The Barn Harvest Moon Wisconsin Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

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

Marriott McDowell Mountains Arizona Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

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

Florian Gardens Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

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

Hyatt Regency, Maui Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

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

Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

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

Glensheen Mansion Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matt & Dixie | Glensheen Mansion Wedding

 Glensheen Mansion Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matt and Dixie were married on July 15th, with a ceremony and reception at Glensheen Mansion.

On the day of the wedding, my second shooter, Jeff, and I started out at Beacon Pointe, where Dixie was getting ready. Once I’d captured a few details and Dixie was prepped with her hair and makeup done, we went to Leif Erickson Park and the rose garden for the first look between Matt and Dixie. The look on Matt’s face as he saw Dixie for the first time in her gorgeous designer dress and cathedral-length veil is something I will never forget. Read more

Samantha & Darrin | Wedding Day

Absolutely incredible day spending the day with Samantha & Darrin on their special, surrounded by great family and friends! Hearing their story… I was in AWE!

A short glimpse of their story:

Samantha went to visit her sister while she was studying aboard in Australia! Darrin was also there and their paths crossed… both being from the Midwest. Darrin was from the Madison area and Samantha was from the Duluth area. After nearly 5 years… these two decided to make it official – and we here at Andrew Samplawski Photography truly got to experience a day FILLED will love, tears of happiness and joy, and to see two best friends say I DO.

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Jess & Mike | Real Life Wedding

Couldn’t resist sharing a little behind the scenes of  real life wedding action from today’s wedding with Jess & Mike… the newest MR & MRS CAMPBELL!! This photograph was captured shortly after they said their I DO’s at the gorgeous Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls, WI.

It truly was a beautiful day with their family – with an overwhelming amount of candid moments and those emotions between Mike and Jess, and with Jess doing a first look with her father. Absolutely bliss seeing these two tie the knot in front of their friends and family. This real life wedding is one for the books.

With friends and family surrounding, huge love flying through the air… these two truly were supported with tons of love by all. It was a pleasure and honor to photograph such an amazing time of their lives as they became one.

Stay tuned for more photos from their real life wedding day!

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Bride | Behind the Scenes with Andrew

Happy Saturday as I write this from Duluth, MN as I’m doing a 4 day tour that started on Thursday around WI & MN photography a number of amazing engaged couples and sweetheart photo sessions.

I just wanted to share a little love this morning of a recent bride I photographed while I was in St Louis, MO. Traveling at times as a wedding photographer based out of Eau Claire, WI – I always don’t have the capabilities of sight seeing shall I say to scope out the wedding venue or reception venue prior to the wedding day. Being a wedding photographer, it’s always fun and exciting to photograph in new locations because I just never know what I’m walking in to which excites me at every wedding day. Dark lighting, bright lighting, colored lighting, lots of people, little ideal locations or spots, etc… all accounts should be considered – and being the professional I am always looking for most ideal locations for my clients to create wedding portraits such as this one.

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Bill and Chip | Same Sex Marriage | St Cloud Wedding Photographer

Today we have the privilege and honor to work with two people who fell in love for their same sex marriage. I have met Chip previous to meeting him and Bill at the St. Cloud Wedding Expo last year.  The best part is the love between these two individuals is incredible to see and to see their family grow.  We went out and caught some great images of their family during their engagement session in St. Cloud, MN. See a small synopsis of their story below. On May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed the bill of legalizing same sex marriage for marriage licenses in the State of Minnesota.  Bill and Chip, with Olivia and Landon, were on the stairs of the State Capitol when this took place and today, they will sign their own same sex marriage license. Today surround by friends and family from all around, these two will officially make their love memorable on paper. Here’s their story – In 2004, Bill and Chip met at a local restaurant downtown St Cloud where Bill was working and Chip was out for the night. Bill was the crazy stalker that kept the credit card receipt that Chip wrote his phone number on, and still has it today, though he never got the courage to call him. Bill and Chip Blog 4 When ask about the proposal, these two have an amazing story. We put a lot of thought and preparation into adopting our children and decided to exchange rings as a symbol of commitment to our family. Chip surprised Bill with a formal request for marriage on his birthday in 2012, one month before Minnesota’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was voted down. Bill and Chip legalized their relationship when they adopted Olivia, their daughter in 2009. An amazing dinner was had with 6 of their friends at Auberge du Soleil in Sonoma, California. Read more