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LAKESIDE MICHIGAN WEDDING | ANIKA & LYNN by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

michigan-backyard-wedding-001 Anika & Lynn's wedding was a perfect example of how, together, friends & family can make anything happen. From the ceramic bears & faux deer heads handmade by Anika's Mom to the men's shotgun shell boutonnieres and a wooden tiki bar, nearly every element of their day was a DIY collaboration!

The morning of their wedding both Anika & Lynn got ready in neighboring homes, all on Duck Lake in Watersmeet, Michigan. With Nola Kahn beautifying Anika, her hair & makeup couldn't have been more stunning, and the bridesmaids sparkled in blush sequins as they helped Anika into her gorgeous dress in a room filled with windows! Just a short walk down a lit trail, their ceremony was set on a peninsula behind Anika's childhood lake house. After a lovely ceremony and sunny receiving line in front of the boat house, guests were welcomed to a fun cocktail hour while we captured Anika & Lynn's portraits just before the evening sun dipped below the tree-line! Add to that some of the best toasts we've ever heard, a jam-packed dance floor, and a grand sparkler exit at the end of the night where Anika & Lynn were whisked off in the back of a 1952 Chevy and you have an amazing, heartfelt wedding celebration!!

Anika & Lynn, we cannot thank you enough for choosing us to be a part of your wedding celebration! We wish the two of you endless years of happiness, joy, adventure, and trips back to Duck Lake to cheers in the very spot where you said your vows :)

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Nikon F100, Holga 120 and D800 on Fuji 400H, Tri-X 400, and Delta 3200.

Flowers: Randy from Evolutions in Design | Paper Products: Remember Me Stationary | DJ: Fabulux Entertainment | Videographers: One Fine Day Productions | Bride's Dress: Rinini, from Bella Bianca | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Fifth Avenue Showstoppwer Dress by Badgley Mischka

PRITZLAFF MILWAUKEE WEDDING | ANNA & ROB by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

pritzlaff-milwaukee-wedding-photographer-01 A love of sailing runs deep in both of their families. So when Anna & Rob became students at UW-Madison, joining the sailing team came naturally! As luck would have it Rob was assigned to sail with Anna; fast forward several years later after dating long-distance, and that nautical theme continued when Rob proposed to Anna at Atwater Beach in Milwaukee. Little did we know when we suggested taking wedding party portraits at that same beach, that it was an absolutely fitting place to visit on their wedding day. :)

As a couple, Anna and Rob are adventurous, charming, warm, and adorable!! Working with Janelle from Evenement Planning, they dreamed up a bright & happy wedding celebration in Milwaukee's Historic Pritzlaff Building. With  joyful yellow blooms from Impressions by Esther in every direction and the amazing David Rothstein Band bringing energy to their dance floor, Anna & Rob's celebration was overflowing with smiles and friends & family who couldn't WAIT to hit the dance floor!!

Anna & Rob,  we enjoyed every minute of your wedding and cannot thank you enough for choosing us to capture your wedding day! We hope you had a wonderful honeymoon and are loving making your new place in NY a "home" as Mr & Mrs :)

Love,

Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Hasselblad 500cm, Holga 120N and Nikon F100 on Portra 400, Tri-X 400, and Delta 3200.

AN AFTERNOON IN DOOR COUNTY by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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After photographing a gorgeous wedding in Milwaukee, we headed back to Door County to stay with Butch's parents who had been watching our little Parker puppy while we took pictures! Originally, we had planned to head home on Sunday. After just a smidge of convincing, we decided to make it a long weekend and enjoy the most beautiful Sunday imaginable exploring the County!! It's no secret that wedding photographers work Saturdays, so we typically find other days throughout the week to celebrate (ahem, Tuesdays). It really didn't take much convincing at all to stay and make the most of a perfectly sunny 75 degree Sunday in Door County!

Hours of Jeeping through Cave Point, a fun (and ADORABLE) visit from family friends, delicious picnic on the deck, MASSIVE bon fire & s'mores rounded out our day of vacation :) The little cuties you see above are Olive & Stella! Miss Olive was a good little gardener, and smiley Stella couldn't get her giggles out fast enough the moment she saw Parker, Cozzy or Ruby (her favorite pups!). These two had us grinning from ear-to-ear with their cuteness all afternoon, and we headed home with happy hearts & one pooped puppy after a family-filled day of relaxation & exploring.

We are of course thankful for all of the moments with family and friends, but when we look back on this day we will always be even more grateful that we stayed because it was the last we were able to spend with Parker's Uncle Cozzy (Butch's parents Aussie). We didn't know it at the time, but this particular Sunday was the last day that Cozzy felt like himself, played frisbee with the biggest smile on his face, and ran around with Parker & Ruby. We'll always miss Cozzy's butt wiggles and the way he so patiently & lovingly played with and watched over Parker from the day he met him. It seems like good dogs should just live forever, and Cozzy is one of the best. We know that he is up in puppy heaven cheering on Parker with every frisbee he catches, and couldn't be more grateful for these images and memories!!!

With heavy hearts & lots of Love | K&B

// Film: Fuji Pro 400H // Camera: Contax 645 //

HAPPY CHRISTMAS! by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Here we sit in our sun room office, Christmas mug coffee in hand, our holiday playlist cycling through on Spotify, and the distant sound of Parker squeaking a new lion toy from one of our sweet 2013 wedding couples' gifts (thanks for the added squeaks this holiday season, Jamie & Seth!). The sun is pouring in, our tree is lit, stockings hung, and we are just plain EXCITED! Isn't this the best time of the year?!! :) We're looking forward to driving our sleigh all around the state of Wisconsin to visit with as much family as possible and introduce Parker to his first Christmas, but must admit that we are also grateful to have today to finish our wrapping before the holiday kicks in ;) We'll be back with a little end-of-the-year post after filling our bellies & hearts with lots of holiday laughter & yummy treats, but first wanted to wish each of you a Wonderfully Merry Christmas!!!! We thought, what better way to do that than with our holiday card! :)

Lot of Love | K&B

Images of us in our new home captured on film by our favorite, Laura Ivanova!

MINNEAPOLIS LIFESTYLE SESSION ON FILM | LAURA & TODOR by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

We are doing a little happy dance around our sunroom as we prepare these images of Laura & Todor to share with you today!! Laura is a friend of ours who happens to be an amazing film photographer in the Twin Cities! We are constantly in awe of Laura's absolutely beautiful images and have somewhat adopted her as our little family photographer ever since our first session with Laura in 2010, which is something that we are so grateful for! ;) There is truly something to be said about choosing a photographer whose personality puts you at ease and who you can truly be yourselves around! And for us, that is Laura! Her approach to shooting a session is so relaxed yet fun and she has an energy that immediately puts you at ease in front of her camera. We knew that it was about time to update the photos on our website and there wasn't a hint of a doubt that Laura was the one we hoped would capture us on film :) As we started chatting and preparing for our session, it turned out that she & Todor were also hoping to be photographed by a film shooter! We were slightly nervous and super honored to hear that we would be photographing a photographer who we look up to SO much!! Laura is a huge inspiration to us and just thinking about the fact that she would be on the other side of our cameras filled us with excitement. Just a few days after Laura visited Wausau for our session, we headed to Minneapolis to meet Laura, Todor & their sweet pup Bianca. We had a blast photographing and chatting with them! Laura & Todor are both incredibly easy going and stylish, and the chilly temps made them extra cuddly which we thought was absolutely perfect :) Together, Laura & Todor love to see the world. Their travels are well documented and after seeing them cozy up together, it is easy to picture them strolling the streets of Paris or roaming around Todor's home country of Bulgaria! Photographing these two was an absolute thrill for us, as it's not every day we get to photograph the photographer who inspires us!! It makes us smile from ear to ear that we can call this adorable couple friends!

Love | K&B

// Film: Fuji Pro 400H // Camera: Contax 645 & Hasselblad 500cm //