rustic romantic barn wedding in wisconsin: brianna + ryan are married! – candid wedding photographers

You might remember these faces from their engagement sesh in LA, or from their Walk of Frame post a few weeks ago, but we just delivered their full portfolio this week and couldn’t wait to show you a few of our favorite moments!


This is the kind of light and couple we usually only dream of… COME ON! So good.

Brianna is the kween of Sweet Tooth Milwaukee, and wanted to assemble her own wedding cake! Girlfran’ does not mess around!

B+R, we are obsessed with you two! Come visit us again ASAP? We miss you + can’t wait to hang. xo!

walk of frame: samantha + aaron’s madonna inn wedding

We shot our last wedding of the year on Saturday (11/11!) and it was a good note to end on, let us assure you.

The Venue. The Madonna Inn doesn’t mess around. Every inch of this place is maximalism and color, and we like it.

The Bride.

The Dress. Well, one of them. There were two!

The Groom.

The Details. (That Yasmine Mei bouquet, ammiright?!)

The Pink + Blue Tennis Courts.

The Kiss.

The Din-din.

The Second Dress. (Sam founded Shop Whurl, the online vintage shop, so this girl doesn’t mess around with her clothing!)

The Ceremony.

The Reception. !!!

The Cake(s).

Rainbow Baes.

The Dancin’.

The End.

We had the best day celebrating with these two and can’t wait to show you more from their day very soon!


introducing: out of line with caroline lee – the podcast!

Since we don’t already do enough (ha) we thought it might be fun to add something new to our plate.

Cue: Out of Line, the podcast.

Below: a screen grab of the current Instagram feed for @outoflinepodcast.

What was originally my (Caroline’s) idea to write a book with a friend, in which we would collect stories and experiences from our colleagues who live most of their lives online. The goal was to have it be an offering rooted in authenticity, sharing ways to live offline in our online world, ways to heal and ways to connect. The seed of an idea evolved into signing with a literary agent… then completing a book proposal, (no small project, btw) and having it reviewed by publishing houses around the country. The book idea even got so far as having a v maj publishing house quite interested in it, but then, it seemed like our vision was going to get adjusted a bit more than what we were willing to agree to. Both my dear colleague/friend and I were so passionate about the purpose behind this book and what it was supposed to bring to the world, that we decided to shelf the book (HA) and we both launched our own separate podcasts. (Elizabeth’s is called Healers, by the way, and it is magical! It is almost as if our original vision is still happening, it just looks different in practice than we thought it would. But isn’t that the way with most of life?)

So anyway. It was important to give you the backstory. But now here we are. Out of Line.

In Out of Line, I interview guests who are known online, (whether they are artists, designers, bloggers, influencers, actors, musicians… etc!)  for something in their offline lives.

Tomorrow, the 9th episode goes up, and so far, we have had guests talk about everything from race and body image, to special needs adoption, to the Real Housewives of Atlanta. There’s humor and there is sincerity — but most of all, my hope is that there is human connection.

I’m so excited to see where this goes/grows.

I’m also so excited to get to work on yet another project with Jayden. Little known fact: Jayden is a highly skilled sound engineer and composer, so he wrote my podcast music (I asked for the audio version of what it would sound like if Bjork + Jonsi hooked up) and also combs through each second of every interview to make me sound less um’y. (The growing pains are real, y’all!)

Other major excitement? Getting to work with one of my v favorite artists, Lisa Congdon, on the amazing Out of Line logo. You might remember her from the blog years ago? 🙂

And the last thing I’m excited about? Having an incredible sponsor! The rad folks behind Cat Footwear reached out to me awhile back to ask if I had any projects I was working on that might have space for a collaboration. Without having even launched my podcast, they believed in me 100% and jumped right on board with my idea. Every interview during the Social Media Q+A segment of each episode, I get to write a question for each guest individually that draws out their connection to creating boldly. I feel so grateful to have such a dope crew of people believing in what we’re up to, and I couldn’t be more aligned with their values in bold creativity … or, with loving great shoes, for that matter! (Both Jayden + I have more than one pair of Cat shoes and literally wear them on the daily. My faves are the hiking boots + J just wears his fashion boots nonstop.)

If podcasts are your thing, (or even if they aren’t?) have a listen here on your iPhone/in iTunes, or, you can also listen through the Out of Line PodBean website here. Subscribe + leave a review, too, if you have a sec! We’d be thrilled to hear your thoughts. Oh! Also welcoming suggestions and requests for topics and guests to have on the show. We’ve got the next few months planned out, but can’t wait to meet new people + delve into new topics oh-so soon.

Guests of Episodes 01-08: Justina Blakeney, Patrick Janelle, Elsie Larson, William Matthews, Lisa Congdon, Mama Cax, Jeff Mindell and Jessica Zollman.



brooklyn wedding in milwaukee (mandy + ben are married!) – candid wedding photography

Well hey there, y’all!

We’re coming out of ‘busy season’, which means diving into editing season and album-making season and also the holidays! We hope you’ve loved our little Walk of Frame previews of the weddings we’ve been shooting this year, but we have so much to show you from full wedding days, so watch this space!

First up: throwin’ it back to Mandy + Ben’s amazing MKE day! Do you remember these cuties from their Brooklyn engagement sesh? It may have been a minute, but we have some serious glory to show you from their celebration.

“We met in college through a mutual friend at UW-Madison, though it took a few years for romance to blossom. Naturally, this happened after we were in the same statistics class. Ben was very attentive and engaged in the discussion section, while I [Mandy] busied myself with crossword puzzles and avoided eye contact with the TA. A year or so later he took me on our first date to Michael’s Frozen Custard where he wooed me with romantic sentiments like, ‘Girls don’t always like going out to eat with me because I usually eat less than them.’ It turned out he was a bit of a dainty eater, but I don’t mind this, because it means I always get to finish off the french fries.

I knew we were in it for the long haul when he agreed to move out to the East Coast with me after about a year of dating as I pursued my interest in studying graphic design in New York. It’s not an easy place to move to, but it’s been a great adventure and I’m so glad he was willing to take that leap of faith with me!”

If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?: “A total dream.”

Fun fact: this stunning wedding was published on LovelyBride! Check out the feature here.

We miss you, M+B! We had so many happy memories reliving your day while we prepared this post. xo!

“The most memorable moment to me was turning around and seeing Mandy for the first look. We initially weren’t sure about doing it before the ceremony, but it ended up making the whole thing less stressful. It also made for some really real pictures. Definitely worth doing!”

“My grandma rode with us over to the church in the shuttle. I was starting to get quite anxious for the ceremony, but Grandma, bless her heart, thankfully distracted me with incessant complaints about a hole in her nylon. She’s always good for a lighthearted moment.”

Mandy the Hero designed so many of the elements from their day, and you can hire her for your own day, too!

“As a graphic designer, I was so excited to design all of my own stationery and signage to make it all exactly how I wanted it to be. I was my own dream client, you could say! I was happy with how it all turned out, but I was especially proud of the cake topper. I designed a custom monogram, cut it out of chipboard, mounted it on a skewer and spray painted it gold. Voila!”

Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?

Mandy: “You can’t do it all, but that’s okay. I had so many ideas that I wanted to incorporate into our wedding day, but ultimately I had to pick and choose what was most important. It’s impossible to perfect every little detail, so save your sanity! It will all be perfectly imperfect in the end.”

Ben: “Embrace the tears of joy and make sure your fly is zipped. Better yet, have your best man make sure it’s zipped.”


Photographer – Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Featured –

Mandy’s Dress – Watters via Lovely Bride NYC

Mandy’s shoes – Badgley Mischka

Mandy’s Jewellery – Bride la Boheme (headpiece)

Ben’s Suit – Combatant Gentleman

Ben’s Shoes – Ralph Lauren

Groomsmen’s suits –  Combatant Gentleman

Bridesmaid’s gowns- ASOS, Missguided

Bridesmaids Jewellery- ESCO

Hair stylist – Neroli Salon & Spa

Makeup artist – Neroli Salon & Spa

Flowers – Jane Kelly Floral

Stationery & paper goods – Mandy Braatz, South Elliott Studio

Website Design – Mandy Braatz + Ben Wernberg, South Elliott Studio

Ceremony Venue – Calvary Presbyterian The Big Red Church

Reception Venue – Wisconsin Club

Celebrant/Officiant – Lori Hlaban, Unitarian Universalist Church Brookfield

Reception Music – Whoz Playing

Wedding favors – ESCO

Cake – Sweet Tooth

Wedding rings- ESCO

Videographer – Robert Ingraham

Processional: Your Hand in Mine by Explosions in the Sky “The first time I heard the song I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to it. Ben had the wonderful idea to have his father, accompanied by all of the musically talented groomsmen, play it as they walked down and I think the result was pretty spectacular.”

Recessional: God Only Knows by the Beach Boys “simply one of the most romantic songs of all time!”

First Dance: Stay Young, Go Dancing by Death Cab for Cutie “[They] were one of the first concerts we went to together, so it felt appropriate!”

walk of frame: wendy + kyle’s phoenix wedding at the royal palms

We’d never done a double-header on opposite sides of the country before.

But, we’d also never had a dear friend and dear cousin get married two days in a row.

After shooting in Savannah last Saturday, we hopped on a plane very early Sunday morning to bop our way over to Phoenix.

Wendy + Kyle had a day filled with elegance and sunshine. We can’t wait to show you more very soon. xx

The Groom.

The Bride.

The Note.

The Wait.

The First Look.

The Light.

The Newlyweds!

W+K, we love you!