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Tressie & Ann | Eau Claire Engagement Session

I had a chance to meet up with Tressie and Ann to photograph their engagement session in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I had a great time with these two amazing women as we went out enjoyed their love for one another. Very excited for these two as they are soon to be brides!! Mrs & Mrs!!

Eau Claire Engagement Photography

These two have the most amazing personalities and it’s easy to see how much they love one another. We had a great time traveling in and around Eau Claire taking pictures at some pretty amazing locations. Eau Claire has so many different personalities as a city, and I love how we were able to take pictures in such different areas. Some of their portraits were in a picturesque, park-like setting and others are much more urban and contemporary. It gave Tressie and Ann a chance to have a few outfit changes as well. I especially love the “You are My Sunshine” picture they used, considering how brightly the sun shone down on us for their engagement session. And did I say their personalities are amazing?! Because it’s true!

Tressie and Ann have such a natural way they connect and their smiles just lit up every picture. When two people are so visibly in love, it makes my work as a photographer easy. It was great just letting these ladies be themselves together with no worries to the world. There was so much laughter in this session! I can’t wait to be the wedding photographer for their upcoming wedding this June in such a special place. I am very excited to be working with these two ladies and look forward to capturing their one of kind love! 

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Chelsie & Heather | Stout Ale House Wedding

Chelsie and Heather were married in a beautiful wedding this past August with a ceremony at a private location and reception at the Stout Ale House in Menomonie Wisconsin. I was so looking forward to capturing their wedding since I’d had the pleasure of documenting their engagement session earlier this year at Cottage Winery in Menomonie. These two brides were so much in love, and that love was carried through their entire day.

The brides both got ready at Chelsie’s parents’ house. Once they were both ready, we staged an emotional first look with these two beautiful ladies. Seeing them when they saw each other for the first time was absolutely beautiful. The joy when they saw each other in their stunning wedding gowns was truly palpable. Both brides’ faces were lit up with the light of their smiles. Their love is so easy to document. The way they connect was so easy and effortless.

Chelsie and Heather chose to get married at a private location filled with friends and family. It was simply gorgeous, a perfect balancing of rustic glamor. There was a pond, lush greenery and florals and stunning decoration.  I love how they used a pair of doors as the entrance to the aisle and instead of chairs, they used covered bales of hay for the guests. What a genius way to add interest to an outdoor ceremony. It was elegant, beautiful and private for the brides to say their “I Do’s.”

From there, the whole bridal party hopped into the back of a tractor to head over to the nearby pub. I love how the ladies with their bouquets were just loaded into the back. It clearly illustrates how much fun this whole bridal party was. Chelsie and Heather love to hang out at this nearby pub with friends and family. What better place to enjoy their first married drinks?

We then moved over to the reception at the Stout Ale House where the brides and their bridal party were greeted with hundreds of friends and family. The brides’ fathers gave the most heartfelt, sentimental speeches about their little girls. Everyone’s eyes misted up! As these two families joined to be one, it was so clear that the love and support that Heather and Chelsie is something very special. Two families became one in this wedding and it was such an amazing thing to capture.

The sun set and a rock star reception kicked off. Dave DeVille Entertainment had the dance floor packed all night long with music ranging from polka dancing to today’s hits. Even the little ones were out there dancing the night away.  It was such a wonderful celebration of joy for these brides.

Chelsie and Heather, thank you for allowing Alberto and I be a part of your special day. It was such a pleasure to document your love and happiness as your wedding photographers.

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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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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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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