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April 15, 2014

Camp Wandawega Wedding | Elkhorn, WI | Kelly Marie & Dave

CampWandawegaWedding_62My heart is bursting with joy as I relive Kelly Marie and Dave’s beautiful wedding day at Wandawega Lake Resort in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  And I’m even more excited to announce that their perfect day has been featured on Martha Stewart Weddings! It was such an honor to be a part of their gorgeous day, and seeing it on MSW is truly the icing on the cake and a huge milestone for me. I’m thrilled to unveil their blog post once again, now that we are officially published!

I met Kelly only a few months after moving to Chicago four years ago, and her warmth, humor, and beautiful spirit instantly won me over. She is a radiant soul, and I could not be happier that she and Dave found love and lifelong partnership in one another.  Their love story makes me smile every time I hear it- Kelly Marie, a floral designer and artist and Davey, the musician and bartender. She had noticed him several times as she sat at the bar at Lula Cafe ordering her regular drink. Her smile and laughter captured his attention instantly and he began to look forward to each time she came in. One day he sent a drink over to her, his intentions clear. Not wanting to lead him on, Kelly told Dave she wasn’t available. But she was drawn to his kindness and the two soon became friends. Dave waited patiently as their friendship grew, falling for her more and more. Seasons passed, and Kelly Marie was single again. And when the time was right, Dave pursued her again. This time she responded delightedly, for over the period of time their friendship grew, she had begun to develop feelings for Dave as well. Today these two are so in love, it’s like they’ve never known a period in their lives without each other. To me they are such a wonderful example of partnership as they both freely pursue the things that make them feel alive while supporting one another, cultivating joint passions, and building a beautiful life together. And the very bar they met at inside of Lula now sits at Fleur and serves as the counter in the flower shop!

Kelly and Dave’s celebration was also a collaboration among many of Chicago’s most talented wedding professionals who have become dear friends to them. It was such a joy to both capture the work of those I admire and spend some time outside of the normal flow of work enjoying the company of some of these incredible friends. With floral design by Kelly Marie’s very own Fleur, the decor was breathtaking. Caleb, Amy, Janelle, and Janessa worked tirelessly to make sure that the rehearsal and day of details were just perfect. And of course Kelly couldn’t resist the urge to do some of the work herself- even on her wedding day!! Heather Vickery of Greatest Expectations made sure everything went smoothly on the big day- and quite a feat having just delivered a precious baby girl!! Katie from Jayne Weddings drove up and styled the gorgeous lounge furniture from Aged Vintage Rentals and Nicole of Truffle Truffle styled the beautiful and delicious sweets display. Suzy of Lily Red Studio designed a custom Kelly and Dave wedding logo that appeared in various paper pieces she created- the invitation, a “welcome to camp” bag, a wedding “field guide,” the wedding day program, napkins and other decor throughout the celebration. Nika Vaughan did Kelly’s makeup, and she wore a lovely and simple dress from J. CrewXO Pictures was there documenting the day in cinema, and of course I had the immense pleasure of working side by side my friend, Jaclyn, to photograph such a rich celebration. Reception music was provided by the amazing Toast and Jam while everyone danced the night away!

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  1. Jamie Bodo

    April 16th, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Love this location! And you photographed it BEAUTIFULLY!

  2. jenn of hello|inspira

    April 16th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    jennifer! this is beautiful! love every single shot!

  3. Kelly Marie Thompson

    April 16th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Perfect.in.every.way!!!!!!!!! xoxoxxo!!!!!! I adore you & Jaclyn!

  4. Alaina Bos

    April 16th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    These are so gorgeous!! I couldn’t wait to see the photos! Kelly and Dave look so in love! And I love Camp Wandawega as a back drop for their day! Overall, it looked amazing and you captured it beautifully!!

  5. Deb

    April 16th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Gorgeous!! These photos are amaaazing. Kelly looks stunning!

  6. Debbie M

    April 16th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Lovely rustic camp wedding. I want to shoot a wedding there. :)

  7. Loreen

    April 16th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This is the post I’ve been waiting for!!! The photos are unbelievable….the love is just radiating out of them. Your dialogue added to the images makes the whole experience 10x sweeter. Well done Jenn, well done.

  8. Jennifer Weems

    April 16th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Ummmmm, WOW. Love the details, beautiful work!

  9. Ashley Rogers

    April 16th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Gorgeous work! And I love those bouquets!

  10. Whitney Lane

    April 16th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Ahh I love the spot!! Especially the loft style house where she got ready. Stunning!

  11. Matthew Irving

    April 30th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Incredible coverage for this wedding! Your photography has such a whimsical and airy look. Very beautiful work :)

  12. Jennifer Kathryn

    May 7th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks, Matthew! Your work is so beautiful, too. I love Anthony and Amanda’s session!

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