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We believe that photos make an amazing gift, so naturally we were excited when Liz & Guy’s kids reached out to us and wanted to buy their parents a portrait session gift certificate for their 40th wedding anniversary! Just a few weeks ago, we visited Liz & Guy at their home and had a beautiful fall day to work our way around their property and get to know them! Liz & Guy are both retired and are enjoying their days together traveling together as well as visiting their children spread out across the country. They are a beautiful example of a genuinely happy and loving marriage, and we are so thankful to have created these portraits with them!

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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Anniversary portraits captured with Contax 645 and Hasselblad 500cm on Fuji Pro 400H and PanF 50.

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Christriana & Patrick happened to be the last wedding we were to photograph in 2014. Wow, did they blow us away! We actually said to each other that we were really going to miss the two of them as we were leaving on their wedding night. Maybe it was because we were able to be there as they celebrated with their closest family & friends from their rehearsal dinner until the crazy leave-it-all on the dance floor finale to their BEAUTIFUL Michigan wedding weekend!

After saying goodnight at their rehearsal dinner, the next morning we arrived at the gorgeous home they rented right on Lake Michigan. Words simply don’t do justice to describe the truly majestic views. Water met the shores just steps from where Christiana & Patrick slipped into their wedding attire – you just need to see it to believe it!!

Have we mentioned Christiana’s wedding dress yet!? How are we into paragraph three of this post and we haven’t talked about her AMAZING SPARKLY DRESS?! She looked absolutely fabulous and, after she snuck up behind Patrick for their first look, we could have taken their photographs ALL day long!! We felt so lucky to be able to walk through the tall grass on the bluffs of Lake Michigan with these two – they love each other so much and seeing that through our cameras is exactly why we do what we do! For them :) So they can look back in a month, 5 years, 25 years and see exactly how happy they were in this beautiful moment on their wedding day!

So we probably took a little bit too much time photographing them on the bluffs with their wedding party, but we were all having a blast and we have yet to see a wedding start without the bride & groom, so we figured we’d be okay. ;) We were in for one more barn-sized treat when we arrived to Christiana & Patrick’s ceremony & reception site, the Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, Michigan. SO COOL! We absolutely love all things water & barn related, so we were starting to feel like Christiana & Patrick planned their perfect day for us :) Probably not, but we can dream!

They tied the knot with tears, laughs, and the first wedding party selfie during the recessional we’ve ever seen. These two radiate FUN and it was so contagious on this day. The band kicked in right after the ceremony and not a soul was shy about the dance floor. Heartfelt toasts, touching first dances, and the most romantic glowing light warming Chrisiana & Patricks family & friends faces all night long. Their wedding weekend was surely a blur, as it was for us, and we CANNOT wait to share these images with them! It was a magical ending to our 2014 wedding season, and we wish we could do it with the two of them all over again.

Christiana & Patrick. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! You are gracious, loving, FUN, and we miss you both! We know you’re loving life as Mr. and Mrs. Garrity already!

Love,
Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Hasselblad 500cm and Rolleiflex 3.5c on Fuji 400H, TriX 400 and Delta 3200.

Ceremony & Reception: Blue Dress Barn | Flowers: Teresa Guerriero | Hair Stylist: Ann-Marie Bautista | Makeup Artist: Kiley Cleckner | Band: Second Hand Soul | Catering: White Horse Catering | Paper Products: Rob Brennan, Best Man | Bridal Gown: by Adrianna Papell | Bride’s Shoes: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Attire: Elevee | Table Setting, Linens: Taylor Rental

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  • Emma P. - Oh my gosh, those photos by the water gave me goosebumps. Incredibly beautiful photos of an incredibly beautiful wedding. Nice work, McCartneys!ReplyCancel

  • Christiana - Haha – these photos made me laugh, cry and get excited about our wedding all over again. Should we do it again?!?!? JK – thank you so much McCartneys you both are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney M. - Whoah… gorgeous. Gorgeous dress, gorgeous bride, gorgeous wedding, gorgeous photos!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda Schield - Can’t peel the smile off my face from looking at these. Can’t even pick a favorite, there are just too many good ones!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Pinsoneault - Stunning! So many amazing details captured-such a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Guerriero - So beautiful! What a great day and what fantastic photos! I will definitely recommend the McCarthys to others.ReplyCancel

  • Christy Hodapp - What a stunning couple!! Every special moment is captured in these beautiful photos!! Loving them all – especially the black and white ones!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - The day of the wedding I finally got to meet the photographers that I had heard so much about and could see for myself why Christiana was so excited about them. They were a pleasure to work with, very excited to be there and not pushy at all. But, best of all their photos clearly capture the happiness that was beaming from Christiana and Patrick’s faces throughout this most memorable day.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Welker - Gorgeous photos and even more stunning couple. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Basso - Outstanding job by the McCartneys!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Garrity - These are simply gorgeous!! Cannot get over how wonderful every single photo is. Thanks so much to the McCartneys! You guys are fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Clary - Oh!! This dress, so beautiful. What a gorgeous set of images!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Kehoe - Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Kel Ward - Gorgeous!!! I loooove her dress! It’s so nice to see something unique for a change. Your night shots are fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Jaine Kershner - this wedding is unbelievably gorgeous. love love love!! xoReplyCancel

  • Lisa O'Dwyer - This is so amazing! I love the portraits with the sea in the background!ReplyCancel

  • Jen O. - Oh my that dress! Beautiful, beautiful work. Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Madden - Seriously stunning from start to finish. The bride is gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie Lynn - Everything about this wedding is perfect. I especially love the B&G shots by the water. Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Sweeting - Absolutely gorgeous wedding!! Beautiful job capturing it! So much joy.ReplyCancel

    • Jessica - Absolutely love these photos! Kelsey and Butch were so much fun to work with, so down to earth and amazing photographers!ReplyCancel

  • E. M. Anderson - What a gorgeous wedding! And that bride and her gown?!? Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Krawzak - Love the pics! What a great night!ReplyCancel

  • Andreana Basso - Love everything about these! Photography was #1 on their must have list to capture such an awesome day , with booze n music coming in close #2 ;) and Kelsy and Butch were not just amazing photographers, but amazing people as well. Thank you for beautifully capturing, sharing, and being a part of such a great weekend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alisha DePodesta - What an amazing experience! The McCartneys blended right into the wedding like family. Thank you for capturing it all so well.ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Garrity - The photos and photographers are phenomenal. Thank you Butch and Kelsy!ReplyCancel

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Christiana & Patrick decided to skip an engagement session and instead have their rehearsal dinner documented. Can we just say how much we LOVED this?? All of their closest friends and family joined them at Bistro on the Boulevard to kick off their wedding weekend in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and there was so much energy and excitement buzzing around!! Hugs and laughter in every direction we turned, delicious bites and cheerses, all in honor of a truly amazing couple. After a few spontaneous portraits and lots of mingling time, Christiana & Pat welcomed everyone to town with an amazing dinner (& dessert!) and shared their words of appreciation to everyone for making the trip to Michigan to help them celebrate. Feelings and emotions are worn right on their sleeves, and that’s just part of what makes Christiana & Pat the kind of people you want to stick in your pocket and never let go!

We CANNOT WAIT to share Christiana & Pat’s barn wedding with you tomorrow afternoon! Be sure to stop back because, trust us, you will not want to miss their celebration. :)

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645, Hasselblad 500cm and D800 on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford 3200.

 

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  • Christiana - You both were amazing, thank you for blending and hanging out with us and our crazy families. We could not have picked a better pair of photographers to come to this intimate celebration.ReplyCancel

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Lakeshore State Park served as a gorgeous setting for Rachel & Charlie’s engagement photos just a couple weeks ago. We have a huge soft spot for Lake Michigan and, as soon as Rachel & Charlie mentioned it, we couldn’t wait to get down to Milwaukee for their session! We made our way around the park (which also happened to be where Charlie proposed to Rachel!) and ended their session at the Third Ward, walking through the streets and sprinting hand-in-hand through alleys. :) These two are planning an awesome weekend-long wedding celebration in beautiful Door County next summer and we have been looking forward to their Horse Shoe Bay Farms wedding since the moment their inquiry arrived in our inbox! ;)

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645 or Hasselblad 500cm on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford 3200.

 

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With a soft color palette and modern lines in mind, Elise & Tyler designed the wedding of their dreams with lots of help from Elise’s Mom, Jean, and an amazing team of creatives! The Milwaukee Art Museum absolutely blew us away with its grand beauty and refreshing walls of white. But more importantly, we were two very lucky photographers as we captured this fun and at ease couple’s wedding day. Elise and Tyler are not only a gorgeous bride and groom, but an amazing couple to be surrounded by. The happiness they emitted was never-ending from the moment we arrived to our hugs goodbye and you could see in their eyes that they were so grateful for all of the friends and family who traveled to celebrate with them on their wedding day!

Our day with Elise & Tyler began with the ladies getting final makeup & hair touches and Elise slipping into her beautiful wedding gown (and stunning Manolo’s!) in their own getting ready suite at the museum. We were even able to tag along as Elise’s maid of honor delivered a special wedding day gift to her groom. From the look on Tyler’s face, our guess is that he liked it. :)

The first look took place in a galleria completely overflowing with gorgeous light and white walls & floors everywhere you looked! Our hearts may have skipped a beat when Elise opened Tyler’s gift to her – a brand new collar so they can pick out their first puppy and start growing their newly formed family of two! From that moment on, their smiles were painted on and we had a BLAST with their very charismatic wedding party! Inside the museum & out, Elise & Tyler and their stylish wedding party looked amazing and we were thankful to have lots of portrait time with them!

The entire wedding day was set in the Milwaukee Art Museum, but the transformation that took place from the moment the ceremony ended until their reception tables were glowing with candlelight was incredible!! Guests were whisked into another galleria for cocktail hour and an amazing guitarist serenaded everyone as they enjoyed Wisconsin treats and beverages. From a gorgeous ceremony white washed in radiant light and gorgeous florals to a reception celebration with linens, colorful up-lighting, centerpieces and never-ending thoughtful details that filled their reception, all of the friends and family of Elise & Tyler were in for a real treat!

We’ve been bursting at the seams to share Elise & Tyler’s wedding photographs with the world! With think they are such wonderful people, and were an absolute JOY to photograph! Thank you two so much for trusting us to document your wedding day!

Love, Kelsy & Butch

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All images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Hasselblad 500cm and Nikkormat 35mm on Fuji 400H, TriX 400 and Delta 3200.

Ceremony & Reception: Milwaukee Art Museum | Wedding Coordinator: Jean Simbro, Mother of the Bride | Flowers: Michael Huebner | Hair Stylist: Rob Schneider | Makeup Artist: Diane Yokes | Cake Artist: The Cake Lady | DJ & Uplighting: Sound by Design | Catering: Cafe Caltrava | Paper Products: Broadway Paper (Kate) and Coqui Design (Elizabeth) | Bridal Gown: by Anna Maier~Ulla-Maija from Saks Fifth Avenue | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaid Dresses: by Adrianna Papell from Bella Bridesmaid | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Judge Jeff Kremers | Guitarist: Joe Wray

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