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ck_markhawkinsphoto 1We first met Courtney and Kevin at Hanna and Eric’s engagement shoot, and then got to spend some more time with them at Hanna and Eric’s wedding back in November which was such an amazing day.  Courtney and Kevin are from Boston and will be getting married there next winter.  The last few years,  they have lived in the Sheboygan area where Kevin is stationed with the Coast Guard and Courtney works with Kohler Company.  One of their favorite places to grab a drink and a pizza is  Prohibition Bistro, and the owner was so kind to welcome us and to let us grab some shots in the restaurant before it opened.  Let me tell you, the smells were fantastic.  We will definitely be going back.  After the restaurant, we walked the riverwalk and met up with Banana, Courtney and Kevin’s adorable pup.  He was just shivering in the cold!  We finished up the shoot at the gorgeous Sheboygan Lake Michigan beachfront.  It was soooo cold and windy, but it was beautiful.  Courtney’s blanket scarf doubled as a blanket which came in quite handy keeping them warm!

Happy for you both!!! Enjoy the sneak peek! ck_markhawkinsphoto 2ck_markhawkinsphoto 3How cute is Banana?!
ck_markhawkinsphoto 4When most people think of a beach session,  they picture warm sunshine and sandy toes, but the beach is still pretty romantic in wintertime.  ck_markhawkinsphoto 5ck_markhawkinsphoto 6

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This was our first wedding of 2018: a beautiful and freezing cold January day! I never get tired of the simple beauty of a Wisconsin winter day as the perfect backdrop for a wedding day.  What an awesome couple to start the year with!  Shaina and Josh met online and took a chance on meeting each other for dinner at St. Brendan’s Inn.  It worked out pretty well for them I’d say, and we went back to where it all began on their wedding day and enjoyed some drinks before the reception.  It was the perfect cozy spot to warm up on a very cold winter day complete with a toasty fire.  The ceremony was full of beautiful sentiments at St. Bernard’s with a fun party later at the Ravine.

Shout out to Enchanted Florist,  Kakes by Korth, Lindsay Rose Makeup Artistry, and Salon West for some great talent.

Shaina got ready in her childhood bedroom.  Love all the details.

markhawkinsphoto_002BBeauty!markhawkinsphoto_003CMeanwhile with the guys!  It was definitely see your breath cold! markhawkinsphoto_004Dmarkhawkinsphoto_005EThe parents gathered together for prayer before the ceremony.  markhawkinsphoto_006FLOVE these! markhawkinsphoto_007Gmarkhawkinsphoto_008Hmarkhawkinsphoto_009ILove the simple beauty of winter for photos!
markhawkinsphoto_010Jmarkhawkinsphoto_011KWarm up drinks!  markhawkinsphoto_012LMaking an entrance at the Ravine…markhawkinsphoto_013Mmarkhawkinsphoto_014Nmarkhawkinsphoto_015OSuch a fun night of dancing!  markhawkinsphoto_016Pmarkhawkinsphoto_017Q

cw2_markhawkinsphoto 2There is something about getting married on New Year’s Eve.  Everyone is in the mood to celebrate!  And Cody and Whitney are two people that you want to celebrate.  They are perfect for each other.  Cody had everyone tearing up in his speech at dinner, and you can see that these two just enjoy being together.   Cody and Whitney planned a fun night at the Hyatt that was everything you would hope for a in a New Year’s Eve and wedding celebration: fun food stations, caricature drawings and photo booth, awesome music, great atmosphere, lots and lots of champagne, and even a fireworks show put on by the city of Green Bay.  We had some of the best views in the city overlooking the river, and most importantly, we were all warm and cozy inside which is pretty critical when the temps are well below zero!  This was the perfect wedding to end an amazing 2017 wedding season on, and I can’t wait to see all that 2018 has to come.

A lot of great people were involved with the details of this wedding.  Here are a few:   The Hyatt Regency Green Bay, Dreamin’ DJ for lighting and music, Buds n’ Bloom for floral, Sash and Bow for decor, Dresses from the Bridal Event in Appleton, Chandelier Circus, and Belleza Hair and Makeup Artistry.

cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 1cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 2cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 3cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 4Whitney surprised Cody with the bagpiper playing on her walk down the aisle.   cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 6That look says it all…cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 7cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 8It was so cold, but we managed 3 minutes outside!  cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 9cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 10cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 11So pretty!  Everyone loved the champagne diva!  So fun! cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 12cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 13cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 14cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 15cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 16Awesome views! cw_markhawkinsphoto_ 17

mj_markhawkinsphoto 1So excited to share John and Madi’s wedding!  I have been sharing quite a few sneak peeks over on Instagram, but I have been looking forward to sharing the full preview!  Madi and John met through the help of snapchat and a matchmaking friend in true 2015 fashion and it didn’t take too long for them to realize that they were right for each other.  We got to spend time with them both when we shot Madi’s sister’s wedding this summer, and that was a great day. We think the world of Madi’s family.  They are all super close.   Madi interestingly has a twin brother, and John has a twin brother also.  We have also loved getting to know John’s family.  John’s family are all from South Carolina so they don’t get to see a lot of snow.  The wedding day of course brought below zero wind chills to welcome them nicely to Wisconsin! Thankfully the fire was hot at Hinterland Brewery to warm up by after doing a few outdoor photos.  A lot of John’s family and friends were eyeing up Arien’s Hill at Titletown right outside of Hinterland and the opportunity to try out tubing was pretty tempting in spite of the frigid temps.  So Madi and John and some of the bridal party and even John’s dad took a run down the tubing hill!  And yes, wedding dress and all for Madi!  That was definitely a first for MHP on a wedding day!  Madi’s family is probably one of the most musical families I have met.  Madi’s dad has played in several bands for fun through the years, and their family time often revolved around playing and singing.   He jumped in and played his mandolin along with the band at the wedding.  There was no end to the dancing and music…so much fun!

A few of the details…Ceremony:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Reception: Hinterland Brewery, Floral:  Ebb and Flo Flowers, Cake: Manderfield Bakery, Dress: Anthropologie     mj_markhawkinsphoto 2mj_markhawkinsphoto 3Madi was stunning!  mj_markhawkinsphoto 4More beauties…mj_markhawkinsphoto 5That is the smile you want to see coming down the aisle! mj_markhawkinsphoto 6This is truly my favorite series.  Love these moments right after the kiss at the altar. mj_markhawkinsphoto 7mj_markhawkinsphoto 8It was soooo cold but soooo pretty! mj_markhawkinsphoto 9mj_markhawkinsphoto 10Love the winter white florals and warm fire and candlelight!  mj_markhawkinsphoto 11mj_markhawkinsphoto 12mj_markhawkinsphoto 13mj_markhawkinsphoto 14Love love love all the real wedding moments and reactions to speeches. mj_markhawkinsphoto 15mj_markhawkinsphoto 16Arien’s Hill! mj_markhawkinsphoto 17Dance until you drop! mj_markhawkinsphoto 18mj_markhawkinsphoto 19

rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 1Just a few days before Christmas, Jacob and Rachael said their vows in front of their family and friends on the most perfect snowy day!   I was a little concerned about the snowy forecast since Rachael’s family was coming to Green Bay from down south, but you couldn’t have asked for more perfect taste of Wisconsin winter beauty.  There is nothing like the magic of twinkling Christmas lights and pretty snowflakes to create the perfect wedding backdrop.  We have known Jacob’s family for many years, and we think the world of them, and we have loved getting to know Rachael and meeting her family.  These two are an awesome couple.  They will be heading back to Norfolk where Jacob is stationed.  We wish you both the absolute best as you enjoy living life together.

Here is a little glimpse at the day…
rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 2rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 3First look! rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 4A little family love!
rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 5Love this idea for a family Bible keepsake.
rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 6Real wedding stuff = the emotion of completing your vows and hanging out in the church nursery for a brief moment of downtime.

rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 7rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 9rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 10Rachael and Jacob had a morning ceremony followed by brunch so we finished out the day with pictures in the snow.  It was gorgeous! Barkhausen was a winter wonderland!  rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 11rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 12rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 13rj_markhawkinsphoto_ 14