As 2017 comes to a close I have started to think of things that I plan to do different in the coming year. Get more organized. Forget less. Don’t be afraid to say “no” if I’m already feeling overwhelmed. Stress less. Commit more time to my family. Be present…you know. All of the normal things.

As I was thinking of all of the ways to make 2018 “better” late last night, I started scrolling through my 2017 folder, only to realize that this past year was actually pretty great. Don’t get me wrong I still *need* to get more organized, and find a better work/work/farm/family balance, but being able to sit down and really reflect on everything that happened over the last 365 days always has a way of putting things into perspective for me. I met SO MANY amazing new people, was able to shoot in beautiful new places, hung out with some old friends and long time clients, had TONS of fun, and was able to witness SO. MUCH. LOVE. <3

When I went back just now and added it all up, the numbers kind of surprised me. I was blessed enough to have shot 15 of my own weddings, second shot a handful (I lost count after 5. Ha! See? Organization is a necessity around here.) more with a dear friend, and photographed 46 different families. Wow. I am speechless. And grateful for every single one of you!

Looking forward to an AMAZING 2018!

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I loved working with Sam and Megan from the very moment I met them. They were super adventurous for their engagement session and let me lead them all over our farm, even trudged through mud to get to the perfect spot. So I knew that the wedding would be wonderful as well (laid back adventerous couples inquire here please 😉 ) They ended up getting quite a bit of rain on their wedding day but didn’t let it dampen their spirits (pun intended) and still went ahead with outdoor photos as planned. Their day consisted of a ton of amazing family and friends who were SO GREAT to work with, lots of adorable kiddos, SO. MUCH. LAUGHTER. (remember when I said that laughing together was a prerequisite if you want me to photograph your wedding? These two MIGHT be the reason for integrating that into my policy), the most hilarious best man speech of all time, and a rockin’ dance floor. Long story short- Megan and Sam know how to throw a hell of a party.

Sam and Megan – Thank you for being so fantastic to work with! I truly enjoyed every bit of your wedding day! xo-Jess

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Leah and Jeremy’s October wedding was beautiful. While the weather was kind of a jerk, and it rained non-stop the entire day, they were troopers and took it all in stride. They didn’t ditch their plan of outdoor photos, but instead we improvised, rounded up some umbrellas, and got creative with the spaces we had available. Their wedding was at the Cathedral in LaCrosse, reception at Stoney Creek in Onalaska, and we made a quick stop at Viterbo (where Jeremy and Leah met playing basketball). It really was lovely.

Leah and Jeremy- thank you for being so awesome to work with, for braving the weather, and for having such a fun group to work with!

And  a special thank you to Tasha Mueller for coming along to help shoot this wonderful day! Some of here images are in the post below, where noted.

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Oh, you guys. I don’t even know where to START with Evan and Jasmin’s wedding day. It was perfect. Honestly. I loved them. I loved their love. I loved their style, and their vision, and how genuinely sweet and real they were. They were surrounded by SO MUCH LOVE on their day…so many family and friends I lost count halfway through their family formals. THEY ARE BLESSED.

They got ready in their families gorgeous old farmhouses, and were married in a teeny church in Glen Haven, WI (which I oddly enough had driven past a couple of years ago and thought about how adorably quaint and cute it was and how PERFECT it would be to shoot a wedding there (deja vu, anyone?). And then we traveled to the Dousman House in Prairie Du Chien for the reception and dance. If you are engaged and looking for a venue I highly recommend Dousman House. So gorgeous!

 

Jasmin and Evan, THANK YOU for being so amazing to work with. It was an honor to be able to capture your love. -xo

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Amy and Trevor got married a couple of weeks ago at Sugarland Barn in Arena, WI. They were married under a 100 year old oak, surrounded by family and friends, as the leaves fell around them. It was magical. Honestly.

I knew that I was going to love this wedding from the moment I met Amy. You know how you can meet someone and everything just jives? Well, that was what it was like to work with Amy and Trevor. They have amazing style, the sweetest personalities, and they were just a dream to work with!

Amy and Trevor- Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day. It truly was amazing! -xo

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