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Jul 8, 2019

This romantic apple orchard wedding in northern Wisconsin was full of beautiful rustic accents, cupcakes and a popcorn buffet.

It was raining on and off the entire way up to Edgar from Madison but I had high hopes that it would be perfectly clear for us. Luckily, the clouds did move on leading up to the most perfectly sun kissed day. I arrived the evening before to check out the venue and see the rehearsal. Rock Ridge Orchard sits in the countryside just between Marshfield and Mosinee, WI.

Hailee and Daniel love playing all kinds of sports together and playing with their adorable dogs who you may have met in my previous blog post from their engagement session! Hailee is also obsessed with To Di For’s cupcakes and was able to get some for her wedding before Diane closed up shop! I think she may need some cupcake therapy in the future. I did make sure to take lots of photos for her so she can at least think of the good old days. Maybe they can go back to the orchard in the fall for some honeycrisp apples and bake some pie!

They also had Adonis Catering bring in their big ole BBQ and served up some ribs and chicken for dinner! Oh my god, it was sooooo good! The bride and groom ingeniously had bibs for the bridal party so they could enjoy their food without fear of ruining their beautiful wedding attire. I keep thinking about how much fun this wedding was how I was able to really get some beautiful photos of Hailee and Danny out walking around later in the day after their first dance. This is always my favorite time of day because they are relaxed and happy and it really shows in the photos.  Check out my photos below from this wonderful day!

Also, the day wouldn’t be as perfect without all these amazing vendors:

Venue: Rock Ridge Orchard //  Wedding Dress: Blushing Willow Bridal Boutique //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria //  Grooms attire: Men’s Wearhouse //  Wedding Rings: Chalmers Jewelers //  Hair and Makeup: Brenlynn Craker  //  Floral: Krueger Floral  //  DJ: High Volume Entertainment  //  Catering: Adonis Catering //  Cupcakes: To Di For

Mar 28, 2017

You knew it was a special day when the clouds opened up just in time for Jill and Josh to walk down the isle and say the words that would bind them in marriage for a lifetime. We arrived with umbrellas and rain boots but thankfully, Charlie Shortino was wrong again. The clouds parted and […]

May 17, 2016

Jessica and Peter’s wedding day was so perfect. Partly sunny, 70 degrees and at the Barn at Harvest Moon Pond!

From the moment of their first look at each other to the end of the night where they were having a blast on the dance floor, you could just feel the love between them. When they looked at each other, their smiles were immediate! Their closeness and natural easy posing made it so easy to candidly shoot them all day. I also got some amazing posed shots too because they were so comfortable with each other. It was incredible!

This is why I love my job. When I leave and think back on a wedding day and feel that much happiness, and confidence in capturing the essence of the day, I know that I am in the right profession. This was a day to truly look back on and know that a magical connection was made. Congratulations on your marriage you two!

I had the pleasure of visiting the Barn at Harvest Moon Pond to document this splendid event. At 1PM, Friday, April 22nd, I, Hillary, Heidi, my amazing second shooter and Klara, my fantastic assistant and budding photojournalist embarked on a daylong journey that included documenting best friends, hanging with new friends and enjoying the beginning of a new season. Also, a random pair of jean shorts, a burger bar and crazy little boys who could do the splits and walk on their hands across the dance floor!


Photography: Azena Photography 

Hair and Makeup for the Bride and Hair for all of the bridesmaids: Roni Rademacher of Studio 3REE in Waunakee

Venue: Barn at Harvest Moon Pond

Catering: Enos Farms

Cake: Carl’s Cakes

Wedding Dress: Vera’s House of Bridals

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

Rings: Kesslers

DJ: Primetime Mobile DJs

Florist: Aunt Jenny and Jessica