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 | Wedding Day

Couldn’t resist sharing a little behind the scenes 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… I was able to capture this and sure this with them during their dinner.

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 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

Samplawski Photography | 2014 Couple’s Choice Award | Award Winning Photographer

EAU CLAIRE, WI – JANUARY 21, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Samplawski Photography as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 for Wedding Photography in Eau Claire and Twin Cities area!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. Read more

Tanya + Ryan | Croger Wedding | Duluth Wedding Photographer Samplawski Photography

Tanya & Ryan tied the knot together in 2013 with Duluth Wedding Photographer Samplawski Photography held in Duluth, MN

Details of their wedding were absolutely stunning!

The floral arrangements were incredible which were created by The Calla Lily.

The wedding dress was stunning with details beyond beautiful!

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Danielle and Craig / Chippewa Falls, WI Wedding / Chippewa Falls Wedding Photographer / Eau Claire Wedding Photographer / Samplawski Photography

Very excited to be working with Danielle and Craig for their wedding day today.

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Hiring a Wedding Photographer – “You get what you pay for”

Have you recently gotten engaged and now are starting your wedding planning? Overwhelmed already… it’s the fun and yet stressful part of planning. You are making your day just what you envisioned it to be.

We know you have a lot of options out there for wedding photographers. Those options are important because every photographer is different for one reason, there is never a duplicate of that one photographer. Read more