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be_markhawkinsphoto 1We have known Bethany and her family for many years so  it was so wonderful being part of this special day with her and Ethan.  They are such a perfect match for each other, and we could not be happier to have been there for their wedding day. We loved getting to meet Ethan’s family also.  The day was a rather warm December day of around 30 degrees which by this winter’s standards is practically tropical.  The backdrop of fresh snow and twinkly Christmas lights and greenery were perfect romantic wedding day material.  We could not be happier for these two and their families.  Much congratulations to you both as you start this journey together!

be_markhawkinsphoto 2be_markhawkinsphoto 3First look sweetness and gift exchange.  be_markhawkinsphoto 4be_markhawkinsphoto 5Love these girls! We had a lot of fun with this wedding party!  (Beautiful bouquets by Petal Pushers.)be_markhawkinsphoto 6be_markhawkinsphoto 7be_markhawkinsphoto 8be_markhawkinsphoto 9The ceremony…be_markhawkinsphoto 10be_markhawkinsphoto 11be_markhawkinsphoto 12be_markhawkinsphoto 13be_markhawkinsphoto 14

tm_markhawkinsphoto_ 2Tara and Matt gave me a good reason to get out in the country and see some more of Seymour.  They are both Seymour home-grown.  We had so much fun shooting at Tara’s families’ beautiful land.  It was an absolutely gorgeous but chilly November evening.  And yes, there was even still plenty of fall color to be had.  We had a great time just hanging out and getting to laugh a lot and take pictures.  I am incredibly excited to shoot this wedding next fall and be part of Tara and Matt’s special day.  It is going to be awesome.  Enjoy the sneak peek!  tm_markhawkinsphoto_ 3tm_markhawkinsphoto_ 4tm_markhawkinsphoto_ 5tm_markhawkinsphoto_ 6What a sweet pup!
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he_markhawkinsphoto 1Hanna and Eric are both graduates of Purdue University where they were lucky enough to meet each other in college.  Eric pulled off a wonderful surprise engagement in Napa about a year ago, and Milwaukee was the perfect place to plan a wedding convenient to Hanna and Eric and both of their sets of families.  Currently, they both do some pretty amazing work for Kohler.  Eric is a wine steward (so you know there were some good beverages at this wedding), and Hanna is in management at Kohler so they have been around their fair share of amazing events, and they were able to create (with some help from some pretty awesome and talented friends) a wedding that felt like them. It was a chilly, rainy day for their wedding, but it really didn’t matter because we were in some really lovely locations, and we barely had to venture outside.  Hanna and the girls got ready at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, with the guys a short distance away at the Westin.  The ceremony and reception was at the Downtown Kitchen which is part of the US Bank Building.  It was a wonderful and unexpected place to have a wedding.  The view was phenomenal of downtown Milwaukee.  We even got to check out the top floor of the US Bank Building with some great views of Milwaukee.   In true Hanna and Eric style… the reception was most importantly fun!  The food was  fancy “street food” stations.  You could have your pick of kabobs, burgers, pizza, tacos, or lo mein to name a few.   And the late night snacks were just as yummy!  The music was equally fun.  It was my first time hearing Piano Fondue, and they were phenomenal.  They took guest requests all night long and sang and played in such a great interactive way.  AND yes, they even travel our way:)!  It was a wonderful night!  It was also a great finish to some awesome fall weddings for us, and now we are ready to bring on the snow for the last few weddings of the year.  (As I write this, it is  57-degrees and rainy. A snowy Wisconsin December does not seem to be forthcoming!)

Here is preview of some wedding day awesomeness with Hanna and Eric!  he_markhawkinsphoto 2he_markhawkinsphoto 3he_markhawkinsphoto 4he_markhawkinsphoto 5he_markhawkinsphoto 6he_markhawkinsphoto 7he_markhawkinsphoto 8he_markhawkinsphoto 9he_markhawkinsphoto 10he_markhawkinsphoto 11he_markhawkinsphoto 12he_markhawkinsphoto 13he_markhawkinsphoto 14he_markhawkinsphoto 15he_markhawkinsphoto 16he_markhawkinsphoto 17he_markhawkinsphoto 18

ja_markhawkinsphoto 1Jason and Autumn got married on an absolutely gorgeous November day.  Over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with Jason at a number of events.  He is a lighting engineer with Lighthouse Productions and has some pretty impressive skills.  In addition to all things lighting, Jason is a pilot.  This was a big part of the theme of the decor for the reception.  Even though Jason gets the pilot seat in the actual airplane, Autumn got to sit in the pilot seat at the wedding!  He and Autumn could not be more perfectly suited for each other.  When Jason asked Autumn to marry him, the ring was attached to the collar of a brand new rescue pup.  They are crazy about their pup, and they even raised a pretty awesome donation for animal rescue at their wedding.   We could not have been more happy to spend the day with this couple and their families and friends.  There was a whole lot of laughter, silliness, and good times throughout the day.  Jason and Autumn enjoy their craft brews so we visited Titletown and Stillmank breweries in between the ceremony and reception.  Stillmank was a first visit for us.  Jason and Autumn go there frequently, and it is a fantastic business.  We even got a little tour to see some of the behind the scenes.  The reception was at the Woods Golf Club with some amazing music by Shaun Anthony Signature Entertainment.

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First look…ja_markhawkinsphoto 3ja_markhawkinsphoto 4ja_markhawkinsphoto 5What a sweetie! ja_markhawkinsphoto 9ja_markhawkinsphoto 6ja_markhawkinsphoto 7Jason and Autumn are way more inclined to be silly than serious!
ja_markhawkinsphoto 8Such a pretty day the bay! ja_markhawkinsphoto 11ja_markhawkinsphoto 10ja_markhawkinsphoto 12ja_markhawkinsphoto 13A glimpse of the party bus…
ja_markhawkinsphoto 14ja_markhawkinsphoto 15ja_markhawkinsphoto 16  Lighting by Jason and Lighthouse Productions.  Beautiful cakes by Monzu Bakery! The groom’s cake was a surprise from Autumn to Jason.  ja_markhawkinsphoto 17ja_markhawkinsphoto 18ja_markhawkinsphoto 19Love this photo! ja_markhawkinsphoto 20

sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 1Stephanie and Nick had a beautiful ceremony at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  I love all the light coming through the big windows at church and looking at the backdrop of fall through the windows on a perfect wedding day.  The party continued out in Freedom, Wisconsin at Simply Country Barn.   There is definitely something romantic about the warm wood and rustic setting.  Sash and Bow and Buds n’ Bloom transformed the space to create the perfect environment for Stephanie and Nick. It was fun seeing their reaction when they walked into the reception!  It was lovely with tons of jewel tones just perfect for fall.  The night finished off with a great party with music by the The Presidents.  What a fun band!  The dance floor was packed with smiles all around.

Also, a shout out to the Coffee Bar for coffee (because coffee is my love language) and Monzu Bakery for a gorgeous and delicious cake!  Ladies hair by the talented ladies from Head to Toe Salon.

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sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 3Meanwhile at the girls!  Love that gorgeous fall bouquet! sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 4sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 5Ok.  This has to be one of the cutest flower girl moments ever.  Don’t worry…there is one without the flowers in front of her face before she realized her picture was being taken.  But even better is the look on Stephanie and Nick’s face when they walked back down the aisle married!  Pure joy! sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 6sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 7What a gorgeous but cold fall day!  sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 8so pretty…sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 9sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 10sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 11sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 12sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 13sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 14Fun music and dancing to finish off the night! sn_markhawkinsphoto_ 15