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Mandy & Rob | Engaged | Chicago Illinois Wedding Photographer

{the deets}

Amanda Therese {Paralegal, from Sterling Heights, MI}

Robert Edward {Special Education Teacher Aide and Coach, from Naperville, IL}

Date you met {May 16, 2008}

First Date {Rob cooked me chicken fajitas at my apartment and we watched Bull Durham}

Date you were engaged {September 14, 2011}

Three words to describe your proposal story {All the firsts}

Favorite Date you went on {with your fiancé}

He took me on a ‘Mandy date’ about 2 months into our relationship because I told him no guy really actually had treated me like I was supposed to be treated.  He brought me flowers and we went to Harry Carays steakhouse in Lombard, because it was a fancy restaurant with a sports theme.  We then went to a musical called ‘Curtains’ because he knew I liked mysteries.

Three words that describe your Fiance

Rob for Mandy : Compassionate, Beautiful, Exciting

Mandy for Rob : Funny, thoughtful, dorky

Looking forward to the wedding because

All of our friends and family from around the country get to celebrate with us.

We’re awesome because…

we compliment each other

Wedding Date & Location

August 4, 2012

Ceremony: First Presbyterian, Mt. Clemens, MI

Reception: MacRay Harbor, Harrison Twp., MI

They love love love LOVE baseball.  Probably more than any other couple I’ve every met.  Mandy’s goal is to make it all 30 stadiums before she turns 30 & I believe she only has 2-3 left.

Their wedding will consist of many baseball related things & considering on their first date they watched Bill Durham, I’d say it was a match made in heaven.

Michelle & I had a blast & we hope you enjoy all of your images!  Can’t wait to see you again in Michigan next year!

{stephanie natale}

Mandy & Rob | E-session | Chicago Illinois

Mandy & Rob met literally less than a block from Wrigley Field, so naturally it was a perfect setting to start our session.

We had one 1/2 hour inside Wrigley Field & had to work fast but we came away with some great images!

{If you want more information about having your session inside Wrigley Field, contact the management there}

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This is Rob’s “Coach” shot.  The fabulous image to the left was shot by the wonderful Michelle Martin who accompanied me to Chicago for their e-session. Thanks again Michelle!

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So I love this series of shots.  I often will tell my couples to cuddle in close & for the husband {or fiance} to gently lean over & appear as though he is sneaking a peek down her shit.

My hopes usually is that it is more a subtle, soft approach.  But Rob had his own idea & hey, we went with it.

Thanks Rob steppin’ it up a notch!

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Our next stop after Wrigley Field was North Ave Beach, downtown Chicago.

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Chris & Crystal | Milwaukee Wisconsin Wedding Photography

Chris & Crystal

Friday August 19 2011

Venue | Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Wisconsin

Entertainment | Live band : Kind of a Big Deal

To view Chris & Crystal’s Chicago Engagement Session, click here.

One of my favorite places I’ve shot at this year has got to be the Veteran’s Terrace in Burlington Wisconsin.

C & C had thee absolute perfect day for an outside ceremony.

I can’t really put into words how cute these two are together.  Simply put, they make my job look easy.

C & C opted to have a first look which was just lovely & allowed us ample shooting time that afternoon before the ceremony & even a bit afterwards to head downtown Burlington to find a oh so fabulous BLUE wall.

The reception, was laid back, fun & was led by the boys from “Kind of a Big Deal” band out of Janesville.

WOW, they were amazing & it was a blast watching everyone enjoy themselves!

Chris & Crystal : best wishes to you as you start your life together, it was such an honor to be a part of your big day {stephanie}

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The next two images were shot by my second shooter Michelle B.  {thanks again, you’re the best!}

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This wonderful image was captured by my absolutely fabulous second shooter, Michelle B.  {thanks!}

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This one too

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Scott Robert Lim | Lighting Workshop | Chicago Illinois Photography Workshop

I had the pleasure this summer to attend a fabulous workshop in Chicago with the amazing photographer

Scott Robert Lim

This was the view from our room @ the Allerton Hotel in Chicago

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I traveled with a few very talented  photographer friends of mine from the Madison area.

Michelle from Michelle Martin Photography

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Mandie from Red Gecko Studio

This was Mandie & I on our “romantic” carriage ride the night before the workshop {image from my iPhone}

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{Ok enough of the name dropping}

All in all we had a wonderful trip & learned a lot from Scott.  He is just full of knowledge, advice & gives so much of himself back to our community.

It was my first workshop with SRL & I look forward to more in the future!

Not to mention Chicago as a city is just lovely!

Necessary to credit these fabulous people who helped make the day happen

Dresses & Hair Accessories | Rebekah Jacobs Couture

Makeup | Barb Zanzig of BZ Artistry

Hair | Tony, owner of Hybrid Salon

These are a sample of the images taken that day, enjoy!

Thanks again Scott, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you!

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A few pullbacks from how we were shooting

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Love the Trolley @ Navy Pier

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We ended our 12+ hour day with watching the fireworks from Navy Pier

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Lynzee & Jason | Engaged | Janesville Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Lynzee & Jason {Engaged}
Wedding Date | September 17th, 2011

I met Lynzee last year through one of my 2010 Bride & Grooms.

We hit it off right away & I loved how upbeat & bubbly her personality was, I was so excited to hear from her when they got engaged last year!

Lynzee & Jason are perfect for each other, always laughing, always smiling & they are the type of couple you just can’t help but be happy when you are around them!

We had a blast during their E-session & I loved getting to know them better!

I can’t wait to be apart of your big day this September, coming up so SOON!

Enjoy the sneak peeks!

{S. Natale}

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Who said a few random little props can’t be fun?

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When we were planning out their session we knew that one of our stops would HAVE to be Rivers Edge Bowl in Janesville.

That is where they first met & they share a lot of memories from this place!

Thank-you SO much to the owners of Rivers Edge Bowl for allowing us to come in & kind of take over for a few hours.

They were very very accommodating!

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Laura & Ben’s {fancy} Wedding | Janesville Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Laura & Ben

{married 05.20.11}

Sweet family. Close relationships. Family traditions. Beautiful couple.

Beautiful day.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Laura & Ben over the past year as well as their family & what a sweet sweet family they are.

As a mother myself I could appreciate how close they are as a family & that shows in everything that they do & that they prepared for in this wedding day.

I love documenting events like that, the love that they all shared was just so evident in the everything they did, the people that were there & in Laura & Ben.

They had a late afternoon/early evening ceremony @ St. William Catholic Church, which BTW photographers if you are looking for a beautiful {read well-lit} Catholic Church, St. William is the place to be.

We had a short time for portraits in between but we rocked it out & so did the weather.

We made it to the reception shortly after for Laura & Ben to kick off their celebration.

Only one word describes the reception room : WOWzers.

It was a photographers dream.

Thanks for allowing us to share in your special day L & B and enjoy your sneak peek!

{s. natale}

| be sure to scroll to the bottom for the vendor list & links to their websites |

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The girls were practicing “Teach me how to Bucky” for the reception

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Getting all “glitterfied” before the wedding {is that a word?}

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Lauras dress was a surprise to everyone, even the Bridesmaids.

This image was part of the reaction the first time they saw Laura, all dressed up on her wedding day.

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The absolutely stunning bride, Laura.  Yes honey, you were having a wonderful “lash day”

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Look @ these fabulous shoes?

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I believe they were in the middle of making their “fancy” face

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Sisters, a few moments before the ceremony

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There are no words to describe how much I love the next few images

{note : Ben & Laura did not see other prior to the wedding, these were their first few moments}

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A moment during the ceremony

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Rings on their getaway car {thanks Michelle b. for this lovely shot}

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The AMAZING cake table

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The BEAUTIFUL head table

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L & B’s first dance

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Images from their 3D slideshow

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Mother & Father of the Bride

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The beautiful Mother of the Groom

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Laura & Ben’s Wedding Vendors

Ceremony  | St. William Catholic Church, Janesville Wisconsin

Reception Venue | Holiday Inn Express, Janesville Wisconsin

Flowers/Decorations | Brad @ Floral Expressions

DJ | Austin with Jukebox Bandstand

Videographer | Frogman Productions

Photographer | Natale Photography

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Derek & Nikki | Engaged | Janesville & Milwaukee Engagement Photographer

Derek & Nikki

{engaged}

Wedding | October, 15, 2011

L.U.C.K.Y. in love.

We just kept hitting the jackpot during our e-sesh in Milwaukee last week.

light. location. love. sweet beautiful adorable couple.

We started out @ Miller Park & started shooting inside, asked around a bit to see if we could get in & shoot in the stadium & kept getting the run around by the ladies in the gift store.  We asked someone out in the hallway & eventually we were let into the private little patio from T.G.I.Fridays.  It was perfect.  But that was not good enough for us, we still wanted the seats.  So we walked around to the side by the Ticket Booth & a couple of doors happened to be opened & so we went it.  {of course, right?}  Well right there, with ZERO baracades was the entrance to the lower level seats.  Perfect.  Thanks much Miller Park, ‘ppreciate it.

We managed to get some beautiful light & hit some pretty great spots, but we weren’t selfish.  We got in & out before security was called.

“Oh sorry mr. security guard sir, we didn’t realize…”

We headed down to the 5th ward, downtown Milwaukee.  I had a few possible options in mind, but was going to make the judgement call once we got down there & I could check out the light, buildings, etc.  And then boom, I turned the corner & it was like a vision.  I pulled in, looked for a “No Trespassing” sign, didn’t see one & put the swagger wagon in park.  Heck YES.

This was an old abandon warehouse-type.  Beautiful light. So many little nooks to tuck in & shoot at.

Anyhoo it was simply fabulous as was Derek & Nikki!

They were very up for anything & it was great exploring with them & finding the perfect spots for their session.

D & N are having a wedding in Beloit/Janesville this fall & I can’t wait to document that for them.

They are so adorably in love & it was so much fun to capture that for them!

Enjoy the sneak peeks!

{s. natale}

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Heather & Nick | Engaged | Janesville Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Heather & Nick

{wedding date : october, 22 2011}

Finally, after many weather related reschedules we were able to do H & N’s engagement session in Madison, Wisconsin.

I’m SO glad we waited it out for nicer weather.

We started near Olin Park & ended up downtown Madison.

Heather & Nick I had a great time with you both, you make stellar animal noises & look forward to photographing your wedding this fall.

{s. natale}

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Making animal noises, a favorite past time for H & N :)

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I love love love {triple love} the way Nick looks @ Heather.

So. Dang. Sweet.

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The story behind this next image.

Nick’s nickname for Heather is Nala from the Lion King. She came along for the ride :)

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Francine & Kyle | Engaged | Janesville Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Francine & Kyle

{wedding date | july 16 2011}

I recently met Francine {isin’t her name just lovely} & Kyle & what a sweet couple they are.

They’ve known each other for several years, grew up outside of Janesville & both come from farming families.

So naturally we chose to photograph outside on & around a few family farm locations, starting @ Francine’s parents home.  Between the two of them it seemed as if they knew every farm house within a 5-10 mile radius.

Gotta love that small town feel.

It was a pleasure to get to know you both a bit more during our session & I look forward to your wedding a few short months away.

{s. natale}

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…AND there is the beautiful ring

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Which Kyle purchased from :

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This part of their engagement story I absolutely love.

Kyle actually proposed @ Tiffany’s in Las Vegas & they picked out the ring there.

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What better screams “farm” other than a good ‘ole hay bale.

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This image was taken on Kyle’s front porch.  Those old family farm house he grew up in & has been apart of his family for generations & where someday Francine & Kyle will reside.

I think F & K realized I was slightly obsessed with this fabulous house & told them they could never ever tear it down.

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Karen & Will | Engaged | Janesville Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Karen & Will

{Wedding Date : July 30, 2011}

I spent the morning with Karen & Will last week for their engagement session downtown Fort Atkinson where they spent their first few dates.

I’ve known Karen now for a few years, we were in a MOPS group together & I’m so excited to see her this happy.

She & Will are just absolutely adorable together & it was so much fun to photograph the love that they share.

I look forward to shooting their wedding later this summer.

Enjoy the Sneak Peeks K & W.

{s. Natale}

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Maria & Shawn | Engaged | Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

When I first met with Maria & Shawn within just a few weeks of their engagement they had a lot planned out, ideas in their head & a vision of what they wanted.  It was fabulous!  We talked about different ideas of where to shoot their engagement session & decided on the Memorial Union, which will fit perfectly with their winter wedding @ the Union later this year.

One of the things I love about the opportunity to do an engagement session with my Bridal couples is it allows us to spend time together prior to the wedding to get used to everyone’s personality.  I get an idea of how you’ll act in front of the camera & you get an idea of me behind the camera & my “photographer ADD” {self diagnosed in case you were wondering}

We had a great session which was followed by a nice little lunch @ Dotty’s which was absolutely adorable & great food too BTW.

Thanks again M & S for the fun morning.  Looking forward to your wedding & enjoy the sneak peek!

{s. natale}

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Maria had purchased these little union chair ornaments last year & I just about died when I first saw them.

So stinkin’ cute.

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Maria is an A.P. Art Teacher, she brought along her art pencils which was a perfect prop for the ring shot.

{p.s. the pencils smelled fantastic, who doesn’t love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils…}

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Loved that Shawn make her laugh so hard…

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Little bit of Camp Randall…

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{love}

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We proceeded up to the Capitol.  Shawn & Maria had the idea of doing a “pro-tester-esque” shot on the steps of the capitol with signs that had their wedding date.  Both S & M are teachers here in Janesville.  We were in the middle of a few shots when this “crazy” dude came up with a video camera & began asking them several questions & videotaping the answers.  Little does he know I was doing the same ;)

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Leave a comment for Maria & Shawn to win a $50 studio credit & at the same time your entered to win a $50 studio credit as well.

Contest Information :

If a client {Bridal or Portrait} get 15+ comments on their BLOG post they will receive a $50 studio credit toward their print order or wedding album.

ALSO….

I will randomly pick one winner from the comments that are left on the BLOG & they will ALSO get a $50 studio credit.

So to summarize :

Go to the BLOG, share the love, leave a comment or two, win free stuff & help my clients get free stuff too. Pretty simple really.

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