Madison

Aubrey + AJ: A Downtown Madison Engagement Session

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a fun jaunt around iconic madison landmarks and ending with a summer Thunderstorm!

Aubrey + AJ, who live in the great state of Texas but are having their wedding up in the Madison area to be closer to family, came into town mid-July to scope out wedding plans and had their engagement photos at some of the most iconic downtown landmarks.

We started off at the Memorial Union Terrace for waterfront photos (and Babcock hall ice cream!) then scooted over to the Capitol Building (look at that dramatic sky) and then hit the Monona Terrace just as the rain started pouring and by the time we got back to the car we were all soaked to the bone but laughing!

We can’t wait for Aubrey + AJ’s wedding! Enjoy these fun engagement photos (and go get yourself some Babcock hall ice cream while you’re at it!)

- Sam

 
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Mary + Tanya: A Romantic Downtown Madison Wedding

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A sweet and enthusiastic wedding celebration!

Mary + Tanya met at a New Year's Eve Party in 2016 and started dating after their first real hangout at the Crystal Corner Bar on Willy Street (a Madison staple!) I think the story of their engagement, in particular, really tells you just how excited these two were to start their life together! The couple took a vacation to Florence, Italy, and even though Tanya had a ring waiting back home, and a proposal planned involving the their kitten, she was so excited that she spilled the beans about the proposal one night in Florence, after a particularly romantic Rick Steve's "Renaissance Walk," audio tour. They picked out a placeholder ring at one of the many gold and sliver shops along the Ponte Vecchio and celebrated by eating gelato everyday until returning home. 

That enthusiasm carried over into every aspect of their engagement (check out these FREAKIN' ADORABLE engagement photos by clicking here) and into their wedding day! We see a lot of amazingly in love couples, and you could tell how incredibly devoted Tanya + Mary are to each other in how excited they were to see each other for their first look, how they held hands, and looked at each other all throughout the day, how they both teared up during their wedding ceremony, and how much they danced and laughed and celebrated at the reception! 

It was an honor to celebrate with them, and we are wishing all the happiness in the world! Congrats Mary + Tanya! 

--Sam

Here are the vendors (with links) that helped make their wedding day awesome! 

Ceremony Venue: First Unitarian Society

Reception Venue: The Madison Concourse Hotel

Wedding Dress: Brandi's Bridal 

DJ: Jukebox Bandstand (Austin) 

Cupcakes & Cake: Bloom Bake Shop

Catering: The Madison Concourse Hotel

 
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Sharayu + Ajinkya: A Stylish Pre-Wedding Session in Madison WI

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With the wedding in India just a month away...

Ajinkya + Sharayu are working hard on wedding and travel planning, but wanted to make sure to have some pre-wedding photos taken in Ajinkya's adopted city of Madison before the big day! 

We met on Willy Street by Machinery Row bikes (isn't that an awesome building?!) and walked around the area taking photos by the lake, by some of the neat old buildings, and in front of some gorgeous blossoming trees! Sharayu + Ajinkya were great sports about playing games and having fun while taking photos, and also about making sure I didn't get hit by any cars or bicycles in the busy Willy Street area while we were photographing! Once we were done there, we headed down to the Capital for some photos, just as the sun was getting low. These two were a blast to photograph, and so sweet! I'm so excited for them as they make the final preparations for their journey to India and for their wedding ceremony there! 

Good luck you two! 

--Sam 

 

 
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Fruit Fest 2017

 
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Madison's own LGBTQ Music festival 

I love Fruit Fest, and I was so excited that I was able to go this year, because most years we're already booked for a wedding, but when the stars align and I'm able to attend, it's always a good time. 

Fruit Fest is Madison's annual LGBTQ music festival, and the acts are always wonderful, the vibe always nice, and the Plan B parking lot always colorful! Enjoy the photos, and if you're around for next year's Fruit Fest, come say hi! 

--Sam

 

Ashley + Dustin: A Visit to Wisconsin

 

They were not expecting this many mosquitos

But then again, no one is. 

Ashley and I have been friends since 5th grade. We went to school together, had sleepovers and sing-a-longs at her parent's house, and I threw a minimum of 2 birthday parties at her place (thanks to Ashley's mom, Kim!) because they had a pool. In high school, we both had the opportunity to go to the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, for Commercial Art, where we spent our Junior & Senior years of high school primarily focused on graphic design and drawing skills, taking a rotation in Commercial Photography and Commercial Printing. We both graduated, and Ashley moved to the University of Cincinnati to continue her study in Graphic Design, and right around the time she moved back up to Dayton, Ohio, I was moving to Madison, WI.

We've kept in touch over the years, but it can be hard when you don't live close to someone. I've been trying to get her to visit Wisconsin for the past few years (because I think Madison is awesome), and she and her husband finally rented an AirBnB and drove on up. Ashley couldn't partake of some of the best beer in the country, since she and Dustin are expecting, but they both got to explore the Madison and Stoughton areas, and we took their (very) belated engagement photos in downtown Stoughton, along with their puppies, and in the yard of the house they were renting. Thankfully, both Ashley + Dustin survived the onslaught of mosquitos that are par for the course with golden hour on a Wisconsin Summer day! 

While they were here, we visited Victory Cafe (for waffles and paninis, and damn good coffee), the Henry Vilas Zoo (Madison staple), the Roman Candle, and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace (no one could escape visiting Madison for the first time without eating tacos with me!) It was great to catch up, and to see her so happy. I actually teared up while I was editing photos and I am super excited to share some with you all. 

Cheers to a good friend, who I'm wishing all the happiness in the world. Love you, lady!  

--Sam 

 

UCP's 30th Annual Celebrity Gala

 

United Cerebral Palsy’s Celebrity Gala & Auction 

Every year, United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County puts on a gala and silent auction featuring local media personalities, athletes, and community leaders serve as the personal wait staff to event sponsors for an evening to benefit UCP. This event has been one of Madison’s most memorable and enduring charity events for 30 years now, supporting a wonderful organization that is dedicated to understanding disabilities, creating opportunities and promoting a community where everyone belongs. Through their programs, they make a lasting difference in the lives of children and adults with a range of disabilities. I am so happy to have been involved with this event for two years in a row, and can't wait to be involved again next year! 

For more information on how you can you can help this fantastic organization, click here

--Sam