Monday, April 26, 2010

Jonathan and Ginny :: Engaged!

Jonathan and Ginny struck me as two people that are at the core of their beings comfortable with each other. The kind of couple that could go on vacation, sit by a pool in comfortable silence and have the best time doing it. The kind of couple that has no pretense, no "best face", or any mode other than just THEM. They are calm people. Not a boring calm, but a settling calm....a relaxed calm. They look at each other when they talk, like they are sharing deep secrets through their eyes. Ginny smiles and her whole face sparkles. Jonathan laughs and you can't help but be drawn in an laugh yourself. Jonathan holds Ginny like a treasure, something to be held delicately but passionately. And together? They are beyond beautiful.

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Ginny braved the 45 degree Chicago weather (hey, she's from Green Bay so she's tough!). The dress was the perfect companion for the flowers that have finally come out.

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Happy happy love.

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And Ginny? I think you're gorgeous. I could have taken photos of you for hours and hours.

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I can't wait for September!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ginny and Jonathan :: Sneak Peek!

This has been a crazy insane week complete with more doctors offices with Nick, several shoots, and massive rearranging/reorganizing in my house this weekend. I'm sitting here, in front of my computer, and couldn't resist flipping through Ginny and Jonathan's engagement shoot. There are more to come, but I had to post a quick sneak peek. My camera loves these two people. And they love each other. It's a good combo :)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mark and Erin :: Married!

Okay! For everyone that has been oh so patiently waiting..... I present to you Mark and Erin!

When I did Mark and Erin's engagement shoot, I was struck by how they interacted together, followed quickly by an intense desire to be great friends with them. I remember thinking how beautiful it was to watch them together because Mark was full of such complete adoration for this woman. I remember loving how he could pull a smile from her that I knew she saved only for him. And I remember being really excited to be with them on their wedding day. Last Saturday marked that day! And I'm distinctly pleased to announce that all those traits I remember about Erin and Mark have only grown stronger and more pronounced.

Erin is just such a beautiful soul. She's someone that I'd love to sit close to for several hours, over a pot of coffee and talk. She's someone that makes you feel like she'd be perfectly content to do that with you. She's quiet and calm. She has a smile that makes her eyes crinkle up at the corners and her eyes sparkle. She's uses 100% of her attention when she interacts with you. She made a stunning bride - one that Mark couldn't keep his eyes off of all day.

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And then there's Mark. Mark loves people. He loves to talk, he loves to laugh, he loves to be insanely crazy with his correspondingly insanely crazy friends. He is passionate, quick to smile, and is madly, crazily, totally in love in the middle of it all. Mark strikes me "that guy" - the life of the party guy. The guy that walks into a room and the energy levels jump. And I love watching him in love with this gorgeous woman he married.

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Mark had the craaaaziest wedding party. These men were...crazy. I can think of no better word. This photo was their idea, and I'm pretty sure I heard a bit of giggling as they got ready for it :)

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Yes, Mark is friends with these boys...

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I love these two people.

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Mark and Erin - I hope you are relaxing on the beach and napping at ten o'clock in the morning. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your day. Everything was lovely, and I love that I got to spend it with you!

Enjoy the slideshow - set to Mark and Erin's first dance song!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wedding Vows and a Sneak Peek!

"Do you...take this man...in sickness and in health..." Thankfully Nick isn't long term sick, but we have spent the last week learning a LOT about kidney stones - or "man labor" as we've been told it's referred to. Our education started with the ER last wednesday, continued by 13 hours in the hospital last Sunday, and followed up by some sort of shock wave treatment tomorrow. I'm hoping there is no final, because I'm just a tad bit too exhausted to take in more information on the subject! This poor man has been in so much pain and discomfort the last week - and all I can do is rub his head, and keep the vicodin flowing. I'm pretty sure this whole experience has been more emotionally traumatizing for me than for him!

In the middle of doctors and hospitals and pharmacy's - I got to spend the most LOVELY day with Mark and Erin on their wedding day. Lake Geneva provided a gorgeous backdrop for their day, coupled with the most hysterical wedding party, and a beautifully in love bride and groom. Sneak peek!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Workspace

It's been beautiful this weekend. The kind of beautiful that reminds those of us in the midwest that winter will end, and warm weather will come back to us. The kind of beautiful that makes you want to put every responsibility aside and sit outside with a book that ends up not being read, but instead you take a nap. THAT kind of beautiful. I have found myself extremely grateful for this weekend!

In appropriate recognition of this weather, I was sitting on my couch watching friends, reading my newly arrived Real Simple magazine, and waiting for my bright pink nail polish to dry The open windows were rustling the miscellaneous papers around, drawing my attention to my blissfully neat desk. THEN I started thinking that wedding season starts next weekend, and my desk will probably not be neat again for another 9 months - a sacrifice I'm extremely excited to make! I have an "inspiration board" of sorts that hangs over my desk. I've got a few images I've ripped from magazines, photos of family and friends, miscellaneous quotes that have hung on my heart enough to earn a spot on the board, and two cards that make me smile every time I see them. I've deliberately made my board a mix of many things, because I am more than just a photographer, and I'm a photographer for more than one reason, and in more than one way. I love looking at my board and seeing all these aspects of my life together.

A few highlights of my board?

Top left: a photo that the beautiful Abigail Smith took for us during our engagement shoot - a photo of my first nephew, more current photos of Nick and I, and photos of my sisters and I.

Lower right: quotes - among my most favorite? "the first step to getting the thing you want out of life is this: Decide what you want" (Ben Stein), "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." (Robert Frost). "For some moments in life, there are no words." (David Seltzer) and my current favorite "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." (Anais Nin).

Middle-ish: two cards that say "A great many things can be resolved with kindness, but there are some things that just require cake" and "I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world" (HECK YES!)

The rest of the board are images that jump at me and are just gorgeous.

I love this board. I love that my heart connects with this board. I love that the board is covered by the fabric we used at our wedding for our guestbook photos. It's everything important to my life tied together. And I just love it.

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I'm going back to my couch now to wait for my husband to come home so we can go shopping out in this gorgeous weather. Happy Sunday to you, friend!