"Wisconsin Barn Wedding"

LARSON BARN RIVER FALLS WI WEDDING | RACHEL & GARY! by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

wisconsin-barn-wedding-001 Rachel and Gary are one of the most warm, loving, and JOYFUL couples we've ever met. There's a light and kind confidence in their eyes that makes you feel like someone GREAT, because that is simply what they do. They lift you up and are a true blessing to everyone who is fortunate enough to call them a friend or family!

From the beginning we knew that family is of the things in life that Rach & Gar cherish most, and they always kept that in the forefront of their wedding planning – starting with their engagement session that took place on Gary's family's farm! Carrying that passion into their wedding plans, they designed a day that not only reflected them as a couple but also encouraged all of their guests to join in the FUN! After a beautiful ceremony at Rachel's childhood parish in St Paul, the Church of St Mark, their guests made a lovely drive into the countryside of River Falls WI where the beautiful Larson Barn is surrounded by fields and giant trees. Things like an outdoor photo booth and cocktail style reception with amazing sweets made by their friend created an atmosphere filled with energy, conversation and laughter! To further personalize the Larson Barn they filled it with lights, vintage linens used at Rachel's aunt and uncle's wedding, wood chargers cut by her uncle, custom signs, amazing flowers all day long created by Rachel's aunt, and so much more!!

Not only was their day beautiful and filled with style & energy, it was also overflowing with LOVE. A love so big that when they played the video Gary made for Rachel when he proposed to her, there wasn't a dry eye in sight. Gary took the time to collect video of each of his and Rachel's family members and laced them carefully together so sweetly. After hearing words of encouragement and praise from Rachel's parents, sisters & brother, as well as Gary's parents and brothers, the last one to speak was Gar. The words he shared and the fact that they have this video to cherish for the rest of their lives is powerful enough to bring us to tears as we type!! This beautiful example of love right before Rach & Gar entered the dance floor to dance their first dance as Mr & Mrs Seifert couldn't have been more perfect! After beautiful dances with their parents (and Rachel's  family, who joined her & her Dad on the dance floor for a few sweet moments), all of their guests packed the floor and their evening took off!

Rachel and Gary, your enthusiasm for life, happiness, and marrying each other is truly inspiring. We adore the two of you and are beyond thankful that you chose us as your photographers!! We think of the two of you as dear friends and are couldn't be happier for you! Cheers to marriage, adventure, and love! :)

Love, Kelsy & Butch

PS – Did we mention that these two were doubly blessed with not just one rainbow, but a complete and vibrant DOUBLE rainbow?! :)

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All images captured with Pentax 67, Hasselblad 500cm and Nikon F100 on Fuji 400H, Tri-X 400 and Delta 3200.

Flowers: Julie Jacobsen Kendle, aunt of the bride | Cake Artist: Megan Henry, bride friend | DJ: DJ Studdebaker's | Catering: Ptacek's Catering | Bride’s Dress: from Wedding Shoppe | Groom’s Suit: Bella Notte Formalwear

MUNSON BRIDGE WINERY WEDDING | BRITTANY & DUSTIN! by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

munson-bridge-winery-wedding-001 Where do we begin with the incredible celebration that was Brittany & Dustin's wedding day?! These two are such an inspiring couple. Together they are fun, loving, witty, adorable, adventurous, and FULL of life! Every inch of Munson Bridge Winery's beautiful property was styled into a genuine representation of who Brittany & Dustin are and what they love most. From an olive tasting bar and open air Photo Booth to handmade yard games and the biggest cupcake spread we've ever seen, they treated their guests to a truly heartfelt day!!

Moments before Dustin saw his gorgeous bride for the first time, he was completely overcome by emotion. It didn't stop there, as he and Brittany have such a connection that capturing sweet moments for them seemed to never end. Gentle embraces filled with anticipation, bursting out into laughter while riding a vintage bicycle together, and Dustin scooping up his bride for their first kiss after saying "I do" are just a few parts of their celebration that still have us smiling. :)

Brittany & Dustin, we know how much thoughtful planning you put into your wedding day and, to us, that is just one example of how amazing the two of you are together! We wish you lived in Wisconsin so that we could have regular game nights and dinner dates. :) Wishing you two so much love and happiness!!

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Nikon F100 and Holga 120 on Fuji 400H, PAN F 50, and Delta 3200.

Flowers: Randy from Evolutions in Design | Wedding Coordinator: Gloria Mitchell | Hair Stylist: Nicole Semling, Absolute Hair | Makeup Artist: Vanexa Yang | Cake Artist: Jessica | DJ: Midwest Sound | Catering: B&S Catering | Bride’s Dress: from Jon's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung in Coastal | Bride's Earrings: SweetMelodyShop on Etsy | Groom's Suit: Banana Republic | Officiant: Pastor Bruce Lamont | Wedding Singer: Jerry Teclaw

WAUSAU BARN WEDDING | JEN & ROB! by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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Jen & Rob's wedding celebration was filled with thoughtful gestures & talents from friends and family to make their dream day come true. :) Well, one part of it at least! We photographed the first day of of Jen & Rob's 2-part wedding weekend – the day they promised their love to one another atop Rib Mountain (the same place where Rob proposed AND where we captured their wintery engagement session)!

After a beautiful ceremony covered in blue skies, Jen & Rob hopped into a hot red corvette and drove off to a perfectly styled private barn celebration just miles away. We were seriously blown away by the gem of a barn where we had the pleasure of capturing Jen & Rob mingling, laughing, and cheersing with their family! With decor & wooden elements created by Jen's parents and meticulous styling by Jenna A Events, they treated their closest loved ones to a delicious meal and great company :)

Jen & Rob are such a radiant, happy couple! It's honestly quite hard to imagine the two of them NOT smiling – Jen especially!! Her smile & laughter is 10000% contagious, and Rob looks at her with the most loving eyes. We have no doubt that the second half of Jen & Rob's Labor Day wedding festivities were just as joyful, and feel truly lucky to have documented this day!!

Love | K&B

// Film: Fuji Pro 400H & Delta 3200 // Camera: Contax 645, Nikon F100/D800 & Hasselblad 500cm //

JUST PLAIN THANKFUL by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Amidst the craziness of our day-to-day life and constant efforts to grow both personally and in our business, it is easy to get so caught up that we don't slow down and recognize how amazing right now truly is. On a typical weekday morning we wake up around 7:30/8am, take Parker out, share a pot of coffee, respond to sweet client emails, prepare print orders, cull/edit our latest portrait session or wedding, design wedding albums, prepare + send out lovely packages to our clients, meet with newly engaged brides & grooms to-be, share images on our blog + social media, connect with our favorite wedding vendors, reach out to high school seniors, and of course sneak in a trip to Starbucks for our daily fix among all of these things... because, you know, that is a must in order to make our way through to-do lists. ;) But in between those check marks and exclamation points (yes, these lists are sprinkled with !!!), our days are also filled with some of my favorite moments: quality time spent with our puppy, smooches & tickle tortures with my hunny, non-stop smiling at the computer because I am so inspired by our clients and excited about the images we create together, listening to Butch sing along with every other song playing on Spotify, and watching over downtown Wausau from our new studio (which we have still yet to officially announce!).

The little things are not just highlights of any given day, but our favorite moments and the ones we are especially thankful for! This, in combination with our pure excitement for the incredible clients we have the honor of working with, is what inspires us and makes us want to create images that reflect couples in their natural state, energetic high school seniors, and wedding day moments that if uncaptured risk being lost forever. In both our personal lives and in our photography, this is what we shoot for -- unscripted out-takes filled with genuine emotion!

On that note, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane back to 2010 to share some of our favorite moments from Jody & Chris' University Club wedding in St Paul. We would love to hear what your favorite moments are... feel free to share :)

Love | K&B

FEATURED ON WEDDING CHICKS | VINTAGE ENCHANTED BARN WEDDING by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Kelsey & Dave's effortlessly perfect wedding at the Enchanted Barn was the kind of day a photographer (or any vendor, really...) dreams about!! These two brought 110% of themselves into their wedding style and created a fun, casual, backyard barn celebration for all of their guests to enjoy. We are SO excited that Jocey & Amy of the Wedding Chicks felt the same way and decided to feature Kelsey & Dave's wedding today! We hope you'll head over to their lovely site and take a peek at all of the vintage goodness and adorable moments that made Kelsey and Dave's wedding day so awesome!! Feel free to leave them a little love while you're there :) Love | K&B

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