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Erin’s story was the hardest to tell. I am not going to lie I was so very nervous to photograph her. Although after knowing her for a few minutes I realized she is stronger than I could have ever imagined. She was the one comforting me. Making me smile through the tears I was telling myself the whole day I would not shed.

 I am honored and blessed to share our sixteenth xoBeautiful project reveal.

Erin was photographed at a gorgeous Door County WI Wedding venue. 7501 Mariner Road – One of the most Luxurious Door County Waterfront Homes. A dream location for wedding photographers in Door County Wisconsin.

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Erin’s Story in her words why she wanted to be involved in the xoBeautiful project:

This photo shoot means the world to me. My fiance and I were together 9 years and actually got engaged today (Jan 28th) two years go on top of a mountain top in Idaho doing our favorite thing together, snowboarding. It was beautiful!! We were to get married on June 21, 2014 but sadly he passed away in a avalanche last February. I had just gotten my dress the week before and we were to pick out rings when he got back from his trip out west. I love my dress but I never got to wear it. I am so excited that I get to wear it and show everyone how beautiful that day could have been.

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Stunning Bouquet by Blossoms Floral of Door County

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Cake by Flour Girl Patissier

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  • Jen Gannigan - May 27, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    I will forever be in awe of her.

When I launched the xoBeautiful sessions, many people had questions about what this all was, why I wanted to do this, and why it was so important. When things are so deeply in our own hearts, sometimes it’s hard to express fully the right answers to these questions. Today, as I share some of the first images from the sessions, I will try my best to explain.

I’ve done Pay it Forward sessions for a long time, and xoBeautiful is simply a new facet of something I’ve always done. Through the applications, I learned the stories of these strong, incredible women, and they inspired me. The goal was to empower women to claim their own beauty and strength … and of course, very few things make us feel as beautiful as our wedding dress. It all clicked.

Through these sessions, their stories are told. Some of them are painful, some of them are beautiful, and all of them are powerful and proud – and they should be. It’s been an honor to be involved in this project, and I’m sure you’ll see why. What you’ll see is not just where they’ve come from, but who they’ve chosen themselves to be now.

Many people are curious about the sessions themselves. My team focuses on pampering and honoring each woman throughout their session – seeing the glow they have and hearing how they felt like movie stars or royalty brings it all home. This is why these sessions are so important.

One of my favorite parts of the xoBeautiful is when I get to read the things their family member has written about them (we send this out before the session and family members prepare something and send it back to us). They suddenly see themselves through the eyes and hearts of the ones they love. There is something innately powerful about the words they hear.

To put it simply, the xoBeautiful sessions are all about showing women how beautiful they are and how amazing their story has made them. No matter how broken, forgotten, tainted or incredible their story is, this session allows them to rewrite parts of their story, on their own terms, and find their personal sparkle.

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  • Kate - March 27, 2015 - 10:29 pm

    This is incredible, Jen. Absolutely love this whole concept and how you brought it to life. I’m looking forward to reading each woman’s story.

  • Audrey - April 1, 2015 - 10:58 am

    I love this idea so much! What a beautiful heart you have to feature people’s stories!

  • Heather - April 2, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Beautiful images! They will truly capture each woman’s beauty!

  • Heather - April 2, 2015 - 10:56 am

    Beautiful images! This concept will truly capture each woman’s beauty!

Anne-Marie & Steven
The second part of their wedding day!
If you have not seen the first part click here

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  • J niznik - November 4, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    B & W or color all of your pictures look amazing!!

  • Kelly Stalpes - November 4, 2014 - 11:43 pm

    What a lovely bride and beautiful wedding! The pictures with the flags are an awesome touch :o)

  • Kim - November 5, 2014 - 2:17 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple:)

  • Shannon - November 5, 2014 - 3:27 am

    Congratulations Anne Marie! Gorgeous bride and gorgeous pictures!

  • Liz Basadur - November 5, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Beautiful photos. Beautifully captured :)

  • Carolyn - November 5, 2014 - 11:45 am

    What beautiful pictures!!

  • Tristan b - November 5, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    You both look so fantastic these are fantastic pictures. Congrats once again.

  • Papa Boyd - November 5, 2014 - 11:01 pm

    I really look good in all my photos.

  • Stephanie - November 5, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    Absolutely adorable photos Anne Marie!! So honored we were able to share your special day!

  • Marianne Basasur - November 6, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Amazing photos amazing wedding – the flower girl and ring bearer are super cute :-)

  • Lisa - November 7, 2014 - 12:51 am

    Looks great!!

  • Lisa Skoglund - November 7, 2014 - 12:55 am

    What beautiful pictures of your wedding day!!!

  • richard macri - November 14, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Great photos

  • A Basadur - November 14, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!! The photos are beautiful and amazing.

  • Chris Basadur - November 14, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Great photo’s, Really beautiful .

Anne-Marie & Steven
The first part of their beautiful Wedding Day captured at the Bride’s home where she grew up in Green Bay Wisconsin.
Check back next week for part two of this wonderful day!

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  • Ashley - May 3, 2015 - 9:46 pm

    I am absolutely in love with your photos I would love for you to be my photographer for my wedding. My hunny and I are getting married in either 2017 or 2018 so its a ways away yet but I want to make sure everything gets figured out ahead of time :)

    Thank you so much,
    Ashley

  • magdalene - May 4, 2015 - 10:44 pm

    You are so very sweet Ashley! I cannot wait to chat with you about your day! Thank you for your kind words. Please head on over to my contact form and submit your info. That way we can connect and start sharing your vision of the wedding day! xoxo Jen

Tiffany & Ethan

I think I have been planning their wedding and engagement pictures umm since I first met them. Yes, seriously! I photographed Tiffany and Ethan’s high school senior pictures. I knew that moment I loved them.

Fast forward years later and they have now became a part of our family.  Tiff watched our oldest daughter on many occasions, Ethan as well. Then the moment I received the voicemail that they were engaged. Screams!!! To now planning their engagement session. I knew that the two of them spent many years with their families at Porterfield Country music festival. So, I came up with the crazy idea!!

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Tiffany’s smile is contagious. I love her laughter.

northeast_wisconsin_photographersAnd then.. they danced. Our little Miss Hailey came along to “assist” me on my session. It was one of the proudest moments as a mother. She loved having an excuse to dance and wear cowboy boots. northeast_wisconsin_photographers

Ethan asked Hailey to dance, how sweet is this!!?? Here she is handing them flowers, mommy tears. northeast_wisconsin_photographers northeast_wisconsin_photographers northeast_wi_photographers

Now until the next chapter of their story. A second engagement session coming this fall.

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I wanted to share Tanya and Kevin because when I say I truly care about my couples. I truly do. I also believe it shows. It shows in their smiles, their laughter and the way you feel like you see their love.
Here is a message I received from Tanya after sending her the final gallery.
“I just looked at my pictures and I am in love Jen! You are amazing! And so talented! Thank you so much! Now I can’t wait for the wedding photos! You help us show the true beauty of my little family! God bless you! You are so wonderful!”

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Catching some moments with their sweet little daughter, Miss Maya. photographers-crivitz-wi photographers-crivitz-wi

Yes, the deer is for real. It could care less we were within feet from it. crivitz-wi-photographers photographers-crivitz-wi photographers-crivitz-wi crivitz-wi-photographers crivitz-wi-photographersPhotographers Crivitz WI . Up North Crivitz Wisconsin is a perfect backdrop for your engagement, wedding or family pictures.

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Melissa & Kyle Engaged

Mustang. Yes, one word. Keep scrolling.

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The bottle caps from one of their favorite craft beers.

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When chatting about their journey. I learned about their love of traveling and many road trip adventures.

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How cool to see where they have traveled and where they plan to spend their honeymoon(s)!!! I’m all team Hawaii! The Big Island absolutely breathtaking. I may be a little biased since that’s where my husband and I spent our honeymoon.

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To end our adventure with sparklers and blue skies. wedding-photographers-in-northern-wisconsin

And…. I have to share one more with the Mustang. I just can’t help it. So cool!

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Looking forward to their Wedding day at the Vines & Rushes Winery, Ripon, Wisconsin.

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Kristin & Shaun

All I have to say is that the couple who laughs together, stays together. Honestly, they(we) laughed non-stop. Shaun was pointing out giant birds in trees. Kristin was trying to spell Charlize Theron, Shaun’s celebrity crush. Don’t worry I had to google it too. Haha!

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I made asked them to climb up a very large steep hill about 10 feet from a highway overpass (a couple times). Don’t worry I was underneath it.

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Oh and I discovered that Kristin has aspirations to be on dancing with the stars. They are so sweet together. I love it!

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Be sure to share the love and leave sweet comments below for the Bride & Groom to be.

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