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Ice Castle Anniversary Session | Katie & Matt


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If winter is your favorite season…. or Frozen is your favorite movie…. this ice castle anniversary session is for you! Before I say anything else, I have to say thank you to this incredible couple. Katie and Matt, THANK YOU for being so brave and participating in this session with us!

Y’all, it was COLD. I mean, that goes without saying being surrounded by ice, but by the end of our hour together, even my fingers and toes were numb despite all the winter clothes I was wearing. Nevertheless, these two were just incredible.

Back to the session. A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my friend, Sam, about wanting to do an icy winter session. After a little digging, we found this gem of a location just a few hours from Grand Rapids, and fell in love. We knew it would be a magical backdrop for a unique, romantic session.

Head to the bottom of this post and check out the vendors that helped us pull this shoot together. And thanks again, Katie and Matt, for spending your tenth anniversary as a couple with us and for making our ice castle photography dream come true! I hope you cherish these photos. (And forget about how cold you were in them!)

Several times throughout the shoot, the sweetest little girls came up to Katie and told her she looked like a princess. I have to say, I agree.

Winter is far from my favorite season. I don’t ski, snowboard, or ice skate so living in the midwest and dealing with snow and ice is usually nothing but an inconvenience. However, not even I can argue that winter isn’t beautiful in its own right. As a photographer with a brighter style, I was initially drawn to the idea of a shoot like this because of the clean background that allows the subject to pop. Not to mention, the icy blues and greens are just stunning. It was a blast creating in an environment completely different, albeit very cold! Looking at the final product, it was totally worth it!


FLORALS | Mitten Floral

DRESS | Rent the Dress

VENUE | Ice Castles – Lake Geneva, WI


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  1. Courtney says:

    WOW This is stunning!! What a beautiful way to utilize the snow, I also don’t like winter so I need to get out and shoot in it more!

  2. Heather says:

    MANDY these are absolutely stunning images!!!!! Fantastic job on this ice castle session!!!!!

  3. Kim Forbes says:

    I wanna visit this place! You captured this so perfectly- the photos are stunning!! It makes me want an ice castle anniversary session!

  4. These are seriously so breathtaking! What an amazing experience to photograph at the ice castles. They look beautiful, and she totally looks like a princess!

  5. Jenn says:

    Gosh, this is so beautiful! Such gorgeous colors and ooooh her dress!

  6. Ashley says:

    These are truly stunning! What a beautiful location!! This is a total dream session!!

  7. Maria says:

    I want to get my pictures done there!! Such a great location and the couple is gorgeous.

  8. Sara says:

    These ice castle portraits are stunning! They are making me miss our trip to the NH ice castles last year.

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