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Upper Peninsula of Michigan | Day After Session

Of course Amanda and Andrew's wedding weekend was our 3rd straight weekend of destination weddings. First Boston, then South Carolina, and now the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was a whole lot of driving and we loved it. There's no better way to see the country than a road trip! Plus after those crazy long drives an 8 hour trip through Wisconsin felt like a blink of an eye. As soon as we arrived in The U.P. we started exploring. There was so much to see, so many options for locations, and as always it was gorgeous. Once we had all of that settled it was time to goof off. The trip was filled with checking out some swimming holes, good food, boating, tubing, and lots of nonsense. It was all the things we love in a wedding weekend.

If you're wondering how we got the shot of Amanda & Andrew on the rock in the middle of the river without her dress getting wet, well it was a struggle. It involved me moving around some of the boulders so she would have a connecting walkway with a mix of carrying her and tiptoeing our way over. Andrew was much easier, he just rolled up his pants...

As always there's an extra thank you to Sam Gove, who is standing in the river holding two video lights behind the couple!

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Sunrise in New London, WI

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While up in WI visiting the family with Jules I woke up just before sunrise as fog was starting to lift off the farm.

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Turkey Run State Park Wedding | Nicci and Graham

Nicci and I first met out in Yellowstone National Park, so of course her wedding had to be somewhere adventurous. The closest thing to mountains and rock faces in Indiana happens to be Turkey Run State Park. When I first got there, I couldn't believe that this spot even existed especially in the middle of farm land in Indiana. It turned out to be an amazing day, of course I never expected anything less, but check out these images! Nicci is the best for following Sam Gove(my awesome studio manager also known as Samuel The Gove) and I into the canyon and all over the park. Not just because it was her wedding day, but because it was before her ceremony. Miraculously we didn't even ruine her dress or even get it muddy. At least this time I didn't have to carry her or Graham across any rivers!

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Lauren & Dallas | Lake House Engagement

When Dallas sent me an email asking if I would be interested in traveling to northern Wisconsin to shoot their engagement session I almost jumped out of my chair! These types of locations are everything I dream of for photoshoots. Their family has owned a spot in this little fishing community for decades, and every detail made me wish I could love up there! Dallas met me on this small unmarked country road and led me around to the different lakes, forests, meadows, and creeks that are in the area. It was amazing, sometimes I spend so much time in Chicago I forget just how gorgeous the midwest can be. Once we finished the location scouting we went by his cabin where we met up with Lauren and Dallas's family. Usually I like to talk about how the shoot went with the couple and of course it was amazing! But that wasn't the best part, the best part was actually at the end of the night when we finally were able to sit down and eat an amazing dinner and have a few beers. That's the way every engagement session should end, some dirt cheap beer (because I hate the expensive fancy craft beers) a great dinnerand some even better pie.

Just a disclaimer I cannot take all the credit for this photo shoot! Dallas's sister Natalie turned into my impromptu assistant and ship captain. Because as it turns out you can't take very good photos while rowing a canoe.

And I saw a turtle laying eggs in the road!