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I lost count of how many weddings I’ve photographed somewhere around 300, and that was a couple of years ago.  So, let’s just say I’ve heard my fair share of wedding toasts. In all those weddings, there have been some truly memorable toasts.  Speeches that touch on the nostalgic, the funny and the emotional in […]

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Their course was set long before they ever met.  Willard was a little boy in Wisconsin who took it upon himself to learn Mandarin at an early age.  He studied maps and daydreamed about far-flung places.   She was an independent little girl in China whose parents pushed her to pursue her dreams, even though it […]

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With any Milwaukee Art Museum wedding, there always needs to be a shot that embodies the drama and beauty of the architecture.  It’s the main reason most couples choose the venue – the pure structure is awe-inspiring.  The trick is doing it in a way that speaks to the nature of each couple. It’s something […]

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The Smith family is still very much present in the Italian mansion they built for a growing family, perched on the edge of Lake Michigan. It’s now a museum enjoyed by all of Milwaukee.  But if you wander among the hedges of the courtyard, you can sense the glee their children had weaving and darting […]

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Some wedding days are iconic.  The sort that so much energy and planning has poured into, the day itself is a character in the story.  That’s the sort of wedding day Katie & TJ had.  Perfect summer weather, the gorgeous lakefront unfolding alongside the Pavilion at Discovery World, flowers upon flowers, the drama of a […]

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A pair of high school sweethearts that have been following each other around the country, from one college to another, to jobs and internships, brought it all back home to the Milwaukee Art Museum to make it all official, 10 years after they first fell for each other.  They marked this new chapter with blush […]

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A handful of months before their wedding day, Nyree lost her father tragically.   It’s the sort of core event that puts a permanent marker on your life.  The kind that can color everything after it a different shade.  How to have a happy wedding day when the one man you’ve loved your whole life is […]

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Something different happens at the Rehearsal Dinner.  There’s a more relaxed vibe, wonderful speeches, so many laughs, and enough excitement and anticipation to make anyone giddy.  The rehearsal is like the prequel to the wedding day story.  Having a chance to capture that energy, those moments – it’s a treat.  When that wedding is a […]

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Justine & Ryan are total classics.  Boy meets girl in high school. They become sweethearts, dated all thru college, medical school and law school.  He became a lawyer, she became a doctor.  He popped the question, she said yes.  Happily Ever After began at the gorgeous Whistling Straits.  That would be where this “textbook” love […]

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Fate has a tough job.  She’s tasked with putting people together who all have their own little universes spinning, who are impulsive, distracted, and willful.  She’s the only one who has the map, and she somehow has to make all of us fall into place.  On the day Emily and Matt first met, I imagine […]

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