Meg + Andrew — Lovers in La Push, Washington

I am pretty behind on blog posts over here, both in part from catching up from the summer and fall craziness I was insanely blessed with, and also because I was simply just trying to breathe for a little bit. 🙂

 

During the summer to fall transition, I hopped on a plane from Milwaukee, WI to visit my best friend and her boyfriend in Seattle, WA. It was by far one of the best, long weekends I’ve ever had and not to mention, something I desperately was in need of!! Meg and Andrew showed me some of their favorite places around the city and were even up for my idea of traveling up to La Push to explore and take photos of them! The La Push Beach area had some of the most magical light and we really wished we had brought camping gear to stay the night. We made it to Biscuit Bitch, Pike’s Place Market, Bainbridge Island, the Gum Wall, Forks, WA and so many other awesome places. These portraits are some of my favorites I’ve ever taken and it’s fitting that they are of two of my favorite people. I feel so blessed to have people I love located all over the states that open up their homes to me, and even more blessed to have friends like these. Meg + Andrew, thank you for the best weekend filled with the ocean, wine, puppy snuggles, ferry rides, charcuterie boards, and enough laughter to fill my tank for a long time! I love you guys!!

 

Enoy these playful lovers!

 

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Allie + Jody– A Playful Lake Michigan Engagement Session In Milwaukee

Ahh!! Allie + Jodie are two people who I can totally see myself hanging out with on the regular. I JUST LOVE THEM! We had to reschedule their original engagement session date due to bad weather, but it ended up being an absolutely beautiful day down in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan! When I arrived, Allie casually said, “is it okay if we end the session in the water?” WELL OF COURSE! These two went full in and we had a darn BLAST doing it! I got soaked in the process, but the images were well worth having wet pants the entire ride home to Madison. 🙂

I hope you all love this session as much as I do, it is surely a favorite! 🙂

 

 

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Kaley Rae

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Josie + Nygel– In-Home, Lifestyle Session

You may recognize Josie from past sessions of mine (she is my muse after all!), but when I got the opportunity to photograph her and her man in Madison, WI, I knew it was going to be our favorite session together, yet! I am entirely obsessed with couples photography and these two did not disappoint! I love the interaction between two people in love, especially when it comes so naturally. I even got lucky and was able to do some individual work to play around with reflections and simple portraiture. I am beyond excited that I’ve got some in-home lifestyle sessions booked for the winter months, but I’d LOVE to book a few more because they are surely a favorite of mine! If this seems like something you’d be interested in, shoot me an email at kaleyraephotography@gmail.com!

 

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Kaley Rae

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Haley + Jay’s Rainy, Wisconsin Backyard Wedding

Oh my! Where to even begin with this one. Let me first start by saying that Haley and Jay are two incredibly vibrant and loving people with extremely contagious personalities. These two experienced some bumps in the planning process, but I am so grateful that I was there with them through it! Haley and Jay wed on a rainy August day, but it didn’t phase them one bit, in fact, they embraced the rain, as did every single member of their awesome wedding party!

Jay and Haley had an intimate first look + letter reading with one another before the ceremony where their love and dedication to one another was once again, incredibly evident! To kick off the ceremony, their maid of honor and best man, recited the fairytale that brought these two together. (I have never seen this before and absolutely adore the idea!) Haley is an artist, so during their ceremony, they chose to blindly draw portraits of one another. We all could not stop laughing at this (you need to look at these photos)!!

Witnessing (and capturing!) Haley and Jay and all of their loved ones symbolizes why I do what I do. Completely immersing myself into someone’s love story and providing them with images so they are able to share it years later is simply priceless.

I hope you enjoy a glimpse into Haley and Jay’s special day! And for the record, all wedding photographers.. find yourself a bride who can sing (rap) all of the words to Starships by Nicki Minaj with her bridesmaids. It’s guaranteed a great time!

A special shout out to my girl, Ally of Ally Corinne Photography for helping me shoot this wedding, I am so thrilled you got to experience such a great one with me!!

 

Congratulations, Haley + Jay! Oh how I adore you two <3

 

 

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Kaley Rae

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Samina + Justin — An Ethereal Dream

These two have been waiting patiently for their gallery to be delivered and I knew I needed to get their wedding on the blog asap! It was an absolute DREAM to capture and I am totally obsessed with these two, their family and friends! Samina and Justin have been nothing, but the sweetest, most gracious, and generous couple to work with. When we first met, we chatted about how they met, got engaged, our mutual love for travel, and almost everything in between. They even fed me homemade lasagna, veggies from their garden, and plenty of red wine, too! 😉

Samina and Justin thought about every last detail, but one of my favorites has to be the horse and carriage ride! It was the perfect touch to their fairytale wedding and everyone LOVED it! I was honored to not only photograph their wedding, but to make all of the girl’s flower crowns as well. Samina and Justin, I could go on and on about you two and your love, but I will let the images do the talking! Congratulations you two, I love you guys!! xx

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Kaley Rae

 

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Audrey + Zach — Married!

I’m finally getting around this sharing this beautiful July wedding! Photographing love stories is something so very special to me, and it’s even more special when it happens to be a dear friend! Audrey and Zach began dating on 7/8, got engaged on 7/8, and married on 7/8.. (of course all in different years 😉 ) Their love is effortless and their wedding day was the perfect reflection of that! I absolutely adore these two and I cannot wait to go over to their new house and see how they display their photos! Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your day, love you guys!

Venue: Badger Farms LLC

Dinner: Blowing Smoke BBQ

Flowers: Mad Lizzie’s Flower Farm (my girl!!)

 

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Kaley Rae

 

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A Midwest Girl Dances Her Way Out West

This beautiful human being is the cousin of one of the most special people in my life and I owe us connecting all to her. E’lise is an incredibly talented dancer who just moved from Milwaukee, WI to Salt Lake City, Utah to follow her dreams and earn her Master in Fine Arts of Modern Dance. Since Wisconsin is such a big part of E’lise’s foundation, she wanted to do a session to capture her in the state that has helped shape who she is before she took off. We had such a wonderful evening roaming around Madison, WI and feeding off of each other’s creativity. This is one of my favorite creative sessions to date and I hope you all love it as much as I do!

 

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Kaley Rae

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Love on Lake Michigan — Abigail + Zachary

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve blogged! This is the craziest summer + fall I’ve had yet (though I feel like I say that every year!) Just a quick little shout out to all of my insanely gracious and patient clients– I love each and every one of you and cannot thank you enough for trusting in me and your endless understanding that I am a one woman show doing my absolute best to give you my all! <3

 

I’ve been meaning to share this stunning Lake Michigan engagement session from July for awhile now!

Abigail + Zach are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet! Our session was effortless and filled with so much laughter and countless smiles! Their wedding will be in Door County next August, a place near and dear to both of them and also where Zach proposed! The way Zach cares for Abigail and holds her close had me swooning their entire session. I cannot wait for this wedding! I hope you all enjoy these images, they will surely put a smile on your face!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Kaley Rae

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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

 

 

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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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