we are caroline + jayden. a wife + a husband. an american + an australian. a photographer + a photographer.
on most days, you'll find us with a camera in our hands or a macbook pro on our laps [editing] while we watch re-runs of either breaking bad, mad men or arrested development.
we love to travel, but prefer to crash on people's floors so we can spend our entire budget on great food. [that's the long way of saying we are foodies, but we don't really like that word, so we avoided it. but then we ended up using it anyway. see what you made us do?]
we met because we're also both musicians, and in 2003, jayden was touring through the states with his band. we were playing at the same venue in wisconsin, met backstage when we bumped heads at the drinking fountain, and it's been love ever since. [we got married in 2005.]
our portrait-y sessions start at $600 and our wedding collections begin at $4500. every time you hire us, you'll also receive the high res edited images included in your portfolio. because that's what we would hope to get whenever we have our photos taken, and we want to treat you the way we'd want to be treated.
so drop us a lil 'hello', will you? we can't wait to hear from you! xo
(and in the meantime, here's a minute of us 'in action' shooting a lovely couple in melbourne, australia.)
Beck + Michael might be the kindest people on planet earth. They are literally all smiles, + nothing but nice! You kinda can’t believe it unless you experience it firsthand. They’re that lovely.
After meeting years ago at a club (best story ever!), they’ve grown + evolved together into the beautiful duo that was celebrated on this day. Ripponlea was the perfect place, and we were totally thrilled to have this beautiful day kick off our year of 2014 weddings! (Not that we’re done blogging 2013 weddings yet. Whoops.)
Now, you may notice that things look a little different in this post. That’s because I decided to only blog horizontal images in black+white! If you visit photography blogs very often, sometimes one post just bleeds into the next, so we figured it was time to stir things up a bit. Plus, Beck + Michael’s day was so classic that it just begs for those crisp B+W images, don’t you think?! We’re so excited to share some of the incredible moments of love, commitment + joy from this special day. Beck + Michael, cheers! Thank you so much for having us be apart of this season of your life together! And to everyone else … happy weekend! xx
So how is it that these two gorgeous people eventually met?
Josh tells the story like this, “We met through a client of Megan’s. He invited her out wakeboarding with his friends, who were new to the area. When she got to the house she noticed a sweet 1954 Ford Victoria in the drive way. She asked who’s car it was, and was interested in me even before she saw what a hottie I was… We got to know each other hanging out with everyone as friends, but quickly stopped inviting friends along (and told each other that our other friends were “busy” and “couldn’t come”), so our ‘hang outs’ ended up being dates! …And the rest is history.” :)
Megan + Josh got engaged in December 2012, and married in April 2013. (Yup, we’re really blogging their wedding 13 months after the fact! Oops.) They pulled a stunning wedding day together in less than 4 months..! From DIY’ing their table runners and the ring box, to having their moms / aunts / grandmas / sister / cousins all make special family recipes for their (insanely amazing) dessert table, and having Josh’s pastry-chef cousin make their cake, every detail of their day was about bringing friends + family together, and pulling it off with one big team effort.
If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?: “Absolutely AWESOME! It was just a big party that was simple, casual and was full of all the important things to us… family, friends, good food and drinks!”
Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?: “Just remember its only ONE day that goes by SO quickly. Make sure you remember what its really about, and that is what really matters – NOT all the small things that might not go exactly as planned. Just enjoy every moment of it!”
You might remember these faces from their engagement sesh back in April 2013, but now, we’re ever-so excited to share some of our favorite moments from Megan + Josh’s day of celebrations. The rain couldn’t stop their calm or their joy, and a burst of sun decided to grace us with its presence at exactly the right moments during portrait hour. Magic! Guys, thank you so much for choosing us! We were really quite stoked + honored to be able to be with you on your big day. Congrats, again! xx
An NYC duo with a fierce love for each other [remember their engagement session in Central Park?], an historic Milwaukee warehouse, a Marchesa dress, a gospel choir, a 4-foot croquembouche, the color green, food stations with menus referencing favorite NYC spots, candlelit vows, dancing ’til 2am, + both a husband + a wife with new [combined!] surnames [so cool!] … these are a few of the memories we have of Miranda + Jon’s indescribable day last November. Not to mention the fact that we ended the day with these two as friends, and a note from Jon that made us teary, (It said; “You guys will be our photographers for any life events that we have. There’s no chance that there is a team that is better.”) This is a a couple + a celebration of love for the books!
Miranda told us ‘the meeting story’ [+ it is such a good one!]:Jon and I met on August 9, 2006 at a well-known Milwaukee pub. It was on a random Wednesday night and we were both there separately with friends. All of a sudden, someone bumped into me and I turned around quickly to just say a meaningless “sorry” and the red head that bumped into me said “Ow! That really hurt.” I smiled and laughed at his sarcasm and we started talking from that moment. We realized how much our lives were aligned starting with the fact that Jon was equally as obsessed with the idea of leaving the Midwest and starting his life in New York City as I was. That evening, I knew I found the man I was going to marry. I told my mom the next morning, “I’ll never kiss another man again,” only we hadn’t even set our first date, yet let alone had a kiss. It was perfect and to this day I have a ring (that I now wear stacked with my wedding band) that has a number nine on it to always keep that day (well, really night) in my mind. The night I met Jon was, hands down, the best night of my life.
If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?: The day we got to throw a huge party to celebrate our love for each other (and the food was amazing).
Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding? Hire help. I know, it’s easy to say and it simply just isn’t in the budget for most people but Megan really was the glue that not only held our wedding together but what keep my sanity in check. Jon and I are really busy and having Megan just an email away was, more than anything, so comforting. She kept us organized and met with our vendors when we couldn’t be there. She was always on our side and sometimes, as a bride and groom planning a big event, you need as many people on your side as you possibly can.
PS : We’re super excited to say that this wedding is featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty today, so be sure to check out the feature right here!
Jon’s favorite memory from the day: “I have to admit, I was opposed to having a first look. I had never heard of people doing that before and it sounded strange to see Miranda before she walked down the aisle. Now, I get it and I loved it. Seeing her in that amazing dress for the first time was incredibly moving. I was completely blown away with how beautiful she looked. The tears flowed out of my eyes instantly.”
hottest, most Mad Men-esque wedding party ever? we think so. ;)
A rad ceremony-story from Miranda:
During the planning stages I was driving myself nuts trying to find a rug I could either rent or borrow as I had my heart set on getting married on top of a beautiful woven rug. Well, in Wisconsin that’s a little bit out of reach and buying one simply was not in the budget. I was just about to give up on my rug idea. But one day, I was at a work event (at the time I was a market editor at a interior design magazine based in New York City) and it was at a beautiful and over-the-top Afgan rug showroom. I was there to learn more about the rugs and to see if they would fit into any stories I was planning to run. I start chatting up the owner of the company, Bahram, and I found out that he lives in Milwaukee! He raised his three daughters there and his flagship store was about five miles from where we were to be married. Still, thinking nothing of it, I excitedly said, “I’m from Milwaukee, too!” Long story short, Bahram said to me that it would be his honor to lend me a rug for my wedding and that in his country, it is good luck to get married on a rug because they have magical powers and are woven with so much love. I was blown away. Here I was, getting a little sad that I wouldn’t have a rug to get married on and, out of nowhere, it was just handed to me. He had no idea I wanted to get married on top of a rug and here he was, insisting I borrow one of his. It was such an intense moment and touching gesture and it just proves that there are so many good, kind-hearted people out there in the world. Bahram is at the top of that list.
Be sure to watch M+J’s video montage … that Robert Ingraham blows our minds with his work!
Jayden + I both have pretty flippin’ amazing families.
Mine lives in Milwaukee, his lives in Melbourne. It isn’t always easy to have people you love so far away, but taking photos of them sure does help you smile on days that you’re missing them a lot.
Here’s a sesh we did in Melbourne back in January with Jayden’s big brother, Chris, his gorgeous wife, Laura, + their 4 amazing kids; Mary, Patrick, Cate + Liv. We sure adore these 6, hopefully you’ll be able to get glimpses of why…
PS … we’ll be back in Melbourne next month, and have 2 spots left for shoots! If you’re interested, email caroline (at) woodnotephotography (dot) com
sometimes when you’re 3, eating the sand to get out of a photo shoot sounds like a really good plan…
it also gets the attention of your three older siblings, so, win/win, right?
It’s been a long while since we blogged a full wedding, but we still have many from 2013 to share, so here come Brooke + Klaus! (Remember their engagement sesh from last June?)
A flawless day in a friend’s backyard in Indiana, complete with all things boho-perfection… + a teepee, too! Here are some words + memories from Brooke + Klaus themselves, and then, check out their day!
So, we like to joke + say we met at ‘a trashy party’… We met at a kegger at a friends’ house… Klaus first took note of Brooke [...] + struck up conversation. After a Facebook friend request, and asking some mutual friends about her, he pursued her (literally) and went looking for her at a theatre (where he heard she went every Tuesday night). They went on one date and the rest is history.
Our wedding day was FUN! It was the kind of wedding we would want to attend, and the best part is, it was ours! We wanted it to be a very free spirited in style and atmosphere, but we didn’t want to lose the meaning, which was deeply spiritual. The vow to each other and to God was most important, and that our guests realized we take no responsibility in the miracle of our love. God brought us together, and by keeping Him first, we know our marriage will be till death.
We bought cheap items from thrift/antique stores and tried to tie them all together [to create our dream aesthetic]. We used hay bales for seating and covered them with vintage afghans, and made all the lights in the trees with mason jars, twine, and candles.
Our favorite moments from the day? Brooke’s: One of the best moments for me was when Klaus and I were taking communion. We were facing away from the crowd and attempting to drink from a native American double spouted vase. We probably should have practiced because Klaus spilled the red juice onto his white pants. We both couldn’t stop laughing, especially realizing when he turned around the crowd would see a red spot on his pants.What was supposed to be a serious part of the ceremony just ended up being a perfect reflection of our personalities, care free. We can’t be serious even when we try. Klaus’: Stage diving into the crowd at the reception! We had the band learn some Walk The Moon songs and nothing gets me more pumped up.
Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?
Make it your own and don’t stress. We stayed about 98% stress-free during the planning process and when the big day came, we were able to just enjoy it. I [Brooke] always hear stories about couples that almost broke up planning their wedding, or that they got into huge fights. I guess it’s a difference in personality, but I just don’t see the point in worrying. What matters most is accomplishing your goal, getting married. Don’t worry so much about flowers and matching napkins, the guests wont remember anyways. Make the love between the two of you what is remembered most.
Ahh! Love it, guys! And love you guys! PS: our favorite wedding moments? Your sprinkles-filled recessional and your face-painting fun at your reception! C’mon! You guys know how to throw a great summer party! Perhaps make it an annual anniversary celebration? Just a gentle suggestion xx
Processional: “Glosoli” by Sigur Ros, this was chosen because of Brooke’s love for the band and this song. The build up to the climax of the song towards the end (3:40-4:30)is beautiful and whenever Brooke heard this song she thought of how beautiful it would be to create the same suspense on her wedding day, and revealing herself when the instruments reach the peak and come crashing down.
Ceremony: “Beautiful Things” by Gungor, this was chosen because of it’s message.. how God takes the dust and creates something beautiful, us. To us, we looked at that as a symbol for marriage as well. God takes two broken ugly people and brings them together and blesses them. Although our marriage wont be perfect, it is a beautiful thing when God is at the center.
First dance: “We found each other in the dark” by City and Colour. This album came out during a time we had broken up, and this song in particular was unknowingly each of our favorite songs. It deeply reminded us of each other. It is a reminder of the hard times in our relationship, but the refinement process that brought us back together. The song title says it all
Dad-Brooke Dance: “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan, sung by Norah Jones. This song was chosen because of Brooke + her father’s shared love for Bob Dylan, and the message in the song.
Mom-Klaus Dance: “Love me tender” by Elvis Presley. This was a tribute to Klaus’ late father, Nathan Nyman, who was a huge Elvis fan.