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Danielle | North High School Senior Session

It’s no wonder that Danielle is our FEATURED senior for this week’s blog, because she absolutely rocked out her senior session.

Danielle is a senior at North High School. She has a fun, outgoing personality that made it easy for me to capture those huge smiles of hers. She’s got a great sense of humor, too. It made the session enjoyable not only for her but for me as well.

It was a gorgeous day in Chippewa Valley, with perfect weather for our senior session. The beautiful weather allowed us to really let loose and have some fun. After all, who doesn’t love getting ice cream in between heat waves? We went to Olson’s Ice Cream in the Chippewa Falls area, which was the perfect treat on a warm and sunny day.

We got a little bit of everything in this session, from the eclectic downtown landscape to the country roads and fields. Danielle absolutely rocked everything I threw at her!

Last but not least, I couldn’t blog about Danielle’s session without mentioning the fact that we got some pretty awesome images with her and her family’s Hummer. I love it when I get seniors who bring something personal to them and their families!

Danielle, thanks for an amazing session. Your epic, fun personality is the reason I wanted to feature you this week on my blog!

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Anthony & McKenzie | Two Harbors Engagement Session

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I met up with Anthony and McKenzie for a fun engagement session in Two Harbors, Minnesota, before their wedding next year.

While we hung out during the session, Anthony and McKenzie told me their love story and how it related to the locations they’d chosen for their engagement session. Anthony proposed in the Grand Teton Mountains, so they wanted to have that same outdoors-y imagery in their session. Two Harbors offered the perfect rustic backdrop for their winter engagement session.

There were so many opportunities during the session to capture that feeling for them. We grabbed some family pictures with their dog before we went to a private cove off of Lake Superior, where the ice formations on the cliffs and rocks were stunning. We were then able to start a campfire and end the day in their family cabin, cozy and warm. I love when couples are creative with their engagement sessions. Not only does it make the session more personal, but it’s also great to keep my creative juices flowing.

In addition to some beautiful backdrops, I was also spoiled with a fun, competitive couple. Throughout the session, Anthony and McKenzie spent most of their time laughing with each other and trading one-liners. And of course, I couldn’t forget their jumping high-fives. These two really were up for anything, and that made the whole session not only more enjoyable for me but gave them the chance to make fond memories before their wedding.

McKenzie & Anthony, thank you for asking me to be your engagement photographer. I’m so glad that I got to hear your love story and spend time with you, and I can’t wait for your wedding next year! Read more

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Mikey & Kate | Metropolis Skybox Wedding

Mikey and Kate were married on August 26th, with a ceremony and reception at the Metropolis Skybox.

My second shooter, Jeff, and I started out the morning documenting the getting ready process. The bride and bridesmaids were at the Metropolis in the Dulce Bridal Suite, and while we were photographing them, they busted out a full-fledged pillow fight. Then, just to keep things interesting, we had to duck outside in between the rain showers to get pictures of Mikey and his groomsmen too.

After a beautiful ceremony, we moved around Eau Claire for wedding portraits. Despite the rain, Mikey and Kate were real troopers—funny and goofy the whole time—as we went around Phoenix Park and other locations. The wedding party, too, was hilarious as they photobombed pictures and enjoyed cocktails.

We headed back to Metropolis for the grand entrance and then some cake cutting—which was unlike any I’d ever seen. The cutlery wasn’t out for the cake cutting, so Kate and Mikey improvised by using their hands. It was hilarious—and delicious! Baking Memories in Menomonie really did a good job with their desserts!

I also have to praise All Occasions DJ Service for providing quality entertainment. The dance floor was constantly packed, and DJ Paul made sure to keep everyone entertained. In particular, the DJ’s scavenger hunt was hilarious. Everyone was sooo competitive, but they all managed to have a great time.

Of course, for as much fun as everyone had, there were also some truly touching moments. Kate and Mikey’s son, Brayden, played the piano with his grandma for a special song to his parents, and Kate’s brother put in a $100 bill to see the two of them dance together as he watched from the edge of the dance floor. Seeing him dance with her from his mobile wheelchair was absolutely amazing. No matter what, no limitations should stop you from what you want to do in life.

Kate & Mikey, thank you for having us be part of your special day. And thank you to the staff at the Metropolis and All Occasions DJ for an amazing day.

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Mistakes to Avoid during Wedding Planning

Day in and day out wedding planning can be fun…who doesn’t like the idea of helping two people in love, plan the celebration of a life time. Typically I witness wedding planning being done by friends who are completely new to wedding planning; Most have never had to plan a something outside of a bachelorette party or a bridal shower, etc. It’s no easy task to navigate, so I have pulled together 5 tips that will help wedding planners get through some of the common hiccups in the planning process.

Mistakes are bound to happen – Some can unfortunately be quite costly, but most can be avoided! I have listed one of my own suggestions, as well as a few others here, but feel free to visit the link below for the whole list!

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