out the day photographing Veronica as she and her maid of honor, Jolene, got dressed in their hotel room. Andy was with his best man, Michael, in a different room so that they wouldn’t see each other ahead of the ceremony, and then the boys left early so that they could help to get the arch set up on the beach next to Lake Michigan.

With everything set up perfectly and the waves of the lake providing a gorgeous backdrop, everyone and everything was ready to go… except for the officiant. As you can probably imagine, there was no small amount of panic as everyone made multiple attempts to find the officiant. But eventually, Andy and Veronica decided that they still wanted to have their beachside wedding and held an impromptu ceremony.

It wasn’t until later that the officiant finally made it to the island so that Andy and Veronica could hold their real ceremony and legally tie the knot. They victoriously held up their marriage certificate once everything was signed. The later ceremony ended up being a beautiful moment as the sun was starting to set and the golden light glowed all around them. It ended up being a beautiful moment even after all that stress earlier, with the waves hitting the rocks as the sun set behind them. They looked like something out of a movie. Their first sunset as husband and wife was simply magical.

All throughout the day, I had a blast with Andy and Veronica as we adventured out into the wilderness to grab some wedding portraits. I loved being able to take advantage of the natural beauty all around us on Madeline Island. It was also easy to capture the genuine warmth and love these two share. My job as a wedding photographer is always easier when I have such perfect subjects and backgrounds to work with.

Veronica & Andy, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your destination wedding. I’m glad that you were able to get the beautiful sunset ceremony you deserve!

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Chelsea & Jack | Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

Bridgeport Art Center Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Chelsea and Jack were married on July 8th, with a ceremony and reception at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

My second shooter, Alberto, and I had a blast at this Chicago-area wedding, especially because we had perfect vendors to work with. With a genuine couple like Chelsea and Jack paired with the historic sights of the city, we were spoiled as photographers. Their love was so natural, their affection so effortless that it made photographing them so easy. Working with great people against a stunning, iconic backdrop like the Chicago skyline made for an excellent trip.

After a sweet first look shared between the bride and groom, we took pictures with the whole wedding party on the waterfront near the SHED aquarium. The wedding party had as much character as the locations we were visiting. It’s not every wedding that I see a bride thrown that high into the air! I couldn’t help but laugh when they threw Jack into the air as well. It really set a tone of fun for the day having everyone in this wedding party so excited to celebrate with their friends. Read more

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Amy & Brian | Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Wedding

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Independence Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Amy and Brian were married on June 25 with a ceremony at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a ceremony at a private residence in Independence WI. Congratulations, lovebirds! Amy and Brian not only trusted us with photographing their special day but also with their videography. With Jeff as my second shooter and Jenelle on video, we had all creative angles covered. Read more

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Jayme & Aaron | Metropolis Resort Wedding

Metrepolis Resort Eau Claire WI Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Jayme and Aaron were married on June 18 with their ceremony and reception at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI.

I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on Jayme and Aaron’s epic wedding as they celebrated their one year anniversary.  Congratulations to you both! This wedding really stands out in memory because the whole day was filled with love. From the first pictures of Jayme with her bridesmaids to the very last shots of the night, the moments were filled with joy and the shared love for this couple. Read more

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Brittany & Matthew | St. James Catholic Church Wedding

St James Catholic Church Chippewa Falls Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matthew & Brittany were married on July 16th, with a ceremony at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire and a reception at the Eagle’s Club in Chippewa Falls WI. 

Several of the family members had to travel for this wedding, and it was clearly important to both Matthew and Brittany to have all of their family members in one place for the big day. Seeing everyone come from near and far to celebrate this special day was a clear indicator to me of how much they are loved. These two were high school sweethearts and the love they’ve shared over the past ten years was clear in their smiles. Read more

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Samantha & Darrin | The Barn at Harvest Moon Wedding

The Barn Harvest Moon Wisconsin Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Samantha and Darrin were married on May 31st, with a ceremony and reception at the Barn at Harvest Moon.

These two met all the way on the other side the world in Australia. In a true show of how love can span the vast expanse of the ocean, Darrin made the move to be with the love of his life. That’s one way to prove your commitment! Their love truly knows no boundaries. Read more

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Matt & Whitney | McDowell Mountains Wedding

Marriott McDowell Mountains Arizona Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matt and Whitney were married on April 28th, with a ceremony and reception at the Marriott at McDowell Mountains.

This was one of those weddings where friends and family really came through in the clutch to pull it together so that Matt and Whitney could enjoy their big day. Everyone was involved, from Whitney’s friends Brianna and Lexi—who gifted her a trip to the salon to get her hair done in a classic updo—to her friend Tara—who surprised her with flower bouquets—to Matt’s Aunt Julie, who officiated the ceremony for them. Read more

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Michelle & Nate | Florian Gardens Wedding

Florian Gardens Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Michelle and Nate were married on October 1st, with a ceremony and reception at Florian Gardens, Eau Claire WI.

It was a gorgeous day at the Florian Gardens Wedding as my second shooter, Sasha, and I headed down to capture the “getting ready” images. Michelle got dressed and had her hair and makeup done with all her girls surrounding her and chilling out, eating snacks, and having a good time. That’s exactly how you want to start any wedding, really—totally relaxed with people who love you! Read more

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Laura & Candice l Hyatt Regency Maui Wedding

Hyatt Regency, Maui Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Laura and Candice were married on January 12 with an amazing destination ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Maui, Hawaii. It was absolutely incredible to be able to capture their breathtaking wedding ceremony in a setting that was truly the definition of paradise!!

The morning of the wedding, Laura and Candice both had their hair and makeup done at the resort salon. Once they were ready, they had a first look in one of the stunning gardens that surround the Hyatt. Laura and Candice are so very much in love, and they both had the most beautiful smiles. They exchanged notes and gifts, then we took portraits around the property. Their matching bouquets from My Flower Shop were gorgeous and were the perfect punch of color.

Their wedding ceremony took place in the Swan Garden, which has a huge, sparkling pond and bridge. There were four graceful swans in attendance for the ceremony: three white and one black. The way they floated through the water was majestic. The ceremony took place under a Hawaiian arch. The Hawaiian officiant blew a conch horn to announce when each of the brides entered. The entrance of each bride was incredible. The sound of the conch horn echoed between the resort buildings and it was so peaceful. Each bride walked down the winding path, weaving through the lush garden before greeting each other under the arch. Read more

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Amy & Adam | Holiday Inn South Wedding

Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Amy and Adam were married on October 10th, with a ceremony at the St. Raymonds Catholic Church in Fall Creek and a reception at the Holiday Inn South in Eau Claire, WI.

I started out the day capturing the “getting ready” images as Amy and her ladies got their hair and makeup done, with my second shooter, Jeff, by my side. It was so much fun to capture the excitement as Amy got dressed and every second brought her closer to the big day.

Once Amy was ready—and absolutely gorgeous—we headed out to the first look. Amy and Adam brought notes to exchange with each other out back near the water fountain at the church, which was the perfect backdrop for that intimate, gentle moment. Read more