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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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Heidi & Bobby | Married | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Heidi & Bobby

Friday June, 17th, 2011

We had a beautiful day for H & B’s intimate & elegant wedding in Kenosha/Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin.

I had the pleasure of meeting Heidi & Bobby a few years ago & have been looking forward to their wedding for sometime.

Heidi had all the details planned down to the smallest decoration.

The day went very smoothly & we had ample time between the ceremony & reception for fun & relaxed portraits of the Bride & Groom and their Bridal Party.

Heidi you looked amazing that day & Bobby you cleaned up very nice yourself!

The love you two share was such a pleasure to photograph & document that day.

Your smile, laugh & love is contagious.

I wish you both all the best & I truly enjoyed working with you & your families!

Enjoy the sneak peek!

{s. Natale}

| Vendors |

Ceremony : St. Mary’s Catholic Church {Kenosha}

Reception Venue : The Radisson Ballroom {Pleasant Prairie}

Wedding Consultant : Brittney Power, Power Wedding Planning

DJ : The Music Master, Jay Fernandez

Florist : Flowers with Love

Wedding Cake : Bridal Cakes Custom Design by Ann

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I believe this was when Bobby said, “WOW” right after he saw his Bride for the very first time!

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Love these special moments & this energy right after the ceremony.

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I think this was when I said smile & say “Banana Hammock”, I’ll do anything for a good laugh!

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Andrea & Josh | Married | Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Andrea & Josh

{wedding | 05.21.11}

Good thing the world didn’t end that day, we had a wedding to celebrate!

If mother nature really existed I would have given her one big HUGE giant hug that day.

We were so fortunate to have a beautiful day to celebrate A & J’s wedding day in Madison.

Going into the weekend there was an 80% chance of rain/thunderstorms.  Thankfully that forecast was wrong!

We started off at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison.

Both Andrea & Josh agreed early on that they wanted to see other prior to the ceremony.

I love these moments, those first few seconds when the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day.

After the ceremony we headed straight to the Capitol.  We saw many Bridal Parties there that day but easily got a spot on the steps & spent some time doing Bridal portraits.

The Capitol is especially meaningful to A & J as this was where he proposed, only it was inside & the Christmas Tree was up.

After we photographed outside we attempted to get into the Capitol {we had gotten a permit prior to the day} but the doors were locked & closed.

Luckily we met a very nice security man who let us in, with less than 5 minutes to shoot.  It was very important to A & J that we get inside on their wedding day & get some images where he proposed, I was very thankful to that security guard.

After that we headed quickly to Olin Park & found some lovely trees that coordinated with the bridal party colors. #winning

We arrived at the Coliseum Bar for the reception shortly after that & got the party going!

Andrea & Josh had a great wedding party, a lot of fun & very easy going.

Every time I turned around people were laughing & enjoying the day.

It was our pleasure to be apart of the day!

Andrea & Josh :

You are such a lovely couple & we wish you the best!

{s. Natale}

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Waiting to see her groom for the first time

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Love this angle, from Michelle’s perspective during this moment

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Moments before the ceremony, with Dad

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Grams & Gramps after the wedding.

{notice the adorable coordination?}

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This is where Josh asked Andrea to marry him.

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Hearts.

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In order to get the Bride & Groom to kiss guests had to hula hoop.

One of the bridesmaids due with her first baby in a few weeks.  That is her husband cheering her on.

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The amazing card box hand made by one of the groomsmen, man that was heavy.

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First Dance

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The couple from the longest married dance = TOO adorable for words.

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This is how you learn to pose in a picture when you go to UW-Stout

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Andrea & Josh’s Wedding Vendors

Ceremony  | Holy Cross, Madison Wisconsin

Reception Venue | Coliseum Bar, Madison Wisconsin

Photographer | Natale Photography

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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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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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Leave a comment for Karen & Will 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.

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.

Crash Our Wedding | Janesville Bridal Event | Janesville Wedding Photography

Crash Our Wedding 2011

Please join us on Friday April 1, 2011 for a {FREE} event held at the Janesville Country Club

Come out & get the opportunity to mingle with some of Janesville’s Elite Wedding Professionals, have  complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne  & dancing.

One couple will receive a wonderful Grand Prize as well as prizes every half hour.

Click here to view the BLOG post from the Crash Our Wedding event 2010

Contact any of the vendors for further information.

Looking forward to meeting some new faces!

{stephanie natale}

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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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*BLOG CONTEST REMINDER*

Leave a comment for Megan & Andy 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 that week & 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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