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Door County Sailboat Engagement | Shawna & Jeff by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Shawna and Jeff's engagement session involved at least 35 of our favorite things: water, a sailboat, Door County, timeless nautical style, lots of laughter, a beautiful sunset over the bluff... need we go on?? :) The very first time we chatted with Shawna, she mentioned her background in sailing and we immediately had visions for her & Jeff's engagement photos swirling around in our heads. Carrie of Door County Event Planners' husband swooped in to save the day by allowing us to venture out onto the bay in a sailboat he made by hand. But first, we spent some time at the marina capturing Shawna & Jeff with their adorable little girl, Payton, who was all smiles!

Shawna & Jeff are planning a Door County wedding in charming Ephraim, and we cannot WAIT to be a part of their celebration next year! Until then, here's a peek at the fun we had on the world's most adorable sailboat with one of the coolest couples we've had the pleasure of photographing :)

A giant thank you to Nate & Carrie for making this session possible, and to Shawna & Jeff for simply being your awesome selves! 


Kelsy & Butch

Door County Sailboat Engagement Photos captured on Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Nikon F100 with Fuji Pro 400H, Tri-X 400 and Ilford XP2 films. Developed by Fast Foto.


door-county-engagement-photos-001 We met Stacy & Steve at Cave Point in Door County for their engagement photos on a crisp fall evening. Cave Point is one of the County's most iconic destinations and, on this particular day, the giant waves were crashing and giving us quite a show! :) Door County was the most perfect location for Stacy & Steve's engagement photos as it also allowed them to soak in a relaxing weekend in the county to enjoy the fall colors!!

We had been looking forward to Stacy & Steve's session not just because we knew the two of them are awesome and we would have fun together in this beautiful place, but also because they were bringing along a special little someone who we simply couldn't WAIT to meet! How adorable is their goldendoodle pup, Jordy!?! He melted our hearts immediately and was such a good boy while we were taking pictures throughout the session. He effortlessly managed to make at least 15 friends because everyone who passed by couldn't continue on without giving his sweet, fluffy face a few pets!! It's no secret that we are also giant dog lovers, so this only made us love Stacy & Steve even more. :) We are so excited to be a part of their family farm wedding next June in Central Wisconsin!!

Love, Kelsy & Butch


All images captured with Contax 645 or Pentax 67 on Fuji Pro 400H.



Although we have pretty much known this day was coming for quite sometime, nothing can replace the realness when your sister calls from Hawaii to tell you that she's engaged! AHH! We can barely contain our excitement! :D Charles had contacted Butch's Dad about a month before he planned to propose to Stevi. We must admit, he planned EVERYTHING out perfectly... Right down to scheduling a trip to visit all of us in Door County right after he planned to ask Stevi for her hand in marriage in HAWAII!! If that isn't cool enough, Charles asked Stevi to marry him in a helicopter! WOW! We of course flipped out, laughed and gave hugs over the phone when we got the call in the middle of the night! The only thing standing in the way of Charles' master plan was a pair of hurricanes headed right for Hawaii – it just so happened that their plane home was scheduled to take off right between the two of them. But, they sailed smoothly all the way to Wisconsin and the celebrating continued! :)

After a FULL day of fun on the pontoon boat in Door County, we asked Stevi and Charles to join us for a few golden hour engagement photos in Butch's & Stevi's parents field. LOVE!

We know these two will plan an amazing wedding day that fits them perfectly and we honestly cannot wait to be there to celebrate with them!!

Love, Kelsy & Butch


All images captured with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Fuji Pro 400H.


door-county-engagement-photos-film-001 This engagement session was kind of like a dream. One of those really good dreams that you want to relive over & over!!

When we arrived at Tom's Mom's house in Sturgeon Bay, we knew a few things to be true: Karyn & Tom are awesome, they have an adorable pup named Weasley, and Tom's Mom's house is on the water in beautiful Door County. Those three things alone had us feeling SO excited for Karyn & Tom's engagement session!! Little did we know, we would be photographing them along one of the loveliest tucked away parts of the County on a private dock, with dunes across the Bay that looked like we were in Cape Cod. And, this was only to be followed by more costal beauty as we inched our way along Bayshore drive over to The Alpine Resort!

Together, Karyn & Tom are affectionate and adorable, and Weasley had us all smiling non-stop with his bow tie and his cute little self! :) We cannot thank these two enough for spending the evening with us and are already looking forward to their Door County wedding next May at the stunning Horseshoe Bay Golf Club!

Love, Kelsy & Butch


All images captured with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Portra 400 and Ilford 3200 film.