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UW Eau Claire Davies Center Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Meghann & Stan

Meghann and Stan were married on August 18 with a gorgeous ceremony at St. Raymond’s Church in Fall Creek followed by a reception at UW Eau Claire Davies Center. It was so much fun to be the wedding photographer for this summer celebration of love.

Meghann and Stan’s 8/18/18 Wedding

I love when weddings have special meaning to their dates, so I was not surprised that 81818 was a popular wedding date! There’s no excuse to forgetting your wedding anniversary when you choose such a memorable wedding date! That morning, Jeff, my second shooter, and I started out at St. Raymond’s Church in Fall Creek, WI. When we arrived, Stan and his groomsmen were having guy time and hanging out in the parking lot while the girls were inside the church getting ready for this momentous occasion.

An Emotional Fall Creek Ceremony at St. Raymond’s Church

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Metropolis Skybox Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

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.

Metropolis Skybox Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

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Ashley & Brandon | Autumn Engagement Session

I met up with Ashley and Brandon this fall for an autumn engagement session in the Eau Claire area.

It was the perfect fall day for an engagement session… couldn’t have asked for a better day! The colors were at their prime, and the surroundings looked like something out of a catalog. I always love when Mother Nature puts on a show like this; it makes the sessions even more beautiful.

Of course, this fall explosion also perfectly exemplified who Ashley and Brandon are as people. They love being outdoors together and consider each other to be their partners in crime. With that kind of adventurous spirit and nature-loving sense meshing so well with my subjects’ passions, what more could you ask for as a photographer? They were totally at home outside, and totally at home with each other.

I love couples like this who don’t have to be prompted to be affectionate with one another. Brandon could hardly keep from kissing Ashley and showing his love for her, and Ashley was right there with him, flirting with him and generally being an excited bride-to-be. Whether it was cheek kisses or dips, they were up for anything.

I particularly like the images of the two of them kissing with the light shining through the trees just right. Moments like that only happen when everything lines up just so—so when I saw it, I knew I had to get that light!

Brandon & Ashley, thank you for trekking out through the woods with me to get these amazing engagement images. I am so excited for you to be married next year and hope that your love only continues to grow.

eau claire autumn engagement session andrew samplawski photography

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Metrepolis Resort Eau Claire WI Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

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

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