A Rainy Day Proposal in Galena

On a super rainy day in the very early days of Spring in Galena, Tim proposed to his sweet girlfriend.  He had been to Galena several months before to scope out his ideal location for the proposal to happen.  He loved the walk bridge between downtown and Grant Park and really wanted to propose there!

The day of their planned proposal came and the weather was TERRIBLE!  Between the rain and the cold it was a pretty miserable day.  Nevertheless, we forged ahead with the plan.  Tim loved the idea of having an umbrella and having a sweet, romantic proposal in the rain.  That’s exactly what he got!  Amber was shocked and the addition of the rain created this dreamy atmosphere around them.  It was so fun and such a sweet moment to be part of!!!  We absolutely love photographing proposals!!!

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Tim, thank you so much for contacting us to take these for you!  We absolutely loved being part of your proposal!!!

If you know of anyone planning to propose in Galena, tell them to get in touch with us!  We’d love to capture those memories for them!

-c&j-

The Cliff – The Story of One Image

Today is going to be a little bit different here on the blog.  We’re taking a deep dive into the creation of one single image.  That’s it-one photo.  Along with the story behind it and what all went into making it.

As most of you know, Jeff and I moved here to Galena 5 years ago in hopes of taking our photography business full time and being able to focus on weddings which we knew was our passion.  The very first time we stepped foot on the property at Eagle Ridge Resort, I remember looking across the water and seeing this cliff.  I turned to Jeff and told him that someday, we would do a photo with a couple on that cliff.  It took us almost 4 years of working our butts off and educating ourselves and learning our equipment and finding the right people to help us, but we finally did it!  Last summer we had the perfect couple and a handful of people willing to assist us and we trekked our way out to the edge of the cliff.  Christine and Kyle were put into climbing harnesses underneath their outfits for safety purposes, we had two assistants holding lighting to get just the right angle on them, and Jeff went back across the lake to take the shot with an assistant helping him on that side of the water.  It took us nearly 4 hours to pull this off for a lot of different reasons.  1-the weather would NOT cooperate with us (it kept raining off and on which was not the look we wanted!).  2-since we were shooting across a lake, it was hard to share images back and forth so Jeff would take a shot and email the photo so I could see how the dress was flowing on the side of the cliff and make adjustments.  3-again, in shooting across an expanse as wide as the lake, we use off camera flashes that are triggered remotely from the camera.  So at first we were having a heck of a time getting them to “talk” to each other across that distance.  But finally-FINALLY-the stars all aligned and what we created is an image that I’m immensely proud of and that Christine and Kyle loved!

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Thank you to every single person that put time and effort into helping us create this photo.  We are so grateful for all of you!!!!

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Emily and Jake { New Year’s Eve Wedding at the Grand River Center }

We had a series of weddings that took place on crazy cold days.  Our New Year’s Eve Wedding was no exception!  Even with furry wraps for their shoulders, Emily and her bridesmaids were shivering, but that didn’t stop them from having so much fun together!!!!

Emily started the day with her bridesmaids, mom, and future mother in law at Fringe Salon in Dubuque.  Fringe has an amazing atmosphere with exposed brick throughout and really pretty lighting fixtures.  We also love that the stylists there are EXCELLENT at what they do!  Plus, they treat our brides like royalty from the second they walk through the door  🙂

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 There were 5 different flavors and I have to say that the Pink Champagne one was off the charts delicious!!!!   Cupcakes, Wedding Cupcakes, Dubuque IA Wedding Dessert, Dubuque IA, Grand River Center New Year's Eve, New Year's Eve Wedding, Grand River Center, Dubuque IA Rose Gold and Navy Wedding, Navy Blue Wedding, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold Sequins, White Hydrangeas, Grand River Center Reception, Grand River Center, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Dubuque Wedding Photographer, Dubuque Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography Popcorn Bar, Popcorn, Dubuque IA Wedding, Dubuque, Iowa, Grand River Center The party started off with some great speeches from both Emily & Jake’s dads!  Wedding Toast, Rose Gold and Navy Wedding, Navy Blue Wedding, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold Sequins, White Hydrangeas, Grand River Center Reception, Grand River Center, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Dubuque Wedding Photographer, Dubuque Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography Wedding Toast, Rose Gold and Navy Wedding, Navy Blue Wedding, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold Sequins, White Hydrangeas, Grand River Center Reception, Grand River Center, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Dubuque Wedding Photographer, Dubuque Wedding Photography, UnPosed Photography The whole night of dancing began with Emily and Jake’s first dance.  Then they invited their parents out for dancing, and finally the dance floor was open for everyone!!!! 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 Everyone grabbed their party hats, poppers, champagne, and noisemakers and got ready to count down to the New Year.  As the New Year struck, Jeff and I worked together to fire off a confetti canon as Jeff took the photo at just the right moment.  It was so fun working together to capture that shot!  New Year’s Eve Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Galena IL, Dubuque IA, Dubuque, Iowa, Galena, Illinois, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Galena Illinois Wedding, Grand River Center, UnPosed Photography New Year’s Eve Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Galena IL, Dubuque IA, Dubuque, Iowa, Galena, Illinois, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Galena Illinois Wedding, Grand River Center, UnPosed Photography Emily and her dad wound up the night dancing away together.  It was crazy fun!!!New Year’s Eve Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Galena IL, Dubuque IA, Dubuque, Iowa, Galena, Illinois, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Galena Illinois Wedding, Grand River Center, UnPosed Photography New Year’s Eve Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Galena IL, Dubuque IA, Dubuque, Iowa, Galena, Illinois, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Galena Illinois Wedding, Grand River Center, UnPosed Photography New Year’s Eve Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Galena IL, Dubuque IA, Dubuque, Iowa, Galena, Illinois, Rose Gold Wedding, Rose Gold, Dubuque Iowa Wedding, Galena Illinois Wedding, Grand River Center, UnPosed Photography Reception Dancing, Reception, Grand River Center, New Year’s Wedding, Dubuque IA, UnPosed Photography

Emily & Jake, we are so glad that we got to share your day with you!!!!

Special thanks to the vendors that made Emily & Jake’s wedding day so special:  Ceremony/Reception Venue: Grand River Center, Dubuque IA / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: HandPickd Florist, East Dubuque IA / Hair & Makeup:  Fringe Salon, Dubuque IA / Bridal Gown: Kenneth Winston custom gown, purchased from I Do Bridal, Galena IL / Bridesmaids Attire: I Do Bridal, Galena IL / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: I Do Bridal, Galena IL / Entertainment: Alexxus Entertainment, Dubuque IA / Invitations: Katelyn Kieler / Cupcakes: J&D Catering, Dubuque IA / Popcorn: Great American Popcorn Company, Galena IL

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