September
16

Drama, Bed Rest and oh yeah, another mini!

You might have noticed blog posts and other communications (facebook, twitter, instagram) have been notably….light….as of late.

I wanted to fill you in on the why.

If you follow me elsewhere, you might know we are expecting our second child this winter!  (Yes, that’s the awesome part)  The not so great part is this pregnancy has come with a dangerous condition called Placenta Previa.  Basically, it can cause random hemorraging and early labor.  It was just that which sent me rushing to the hospital (in an ambulance no less) about three weeks ago and also which got me a four day stay at “hotel medical” (the hospital).  I was fine, baby was fine, (thankfully!) they just had to get the bleeding to stop, and keep me for ongoing monitoring.   I came home and then three days later ended up right back in the hospital with the same problem.  Five days of monitoring this time, and my doctor sent me home with extreme caution and a whole lot of restrictions.

Sadly, I’ve been placed on modified bed-rest.  So, I can sit around and do anything that involves sitting, walk to the bathroom once in awhile, then sit around some more.  And all that sitting has to happen within 30 minutes of the NICU, just in case.  I am allowed some brief field trips with Hubby to Target or the Studio or such – but I’m stuck in a wheelchair for anything more than a brief walk from the car to a door.  I make light of all of this as a way of coping with it – but truly this is a precarious condition, and our number one goal right now is staying pregnant so this little one gets all the chances she needs (yes, it’s a girl!) to grow.

It’s pretty impossible to shoot an entire wedding sitting down.  It’s doubly hard when most of my weddings happen well outside that 30 minute zone.

So, what to do?

We hit the ground running (metaphorically speaking) very quickly once we knew my temporary limitations to ensure all of my clients were taken care of.   Right from the hospital room, I started matching up clients with the best photographers I knew of similar style to replace myself.  Everyone’s wedding and photo shoot is covered and everyone is happy.

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(a few iPhone shots from our stay at ‘Hotel Medical’ with all the excellent care I received from our daughter ‘Dr. Sloane’)

It was no easy task, but I can attest that we have an amazing photography community in this area.  Photographers jumped to my aid, rearranged their schedules, shuffled shoots, and offered so much support.  When clients used to ask me in consultations what would happen if I couldn’t make it to their wedding – I used to laugh and knock on wood.  I had never missed one!  But I also described the great emergency system we have in place here.  Little did I know I would put that system into practice!

So, other photographers are showing up at my weddings this fall as temporary associates (and my regular associate photographer is taking on several of them too). They’ll do the shooting, but I’m still editing, talking with clients, organizing wedding day schedules, designing albums. etc.

I can’t tell you how much it pains me to miss out on these celebrations.  I take on only a limited number of clients each year so that I can give them the attention and foster the sort of relationships I feel they deserve.  Watching someone else capture that important day – it’s hard and I spend my Saturdays feeling like the kid that didn’t get chosen for dodgeball.

Playing on the sidelines is not a strength of mine.   But one strength I do have is rising to a challenge.  And that’s how we’ve chosen to see this – a challenge to meet.  We have eight weeks to go until our baby can be safely delivered, and I have every intention of following my doctor’s orders so that can happen.

Not to worry, none of this slows us down one bit for 2015.  The calendar is filling up quickly for weddings, and I’m still meeting with new clients and filling in available dates.  I’m so anxious to get my camera back in my hands and start capturing stories again!

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(various iPhone pictures from our time at ‘hotel medical’)

 

August
27

Pier Wisconsin Wedding | Discovery World Wedding | Anne & Ian

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When I think back on Anne & Ian’s wedding day I think of one descriptor.  It’s the same one I think of for the two of them actually.  FUN.  Serious, serious fun.  What’s funny about this is that I think when you first encounter them, this quality of theirs isn’t immediately apparent.  They are professional, polished, even a touch reserved.  But it doesn’t take long to dig beneath that thin veneer and find that at their root is a giggly, goofy, fun-loving couple.  And if that adage is true – the one that says you are a composite of those you hold dearest – it’s no wonder this is their most endearing quality.  Just one glance at the family and wedding party photos below should tell you they are surrounded by a group that personifies fun in every conceivable way.  Even their priest brought a sense of lightness, fun and very personable love to their ceremony.  From my favorite shot from their engagement session as their welcome sign to the reception, to the spontaneous dance break right on the pier, to the rockin’ party courtesy of The Michael Walters Orchestra – scroll on down and join the party!

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Credits:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Pier Wisconsin

Florist: Fresh Design

Band: Michael Walter’s Orchestra

Bride’s Gown: Mikaella, Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor

Groom & Groomsmen Suit: Joseph A. Banks

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair/Makeup: Salone

Band: Michael Walters Orchestra

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August
25

Villa Terrace Wedding | Li Na & John

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A morning wedding at Villa Terrace is a special kind of affair.  Li-Na and John brought so much style and sophistication to the idea that I can’t possibly show you enough pictures of the beauty that surrounded them on this fine summer morning.  Top Shelf Events helped pull it all together with panache as well – a brunch reception, dancing on the terrace in the mid-day sun, punchy red parasols and chinese lanterns, mint green and gold touches everywhere, their favorite novels subtly celebrated, rustic yet elegant florals by the incomparable Marius Bell, a first look in my favorite room of this Italian mansion, personal vows so beautifully written, (and for Li-Na – recited in Chinese)….all make this one wedding I’ll never forget!

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The Credits:

Ceremony Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Reception Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Planner: Top Shelf Weddings and Events

Florist: Marius Bell

Catering: Lee John’s

Cupcakes: Milwaukee Cupcake Company

Stationer*: Sugar Pear Design

DJ: Double Platinum

 

**Photos containing identifying information of the bride and groom have been with-held at their request.  The invitations were gorgeous though, and you should check out Sugar Pear Design’s website!

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August
7

Wollersheim Winery Engagement | Kerri & Brent

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She fidgeted in her seat.  Nine hours on a plane had been enough.  Two weeks in Europe with spotty communication had been enough.  This taxi to the gate at a snail’s pace?  More than enough.  Finally the seatbelt light went ‘bing’ and she popped up like a jack-in-the-box.  She grabbed her a carry-on and walked straight to baggage.  45 minutes later she was pulling into his driveway and running up to the front door.  She paused briefly – for the first time since landing on American soil.  Shook her hair out, smoothed out her clothes.  The door opened.  ”I thought I heard you pull in” he said with that big, broad smile on his face that melted her.  Her heart skipped.  ”Enough is enough.  I’m moving in.” she stated matter of factly.  There was a pause, and then he laughed a bit.  ”Well, come in then” he said, throwing his arm around her shoulders.  

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