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That Lazaro dress is incredible… am I right? Amy and Pete got ready at the historic and opulent (and apparently haunted!) Pfister hotel in downtown milwaukee before being transported (by old-fashioned trolly!) to the ceremony location at the historic Trimborn Farm. Stay tuned tomorrow for more on this incredible ceremony (and reception to come on thursday!) and details about how she planned her day!
This is Esther and Jesse. you know Esther by now, she’s one of my favorite people ever… and also happens to be a photographer like myself. by now, you’ve heard me talk enough about her- how we met (at a bridal expo) how we did super 8mm of her wedding, how she photographed the birth of our son, and countless other tales of getting nutella crepes together and tracking down amazing finds at random vintage stores, and picking up stray homeless dogs along the side of the interstate. our conversations normally go like this:
“OMG i am DYING RIGHT NOW. you wont even believe what i found at this vintage store. seriously…. i’d sit down if i were you”
“soooo i think i need to re-brand my company. what do you think about this logo?”
“so Jesse just got this new tattoo*” *or motorcycle. or something else guy-cool.
“seriously… you wont believe what i found at this vintage store…”
and a few days ago Esther really did find something incredible ( i mean, she always does). a giant tulle and chiffon wedding dress. we had scheduled their anniversary shoot for this weekend and she had been looking for something to wear other than Joan- the vintage green sequin dress we named after the MadMen character. and there it was… a dress that she happened to talk down the store clerk to forty dollars. FORTY.DOLLARS. people… this dress screamed Esther. i mean, it was literally tailored to her body. so of course, she brought it home, and Jesse just said “ummm…. is that a WEDDING dress? why do you need a wedding dress?” and she replied “because it makes me happy”
yes! DONE AND DONE.
so into the field we went…
we lost the sunlight so quickly, i was shooting at iso 5000 for these last couple (thank you D3s!) so we headed downtown to do a few shots with jesse’s motorcycle. i love love love that bike.
All in all, a great end to a saturday night! i love shooting with you guys and cant wait for you to photograph our little family! more blog posts to come about how to make your own session go smoothly and how to prepare well.
I was a little girl of maybe 3. I remember standing in my kitchen, looking out to the front door. i was holding my blankie, and people were bustling about, moving things and boxes out the front door. I was crying, but no one really noticed.
My brother Todd walked over, and he loomed over me. when he knelt down to my eye level i remember thinking how huge he really was, and how small i felt. he asked me why i was crying and i said that if he moved out of the house, he wouldn’t be my brother anymore (this memory still brings tears to my eyes! they are brimming…). He explained that even though we wouldn’t live in the same house, and just because he was grown and was moving out, didn’t mean that we wouldn’t still be brother and sister.
i guess no one had ever explained to me that brothers and sisters aren’t just the people that live in your house, they are your blood.
He joined the marines and served in the first gulf war. i wrote letters to him… my whole first grade class wrote letters to him. i asked my mom (right before my seventh birthday) if she thought Todd would remember my birthday. a tricky question… she hesitated and told me that he might not because he’s in a very bad place in a very bad situation. his friends are sometimes hurt very badly, and birthdays aren’t really the same over there. I told her that i didn’t need a present…. but sand would be cool. the very next day, coke cans with arabic writing on them came in the mail full of sand.
Reporters came to my school and interviewed me about Todd. they asked what i would do if i saw him, and all i could think of was the truth: “i would run up to him and give him a really big hug”. when he arrived in the airport and walked off the plane i was the first to run and hug him. (look at how handsome he is!)
and now (still just as handsome!)
When he came home he gave me a button (probably just a spare) from his uniform. he told me to keep it very safe. I will tell you right now that that button was my most treasured object and was kept in my little box of treasures (that i still have).
i also named my pet frog after him. Todd.
So, of course, when he told me he was in love, the girl had high expectations to meet. and i knew in a second when i met Ashley that she was the.one. I actually knew he was in love with her before he told me explicitly that it was her- when we would talk on the phone he couldnt stop talking about this Ashley girl. she is amazing. she is incredible. she is absolutely perfect for my brother.
My brother Todd and sister-in-law Ashley were married eleven years ago, but have never had a real ceremony and reception. D and I eloped as well, and although i wouldn’t change how we did it (i LOVED our surprise wedding!) there is something amazing about sharing it with your friends and family and being surrounded with that kind of love and support. So, this year, Todd and Ashley decided to do it up and celebrate their marriage with a vow renewal on Ashley’s family’s farm in Kentucky. We made the journey (by car! we’ve earned our parental badges, thank you very much…) and photographed the day. It was the first wedding my babies have ever been to, Usually D and I are both working them and someone has to watch the Littles. but… all family was at the wedding! I didn’t know what to expect, having my Littles there at the same time i was working- baby Pierson is still pretty clingy to me, and Tavish is a tender-heart and needs lots of mama cuddles. Luckily, they were fairly distracted by their cousins and with the help of D and my mom and other family members they were well looked after while i photographed!
This farm was just incredible. A stream runs through it and in the stream bed lies thousands of giant geodes- rocks that have crystal formations on the inside. some were as big as soccerballs, and they were just everywhere. the leaves were just starting to turn, the light was beautiful, butterflies abounded… it all sounds like a fairytale, right? it was.
Ashley’s Papaw sews quilts and they were hung from trees and in the tent as beautiful pops of color and works of art. everything was handmade, from the paper flower centerpieces to ashley’s incredible (!) bouquet made from scraps of her Papaw’s quilts and handed-down broaches. i danced with my boys until midnight, and they’ve been talking about it ever since.
i love nights like these…
Congrats to my brother and his beautiful wife Ashley! i love you guys so much, thanks for having me be part of your day , i’m so proud to be your sister
I loved this sweet little destination wedding with Casey and Jake! do you remember them from the vintage TV engagement session? I can not tell you how great these guys are, they are so easy going and up for anything. and by up-for-anything i mean jumping in the ocean with your wedding dress (i’ll be posting their day after session tomorrow!) and devouring your cake – face first- during our photobooth at the reception. two more posts from this wedding to come in the next couple of days!
Thank you so much to Esther for coming along and second shooting for me! i just love her :)
More tomorrow! ta-ta!