June 14, 2017

A DOOR COUNTY ELOPEMENT

Elopement

“I really hope you’re not offended but you’re my second choice photographer.”…..

If you’ve read my About page, you’ll notice I have a short bucket list which included shooting an elopement in Door County. I’m happy to report, I can officially check that off….so, check! Along with laid back couple…check! Relaxed atmosphere and timeline…check! Gorgeous couple….check! AH-mazing non-traditional dress….check! Personal touches….check! Scenic landscape….check! Some of my favorite floral ever {peonies!}…check! Need more of this in my life….waiting to check, check, and check a whole bunch more times. Seriously, though. I have so so much love for Megan and Zach. So now to the good stuff….

When Megan first contacted me last fall, her initial words were “I really hope you’re not offended but you’re my second choice photographer.” As a person who is not easily offended I was definitely not put off by this comment and was truly intrigued to chat with her more, but I wasn’t ready for what she said next….

“So, I really wanted Gabe McClintock, but that didn’t work out, so you’re the next best thing.”  Um what?

I’m pretty sure I thought I heard her wrong….did she really just say my name and Gabe McClintock IN THE SAME SENTENCE??? {who is an international superstar, by the way…look him up!}. I have no doubt I sat there in silence for a minute thinking a) how does this farm girl from Wisconsin even know who Gabe McClintock is? My styling trends a bit different than most in Wisconsin and for someone to even recognize that AND know who Gabe is, shocked me to say the least. Then b) the thought briefly crossed my mind that this chick needed her eyes checked, because…well….this was nothing short of a big deal. Megan explained the way my work made her feel and that she felt the way in which she could visibly see my interpretation of light and the use of landscape in my imagery was the exact thing that spoke to her. She knew above all else that’s what she wanted on the day she planned to elope. To quote Megan, she didn’t “care about all the other ‘fluff’ but to find a photographer that shared the same vision as her”. I’m pretty sure she made my entire century. Whether or not I choose to initially believe her comment about comparing me to someone I greatly looked up to (what an honor and humbling thing that really made me stop and think about how I perceive my work), it will always mean more to me than I may ever be able to express. I’ve always been one to nitpick my flaws. I am my own worst critic. It’s a downfall of being a perfectionist. Sometimes I love it, it pushes me to always want to be better. Sometimes I hate it, I’m never satisfied and always feel like I fail myself. But it’s a weakness I am working on and am a true believer that if you see beauty in someone or something, speak it. You never know if that person may need to hear what you have to say. Encouragement and praise will build up our society and may change the entire outlook for someone’s path. Love begins with each of us. To Megan, thank you for praising my work and giving me a boost of confidence. xoxo.

So back to this amazing elopement. I wish I could relive this day over and over. It was exactly what I was needing to cap off my very busy spring. We kept it low-key, casual getting ready at their quiet farmhouse, and then headed off to the sweetest little Norwegian stave chapel along the Lake Michigan shoreline. I was blessed to witness their union, partake in communion with them, and be the first to congratulate them on their joined life together. But what I loved the most is that they got me. I shot a lot of in the moment images which are always my favorite and speak to my soul. Minimal posing, just exploring around the grounds, into the woods, catching the lakeshore breeze, and letting me do my thing as I clicked through random moments when most people may think “what is she taking a picture of?” Those are the moments I live for. While we both had our hearts set on the dramatic lighting paired with the landscape views and sunset glows, the sun didn’t pull through for us except for a split second at the end of the day on our drive back to their farmhouse, just long enough to tease us. But neither of us are complaining. The mood of the day is portrayed in each of these moments and I sit here and look at them with my heart bursting for more elopements and laid back days just like this.

VENDOR LOVE |

Ceremony Venue: Boynton Chapel, Baileys Harbor in Door County

Dress: Houghton NYC purchased at The White Room

Shoes: Anna Baiguera ordered online because they’re only made in Italy! 😉

Tux: Men’s Warehouse, Vera Wang Black collection

Floral: Petal Pusher

Hair: Lacy Zarling from Bold Salon

Makeup: the bride

Calligraphy: Saffron Avenue

Officiant: Pastor Tim Malek from Bay View Lutheran Church

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