Kicking off wedding season this weekend at an all-time favorite venue of mine @burlapandbells1 ! Cannot wait to capture Courtney + Ilan say “I do” amongst the pines, is it Saturday is it Saturday?! I’ve been looking ahead at all my couples’ big days coming up and just wondering how I got so lucky. Get ready, there’s bound to be a whole lotta pretty coming your way! . . Florals by @theflowermill.wi
Sneak peek of Whitney & Brandon's e-sesh last weekend! They drove up all the way from Illinois to eat cake & hang out with me (unfortunately two separate occasions, but I forgive). This sweet couple is tying the knot next month so you'll be seeing even more of them soon! Oh and fun fact: they also took a month long road trip, except they went the real adventurous route and had nothing but a tent! They camped nearly every night for 35 days and it was on this trip that Brandon proposed to her while they watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. 😱💕Double-tap if you think adventurous love is one of the best kinds of love.
Daydreaming I’m back here in this cute little safari tent in the middle of the🌵When you live in and out of a van for a month straight you get used to tiny space living and overall living with less. You’d think you would miss things like oh say, a TV, your own shower, a closet for clothes, etc. But not having these conveniences was surprisingly so liberating! It made us really separate what we desired to have from what we needed. And pretty soon we only desired to have what we needed. When we got back home we realized we didn’t feel as connected to nature, the present moment, and each other as we did while living on so little. We’ve been researching #tinyhome options since and are SO close to actually taking the leap and making this an everyday lifestyle going forth. What do you think? Could you ever go tiny?
One of my all-time favorite weddings is now on the blog! I’ll never forget when Elise, my coworker-turned-friend came crutching into work with a broken foot a month before her wedding day! We got a little creative and worked around the limitations, and these photos ended up becoming some of my favorite work yet. Weddings are living, breathing, events. They are unpredictable as they are beautiful, which is why my job will never get old. So excited to share Elise & Ryan’s wedding day with you! Tap for the full vendor list and head on over to the blog, link in profile!
Just delivered Elise + Ryan’s wedding gallery and getting it ready for the blog😍My bride never even got to wear these pretty heels down the aisle, poor girl broke her foot a month before the wedding (Could you imagine not being able to stand on two feet on your special day? Elise was such a sport!) Luckily we were able to get creative and you wouldn’t even be able to tell! 🙌🏻 Check back Monday for the blog debut!
I carefully begin each gallery just as I did on your wedding day, slowly laying out the details one by one. The invitation, the rings, the shoes, the mirror, the perfume. Details always set the tone and bring back all those “morning of” feelings of joy and excitement and anticipation! Chances are you carefully picked each one to be a part of you day, so let’s brag em up! Give your photographer fair enough time to step away and get creative, and you’ll look back and be flooded with reminders of your unique, beautiful, one-of-a-kind day!
“Hi, I’m Meghan. And this is my first Monday morning officially girlbossing it. And it’s a big deal.” 👈🏼 What my husband told me to write cause I can’t find the words. Cause I literally can’t find the words this morning. What do ya say should I have him write all my posts? (Very straight to the point!) A quick recap for those who are newly following along, last month I decided to say so long to the corporate world to pursue my business full time (yay!) We converted a van into a living space and took a month long celebratory road trip out west 🏜🚐 Now I’m back home in good ole Wisconsin and ready to dive in to full time #weddingseason with all my lovely 2018 couples (hi guys!👋🏻) So here I am this Monday morning. Doing the very life I decided I was sick of daydreaming of. I’m feeling crazy humbled and pretty darn speechless about it. I’m Meghan and yes I’m a full-time entrepreneur, photographer, girlboss now. But more importantly, I’m a person who refused to settle. I’m not a special case, I’m just someone who woke up one day realizing “this ain’t me” and who went and pursued what I felt was. The thought of living another day in my comfort zone of “okay-ness” was no longer okay. That’s a big freaking deal. Turns out Mondays are only as Monday as we allow them to be. So can I ask you a silly question? How did you FEEL rolling out of bed this morning? Dread, anxiety, excitement, depression, just okay, nothing at ALL? Whatever your feeling was, pay close attention to it. Today, tomorrow, the next day. Your feelings are pretty damn smart sometimes. What if they’re trying just as hard to get you to wake up each and every morning?✨#happymonday #makemondaysgreatagain
After 7400 miles of calling the road our home, the sunrise our alarm, living out of a van, popping in cassette tapes, gas station toothbrushing, spotty cell service, and google maps lady being our only other companion. Countless landscapes from red rocks, turquoise rivers, snow-capped mountains. Gorges, deserts, and palm trees to deep redwoods forests. After four weeks we are now back home in Wisconsin and re-adjusting to modern day life (you’d be so surprised how quickly you don’t miss binging Netflix while you’re gone). Looking back each day wasn’t perfect but it was always beautiful, cause it was always a story only we were writing. It brings me to tears and I’m not even a crier. When we got home we joked that we’ll be those old grandparents repeating our “one time when your grandma and I took a van trip alllll out west...” followed by some exaggerated tale. And then we thought, maybe it won’t be “that one time” when we took a road trip. Maybe we already miss #freidathevan and #tinyliving and the adventure way more than we thought we would, so much so that we think we could do this permanently. Live mortgage-free. On the road nearly always (but with some land as a home-base). Maybe. It’s always followed by a maybe cause right now it’s too scary to say our dreams out loud without it. So we’ll just have to see. Note: my inner gut doesn’t have this Maybe. Extra note: we’re already researching buses for sale ;)
On Day 10 we escaped van-life for a day. It’s been almost two years now since we said “I do” and while this month-long road trip was meant to be our belated #honeymoon , it feels a lot more like just a much-needed celebration of life!! The closing of a chapter, and the closing on a life that we felt was too predictably safe and left us wondering “what if?” What if we are not living how we are supposed to be living? What if we are meant for a different kind of life. More adventure, more time together, more actual living. This new stage is uncertain, involves a lot of crossing fingers and just winging it, hoping for the best but understanding it won’t always be the best. Winging it is definitely not always glamorous (we slept at a truck stop last night and brushed our teeth in a gas station🙈). I am not sure where this new full-timing #girlboss life will all take me, where we will decide to live when we return, or where we will even sleep tonight. But I am certain of two things, one being that the sun will rise and the other being I get to continue to do life by this guy’s side. And that’s pretty incredible. Document your life in all of its stages. Print your memories & frame them as a reminder of where you once were. These photos are such a treasure and am so happy to have met up with the talented @avamariaphoto along this crazy journey. So many more photos of this trip to come, but for now I’ll sign back off and enjoy it✌🏼Oh and if you’re considering doing a honeymoon shoot, I LOVE to travel *wink wink* 😉 Tell me, where do your dreams take you? Where WILL they take you?