Over Memorial Day weekend we headed down to the sweet town of Monticello, Illinois to clean out Troy’s late Grandmothers home and visit with family. During our stay we played lots of hide n seek, got doused with squirt guns, rode trains, and strolled through our favorite place in town, the Robert Allerton Estate & Park. A gorgeous location for a Wedding, wink wink!! Sunken gardens, peonies, statues, a gazing pool, & much more around this tranquil estate. I snapped a few photos of our nephews and Cole playing throughout the gardens, a few of Troy’s Mother who the kids call Gigi with two of her Grandson’s, and a few of my Sister-In-Law Amy with her sweet family of four. I’m so glad I opted to bring my camera along because these boys are too cute together and I’m so glad I got the chance to catch them in this stage of life together. Cole & our oldest nephew Logan are best buds and we don’t get to see them often enough since we live 8 hours apart but every time they’re reunited, it’s always good times!
Their story started innocently enough. Erin & Casey's sister who was a co-worker were at a mutual friends Wedding when she mentioned that Erin had to meet her brother. She rolled her eyes and laughed, but said sure anyway. The next day he texted her and they went out for drinks 3 days later. Ever since Erin say's "He's my best friend and partner in crime."
Strong Women empower other women, and we rise together. Here we have the Behind The Scenes images from our Fierce Women Rise Styled Shoot. I met Alysce a year ago at a Tuesday's Together meeting here in Green Bay. The Rising Tide Society has opened up so many relationships and has been such a blessing in my life. I met both Alysce and Dana thru our group, along with some of the most creative and amazing people who really rally together and build each other up.
The day included hair, makeup, and behind the scenes photos while the ladies got Maggie ready. She already had her outfits styled and laid out when we arrived. When all was perfection we set off on our adventure to Barkhausen Waterfowl, it set a stage for the perfect location. Alysce had told me she wanted a row of tall pines and we found just that among these tall pines. We took small breaks allowing Maggie to warm back up, sipping hot tea that Dana brought (man, that girl is smart) and put warmers in her boots. Pretty glad I packed an extra pair of snow boots at this point, thankfully they fit her. After a short drive to our second location at Wesquiock Falls, we strapped on our ice cleats and made our way down to the falls. If you haven’t seen a frozen over waterfall in person before, put that on your to do list for next winter, because it is glorious. Maggie of course rocked that location and owned that ice like a boss. On to the last location and it was a race to beat the sun before it left for the day. That phrase “chasing light,” it’s a real thing yo! We arrived at the edge of the bay at Red River Park, hopped out of the car. Maggie in heels. Alysce and Dana carried her onto the ice, we snapped a few images before Maggie froze completely and then off to the car again to warm up. We headed our froze toes back to our original location where we got ready for the day and packed everything away, chatted about all the incredible things we just did, snapped a photo of all of us together (minus Troy, who clearly took the picture) and said our goodbyes. I can not say enough good things about working with these ladies. They are each magnificent in their own way but boy are we a force to be reckoned with as a team. Please check these talented ladies out, I have listed their social media links below the post.
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Blake and Kristy have been together for 9 months and got engaged back in October while on a trip to New York City with their families. They love staying in cooking Pinterest recipes together and love making puzzles together. Date night looks like sushi followed by a movie back home with lots of cuddles. Sounds perfect to me!
Party Like a Pirate. Well.....Let's just say. I'm spent.
A four year old's Birthday Party is exhausting. Like grab a group of 21 year old's and a bunch of Red Bull, mix it with techno music and pulsing lights with glow sticks. That will not even come close to the amount of party hard that these kids did. It's been a week and I'm still taking naps to get over my pirate hang over. No there was no alcohol involved. Unfortunately!
BilliJo & Chasidie met online and found out right away they had common love for the outdoors, traveling, and music. They could hardly wait to receive their next message from each other and before long they were heading to the movies to see Thor for their first date. Chas said "We spent the whole afternoon and evening together and it was just not nearly enough time together." I think it's obvious these two were smitten from the beginning.
Their Wedding Day was nothing short of Enchanted and Magical. Their idea for the day was inspired by the TV show "Once Upon a Time." and they envisioned a dark enchanted forest in Chas's Parents backyard on the Menominee Reservation. The ladies created their theme as VILLAINS GETTING THEIR HAPPILY EVER AFTER. BilliJo wore a Maleficent dress and handmade Chas' Evil Queen Costume, and boy did they turn out incredible.
In the speckled light below a canopy of tall pines sat their guests anticipating the costumed Bridal Party members to walk down the aisle. It was a sight to see, each Bridesmaid and Bridesman played their character to the fullest. Then the moment arrived when each Bride exited thier tent and walked down the aisle alongside their Father. I can say with certainty that each guest was on the edge of their chair during the entire ceremony. The ceremony was written on a scroll that Darth Vader also known as Chasidie's Mother read during the ordaining of their marriage. Each detail was so carefully and artistically created, the day was truly mystical.
Chas and BilliJo's memories of their day that were most special was being married by Chas' Mother outside at her Parent's home which was a childhood dream that came true. The feeling of being lucky enough to marry their best friend and watching everyone have a good time being in character created special memories and a perfect day for these two Villains.
MALEFICENTS DRESS Cosplay Sky / EVIL QUEENS DRESS Handmade by BilliJo / CEREMONY Parents Front Yard on the Menominee Reservation / RECEPTION & CATERING Red Maple Country Club / DJ Jolene Van Beek / CAKE Rebecca’s Sweets Boutique / INVITATIONS Handmade by Brides & Best Man Jeffrey Dixon Jr & Fiancé Chevelle Gauthier / CENTERPIECES Handmade by Brides & Bridal Party / FLORALS Handmade by Brides