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Mr. + Mrs. Czubek!

Mike and Sara have been patiently waiting this day for a long while. I met the girls at Escapade Salon where they were all hanging around in pink robes, talking about the day and enjoying a drink out of the matching cups that Sara had gotten them as gifts.

When we got Sara to the East Side Club and into the bridal suite she had to hold back the tears and nerves. She couldn’t eat her lunch she was so nervous. When Sara saw her dad, the tears were coming from both of them. The look on Mike’s face was a total wow face when he saw Sara for the first time that day as she walked down the isle.

After the ceremony we hopped on the bus and took a trip down to the Capitol. The ride was filled with some Jimmy John’s subs, ice cold water and Bud Light. The night continued on back at the East Side Club with dinner, dancing and drinks and a special appearance from Bucky!

Meet Sara + Mike Czubek!

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Vendor's from their perfect day!

Bride’s Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides n Belles  |  Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse  |  Hair and Makeup: Escapade Salon  |  Flowers: Felly's Flowers  |  Invites + Stationary: Paper Piper  |  Caterer: Gaylord Catering  |  Ice Cream Cake: Chocolate Shoppe  |  Ceremony + Reception: The East Side Club |  DJ + Photobooth: DJ Magic Entertainment

(Surprise) Welcome Home!

I had gotten an SOS type text from Madeline, Joe's girlfriend about two weeks ago asking if I was working the 11th, and surprisingly I had off. Joe was returning to Wisconsin on Sunday after spending time in California serving our country.

Joe's mom was planning a surprise welcome back party for him, which included the Honor Guard as well. His mom wanted a photographer and Madeline asked me if I would do it. Obviously I would. Who would turn down something so meaningful to such a good friend?

Madeline had planned to go out there the previous Thursday through that Sunday, spending time with Joe and his last few days in California. While she was there, Joe's family, friends and neighbors gathered together arranging a surprise party among his return.

The texts started coming every few minutes as Madeline was sending updates on what their location was while Joe was sitting next to her in the car. Madeline and Joe and Joe's parents made the final few miles back to their house from the O'Hare airport. Family and friends gathered along the street that was lined with American flags. Two motorcycles went down to the start of their street where they would lead the family mini-van the rest of the way down the street and around the cul-de-sac circle where he would be greeted by everyone.

Joe was not a happy camper when he realized what was going on, but in the end I think he was totally okay with it.

Senior: Darin

Meet Darin:

School: Madison La Follette High School
Favorite food: Chicken wings
Dream school: Arizona State
Dream job: Chiropractor
Favorite app on your phone: Twitter and Soundcloud

Darin's little sister Dani joined him on a few pictures. They were so good with each other - no bickering or being mean to each other. They're mom even cried when I took the shot below on the left. She had to walk away and regroup.

Senior: Sydney ( + Fam!)

Meet Sydney:

School: Madison La Follette
Dream job: Doctor
Favorite song: Hold Back the River - James Bay
Sports and clubs: Poms, Lacrosse, HOSA, NHS, POWER, Show Choir
Five words that describe you: Smart, funny, enthusiastic, genuine, strong

We decided to throw in Sydney's brother for a few pictures:

 

And then we added mom and dad too!