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First wedding of spring with Brian and Natasha

markhawkinsphoto0001Yes, it is finally spring.  It may not exactly look like it, but the air was warming up, the sun was shining, and it was the perfect day to get married.  Brian and Natasha are an amazing couple.  Their day was filled with wonderful moments with family and friends.  The ceremony was in Shawano, Wisconsin at St. James Lutheran, a beautiful old church.  The night finished out back at the Ravine with a wonderful party.

Brian opening his gift from Natasha.

markhawkinsphoto0002Loved the special moments between Natasha and her mom.markhawkinsphoto0003markhawkinsphoto0004Time to get married…markhawkinsphoto0005And time to celebrate!  markhawkinsphoto0006Stunning!  Natasha was a gorgeous bride… markhawkinsphoto0007And a fun trip by Lambeau… markhawkinsphoto0008LOVE!  markhawkinsphoto0009Passing the boot around…only in Wisconsin! markhawkinsphoto0010And the reception…markhawkinsphoto0011The fun and the emotion on the dance floor are beautiful moments of a wedding day…markhawkinsphoto0012markhawkinsphoto0013markhawkinsphoto0014markhawkinsphoto0015

Mark - April 5, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Extra lights! One behind and one above:)

Meg - April 4, 2014 - 9:06 pm

As usual, gorgeous Mark and Kelly!! I actually worked with Tash as Buffalo wild wings during our college days :) Can I ask if you added extra light to the church shots after the ceremony or was it that bright?


Welcome sweet Haley!

Blog Collage-1396454146924How awesome it is to bringing your first baby home from the hospital!  It is an incredible time.  This little sweetie was so tiny!  And so alert for a newborn.  She even smiled at us.  We have had the awesome opportunity to work with Amy at a lot of weddings at Oneida Country Club over the past years, and even got to shoot Haley’s fabulous Aunt Colleen and Uncle Peter’s wedding.  We know she will be sufficiently spoiled in this family and loved a whole lot!  Amy and Matt are awesome parents.  It was so fun to document a little of this time in their lives!   So happy for you all!

A little smile for us already…

Blog Collage-1396454382314Daddy’s arms are a great place for a nap.
Blog Collage-1396454307003more smiles and cute faces…Blog Collage-1396454637098Haley’s nursery.  Amy made the curtains, and Haley’s aunt did the painting.  Blog Collage-1396454825561Some sweet moments with momBlog Collage-1396454866961

A Winter Wedding at Heritage Hill with Sara and Jess

0001blog_mhp_There is something pretty magical about a winter wedding out at Heritage Hill.  Picture a horse drawn carriage bringing the bride up to the little white church on the hill.  This was a special wedding day.  Sara and Jess are an awesome couple with 3 great kids.  I love how they have joined together to make this wonderful family.  Sara’s daughter was her maid of honor.  And Jess’s childhood friend was his best man.  It was an intimate ceremony and dinner with close family and a few friends.  Later in the night the band started playing and more and more friends started to come by for some fun at the bar and some dancing and live music.   A perfect day!

Love all of the old church details of the Moravian church…0002blog_mhp_Sara was a stunning bride.  0003blog_mhp_0004blog_mhp_Heading to the church…0005blog_mhp_0006blog_mhp_Mom watching for her daughter to come up the path.  It was frequently that I looked over at Sara’s mom and saw happy tears in her eyes!  0007blog_mhp_I love the look on both Sara and Jess’s face when they see each other.  0008blog_mhp_Every great ceremony has  a bit of laughter… 0009blog_mhp_Just married and happy as can be…0010blog_mhp_Some sweet moments with family0011blog_mhp_And with Sara and Jess…0012blog_mhp_0013blog_mhp_0014blog_mhp_And a carriage ride together 0015blog_mhp_At the reception0016blog_mhp_3 brothers and their dad who are fantastic musicians made for a sweet rockin’ party all night…
0017blog_mhp_Some of my favorite moments of the night were a sweet father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. 0018blog_mhp_

Valentine’s Day Wedding at St. Norbert College with Katie and Brandon

0001blogWhat an amazing wedding day with Katie and Brandon.  We just love this family!  A few summer’s ago, we did Katie’s cousin’s wedding (Bethany and Nick).  Then this past summer it was Katie’s sister’s wedding (Anna and Stephen).  So we were so excited to hear about Katie and Brandon’s engagement and get to be a part of this special day with this couple.  Katie and Brandon knew each other in high school, but it wasn’t until many years after that they started dating and fell in love.  Being part of this wedding day was the best possible way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  The ceremony and reception were at St. Norbert’s College.  The service was beautiful.  The bride and groom met each other 15 minutes before the ceremony started in the oratory to share a prayer and a few private moments together.  Father Tim presided over the ceremony and even Brandon’s nieces and nephews took part in the service.  After the ceremony,  the bride and groom led the way from Old St. Joe’s to the Beemis Center for a reception on a path lit up by luminaries.   It was a beautiful and sweet day, and you couldn’t help but feel the love Katie and Brandon shared for each other and for those that were part of their day.  So thankful to be able to do what we do!

It was also great to work with some wonderful people…Peggy from Seize the day events, Mary from Alpha Delights, and John Kelley Band.

Katie has this awesome smile that lights up the room!  And I love the pictures of Katie with her mom, Julie.  You can see the resemblance.
0002blogKatie’s dad and grandpa to Sophie, Pat!  One of the special things from the day was that Katie got to wear her grandmother (Pat’s mother’s) veil.  It was even more special because she passed away the week before the wedding.  They had a lot of special memories from her.  So these are some fun candids, but I wanted to share some of the behind the scenes.   0003blogA few of the sweet nieces of Katie and Brandon.
0004blog0005blogA few of Brandon and with his brothers!  Brandon came from a family of all boys and Katie all girls.  0006blogSuch a beautiful church. 0007blog0008blogIn the oratory before the ceremony.  I think they both were so glad to be able to share this time together before they walked down the aisle.  0009blog0010blog0011blogOne of my favorites…when you see the way these two look at each other…

Some of sweet details.  Cake by Alpha Delights.  The cake topper was from Katie’s grandparents wedding!  The cookies were the place cards…also by Alpha Delights.
Blog Collage-1393447584885The dads opened the reception with a special toast.  These two were a lot of fun when they got together.  0015blogParent dances…0016blogFirst dance … music by John Kelley.  He is one of the best violinists that I have heard… amazing talent!!  0017blogIt was cold but we managed to do a few pictures outside.  0018blogJust have to say a big thank you!  Valentine’s day is Mark’s birthday.   When Mark came in to the reception and saw his favorite cake for him from the family made by his favorite baker, Mary from Alpha Delights.  I think he almost cried.  So sweet and thoughtful.  It was the icing on the cake of a truly wonderful day!  And yes it was delicious!!


Mark - February 28, 2014 - 5:00 am

Thank you!!

Nancy H. - February 28, 2014 - 2:51 am

What a beautiful Wedding!!!!! Thank you Mary for sharing all these beauriful monents with us!! I can really feel the love in each and every picture:):):):) Oh yes, Happy Birthay to you Mark , and many, many more!:):)

Snowy Wisconsin Engagement Session with Christa and Chad

0001I have to say that I am getting a bit itchy for spring, sunshine, and green (like just about everyone else in this record-setting winter!)  But I have to say that snowy, chilly sessions are pretty awesome.  Romance can’t help but to abound when playing in the snow and snuggling to stay warm.  And, these two will no doubt have plenty of sunshine and warm on their mid-July wedding day at the Botanical Gardens.

How cute is this little guy?!  Had to sneak a few pics before Grandma whisked him away!  0002And now for some of Christa and Chad…0003000400050006We didn’t have a lot of daylight available but I love the opportunity to do some cool dusk shots under the lights…0007