Olivia + Jake’s Dreamy, Pastel Barn Wedding in West Bend, Wisconsin

I have been so excited to share this dreamy, pastel barn wedding with you all! Olivia and Jake were married at the Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend, Wisconsin where there is a beautiful barn on site for receptions. I felt like Olivia and I were constantly on the same wavelength about everything with the wedding, which made for one seriously amazing day! Olivia and Jake are absolutely perfect for each other. They’re both incredibly fun + outgoing, and put others before themselves. I could not be more grateful for these two! Olivia and Jake went above and beyond to make ME feel special on THEIR wedding day, that’s just the type of people they are. They were so, so sweet to all of their vendors and words will never be able to express how thankful I am! Every last detail was covered and I had such a blast capturing their wedding day!

I met the ladies at the Hampton Inn & Suites for some getting ready + detail shots. Olivia was surrounded by her closest gals and each and every one of them was just stunning! They had their hair done by Sarah Windall at Shear Elegance Salon and makeup done by Megan Holstine of Makeup Artistry, both outdid themselves and the ladies hair + makeup held all day and night!

Olivia + Jake decided to do a first look and as you all should know by now, they are my absolute FAVORITE! The intimacy of a first look incomparable and I adore that they chose to read letters from each other right before the big reveal! Jake is a pretty straight forward guy, and when he saw his soon to be wife for the first time, he was (almost) at a loss for words. Their connection is felt instantly by anyone in the room and there is no doubt they are meant to be!

Portraits were interrupted by a brief little rain shower, but that didn’t stop us, nor did it put a damper on Olivia + Jake’s mood! This bunch was such a riot and knew exactly how to have a good time. So much fun went down before the ceremony, that I just knew the rest of the night was going to be a good time!

Olivia + Jake’s short and sweet ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour filled with yard games and the best homemade sangria! The reception followed with heartfelt speeches and a tasty BBQ dinner from Glenn’s Meat Market. After a few sunset portraits Olivia and Jake hit the dance floor with all of their loved ones! I wish this day never had to end!

I can’t wait for you all to see some of my favorite images from the incredible Ferguson wedding! Enjoy and congratulations again, Olivia + Jake, I love you guys! 🙂

 

 

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The Fabulous Vendors:

Makeup- Megan Holstein with Makeup Artistry

Hair- Sarah Windall with Shear Elegance Salon

Florist- Jess Fleur Fun

Cake + Cupcakes- Aggie’s Bakery

Caterer- Glenn’s Market

Wedding Dress- Eva’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses- David’s Bridal

Tuxes- Men’s Wearhouse

DJ- Sterling Audio

Yard Games + Beer Trailer- Pre-Cooler Party Rentals

 

 

xx

Kaley Rae

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Stefanie + Dustin — The Perfect June Wedding at Bennett Barn in Watertown, Wisconsin

This wedding was one for the books! Stefanie + Dustin put an abundance of thought and detail into their perfect June wedding at Bennett Barn in Watertown, Wisconsin! I simply cannot get enough of this venue and its owners! It was a beautifully breezy day, which made for some incredible shots with Stefanie’s stunning veil!

I met the ladies at the wonderful Wildflower Beauty  as they were putting the final touches on their hair and makeup! We then headed for Bennett Barn so Stefanie could get in her dress and relax a little before her reveal with Dustin! If you haven’t seen the Bennett House (which they graciously open up to their wedding clients to get ready in) you must take a look at these indoor shots! It’s such a dream to photograph in! After Stefanie + Dustin’s super sweet first look, we took some wedding party + family portraits. Their wedding day was so relaxed and smooth sailing, I barely felt like I was actually working! Stefanie did things a little differently and had her beloved pug, Daisy as her maid of honor, she was probably the cutest darn MOH I’ve ever seen, hands down!

This bunch was so fun + thoughtful and the amount of love and respect they have for Stefanie and Dustin was consistently shown through out the day. Their ceremony was filled with lots of smiles, laughter and ‘awhhhs’, especially as Miss Daisy made her way down the aisle! Since these two opted for a first look, we were able to get all of the wedding party + family portraits done beforehand so they could spend even more time with their guests! I couldn’t get enough of all of the beautiful details Stefanie incorporated into decorating the barn. Giant, handmade paper flowers garnished the photo op backdrop for their guestbook, as well as above the dessert + S’mores bar, bow shaped napkins, and the theme of navy and white stripes ran through out the venue to name a few! Maureen, the owner of Elegant Arrangements, did such a fabulous job on Stefanie + Dustin’s florals, they were the perfect touch to every table and coordinated so well with the wedding party’s attire! Everyone feasted on one of the best wedding meals I’ve ever had the privilege of having from Upstairs Downstairs catering and then devoured some splendid baked good from Bloom Bake Shop (they never disappoint)!!

Fast forward to the reception where everyone danced the night away, thanks to Felix and Fingers | Dueling Pianos! I have never photographed a wedding reception where there were dueling pianos and I’m telling you, these guys were absolutely incredible and amazing entertainers! They came with a list of songs as well as took any requests from the guests! The pianists were a complete reflection of the type of people Stefanie and Dustin are: fun, energetic, and unique, so it’s no wonder they chose to hire them for their reception! 🙂

I always try to steal my bride + groom away at sunset for a few photos in that gorgeous light and we were not disappointed! The night carried on with barn kitties, dancing to classics, drinking, yard games, and lots of wonderful conversations filled with inside jokes and old family stories!

Thank you Stefanie and Dustin for allowing me to capture such a beautiful love story. I am so excited to see where God leads you two in life!

Also, a huge thank you to all of their outstanding vendors, it was such a joy to work with you all!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

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Kaley Rae

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Adorable + Earthy Family Session in Baraboo, WI

These images make my heart burst with joy!

Let me start off by saying that Bri was my freshman year high school art teacher. Since then, she has moved to South Korea to teach. While living there, she met her wonderful husband, and they just celebrated their little babe’s first birthday! It was such an honor that her sister contacted me to do a session for them while they are home for the summer! They took me to the perfect spot for their session, both beautiful and sentimental to them. Pewit’s Nest is truly an incredible wonder of Wisconsin and it was the most amazing location for this beautiful little family’s session! I look at these images and can feel the love and happiness radiating from them. It was such a joy to capture this milestone for their perfect family!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Kaley Rae

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Hannah + Matt– High School Sweethearts Married in Madison, WI

Hannah and Matt are high school sweethearts that I have had the pleasure of knowing for quite some time now. We are from the same home town and attended high school together. Hannah’s dad was even my 8th grade English teacher! I love having little connections with my clients, however big, or small, they may be. I see so much of myself and my fiancé when I look at them together and it makes me extra mushy inside. 🙂 Photographing these two for their engagement photos, and then their wedding was an absolute joy! They made my job so easy! Their love just radiates and it was so sweet watching these two interact throughout their wedding day. From the moment they saw each other as Hannah came down the aisle, to dancing together on the dance floor, it was smiles, laughter, and happy tears all around! I adore the way these two look at each other and I believe that everyone deserves a love like this! I hope you all enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Congratulations, Hannah and Matt! Happy (almost) two months of married life! <3

 

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Church: Christ Presbyterian Church

Reception/Dinner: Sheraton Madison

Florals: Gene’s Beaver Floral

 

 

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Kaley Rae

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Alaina + Buddy’s Beautiful Wisconsin Nuptials

Alaina and Buddy’s personalities captivated me the moment I met each of them at their wedding venue, Bennett Barn in Watertown, WI. They are the type of couple who turn heads with their radiant beauty, and their outpouring love for one another, and everyone around them. Their love is like what you see in the movies, honest, supportive, beautiful, and never-failing.

I could truly go on and on about this wonderful May wedding, but I’ll try and sum it up. For starters, I have never cried more happy tears at a wedding I was photographing until this day. The amount of LOVE and appreciation for everyone in sight was enough to make my heart sing. People traveled from near and far to attend Alaina and Buddy’s wedding and there was no shortage of happiness and support.

Just a bit of writing about this day to help show you how truly special and full of love it was. Alaina and Buddy decided to read their personal vows to each other after their first look and I have to say, I just adore when my couples choose to have this moment together! Alaina had a heartfelt first look with her parents individually, that was equally as beautiful and touching. Perhaps one of my favorite ceremony moments (of all weddings ever!) was when Alaina + Buddy were trying to light their unity candle. It was so windy outside that it was looking nearly impossible to get the candle lit. That’s when, completely unscripted and unplanned, their parents joined them and wrapped their arms around them to create a shield against the wind. They were then able to get the candle lit and it was such a testament to all of the love and support their parents have shown them individually and now as a married couple. During Alaina’s father’s speech, he outlined it like a thesis, as Alaina not too long ago earned her PhD. His details about the love Buddy has for his daughter was something I will always remember. Alaina is an avid runner and even ran the Green Bay marathon the weekend before her wedding (yes, she even ran the morning of her wedding day!) he explained that a while into the race, she was beginning to struggle, as anyone would during a marathon, when Buddy appeared alongside her with an abundance of words of encouragement. Alaina was able to fight through the pain with Buddy’s support and ended up qualifying for the Boston Marathon! What an incredible accomplishment and example of how hard working and dedicated these two special people are all around! Like I said, I could go on an on about this beautiful wedding, but I’ll let the images do the talking now. 🙂

From their emotional first look, to their first dance, this is one wedding you will not want to miss! These are the weddings I live for! <3

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Buddy was standing behind me as I took this photo of Alaina and told her how beautiful she is. They made sweet comments like this all night! <3

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Alaina had the most touching reveal with her parents!

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Everyone referred to the adorable little flower girl as ‘the cloud’. how stinkin’ cute is she?!

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I wish I was friends with these people. They were incredibly genuine, kind, helpful, and appreciative! They made me love my job even more than I thought I could!

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Alaina + Buddy, you guys are contagious, both in your love and personalities, and I am entirely grateful that I got to capture your perfect day. I admire your strength and heart for one another, and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

 

xx

Kaley Rae

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Mara + Mike’s Intimate Wisconsin Front Stoop Elopement

Mara + Mike’s intimate front porch elopement is, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my career as a photographer! There were no mountains, or black sand beaches of Iceland, but there sure was a whole lot of never ending love, and it was such a touching and heartfelt day to be a part of. I long to do more elopements! These two beautiful people have been together for YEARS and have three incredibly beautiful babies together. They have turned their cute little corner lot house into a home where their personalities and love are apparent in every nook and cranny.

 

A little over a week before their elopement, Mara contacted me saying that I was the first person she thought of to capture this insanely special day for them! Her and Mike decided that June 5th, 2017 was going to be the day that they finally became one after being engaged for what seemed like forever! Mara was a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed last April and it was no surprise that I remembered her contagious smile and bubbly personality when she messaged me!

 

As Mara and I chatted more about the details, I became more and more excited. They had planned it all out, even right down to their favorite, raspberry filled cake! Aside from capturing their endless love for one another, I must say that I felt truly honored to also sign as a witness to their marriage on the certificate! <3

 

I hope you enjoy their day as much as I did, because if I could, I’d totally dance to the Goo Goo Dolls station on Pandora and converse with them in between portraits all over again!

 

 

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Congratulations again, Mara + Mike! My heart is so full!

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Kaley Rae

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