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

Happenings: On Friday, we said goodbye to my Grandmother Neuzil. I know she is in a better place now and finally dancing with Grandpa once again. I loved looking at all the photographs of her, like the one of her and grandpa when they were young or the one of of us together when I was a baby. I will cherish them always. Love you Grandma!!

The weekend was all about Washington Island! From Schoolhouse Beach to the quaint little inn to everywhere in between, I embraced the island lifestyle! I even enjoyed the ferry ride!

Photographed Shawn & Jordan’s lovely wedding at the Historic Dairy on Saturday! The entire day was pure joy and perfection! Can I please shoot more weddings on this gorgeous island?!

This week was jam packed with meetings! Like everyday at least 3-4 meetings! With all those meetings came lots of coffee (of course.) I am beyond words, I love it so much! This seriously is my job and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

New Favorite: Joel Osteen online! I had no idea you could watch his sermons on his website (I really should catch up with the times.) I was ecstatic to find this! Now I watch one every morning with my cup of coffee. It’s so uplifting and his words help me through my day.

This gorgeous statement necklace from Loft! This is definitely my go-to piece of accessory. Any time I think an outfit needs a little extra sparkle, I reach for this necklace.

Thankful: It’s the last full week of August and if I must be honest, I’m happy it’s almost done. I had an amazing time photographing lots of wonderful couples but there has also been a lot of heart ache, change and funerals. I know pain does not come without purpose. I know there is a reason for everything. But I’m ready to move on to new months, full of new adventures and happy times. (:

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I’m so happy these two are married! They are seriously two of the sweetest people ever and they love each other so deeply! They were officially married on the East Coast (where Nathan is stationed in the military) a couple months before the wedding but they returned to Neillsville, Wisconsin to have the most beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding ever!

On the first of August, surrounded by their closest family and friends, Sarah and Nathan said “I do” again at Tuft’s Mansion. This venue was perfect for these two and their adorable backyard wedding. With every room inside the mansion, you felt like you were stepping back in time. This house was seriously stunning! Even the wallpaper that lined the rooms was gorgeous! The vintage furniture and old photographs throughout this great house fit with Sarah and Nathan’s wedding wonderfully. Sarah did an amazing job combining the charm of the mansion with all her details!

She carried that vintage feel to the reception at The Wildcat Inn. She used her grandmother’s china to line the head table. She mixed in vintage champagne flutes and golden candles to tie the look together. I loved the naked chocolate brownie and peanut butter cake on the sweets table. To add in her and Nathan’s quirkiness, Sarah had a Harlequin and Joker cake topper gracing the top of that delicious brownie goodness. The entire summer night was warm and beautiful and the happy couple had their first dance right outside as their family and friends watched on. I could not think of a better way to celebrate the first day of August than to celebrate the love of Sarah and Nathan!

Congratulations to these newlyweds! I am ecstatic you found each other! You two deserve all the happiness in the world!

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The “oh my goodness I’m a bride” smile! (:

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Such a beautiful day at Tuft’s Mansion!

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Yay! Married!

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The Newlyweds, Mr. & Mrs. Beard!

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How gorgeous are those champagne flutes?!

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I just love that their last name is Beard! What I love even more are these brews with custom “The Beards” labels on them!

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Thanks to all the amazing Wedding Vendors that made Sarah & Nathan’s big day wonderful!
Ceremony: Tuft’s Mansion //  Reception: The Wildcat Inn // Catering: The Wildcat Inn // Officiant: Judge Catherine Furay  // Hair & Make-up: Sierra Coulthard at Family Roots // Flowers: Beth Richards at Posy // Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Men’s Attire:  Kohl’s // Bride’s Shoes: Bandilino Shoes // Rings: Sarah’s – Royale Jewelers in Maryland | Nathan’s – Etsy  // Invitations: Designed by Lindsay Gergen // Transportation: ’48 Chevy lent from Suellen Hageness // Cake: The Frosted Petal  // DJ: Funflicks by Steve Mocco

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  • August 27, 2015 - 2:07 pm

    Jessica - These turned out absolutely gorgeous!! I don’t think anybody could have captured Sarah and Nathan quite as perfectly as you did Shaunae!!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    Kim Mayer - Awesome pics! Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Kate - Holy gorgeous!!straight out of a dream wedding magazine! Theres so much feeling in these. You captured their love and its so beautiful! ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 6:22 pm

    Coley Vroman - Beautiful wedding and photos! Photographer did a really great job capturing the beauty and magic of this day for Sarah and her HUSBAND!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 6:30 pm

    Sherri - Beautiful people, beatuful wedding, beautuful photos!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 7:12 pm

    Nancy - Beautifully planned day for my beautiful niece & her new hubby you captured their story book day magically ❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 7:29 pm

    Mom - I just love the pics with true emotion and the detail to the decor that could get missed. The black and white are great too. Thank you for your great eye.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 7:42 pm

    Tammy Johnson - I do not know the Bride and Groom but I am friends with her dad Bruce on FB Just thought I would look at the pictures he posted. They are Beautiful!! You captured the love of the day Beautifully!! I am not in need of a photogragher right now but I would recommend you if I needed one. Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 7:58 pm

    Bruce Olson - as father of the Bride, I’m just a little biased. But each and everyone of these are outstanding. They capture the hopes and dreams of this young couple perfectly. Of course the last one is my fav…ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 8:46 pm

    Joanne - Great job. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 8:57 pm

    Stephanie - Simply stunning! You did a wonderful job capturing their day!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 9:46 pm

    Jenna - Amazing pictures of amazing people ❤️ Love them, they turned out gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 9:46 pm

    Debra Baker - These pictures were so beautiful I cried! So very happy for Sarah and Nathan!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 12:27 am

    Pennie - So gorgeous! Congratulations to the Beard’s and may you have a lifetime of adventure with each other!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 5:46 am

    Judy - Gorgeous pics!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 5:55 am

    Stacy Charais - Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the joy of your day. So Sorry we couldn’t be there. Hugs & Blessings to your both.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 7:46 am

    Letha A. - What a beautiful couple, and a perfect setting for a wedding. Thank-you for sharing your day. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

In life, there will always be challenges to overcome. Difficult times to face. Events that are beyond your control. For those of you who are feeling frustrated or stressed today, it’s totally normal. Maybe you didn’t get the promotion at work you were hoping for. Maybe business is slow right now and you are wondering where all the customers are. Maybe you are having troubles with your personal relationships. No matter what, I’ve been there and I’m telling you to just hold on. Really hold on. Even if you feel like giving up. Even if you feel like there isn’t an end in sight. There is! I promise! Because you can’t get to the calm until you go through a storm.

We always think of “the calm before the storm” but it’s rare that we talk about the calm after the storm. We just know the storm will pass and naturally, the world will return to it’s normal state. Even though this fact couldn’t be more true, let’s not take that fact for granted. Let’s rejoice in knowing there is always a calm after the storm! Let’s celebrate that we made it through those trying times. That we made it to the other side, to our calm. I know it’s easier said than done. When you are engulfed in your own personal storm, it can feel impossible to see what good could ever possibly come out of it, never knowing when those dark clouds will part. Do not fret about the when, just know that there definitely is an end! There is the other side! You will make it through! Know that your calm is coming. All the steps you take to get through these storms are working! Your determination and perseverance through whatever difficult time you’re facing will pay off. The clouds always part and the sun will shine through once more!

Celebrate your triumphs, your big breaks, your successes with even more gusto, remembering all those storms you had to face to get there. Whenever life throws new challenges your way, just smile and know your calm is coming.

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  • August 30, 2015 - 8:16 am

    Kim mayer - These are all very beautiful! Was an awesome day!ReplyCancel