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Megan + Andy | Married | Janesville & Beloit Wedding Photographer

Megan & Andy Lewis

Saturday August 6, 2011

I can not say enough wonderful things about Megan, Andy & their families.

Really & truly it shows in their relationships & the guests that attended their wedding & everyone that knows this family.

It was so much fun to document & Megan & Andy had a beautiful August day to celebrate with everyone.

I just love love love M & A’s story.  They have literally known each other forever & dated long long ago in grade school & even went to a school dance together.

They went their separate ways & started dating again a few years later, and the rest as they say, is history.

This past year during our time together it has been such a pleasure to get to know Megan & Andy.

Thanks again for a wonderful day & keep in touch!

Also a big thank-you to the fabulous Andrea, from Andrea Paradowski Photography for second shooting with me that day, she did a fabulous job!

{s. natale}

Vendors

Ceremony Venue : St. William Catholic Church {Janesville, Wisconsin}

Reception Venue : Eclipse Center {Beloit, Wisconsin}

Hair|Makeup Salon : A Glo {Janesville, Wisconsin}

DJ : Juke Box Bandstand {Madison, Wisconsin}

Catering|Decorations : Best Events Catering {Janesville, Wisconsin}

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Seeing her Dad for the first time, before he walks her down the aisle.

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Wonderful image taken by the fabulous Andrea Paradowski Photography who second shot with me that day!

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Ahh, Grandpa.  Loved your Bow Tie.

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Megan & Andy went on their first date here @ this Mini-golf place.  It was a must for day-of portraits.

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Seriously could you BE any cuter?

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Another fabulous shot from Andrea {Thank-you!}

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Love this one too, taken by Andrea

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These two bouquet shots were taken by Andrea @ the reception with some of the decorative pillows.  Love how they turned out, Thanks Andrea!

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One of the many beautiful tables @ the reception.

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I must admit, one of thee most craziest Bridal Party entrances, the award goes to Megan’s sister Laura.  She was one brave girl to come in on his shoulders!

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Megan & Andy’s entrance.  Loved Andrea’s view here.  Andy’s a cop, which explains this shot perfectly.

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Megan’s parents watching the slideshow as the surprise unfolds.

Megan & her sister & I put together a surprise ending to the day of slideshow shown @ the reception.

It consisted of images from her parents relationship because Megan & Andy were married on her parents’ anniversary.

Such a sweet sweet family!

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Megan’s aunts had a HUGE surprise for her @ the reception.  They did a skit involving the “long lost” bridesmaids.

A bridesmaids through the years so to speak.

It was so hilarious & wonderful to watch Megan see this surprise unfold.

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Outside for our traditional, end of the night shots.  Which was a much needed few moments of silence for the busy Bride & Groom before they went back in & joined their guests for the next few hours of their reception.

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Megan & Andy | Engaged | {Janesville Wisconsin Wedding Photography}

{Megan & Andy}

We decided to brave the cold weather & do a combination engagement session.  We started at my downtown studio & left from there to a few different locations around Janesville.

I love hearing about how couples met & I love Megan & Andy’s story.  They met long ago in grade school & “dated” briefly.  He broke her heart.  {tsk tsk Andy} They went to school together, Megan’s mom taught them both.  I actually heard through the grapevine that Andy may or may not have had a small itsy crush on her mom in grade school.

Moving on, they re-connected later on & well, as they say… the rest is history.

They are a cute, adorable couple that you can tell has a lot of fun with each other.

It was my pleasure to spend the morning with you both & getting to know you!  {thanks again for the coffee}

I look forward to photographing your wedding this August!

Enjoy the sneak peeks

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They had A LOT of fun with my silly glasses on a stick.

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Love this blue wall, hope they NEVER paint over it.

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This little shadow idea was ALL Andy.

It isin’t your typical “guy” thing, but I thought it was adorable.

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Thanks for sitting on the cold, snow-covered ground for this shot, you guys were troopers!

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Andy is a Police Officer & I was thinking through out our session how I wanted to shoot the “ring shot” & I asked if he had his badge.

Sweet, thanks.

The little blue State of Wisconsin circle  worked perfectly to hold the ring in place.

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“God’s Knot” | Karen & Eric| Beloit Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

{Karen & Eric}

Where do I start?  Well probably about 25 years ago approximately when I first met Karen at Burdge Elementary School.

{WOW that makes me sound super old}

I’ve known Karen, her brother Roy & family for 25+ years, growing up in Beloit, not a small town.  So when I first heard from Karen I was excited to catch up with her & meet her fiance, Eric.  We had a wonderful engagement session in Beloit & even went back to our grade school for part of the session.

Click here to see their e-sesh images

From the first time I met K & E at my studio & through their Engagement session, the love they shared was something very special & it was a really sweet thing to witness.

Karen, Eric & their families have really had their faith tested these past few months.  Karen was diagnosed with Breast Cancer earlier this year & for the past several months (while also planning her wedding) she was undergoing special treatment in AZ.  Now this post is not to dwell on that, but merely point out the amazing, AMAZING bond that Karen has with not only her husband Eric, but her family, her friends & people that have gotten to know her story.  I know personally, Karen has served as an inspiration to me.  Her strength, courage & most of all her faith in God, well it simply amazes me.

Karen, you radiate in these images.  Your smile, your love for Eric & happiness on your Wedding Day reminds me of why I love what I do so much.  The connections, the passion in the relationships :  I don’t think in the past 6 years of photographing weddings I’ve seen anything like it.  It gives me shivers, just thinking about it.

It was my honor to photograph your wedding Karen & Eric be apart of your special day.

Enjoy the sneak peak

s. {natale}

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Daddy seeing his little girl for the first time.

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Karen & her parents, moments before the ceremony

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Karen made all the boutonnieres, flowers & corsages.  GREAT job.  I think they turned out fantastic.

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This says it all :

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The Bride’s niece & {twin} nephews

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Eric seeing his Bride for the first time

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Karen, truly your smile is contagious.

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God’s Knot Ceremony

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12

“…The cord of three strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage…”

This was a wonderful, touch to their wedding ceremony.

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Gold Strand : Represents God at the center of the Marriage

Purple Strand : Represents the Groom

White Strand : Represents the Bride

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This image is part of a long line of a family tradition.

Bride & Groom, facing the alter.

Lyla I hope this image fits perfectly on your wall with the rest!

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Karen & her girls

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Karen, Eric & her mom & dad

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Love this capture Michelle, thanks!

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Karen’s dad owns an old vintage Model T, & WOW was it in wonderful condition.

We had a lot of fun with it!

Thanks again Dad for cleaning it up & letting us ‘borrow’ it for the afternoon!

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LOVE.

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Karen & her brother Roy

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One of my favorites

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Karen : simply beautiful.

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Beautiful cake that Karen’s Sister-in-Law made

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K & E, thanking their parents

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Karen was beaming like this the ENTIRE day, it was so wonderful to see a Bride, enjoy every single moment of her wedding day!

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Daddy/Daughter dance : LOVE

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At the end of the evening we headed outside to grab a few night shots, sure glad we did.

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Wedding Day Vendors:

Hair : Signature Studio, South Beloit IL

Ceremony : St Johns, Beloit WI

Picture Locations :

Alleyway behind Suds, Beloit WI

&
Glen Erin Golf Course

Reception : Marine Corp League, Beloit WI

Stephanie & Rafael | Married {Rockford Illinois Wedding Photographer}

Stephanie & Rafael were married in Rockford Illinois on a very hot June day.

This wedding boasted some very unique details from the Groom & Groomsmen’s slick attire to the meaning of the cardinal brought in by the bride’s tatoo & also the one pinned in on her bouquet.

It has been a pleasure to work with S & R over the past year with their engagement session & then their wedding!  Which I think turned out fabulous!

Thanks for having us apart of your day & can’t wait to hear about your honeymoon in Aruba!

Enjoy the sneak peaks

{s. natale}

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Wedding Day transportation :

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