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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I will be revealing the story of each of these incredible women over the coming weeks. I invite you to come along on the journey, and find your own xoBeautiful with me.

I absolutely fell in love with this style of session, and will definitely be adding this to my session line up soon.

In the mean time, if you would be interested in taking part in an xoBeautiful session in the future, please fill out the information below – you’ll get an early bird discount! Or maybe you know someone who deserves to sparkle? You can nominate them through this form as well:


Venues      : Luxurious Egg Harbor Vacation Home & The Galloway House, Fond du Lac, WI | Florals: Blossoms of Door County | Hair and Makeup: Sara Miller | Wedding Cake: FlourGirl Patissier | Hair Accessories: Sunshine Couture | Vintage Dress, Veil and Coats: Thrifty Treasures | Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Peshtigo, Wisconsin

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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.

Melissa & Ben’s intimate wedding in the beautiful setting of Door County Wisconsin.

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Ceremony/Reception Venue: Door County Vacation Rental
Florist: Blossoms of Door County
Caterer: Pink Bakery Egg Harbor, WI
Cake: Pink Bakery Egg Harbor, WI
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Rondinelli / Anagen 11
Bride’s Gown: Maggie Sottero

More Wisconsin Destination Weddings coming soon!


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Kate & Chad
Crivitz, Wisconsin Engagement Session
Governor Thompson State Park, Crivitz, Wisconsin

Words from the Bride to be:

How he proposed-
“Chad and I have been dating since we were in high school, and I’ve learned over the years that he is anything but predictable when it comes to planning surprises. He also loves adventuring and the outdoors, regardless of the temperature outside, so when he surprised me on our 5 year anniversary by planning a canoe trip (in November), I just had to laugh…and bundle up!”

“I never thought Chad would propose on an anniversary-he’d consider it too predictable. (He’d also made up an extravagant lie about a cool watch he’d gotten me for our anniversary, so I suspected nothing). After breaking through ice to launch the canoe and few hours of canoeing, we stopped for a much needed lunch by the campfire of a canoe-in campsite in the Kickapoo River. Chad tried setting up the camera on the tripod to get a photo of us by the fire. Little did I know, he was setting up the camera to record much more than a campfire picture. After a few moments of wondering why the camera didn’t flash after he’s hit the button, I looked over to see him fumbling in his pocket before getting down on his knee. Although the shock made it hard to speak, it was the easiest decision I’ve ever made!”

About the session and their experience-
“I wanted our engagement pictures to capture the spirit of our relationship by taking a row boat out onto the outlet of the lake I grew up on and Chad and I fish, ski, swim, and canoe on. We also wanted to take a trip to one of Marinette County’s waterfalls since it’s one of our favorite summer spots. Jen braved the winter cold with us to make my vision a reality. The photo shoot was a blast, and Jen kept us upbeat and relaxed the whole time. I truly can’t recommend Magdalene Photography enough! We are so thankful and excited to decorate our first home with these photos in just a few months.”

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A peak into Kayla & Brandon’s Northern Wisconsin Winter Engagement Session

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On September 27 2014, we were honored to be a part of Laura & Tyler’s wedding. This couple’s love story is just super cute, but as you all know,  some love stories are best told first hand. All the sweet tidbits are from Laura herself:

How it all began …

Tyler and I were high school sweethearts and it was pretty much love at first sight! We were best friends and did a lot together and eventually we became boyfriend and girlfriend and the fairytale never ended! Our first date was simple and sweet and something that I will always remember. I think every time we had a date was my favorite, we were crazy about each other and each date made us closer together. Our first kiss was in my car at his house in the driveway, nothing special, but that’s a first you never forget:)

When it got good…

Tyler and I have a pretty special relationship… when we first started dating we both promised that the most important thing to us was to always love God more than each other and always have him be the center of our relationship. We both saved ourselves for each other and I think thats what makes our relationship very different but yet so so special! Some of the best memories we have had together were the times we laughed until we almost peed, the times we supported each other through some of our toughest moments, and the times that we never let go of the love we had when situations could of tore us apart… those were the memories that made our relationship what it is today. I think we both realized at the beginning that we had something special but it was about 2 years when we both gave each other promise rings and we knew that it was forever. Tyler was the one who said those three little words first.

… more below, but enjoy a few of the photos from their day first!

 

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When it became forever…

Tyler popped the question and it was truly a fairytale moment! I have a love for horses and I always loved it when he went riding with me. So when day instead of begging him to ride with me, he asked me if we could go riding together, and I was beyond excited just because of that! We rode for about an hour and we started to ride up over a hill as the sun was going down. As we got on top of the hill I noticed there was blankets surrounded by lit tiki torches and candles with a campfire and there was a huge bouquet of flowers with a picnic basket. At that point I was overwhelmed with joy and I just thought we were checking something off my bucket list, because that was a thing that was on my list. So we had some wine and ate our little meal and sat by the fire. I then turned to look at my horses and as I turned back around the man of dreams was on one knee asking me to marry him. I began to cry and when I saw the ring and the love that was coming from his heart I of course said YES, and couldn’t be happier that I did! Then we rode off into the sunset (literally) and met my family back at the house.

read on to hear what inspired her vision and her favorite memory of the day!

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What inspired your wedding day vision?

I am more of a country girl, live on a farm and love horses so that led me to the more rustic country theme of my wedding, and of course Pinterest encouraged it even more!
What do you like to spend time doing together? We enjoy just spending time together. I mean we don’t really have to be doing anything special at all, just the presence of each other brings joy to our lives. We both love sports so we do play a lot of sports together but we love to try new things and pretty much do anything!

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Oh my goodness, my favorite wedding day memory was when Tyler sang to me! It was a song I mentioned to him years ago that I thought meant something about who we were and our relationship and then he sang that to me on our wedding day as a surprise!! Tyler also loved that part of our day and we both felt it was a very very special moment! (that’s the picture of it happening, right above this!)

 

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More to come later – just wanted to give you all a sneak peek of this beautiful day.

 

Don’t forget to leave some love for Laura & Tyler below in the comments!

 


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  • Abby Tauchen - March 27, 2015 - 9:01 pm

    Where was this wedding at?

  • - March 28, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Hi Abby,

    The wedding was held at the Bride’s family farm in Gillett, WI.

Winter in Wisconsin is always magical.

The temps, the weather, how everything seems to have that sparkle to it; Add in horses, trains, ornaments, Christmas trees and the loving warmth of an adorable little family, and it’s pretty much greeting card perfect.

When Brooke & Tim contacted me and we started planning their family photos, Whispering Pine Tree Farms was just the place. Their son loved every moment – you could tell it just filled him with all of the magic of Christmas. This was a session filled with lots of celebration – their engagement, the upcoming birth of their second child, and of course, the love of their family and the upcoming holiday season.

If you can believe it, Brooke is nearly 8 months pregnant! I thought it would be a sweet touch to have their adorable little man choose a special ornament for his new sibling – so cute that he chose a giraffe!

Take a look through, and leave some love for this awesome little family in the comments – let them know which one is your favorite (I know which one is mine!)

 

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Well Brooke and Tim, I hope you had as much fun as I did – and I can’t wait to work with you at your 4th of July wedding at Lambeau field!


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