From Minneapolis to Chicago & just about every region in between, we have captured couples this past year. One common thread that ties them all together is their mutual love for each other and thrill of a great adventure. Many of them have a great passion for the outdoors and enjoy taking in every moment of it together whether it be fishing, hunting, jogging, hiking, or camping. While some live in the big city, they often have roots here in the Northwoods or Central Wisconsin and it is their down-to-earth personalities that make them all so easy to get to know.
Katie and I are an open book. We may share with you much more than you ever hoped to know when it comes to life, marriage, and raising a family during one of our meetings; our story stretches back over nearly 20 years. Many of our couples met online or through mutual friends while in college or grad school. In our initial hangout dates with our couples, I like to ask how our couple met and more often than not, one will look at the other and hesitantly say, “Online!.” I then reassure them that they are not alone and it isn’t weird. We think online dating or long distance relationships are great! They’re often driven by strong communication and algorithms designed to match people based on their personalities and interests. Gotta love psychology!
Dating can be rough. I know that Katie and I wouldn’t know where to start. We’re so very thankful that God matched us when we were pre-teens to become best friends and it wasn’t until nearly a decade later that we would say, “I do.” It is so neat getting to have conversations with couples from around the country who are willing to open up and share a part of their story with us. Even more so, it is is an honor when couples entrust us to capture one of the most important days of their lives. We feel privileged to be able to spend our weekends with such extraordinary people who place a premium on their wedding experience and their marriages as a whole. They know this [marriage] is a once in a lifetime event and they want to embrace it for all it has to offer and hold dear to every passing moment; because they know it will fly by so very quickly.
You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Hold on to one another and invest as much time in your marriage as you will on planning your wedding day! Life is truly made up of all the little moments and you will remember the times that you slowed down and intentionally reflected. Make time, better yet, schedule time to be alone without your phones, screens and the like and simply be present with one another. Listen. Be quite. Just exist in one another’s presence. That feeling of complete comfortability combined with butterflies is what we all wish for in a soulmate. Take a walk, ride a bike, go on the trip you always wanted. Sometimes life gets a hold of us and once it does it is hard to step off the merry-go-round. If you’re the journaling type, which we hope you are, take a few moments out of your week to put pen to paper. Write it all down, the good with the bad. When you look back and reflect, you will want to be as true to yourself as possible – and to your future generations who read your words you will want to provide wisdom. Share your mistakes, your frustrations, your passions and your regrets. Life is short, but also precious – so cherish and revere it. #liferevered. Make memories and dream big!
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Katie and I wanted to wish all our couples a Happy Valentines Day! We’re so very blessed to have each other and we’re wishing you all the best as you plan the day you start your journey as Husband & Wife. After 7 years of marriage, and 6 years of photographing weddings together, we have learned to appreciate the small-unplanned surprises in life. Not everything goes exactly as we envision and rarely do things go according to plan, but at the end of the day we have each other. That is what counts. We have each other’s side, back, front and everything in between. I couldn’t have planned a more meaningful life than the one God has created for us. We are grateful for every blessing our imperfect love has allowed: our children, our businesses, our home, our friends, our family, and the clients who make it all possible.
Valentine’s Day’s origin is a complicated one woven in myth and romanticism & I’m not sure anyone knows for certain of how it all came to be, but I am reminded of a love that gives sacrificially, a love that sees no lines in the sand, a love that serves even when tired, a love that takes out the trash in subzero temperatures, a love that risks life and limb to find the right cold medicine at 3:00 am, a love that cleans messes and doesn’t point them out, a love that gives up everything! I am fortunate enough to have known this love and know this love daily and on this fact alone – I count myself a rich man.
When the flowers, chocolates, dinners, & love letters fade, what will you have? According to one of our favorites movies, Moulin Rouge!
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return.”
There is some solid truth to that and one that comes with a nostalgic melody that often causes us to break out into song. This Holiday may your gifts to one another exceed monetary value and extend far beyond today and your wedding day, may it continue to influence your life and the lives of others, may it transcend this generation and continue into the next. Love is our greatest adventure!