A COLLECTION OF REVIEWS
2009 – 2018
Easily one of the best decisions we made concerning our big day, the McCartneys are the whole package! To start, Butch and Kelsy are an amazing, two photographer team. The day of the wedding goes by too fast, so having an extra camera on hand made sure that we were able to capture all of our special moments. If that isn't enough, the photo quality is exquisite! The McCartneys are different than most photographers in that they shoot traditional film. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but the quality of the film shots is superior (in our opinion), adding that last missing element from comparable photos we have seen. The cherry on top of our experience is the personal connection that we made with our photographers. From our consults, to a dinner meeting here and there, and all of the way through the wedding, Butch and Kelsy are amazing to work with. Their light-hearted attitude, paired with an amazing work ethic, truly sets this pair apart from other photographers. We could not have envisioned a better experience with better people and would highly recommend the McCartneys to anyone who asks!
-ELLIE & ANDREW, ROTHSCHILD PAVILION, WAUSAU WI WEDDING 2015
John and I found the McCartney's through our good friends who have used them to capture all their precious moments (wedding and their two adorable girls)! We spoke to multiple photographers and as soon as we Skyped with Butch and Kelsy we knew we wanted them to capture our special day! We felt like we knew them for years! The amount of detail they but into their business and their clients is unlike anything I have seen or experienced! From the initial welcome box they sent us with personalized touches to the timelines and sending us our wedding photos in such a timely manner. Our pictures are incredible, so many people compliment on the quality and style! Butch and Kelsy were incredible to work with and went above and beyond our expectations in every way! I would highly recommend the McCartney's for anyone's photography needs our pictures are stunning!
-ERIN & JOHN, ABOUT THYME FARM, BAILEYS HARBOR DOOR COUNTY WEDDING 2015
Kelsy and Butch were incredible to work with. My husband and I could not be happier with our choice to work with them for our wedding. Even though we live in Seattle and were getting married in Wisconsin, we found them to be extremely responsive and easy to work with leading up to both our engagement session and the big day. They were very willing to be flexible and accommodate our every wish. They were helpful in planning out the timeline for our wedding, and our entire wedding party enjoyed working with them. Kelsy and Butch were professional, passionate about their work, and of course they take absolutely beautiful photos!! We can't thank them enough for all that they did and all the wonderful memories they captured for us. We highly recommend them to others!
-SARAH & JEFF, THE UNIVERSITY CLUB OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN WEDDING 2015
Hiring Butch & Kelsy McCartney was the best decision of our entire wedding, and we have amazing pictures to prove it. Words can't express how highly we recommend them. We hired them for both our engagement session and our wedding day. Their talent is undeniable. They always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to capture every amazing candid moment. The way they capture light in outdoor photos makes every photo look magazine worthy. In addition, they're both really sweet people. Their positive energy & enthusiasm is contagious. They're the kind of people you'd want to hang out with outside of your wedding day too. They're also incredibly thoughtful and don't overlook any details. Everything we got from them felt like a surprise "gift." I instagrammed the un-boxing of the wedding photos they sent us because it just looked & felt that special! And to boot - they got our wedding pictures on Style Me Pretty. I couldn't believe it - definitely the cherry on top of the wedding cake!
-ANDREA & ERIC, OSTHOFF RESORT, ELKHART LAKE, WI WEDDING 2013
Kelsy and Butch were the most wonderful photographers!! We loved their style and their easy going nature. You can really tell that they enjoy taking photos because they have fun while they are doing it! I can not say enough good things about this fun talented duo. :) They were very professional and flexible with our plans, and we feel that the value was amazing. Not only do their photos turn out wonderful, but their product is just as good. I liked the fact that the albums are handcrafted and can easily be put out on the coffee table because they are so well made and hard-wearing. We would absolutely recommend these two whole-heartedly to anyone looking for a fresh unique take on wedding photography. In fact when we were on our honeymoon in Hawaii last month that's all we kept saying... "Kelsy and Butch would take such AMAZING photos here!!!! We should've hired them to come along with us!!!!' :D Thank you two again soooo much for helping us remember how beautiful our day was!!! :)
-JEN & JEFF, GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN WEDDING 2012
Kelsy and Butch are simply awesome! From the first time we met them during our engagement photo session to our cememony and reception, they made us feel so comfortable around them and in front of the cameras. Our pictures turned out better than we ever hoped, and they captured all the moments that we will never forget. Kelsy and Butch took the time to make us feel really special, and we felt like they really cared about our wedding day and what was important to us. Several members of our wedding party agreed that Kelsy and Butch were the easiest photographers they had ever worked with. They also do a great job in the presentation and packaging of photo prints ordered. I can't say enough good things about Kelsy and Butch and hope to be able to work with them again sometime in the future for family portraits!
-CHELSEA & KYLE, HORSESHOE BAY GOLF CLUB, EGG HARBOR, DOOR COUNTY WEDDING 2011
If you are looking for wedding photographers who will make your day so special and make you wish you could invite them as guests to your wedding as well... look no further. I had randomly stumbled upon the McCartney's facebook page long before I was even dating my now husband and since then had loved their photography. When I did get engaged and we started looking at photographers obviously my first choice was Butch and Kelsy, but little did I know how perfect they really are. Kelsy and Butch are phenomenal photographers that photograph with love, integrity, and pure passion each and everyday. From minute one you will feel so special and you will feel like you are discussing your wedding with great friends, not your wedding vendor. They will help you with your day of timeline, give advice on what will make great photographs and will capture so much more on your big day. Many of my wedding guests commented on how sweet Kelsy and Butch were, but also how it seemed that they were everywhere capturing every moment possible. I can say with confidence that we have found our photographers for life and look forward to family, anniversary and baby photo sessions for our family in the future!
-LIBBY & ALLEN, MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, WISCONSIN WEDDING 2015
Ah, The McCartneys! I was so excited to randomly stumble upon their blog when I was photographer-hunting and even more excited when they were available for our day. I'm a photography nerd so the photo aspect of our wedding was really important to me, and the fact that the McCartneys do a mix of film and digital was so attractive to me (film is not dead and it's so much better than digital, trust me). I emailed them like a thousand times with questions/updates - planning a wedding long-distance will do this to you - and they were endlessly patient, friendly and even seemingly enjoyed my myriad messages. On our wedding day, it was like being photographed by friends. They're so great! Having your photo taken can be kind of awkward, but it wasn't at all with them which is a testament to how talented Kelsy & Butch are. We got our photos super quick after the wedding and they were INCREDIBLE. They're super easy to work with and are more like friends than vendors. Hire them. NOW!
-KATE & BRANDON, THE UNIVERSITY CLUB, MADISON, WI WEDDING 2015
The McCartneys are not only amazing photographers but wonderful people. As a team, they take the time to really get to know you and become your friends along the way. While working with them for our engagement session and our wedding day, Kelsy and Butch brought a contagious energy that added to our excitement and made us feel very comfortable working with them. When photographing, they have a way of finding the perfect light and special small moments that really set their pictures apart from others. Kelsy and Butch captured our day in such a timeless way that we can look back on for years to come. No where will you find such talented photographers and genuine people who truly love what they do like the McCartneys.
-KATIE & NICK, GORDON LODGE, BAILEYS HARBOR, DOOR COUNTY WEDDING 2015
Photography was my #1 wedding priority and it took a little while to find what I was looking for. After the recommendation of a friend and co-worker, I visited the McCartney's website and was instantly blown away by their beautiful work. Every wedding and engagement session on their blog was equally stunning and the quality and artistry was nothing like I've ever seen. After a very excited Skype date, my fiance and I could not be more ready to book with them - which ended up being the best decision we made for our entire wedding. From helping us decide which collection was right for us, to coordinating our wedding timeline and of course, our wedding day, Butch and Kelsy could not have been more responsive, helpful, and professional. They were more than photographers, they truly helped shape our day in more ways than one and if that's not enough, they are a complete joy to be around. They are fun, worked great with our family, bridal party, and other vendors and are so happy and passionate that you can't help but feel wonderful when you're with them. We were blown away by the quality of our engagement blog and images, but our wedding photos were truly greater than we could have expected. Their ability to capture the many emotions, the tiniest detail, and a special moment is pure artistry. Our prints are beautiful and something we will treasure for years. We could not be more pleased with our photos and overall experience and also could not recommend Butch and Kelsy more. THANK YOU for capturing our wedding day so beautifully and for helping to preserve these precious memories. Love!
-AMANDA & NICK, THE MADISON CLUB, MADISON WI WEDDING 2014
What a team! Kelsy and Butch absolutely love (and are fantastic at) what they do! They were dedicated to getting to know us and capturing every detail of our wedding story. I found the McCartney’s when looking for wedding photographers in the Wausau area; they caught our attention with their photojournalistic approach to weddings, attention to detail, and the way they could capture the energy and emotion of the moment. I also noticed they were friends with another photographer friend of mine. When I asked him what he thought of their work, he told me, “If they are available BOOK THEM…you won’t be disappointed”. And he was right! We met Kelsy and Butch in downtown Wausau for our engagement session. We were a bit nervous to be in front of the camera, but they put us at ease right away. They were extremely professional and captured all the magic moments of our wedding day, from getting ready, to our ceremony, the reception, and all the little details that made our day special. We are so happy with the quality of our prints and the wedding coffee table album that tells the perfect story of our day. We loved working with the McCartney’s! The photographers were definitely the most important part of our wedding and we feel our money was well spent on the McCartney’s exceptional style.
-AMANDA & ANTHONY, GREAT HALL, WAUSAU, WI WEDDING 2011
Kelsy and Butch are a dream photography duo! It is clear that they truly love what they do and love working with each other. They always kept us at ease and the awkward posed moments never seemed to happen. Perhaps most importantly, the photos turned out beautiful and were a perfect representation of our special day.
-KELSEY & DAVE, ENCHANTED BARN, WISCONSIN WEDDING 2011
I truly could go on forever about all of the things I loved about working with the McCartneys! First, I just love THEM in general! They are so kind, fun and warm. They made us feel so comfortable from the very first interaction and went above and beyond what I expected. Your photographers will be with you so much of your wedding day so it is important that you feel comfortable with them and I loved spending my day with Kelsy and Butch! Also, their work is incredible. Our engagement and wedding photos are perfect. I loved that they let us just be us--no awkward posing or forced expressions. Everyone says how beautiful all of our photos are. Our wedding day was cold, windy, rainy and muddy and they took it all in stride and still managed to get all of the photos we wanted. I honestly think hiring the McCartneys was one the best decisions that we made during our planning. We have hundreds of beautiful photos, great memories and two new friends. I can't recommend them enough!
-KARYN & TOM, HORSESHOE BAY BEACH CLUB, EGG HARBOR, DOOR COUNTY WEDDING 2015
There were a few vendors during our wedding planning process that were truly a privilege to work with and the McCartneys were one of them. From our very first contact through even now, after our wedding as we are ordering our photos, they were extremely professional, brought excitement and creativity to the project, and were always incredibly responsive. They were pros. Wedding planning is a lot of work and having a vendor like them who simply handles it, does an amazing job, and is pleasant throughout is a gift. We gave them very little direction and they nailed everything. We love our photos and look forward to using them for more in the future!
-COURTNEY & BILLY, VILLA TERRACE DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM, MILWAUKEE, WI WEDDING 2015
Butch and Kelsy are absolutely incredible in every sense of the word. They are professional yet fun, caring, and flexible. Our original wedding plans changed and Butch and Kelsy were incredibly willing to work with us through the changes and even worked out a way to photograph both of our wedding celebrations. They are constantly communicating with their couples, trying to get a feeling for what that bride and groom have in mind for their day and what they want people to remember and feel when they look back at their day. The photographs that the McCartneys take truly make you FEEL. I don't know how they do it but when you look at their photos you can just tell what the feelings, emotions, and style was on that couple's wedding day. These two are amazing people and are always willing to work with their couples and make their services of value. Every day I felt like Butch and Kelsy were there to help with other aspects of the wedding, offering recommendations and suggestions for vendors or ideas. I couldn't DREAM of having another photographer and I am so happy with our choice!
-LYDIA & JON, BLACK SWAN COUNTRY CLUB, BOSTON, MA WEDDING 2014
If you're looking for wedding photographers that totally get you and your personality, are just as excited as you are about your big day, easy to work with, totally fun, and above all...SUPER talented? Then look no further than Butch & Kelsy McCartney! They are simply amazing and as an obsessive lover of pictures I knew that I wanted to make sure our wedding photos were ones to remember and would last a lifetime. Let's just say they were so much more than I could have imagined. Moments were captured that I never knew possible and our love story was told beautifully through pictures that could be in any bridal magazine. Their love for their craft is immediately evident in all of their work and is contagious during your wedding day. Needless to say the McCartneys will forever be in our lives, not only as photographers, but as friends. You won't regret this wedding decision! :)
-KIM & STEW, DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN WEDDING 2012
After my first brief conversation with Kelsy McCartney, I was convinced my hubby and I needed them for our wedding photography. Kelsy and Butch were incredibly helpful, cheery, and accommodating from that first phone call. Hiring the McCartneys meant exceeding our initial budget for photography, but we are so thankful we made photography a priority! We cared more about having incredible photographers capture the essence of our wedding than we did about anything else that we knew wouldn't last past that day. As a result, we have hundreds of beautiful images that make us feel giddy inside every time we look at them because they take us right back to the amazing feelings present on that magical day! I think the McCartneys would be an especially wonderful choice for a couple who's not exceedingly comfortable in front of a camera. It's impossible not to feel relaxed and joyful around those two-- their love and happiness for each other and their job is absolutely contagious. We were absolutely thrilled with the McCartneys. If you haven't booked them yet, do it soon! :) I've recommended them to many, many friends and will continue to do so. Thanks again, Butch and Kelsy! :)
-DIANA & KYLE, GOLDEN MAST INN, OKAUCHEE, WI WEDDING 2011
A family friend highly recommended that we take a peek at the The McCartney’s Photography. Wow, were we in awe! After a few emails/phone conversations we felt an instant connection with them and their photography style. Kelsy and Butch are such an authentic duo and were genuinely excited for us and the details we were planning to incorporate into our wedding day. Before we could commit, like most couples, we had a lovely little budget to abide by so we gladly re-arranged ideas, costs and put photography as a top priority. After all, you get ONE day..ONE chance for your Photographer to capture YOUR day. Why wouldn’t you want to feel 100% confident in the Photographer you hire? The McCartney’s were wonderful at walking us through the start of our engagement session and after much laughter, we were completely at ease at being photographed. The images from our e-session captured us wonderfully and left us smiling from ear to ear. Our wedding day arrived and Kelsy and Butch couldn’t have been a better fit with our family and friends. They jumped right in and took control of what they needed to accomplish. They share such a unique perspective and true talent for this art and it shows; our wedding day images are absolutely breath taking! Looking through our images brings us back to our day (that flew by entirely way too fast) and we are able to enjoy the emotions all over again. Every.single.time! We are forever grateful that we put photography as a top priority. We feel blessed and honored to have had The McCartneys along during this memorable time in our lives!
-ANNA & PAUL, WISCONSIN BARN WEDDING, 2011