js_markhawkinsphoto_ 1Ahhh those views! Sadie and Jacob met at Concordia University.  The university sits on this huge bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  On this gorgeous campus, Sadie and Jacob started a pretty awesome romance together.  They share a passion of working with kids…Jacob the older ones and Sadie the younger ones.  They make a pretty awesome team, and they are a ton of fun.  We did a lot of laughing on this session!  We finished out the session in the picturesque nearby town of Cedarburg which is pretty much the most adorable small town ever.

It was a long hike down to that beautiful driftwood beach, but so worth it!
js_markhawkinsphoto_ 2js_markhawkinsphoto_ 3So much fun!  js_markhawkinsphoto_ 4js_markhawkinsphoto_ 5js_markhawkinsphoto_ 6js_markhawkinsphoto_ 7js_markhawkinsphoto_ 8js_markhawkinsphoto_ 9Finished up under some street lights:)  js_markhawkinsphoto_ 10

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I had such a great time shooting Claire’s senior photos.  She is just entering her final year at Notre Dame High School and figuring out all the fun things that go along with senior year…what is the best choice for college and studies.  I don’t envy the stress of those big decisions, but I know whatever she decides will be amazing.  It’s been a few years since shooting Claire’s older sister’s wedding and older brother’s senior photos.  We think the world of her and her family, and it was a such a pleasure catching up with Claire.  What an absolutely beautiful morning for a session!  We are excited for you, Claire, as you finish your senior year and as God directs your next steps!
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markhawkinsphoto_001AJordan surprised Kelsey with tickets to see the Broadway show Hamilton, and after the show he proposed and then led her to a restaurant where 50 of their family and friends were waiting to celebrate with them.  So it goes to show how much their family and friends mean to these two, and explains why doing the wedding in Green Lake was so perfect for them.  Green Lake is a charming little town and a gorgeous lake where Kelsey and her family have a cottage. Some amazing family times have been had there!  It was an awesome feat to have the wedding at the bottom of the hill of  on the lake, but it was the perfect setting to celebrate the start of Kelsey and Jordan’s lives together.  The glistening tent with views of the lake was lit up into the night with a packed dance floor with everyone having an amazing time.  Such a fun night!

Special shout outs to Greenway House Bed and Breakfast, Lakeside Motel, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Party Time HDO Productions in Chicago for one amazing tent, Kate Clark Day of Coordination, Heirloom Kitchen, and Platinum Band.

The girls got ready at the bed and breakfast, and the guys at the motel.
markhawkinsphoto_002Bmarkhawkinsphoto_003CKelsey is a beautiful person inside and out.  She is an elementary teacher, and those kids are pretty lucky to have her! Love the exchange of notes. markhawkinsphoto_004Dmarkhawkinsphoto_005Emarkhawkinsphoto_006FThese kids are the sweetest! markhawkinsphoto_007Gmarkhawkinsphoto_008HAt St. John the Baptist…
markhawkinsphoto_009Imarkhawkinsphoto_010Jmarkhawkinsphoto_011Kmarkhawkinsphoto_012LKelsey and Jordan and their bridal party are a ton of fun.  These two could not keep from laughing and smiling the entire day.  markhawkinsphoto_013MDancing to the boater’s music as they went by.  So cute! markhawkinsphoto_014Nmarkhawkinsphoto_015Omarkhawkinsphoto_016Pmarkhawkinsphoto_017QKelsey and her many talents:)markhawkinsphoto_018Rmarkhawkinsphoto_019Smarkhawkinsphoto_020TSome fun wheels to arrive at the reception! markhawkinsphoto_021Umarkhawkinsphoto_022VWhat an amazing setting for a wedding! markhawkinsphoto_023Wmarkhawkinsphoto_024Xmarkhawkinsphoto_025YAnd a great entrance reflective of these two! markhawkinsphoto_026Zmarkhawkinsphoto_027AAmarkhawkinsphoto_028ABThis dance floor was packed all night long. Great music and people! markhawkinsphoto_029AC

markhawkinsphoto_001AWhat a picture-perfect wedding day at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens.  The gardens were in full summer grandeur.  Thea and Hayden are high school sweethearts, and it was so fun hearing about their love story.  Their story started at the Garden of lights event at the Botanical Gardens so having their wedding at the same place (although looking quite different in summertime) was perfect.  They were surrounded by a very supportive group of family and friends.  The reception held some great surprises…especially Thea and her dad’s father-daughter dance.  It was one of the best choreographed mash-ups I’ve seen…these two can dance!!!  Such a fun day!

Shout out to Alliey from Sash and Bow who with her team helped everything go so smoothly including quickly flipping the room during the cocktail hour.  Also Buds n’ Blooms for some beautiful summer florals, Tie the Knot for gorgeous dresses, Skaliwags for some yummy eats, Cake Guru for delicious cake and cake pops, and Soundfire DJ for some great entertainment and a hopping dance floor.

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At the Hyatt getting ready for an amazing day…markhawkinsphoto_003Cmarkhawkinsphoto_004Dmarkhawkinsphoto_005Emarkhawkinsphoto_006Fmarkhawkinsphoto_007GLove getting to capture these important moments…markhawkinsphoto_008Hmarkhawkinsphoto_009IThe parents of the Bride and the groom.markhawkinsphoto_010JA stroll through the gardens with the bride and groom.  So pretty!markhawkinsphoto_011Kmarkhawkinsphoto_012Lmarkhawkinsphoto_013MMy favorite spot in the gardens. markhawkinsphoto_014Nmarkhawkinsphoto_015OSome of the fun details…markhawkinsphoto_016Pmarkhawkinsphoto_017Qmarkhawkinsphoto_018RDancing the night away…
markhawkinsphoto_019SThis was perfection!  markhawkinsphoto_020THayden’s dad serenaded the bride and groom with a special song! markhawkinsphoto_021USuch a great day!  Congrats to you both!!!

BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 1The word that comes to mind thinking of this day is pure joy! Brianna and Cody were both so incredibly happy to have arrived at their wedding day.  It had been a long road for them waiting, and they were just overflowing with happiness.  Cody and Brianna met in 7th grade!  (Their story reminds me of ours only we met in 8th grade.)  They like us started dating in high school, and they planned to be married last summer.  But not too far from their planned wedding date, they found out they were due with a sweet baby so they decided to postpone the wedding day by one year.  So getting to this day after waiting extra long was so sweet.   And now joining them on their wedding day was their precious son who clearly has rocked Cody and Brianna’s world.  You could not ask for a more beautiful day to celebrate!  The views of the golf course were outstanding, and the breeze and sunshine felt amazing.  It was the perfect day and night to party under a tent and celebrate a wonderful couple and family.

Special shout out to Green Bay Country Club, Anagen Salon for hair and makeup, Petal Pushers for florals, Victoria Bridal in Kaukauna, Almond and Ivy for macarons and cake, and Dreamin’ DJ for a great night of music and fun.

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BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 8BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 9Hitting the course for some photos was so much fun!BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 10That smile! BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 11BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 12BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 13Seriously…so much happiness!  BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 14The details and views were amazing! BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 15BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 16I had the hardest time picking a favorite moment from the first dances…everyone was crying and smiling and laughing!  BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 17BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 19BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 20BC_markhawkinsphoto_ 18