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Standing in the living room of her childhood home and her grandparents home before that, Molly slipped into her wedding dress. Her bridesmaids, younger siblings, and mother helped her get ready. They skillfully buttoned the back of her dress and gracefully slid her shoes into place. Soon, Molly would walk out the backdoor of this old farmhouse and marry Matt, the man of her dreams right in the backyard where she had spent so much time playing in growing up.

She held her father’s arm as he held back tears of joy. This was his first child to get married. They made the walk from the house to the burlap aisle runner that laid in the grass. The sounds of Elvis’s “Love Me Tender” played in the background as they began their journey down the aisle. Friends and family enveloped this yard turned ceremony site, taking up all the seats and standing wherever they could find a spot. There was no way they would miss Molly and Matt say, “I do.”

Once they were officially husband and wife, we jumped in a truck and took the five minute drive to a beautiful piece of farmland. This land was special. This was their land. They had recently purchased it earlier in the year and soon they would build a home on it. 125 acres stretched for as far as the eye could see and soybeans that Matt planted over Mother’s Day took up about 85 of those acres. We explored this beautiful space, just the three of us. Molly and Matt embraced one another every chance they got. And as they held each other, on Day One of their marriage, I couldn’t help but think of all the future days, months, and years they would be spending together, making memories, at that exact spot.

From their Engagement Session to their beautiful backyard barn wedding, I absolutely loved spending time with these two! They are so sweet and kind! Congratulations Molly and Matt! Here’s to lifetime full of amazing memories!

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A family friend actually MADE these rings for Molly and Matt! Wow!

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Molly’s grandmother gave her that sapphire ring to wear. Aww!

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Even Molly’s youngest sister helped her get ready!

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I seriously cannot believe this is Molly’s parents BACKYARD! It’s beautiful!

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Ceremony time, so many tears and smiles!

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They both couldn’t help but cry a little when Matt spoke his vows to Molly.

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Married!! Woohoo!

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How cute are Molly’s youngest siblings?! They make the most adorable flower girl and ring bearer!

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The Newlyweds, Mr. & Mrs. Ziegenhagen!

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So many soybeans!! I love it!

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Aww they are so cute together!

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Couldn’t help but snack on a pear right from their very own pear tree! So awesome!

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This barn belongs to Molly’s parents. Molly’s grandparents owned this home and barn first and started dances in the barn back in the 1980’s. They carried the tradition for years, even after Molly’s parents took over the house and farm and the grandparents moved down the road. It was at a barn dance a few years ago that Molly and Matt met for the first time.

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Between the handwork of Molly, Matt, and their family and friends, they completely remodeled the inside of the barn! Molly’s father made the mason jar chandeliers and the mason jar lights above the bar! Matt made the “spool” tables around the bar and outside. They worked together on building the top of the bar too! Seriously, it all turned out SO beautiful!!

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Time to party!!

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Thanks to all the amazing friends, family, and vendors that helped make Molly & Matt’s big day wonderful!
Ceremony & Reception: Bride’s Parents’ Barn // Day of Coordinator: Rustic Bride Wedding Rentals // Catering: Made by family members // Officiant: Judge John Jorgensen // Hair & Make-up: Salon Mode and Daydreams Spa // Flowers: Farmers’ Market // Wedding Dress: The Bridal Event // Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Rings: Made by a family friend, Doug // Invitations: Zazzle // Save-the-Dates: Wedding Paper Divas // Rentals: Rustic Bride Wedding Rentals and Modern Rentals // Cake & Desserts: Made by family members // Band: Star 69 

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Fresh Brewed Friday – My weekly “coffee date” with you all

Happenings: Photographed Christi and Patrick’s wedding at the always beautiful Oneida Country Club! Such a wonderful day full of joy and love!

Attended the amazingly talented and super sweet, Alliey’s, baby shower on Sunday! So happy I could help celebrate the newest member of her family!

Cheered on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night with the bestie at Rum Runners! Even though our team lost, we still had a great time!

So excited to see my photos of the wonderful Marta Spendowska featured on Urban Outfitters’ blog! That shoot was so fun to be a part of and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Photographed Aimee and Ben’s Engagement Session in downtown De Pere! It was the only day it didn’t rain and everything went perfectly! These two are seriously so cute together!

I had the chance to be a panelist for a webinar The Knot hosted this week! Chatting with the other panelists and sharing our advice on how to talk pricing with your clients was amazing! It was an absolute honor to work with them.

New Favorite: It’s not new but it’s still my favorite – my Halloween decorations! The entire house is decorated for Fall and Halloween and I can barely contain my excitement!!

Thankful: Autumn! It’s here and I’m so thankful for it! This season is full of some of my favorite things – pumpkins, cozy blankets, big sweaters, chai lattes, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and my birthday!! Here’s to another great Fall season!!

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Carley and Ryan are expecting their FIRST child!! Yay! I cannot even put into words how excited I am!

After photographing their Door County Engagement Session last year and their Gordon Lodge wedding this June, I’m beyond honored that they asked me to continue this journey with them. I absolutely adore this couple and they will be the BEST parents!! They are seriously the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! Their baby girl is due this November and I’m sure she can already feel all the love surrounding her! I cannot wait to meet her soon!

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