Michaela + Mike | A Madison, WI Marriott West Wedding

mwmv-0814One of my favorite moments about Michaela and Mike’s wedding was a little surprise after the ceremony when one of their parent’s friends brought up a sweet classic car and let us take photos with it! I know sometimes, if not done right, these types of photos can look cheesy or dated, but to me, the car lover, I was in heaven. I have always loved different cars and everything about them. I wish I had thought of something like this for my wedding oh so many years ago. I shoot so many different things because I love so many different things. Maybe I should add car models to the list!

I met Michaela and her awesome bridesmaids at Aniu Salon for their hair and make-up appointments. Aniu is one of those amazing places full of gorgeous architecture and lighting. And the staff was more than welcoming. Check out the arm tats on the guy doing make-up! Now that is one cool make-up artist.

The Marriott is always super fun to shoot. If you haven’t been there, it has all of the floors and rooms surrounding a large open area that you can look down on. If you are afraid of heights, you probably shouldn’t go up the elevator which looks out over everything. The arial shots of the ceremony turned out really cool thanks to Heidi!

Mike was incredibly dapper and cool waiting to catch a moment with Michaela before the ceremony. I was with her getting in a quick wedding day boudoir session. I do that ladies! It is such a cool surprise for your groom. Well, little did he know, she wasn’t wearing much when they talked through that door! I hope she shared that little secret with him in later 😉

One of my favorite places to shoot in Madison is Pope Farms. That place is so beautiful all year long. The long path and rock wall is so pretty!  One of Madison’s many gems. We took some time with the wedding party and enjoyed the beautiful September weather.

At the end of the night, the kids were dancing like crazy and eating blue M&Ms (you know, for Michaela and Mike) and having the time of their lives. I loved shooting the little girls flying through the air from their dads and big smiles on everyone’s faces. What a happy day.

Vendors: Second shooter: Heidi E. Johnson // Venue: Madison Marriott West //  Hair and Makeup: Aniu Salon and Spa  //  DJ: Madison Mobil DJs //  Florist: Blooms  //  Cake: Carl’s Cakes  //  Ceremony Officient: Karen at Ceremonies by Design

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