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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}


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!







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!



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









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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}











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




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

So. Dang. Sweet.


The story behind this next image.

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


Fall Bridal Show {Madison, Wi} Sunday Nov 7th, 2010 1pm-4pm

If you are getting married {or have friends that are} make sure to stop by the Fall Bridal Show THIS weekend.

Stop by our booth for show specials.

Please note there are very few {read : 2 max} spots left and available for 2011.

We are actively booked for 2012.

Sunday, November 7th 2010 from 1pm-4pm

Quality Inn & Suites

See you there!


Jennifer & Andy {Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photographer}

Jennifer & Andy were married at Lake Windsor Golf Club in Windsor Wi.

Absolutely a beautiful venue.

The rain held off & the day was amazing.  We had perfect weather for an outside wedding.

The day started out at The Ultimate in Monona & after a quick lunch next store at Ken’s Meat & Deli where Jen used to work we took off & headed to Lake Windsor Golf Club.

Jen had four fabulous attendants that helped her with everything that day, it was great to see how much fun they all had together.

Jen & Andy opted to see each other prior to the wedding & we as photographers love love LOVE that because it allows for a lot of shooting time!

We had about an hour and a half prior to the wedding just to photograph J & A and their immediate families.  After the ceremony ended we photographed the entire Bridal party & of course a few more of the wonderful Bride & Groom.

FYI all of the images are taken on the grounds of Lake Windsor somewhere.  We found a funky old shed in the back area & it was perfect.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the golf course and the views but we wanted to capture a few different angles & locations.

If you are looking for a venue in the Madison area I highly HIGHLY recommend Lake Windsor.  It is beautiful & has wonderful yummy soft light!

Lake Windsor Golf Club

{Please scroll to the bottom of this post to see a complete list of Wedding Day Vendors}

Jen & Andy ::

We had a wonderful day photographing your wedding & loved working with your family friends!  You guys are simply adorable together & made our job super duper easy.

Enjoy the sneak peek

s. {natale}



Yes that is a shower head.







Could they BE any more adorable?




The very serious Jen & Andy.







Mother & Father of the groom.











Andy, were you superman in another life?  WOW that jump was fantastic.  Thanks for the wonderful capture Michelle!






The reception looked dynamite.  Loved the details.  Great job!

Jen & Andy hired a fabulous wedding coordinator :: Jayme Galanos from Beyond Elegant Events.  I highly recommend her!


Jen & Andy’s wedding theme = the Pear



The Bride’s brothers


I photographed Adam & Nicole a couple years back & Nicole is Jen’s sister & MOH.  Love getting the opportunity to work with the same family twice!



First Dance : love

Very old fashioned looking to me.


I have the best Bride & Grooms!

Jen & Andy, you rock!



A few moments alone at sunset, before they went in to continue the rest of their reception.  I love these moments in the day.


Wedding Day Vendors

Wedding & Reception Venue :: Lake Windsor Golf Club

Wedding Coordinator :: Jayme Galanos with Beyond Elegant Events

Hair & Make-up :: The Ultimate Spa & Salon

DJ :: Jukebox Bandstand

Cake :: La Brioche

Kaleigh & Jaryd {Chicago Illinois Engagement & Wedding Photographer}

Jaryd & Kaleigh were able to get inside Wrigley Field for a portion of their Engagement Session in Chicago Illinois.

We started mid/late afternoon & being as though Jaryd had previously e-mailed WF & asked permission to shoot inside he was not giving up.  He went in & spoke with someone & with a small dontation to the Chicago Cubs charity we were able to photograph inside for approximately 45 minutes.  It was fantastic.  I think we all were giddy with excitement.  Whether you are a Chicago Cub fan or not, you can’t help but think this stadium is absolutely beautiful!

It was a great way to kick start a fantastic e-session in Wrigleyville.

Thanks to the Chicago Cubs for helping us out that day!

After we left WF we walked around the area & even hit up the L-train nearby.

Fun people. Fun textures. Fun times.

We just simply could not help but laugh when we were with K & J.  They are so cute together.  Laughing, making jokes & having lots of fun together.

Thanks for being up for anything & sitting on the dirty dirty floor whenever we asked.

We can’t wait for your wedding this December!

Enjoy the sneak peeks!

s. {natale}







Love it.



I imagined this shot when we were inside, in my head & this is exactly what I imagined.  It feels so old fashioned to me.


I think K just got done making fun of J here for answering his phone, mid session.  Sorry J, you deserved it ;)


Absolutely, hands down FAVORITE of the day.


Another fabulous ring shot by Michelle b.



Nor really sure what I said here, but I love the reaction nonetheless


We thought about eating a snack here, but it was too busy.


Kaleigh, shut your hair in this shot.  It is fantastic.  {props to the train going by up above}



Good times.


Love the look that J is giving the Ice Cream man as he passes by here…






{again a big fat HUGE thank-you to the super rad second shooter :: michelle b.}

Chris & Crystal {Chicago Illinois Engagement & Wedding Photographer}

Shut the sliding glass door.  These two are frick-frackin’ adorable.

We had a BLAST shooting Chris & Crystal’s engagement session in Wrigleyville.

We started out fairly early in the morning & walked around the area surrounding Wrigley Field & found some amazing colors & textures, even a beer truck.

After trying very hard to get inside of Wrigley, we decided a Roof top view would do & WOW was it amazing to be up there & look down @ Wrigley Field.

We had a great day & ended with a wonderful lunch @ Vines on Clark st. {thanks again Chris & Crystal}

Enjoy the sneak peek & have fun in Las Vegas

s. {natale}



BTW they look this cute, naturally.  AHHdorable.


This is what happened to get this next shot.

Us : walking down the street by Wrigley, in front of Bar Louie, passing by a beer truck

Dudes in the front seat of the truck : “What’s going on here?”

Me: “Oh, an engagement, why?  Do you want to let my clients sit in the back of your truck?”

Dudes: “Oh, for sure, hold on a minute…”

Now who said Illinois people were not friendly?





Super fabulous shot done by the super fabulous Michelle b.



Starting to shoot around Wrigley, good ‘ole Harry Caray


Their fav # is 21


I think my favorite image from the day


OK so we were not able to get in to Wrigley Field, but while we were shooting around the outside Michelle happened to notice that one of the rooftop buildings behind Wrigley was offering FREE tours.  Who were we to ignore that?  So we toured this fabulous building & our first stop was in the middle & was this fabulous, uber-modern suite with 25+ flat screen tvs & fabulous furniture & it appeared to have it’s own kitchen.


After we cooled off in the suite, we continued upstairs to the top & this was our view :


Then as you went to the very top & near the back, this was the view.

Love Chicago. Love this shot.  Love C & C




Another great shot by Michelle, in front of WF


{Have I mentioned how much I am in LOVE with my Fish Eye lens?}


{{ A big huge THANKS to my wonderful wonderful second shooter Michelle B.  I had a BLAST shooting with you, your the bestest }}

…and the winner is {Janesville Wisconsin Wedding & Portrait Photographer}

First of all a big THANK-YOU to all of the people who took the time to write in to the studio & share their story & images.  It was a lot of fun to read the entries & there were some really super sweet stories that we got in.  I’m glad I didn’t have to pick a winner, it would have been too difficult.   We had over 25 entries!  Also a big THANK-YOU to a few of my photog friends who helped narrow down the winners!  You’re the best!

Drum roll please….

Love {You} Forever Session

We actually had TWO winners.  We had a split decision & I just decided to go ahead & provide the session to BOTH couples:

Winner #1 :: Lisa & Matt {Janesville, WI}

Winner #2 :: Melissa & Brandon  {Madison, WI}

{Please note that if you entered the contest & did not win I will still honor a 25% off a Love {You} Forever session booked for the month of June/July.  Please contact the studio for more information}


Destination Wedding Photography Contest

Our winner for this contest is getting married in Mexico in January of 2012.

Congratulations :: Emily & Jason


Again, Thank-you to everyone who participated in these contests & I look forward to working with many of you in the next few months!

Happy Weekend

S. Natale

Contest{s} are coming to an END {Janesville Wisconsin Portrait & Wedding Photographer}

If you have been following Facebook & the BLOG you know we are currently running TWO contests & they are ending on MONDAY MAY 31st 2010

Make sure if you’d like to nominate someone for the love {you} forever session or the destination wedding giveaway to do so prior to Monday!

The winner will be notified by Monday June 7th

Feel free to pass this on & share with friends & family!!

*love {you} forever session contest  (click here to see the previous blog post)

QUICK NOTE:  Many people have asked about these sessions.  Basically they are a session dedicated to couples!!  Long-term couples, married couples, couples celebrating their anniversary {wedding or dating}.  I wanted to offer a session to those couples that maybe wanted to celebrate their relationship, love & have some fun doing so!  You can nominate yourself and/or another couple.


*destination wedding contest click here to see the previous blog post)


Win {FREE} Destination Wedding Photography :: {Destination Wedding Photography Contest}



.shoot me an e-mail or contact me through my website or BLOG
.include the following information:
{name & contact info}  {wedding date & location}  {back story of your relationship & any fun facts you want to include}
{wedding website and/or picture – the more silly the better}  {most important, tell us why YOU should win}


.all day wedding coverage
.rehearsal coverage
.{one} more time session, the day after the wedding
.online gallery for family & friends to view, share & order
.DVD of images {high-res & edited}
.20×24 beautiful gallery wrapped canvas of your favorite wedding image
{can have up to 2 photographers}

{fine print}

.destination wedding
.anywhere inside OR outside the USA  {west coast? east coast? on a cruise? on an island? on top of a mountain?}
.winner is to provide travel & accommodations for 1-2 photographers for 4-5 nights
{winner decides if they would like 1 or 2 photographers for the event, just one room is needed}
.no wedding collection fee

{share with your friends & family}

.this is open to any engaged couple {so if you know someone getting married :: pass on the information}
.contest {within} a contest :: refer the winning coupe and you yourself will receive a complimentary session
.ENDS on May 15th @ 12midnight
.good luck peeps

READY.    SET.   GO.