at home with team woodnote: mid century color + a whole lotta love

Fairly frequently, people will ask us what our house is like.  Or make comments along the lines of, “I’ll bet your house is really colorful.”  Truth is, ‘home’ has been a very elusive idea for Jayden + me during our decade together. Since our hearts are spread over 3 continents, and our work is scattered around the world, we’ve gone through major seasons where we don’t even know where our home is, and seasons when the actual home we are living in doesn’t feel like our haven or inspiring-space-to-create-in at all.

Cue: LA. since my family is in MKE + his is in MEL, why not just live in between? Just kidding. But really, as time has gone on, we’ve fallen head-over-heels for Los Angeles. The weather, the color, the creative community, the pace of life.. we adore every inch, and decided to start calling it ‘home’. [For now, anyway.]

Even though we are kinda never there, simply creating this home together has been so healing for our displaced, vagabond’y selves. When we are on the road, the thought that we have this space, OUR space that we created together, to return to brings us such peace + creative inspiration.

It goes without saying, our traveling ways aren’t about to cease, we’ll still be shooting in Milwaukee / Chicago / Michigan / NYC / Melbourne + beyond in the coming months, so keep thinking of us in the same transient ‘anything, anywhere is possible’ sort of way.  We have more than a dozen round trip flights booked between now and October, so, y’know.  We’ll be around.  [Probably even your neck of the woods.]

But, back to the house.. you can imagine my shock + excitement when I received an email from thee Design*Sponge, of all places, saying they had seen a few snippets of our place on Instagram, and, could they have photos of the whole house for a feature[?!].  BAM.  Photos taken.  Feature posted.

So, it really is time to answer that big recurring question, “What is your house like?”  You asked, we answer…

Photos by us [in this case, AKA Echo and Earl]

Interior design coaching from our besties, Taylor and Taylor

Carpets from Coco Carpets

For the full interview + links to where we bought each piece, check out our Design*Sponge feature here.

rail hall wedding, milwaukee (amy + michael are married!) – photojournalistic wedding photographers

Amy + Michael met way back when their sisters were in ballet class together…

“Soon enough our entire families were good friends and we ended up doing mission projects together in Guatemala for several summers.  When we each went away to college in separate cities, we realized we kinda missed each other!”, Amy said.  “During a break in our sophomore year, Michael invited Amy over to watch LOTR (we sat on separate couches…) and that summer we started dating.  After 3 years of long-distance dating Michael proposed and 11 months later we tied the knot.”

After 11 months of an impressive amount of DIY’ing + planning [i.e. the table runners (Sewn by Amy and Michael’s mom, dyed by Amy and Michael), table numbers (Amy’s dad made all of them by hand with acrylic!), Amy’s veil (made with extra fabric from her dress with a $2 comb from Amazon in "literally 15 minutes"), flower arrangements and bouquets (by Amy and friends), dinosaur name card holders (painted by Michael, assembled by our families), the list goes on!], these two had what Michael says was, “the best day ever.”

Amy’s favorite memory: “definitely the first look.  There really aren’t words to describe all the emotions I was experiencing when we first saw each other – all I know is from that moment on, I was not nervous or stressed…I was just overjoyed to be with Michael.”  

Michael’s favorite memory: “Seeing Amy walk down the aisle and being late to come down the steps because I was so excited to finally be getting married.”  

Amy + Michael’s wedding day represents an incredible amount of celebration + love, and we were truly honored to capture it for them.  Amy has such a feminine strength, Michael has such an eye for detail, and together, they create quite the dynamic duo [and throw quite the party!].  We’re pumped to share some of our favorite frames with you today, + re-live these moments of joy we shared with them.

Amy + Michael’s advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding: “Make a list of things that need to be done.  Then categorize which items you want to do yourself and which ones can be delegated to others.  Wedding planning sometimes turned me into a control-freak….this list allowed me to let other people help (fun for them and less stress for me!) while still being able to make decisions on things I really cared about.  Also, during the last couple weeks before the wedding, set aside time to go on a date no matter how busy you think you are!”  [Such good advice!]

Besides the amazing dance party that went down during their reception, Amy + Michael also had a line waiting to get into the photo booth practically all night!

And then there was that glorious sendoff!  

Be sure to check out the divine video made by the one and only, Robert Ingraham:

Amy and Michael from Robert Ingraham on Vimeo.

- THOSE INVOLVED -

Photographer – Woodnote!

Videographer – Robert Ingraham

Amy’s Dress – Mori Lee

Amy’s Shoes – Pilcro and the Letterpress from Anthropologie

Amy’s Jewelery – Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane (via Gilt.com)

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – J.Crew

Bridesmaids’ Jewelry – ACF Jewelry (www.acfjewelry.com) …handmade by my bridesmaid Caroline!

Michael + Groomsmen’s Suits – Banana Republic

Hair stylist – Spargo Salon

Flowers – Amy ordered the flowers from wholesalers in Milwaukee, then spent the day before the wedding assembling everything – she said, “very time consuming but super fun”

Stationery & paper goods- Designed by Michael

Ceremony/Reception Venue- Elmbrook Church and Rail Hall

Wedding favors – Handmade bracelets from Guatemala

Cake – Amy’s Aunt Louise made their gorgeous cake, and friends + family brought the pies for the pie table.  Just fabulous!

Wedding rings- Amy’s are from a little shop in Waukesha called Dan’s L&L Fine Jewelry.  Michael chose them all by himself!  Michael’s is from Laskers in Eau Claire…we chose it while we were together one weekend during our long-distance engagement.

Processional / Communion music - Andrew Inouye (Michael’s brother) composed our processional and communion music.  We gave him a basic idea of the feel we were going for with the processional – he ran with it and created a beautiful piece that fit us perfectly!  He also composed and performed (with Julie, Amy’s sister) the music during communion.  We chose In Christ Alone as a congregational song because we felt it reflected the way we want to live out our marriage.”

Recessional – “We wanted something happy and upbeat for the recessional, so we had our musicians play an instrumental version of Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”.

india: photo field trip, jaipur, pushkar camel fair, elephant landing + more…

We’ve been to India before, yes.

Many times, actually.

But there is something so magical about sharing a place so dear to your heart, and seeing others experience it for the first time, and fall helplessly in love with a people and a place.

We wrote awhile ago about how we were going to be leading a group to India, and it happened.  15 others from 5 other countries all rendezvoused with us in India, and this happened.  17 people avoided touristy things at all costs, became lifelong friends, had their hearts open/broken together, ate the best food on earth together, danced the hardest, slept the least, and [miraculously] all got along swimmingly + didn’t even get sick.

Here are some glimpses into the adventures we shared…

 

Next up: Chhath Puja

the day before Pushkar Camel Fair began … the prep is the most magical, if you ask me.

In Pushkar, we paid Baba the Cosmic Barber a visit, and things got a lil wild.  [Check out Krista's amazing video here.]

[PART TWO :: when 7 of the 17 ventured on to Rajahmundry [where the Elephant Landing HQ is] by propeller plane + an entire day in transit … enter: the orphanage, where our hearts became liquid.]

I’ve mentioned before that I have a series in India of people with their eyes closed.  Even with the language barrier, I can communicate, ‘Close your eyes’, and I adore capturing their reactions.  Some people are so trusting, others are so curious and keep one eye open, or furrow their brow.  I continued this series this trip, and these images remain some of my favorites.

visiting some of the Elephant Landing ladies in their homes + seeing their work from the sewing training days…

And last but not least, the video:  [It is 3 minutes well spent!]

So often, friends will ask how they can get involved, how they can help and enrich the lives of the kids growing up in the orphanage.  And so, the crew that went to India with us has decided to create a Go Fund Me.  Here, if you feel so inclined, you can put some dollars into our greater efforts to create a music room for the children.  We’d love to see them not only taken care of, but thriving, and we’d be so pumped to have you join us here.

And yes!  We are planning to go to India again this fall, so keep an eye out for more info if you’d like to join us next time.  xo

schlitz audubon nature center (maureen + dan are married!) – candid wedding photographers

Some of you might recognize these faces from this engagement sesh in Brooklyn back in 2013, so we were pumped to be able to rendezvous with Maureen + Dan in a different state and different year for their wedding day!  The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center provided the flawless backdrop [Lake Michigan, quiet beaches and forest'y goodness all in one place?!], and their friends + family gathered from around the US to celebrate with them.  Enjoy a few of our favorite frames from their day.. and Happy Friday, too!  See you again next week… xx

chicago sunrise engagement shoot (sarah + justin are engaged!) – lifestyle engagement photographers

We all have those friends who are constantly talking about their dating woes.  [Ammiright?!]  And in our case, when our friends who are single / not enjoying that fact, we tell them about Sarah + Justin.

These two met online, and should be considered the poster couple for happiness and compatibility.  Together they are generous, kind, adventurous and fun-loving, and we are so happy that they found each other!

Sarah + Justin generously invited us to crash at their place in Chicago one night last year, so that we could get up bright and early for this sunrise sesh together.  After shooting by the glorious skyline, we zipped out to the Chicago Botanic Garden to capture some of the nature in the spot where Justin proposed!

And, just for fun, a few sneaks from their October wedding day at the Four Seasons, too!  Happy Thursday to you all.. xo

And some from the wedding day!