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Weddings: cora & eric, olde 41 vandervest, green bay

Cora and Eric’s wedding is one that I have just been bursting at the seams to share! We loved everything about it – the soft lavender bridal gowns, outdoor ceremony along Duck Creek, and all the little details (like the succulent takeaway gifts!) From the moment we arrived that morning it was clear how much time and heart Cora and Eric put into planning their wedding day.

Both the ceremony and reception were held at Olde 41 and after a handful of pictures the bridesmaids were back inside watching guests and groomsmen arrive from the windows. After some last minute moments with mom and a beautiful ceremony, the bridal party packed into the trolly and headed for Lambeau Field. Our favorite photos were taken back at Vandervest as the golden fall light passed across the creek. Cora and Eric are so sweet together and we loved capturing how they care for one another. Congratulations, Cora and Eric! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness!

Weddings: theresa & ben, st. mary’s church and oshkosh convention center

Theresa and Ben are the sweetest couple. They are thoughtful and organized and just the best to work with. They even sent us a card with a Starbucks gift card to cover our morning coffee – seriously, the best. So, when Theresa called the day before their wedding, to say that disaster had struck and their reception could no longer be held at the hall they reserved, it was no surprise that they were handling the situation with patience and grace. In less than 24 hours they had new venue and everything was completely stunning: twinkle lights, uplighting, thoughtfully dedicated tables, and lots of little details. If you didn’t have to change the address in your gps, you would never have known it was not the plan.

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh, the bridal party packed up and drove to Doty Park in Neenah where we could take advantage of the sunny day surrounded by willow trees and waterfront. The day may not have gone exactly as planned, but it was exactly how it was meant to be. Congratulations, Theresa and Ben!

Weddings: sarah & curtis, chateau de pere first look & backyard wedding, de pere wisconsin

Sarah and Curtis planned their backyard wedding all the way from Fountain, Colorado, and still every detail was attended to. The couple got ready at Chateau De Pere, and their first look to place on the docks of the riverwalk. The day was warm and sunny, and they could not have looked any happier to see one another. Sarah’s hair was pulled back in a classic bun with tiny pearl details and an elbow length veil, which gave a midcentury modern look to her knee-length dress. The wedding ceremony was held in in the afternoon in her parents backyard with a view of the Fox River, and was officiated by Curtis’s brother. The entire day had personal touches like these, and it made for an intimate celebration that was all about family and togetherness.

As dinner was winding down, the sky outside the tent began to darken a bit. No sooner had the sides been put up along the tent, and we were in a full blown thunderstorm. Guests enjoyed their yummy dessert protected from the rain, but as strong winds threatened the tent, everyone quickly made their way indoors. Breathless and smiling, Sarah and Curtis were laughing as their family handed out towels to dry off their damp guests. It was the perfect day that ended in the most memorable night! Congratulations, Sarah and Curtis!

Weddings: dana & lucas, nativity of our lord parish, green bay

On June 17th, Dana and Lucas said their “I-dos” at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Green Bay. We have had the pleasure of photographing this couple when they were dating, once they became engaged, and now, celebrating with them on their wedding day! The morning of their ceremony followed heavy rain, but the day cleared up and the sun shone. As we were outdoors taking group portraits at Meadowbrook Park, we heard a distant whistle. Assuming it was nothing, we continued portraits before loading everyone up for our next location. At the reception we would find out it was a tornado siren from the town over! With such a beautiful, sunny day, none of us imagined there was a storm so nearby.

After some rustic photos with the bay in the background, everyone headed to Dana and Lucas’s reception at Rock Gardens. The night included thoughtful toasts and lots of dancing. The wedding was styled impeccably with simple, gray bridesmaids dresses, bouquets of peonies and succulents, and Dana’s gorgeous trumpet gown, beaded from top to bottom. So many pretty things to point our cameras at! Congratulations, Dana and Lucas!

Weddings: amy & steph, woodwalk gallery, door county

Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor is one of our dream wedding venues. Firstly, it’s an active gallery with beautiful artwork, but then it’s also a historic barn surrounded by hilly fields, woods, and vintage ephemera. When I first sat down with Amy and her mother, and found out what friendly, down-to-earth people they were, I knew we wanted to be a part of their wedding day. After meeting Steph and getting to know them both, we couldn’t have picked a better couple to work with.

Amy and Steph’s day was full of personal touches, from a reserved chair at the ceremony for Amy’s late father, to an aisle lined with “pennies from heaven”, to Amy’s service dog dressed in a custom “work vest” for the event, every detail was attended to. One of the most striking features of the wedding was the seemingly endless flowers. Everywhere we turned there were vases, jars, and pails brimming with purple and white blooms.

Although rain was forecast at 80% throughout the day, the clouds stayed away for Amy and Steph’s first look and outdoor ceremony. As dinner began in the tent, the rain started to come down, and as speeches came to a close we could hear the thunder begin and the wind pick up. On our wedding day in the midst of family portraits, a sudden gust of wind brought down a large tree branch which fell between us and out photographers. A friend of mine said that she felt it was someone up in heaven greeting us and joining in the day. If that is true, Amy and Steph had lots of love sent down to them that day with the rain, wind, and thunderstorms that carried on throughout their barn reception. Cheers, Amy and Steph!

Weddings: kara & andy at st. lawrence church and devils river campground, denmark, and the ravine, green bay

Kara and Andy tied the knot last month at their home church in Denmark surrounded by friends and family. The day was beautiful and springlike, accented even further by Kara’s choice of hydrangeas and mint blue dresses.

The couple met in the same town nearly four years ago at a nearby bar, Basil’s, where Andy was attending a bachelor party and Kara was enjoying a night out with friends. Their relationship grew from there with similar interests in music, sports, and drinks. On May 21st, 2016 Andy proposed near Lambeau Field and they started planning their special day.

We loved their intimate catholic church in Denmark, and their choice of the rustic cabin location at Devils River Campground. The bridal party was in good spirits, and their little mascot, Reed, was there to celebrate just as much as the “big guys”. Congratulations to the happy couple, and cheers to many years together!

Why Your Groom Needs Portraits Too

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Sometimes in the whirlwind of wedding planning, it’s easy for grooms to get overlooked. There are so many customs that revolve around just the bride and her family, that a modern couple may need to look past tradition to create a wedding day that speaks to both of them. This is exactly the case when it comes to photography.

Bridal portraits have been a southern tradition for decades, but it’s rare to see portraits of a man on his wedding day. The reason for both sets of images is the same and equally important. While couples’ portraits are about the wedding day itself, individual portraits are a physical memory of how your spouse will always see you.  Your individuality is the thing that attracted your partner when you first met, and that doesn’t go away with marriage. Thirty, forty, fifty anniversaries from now, these images will be a reminder of the person you married and how you felt about them that day.

And guys, I get it, it can be hard to be in front of the camera. Although we can be less vocal about our insecurities, we have them. Instead of thinking of this as “another thing you need to do”, think about it as a pause before the ceremony – a little time to yourself away from the chaos of guests. When you have a moment to take a breath, you can open up to the joy and nervousness, and we get to capture real images of you.

For the men underestimating their ability to look great in front of the camera, I am ready to show you otherwise. For the brides missing these images of their husbands before the ceremony, I am ready to share them with you. When the day is done, and the memories feel like a quick flash, the photographs will be there – simple reflections of the person your spouse knows you to be.

Weddings: taylor & joey at st. johns lutheran, pulaski and tundra lodge, green bay

Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-1Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-2Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-3Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-4After nearly a decade together, high school sweethearts, Taylor and Joey, tied the knot. Their wedding was held at St. John’s Lutheran in Pulaski with the reception at Tundra Lodge in Green Bay and a short stop at snowy Pamperin Park for photos. When Joey proposed to Taylor it was also winter. February 4, 2015 Joey asked Taylor to a nice dinner, and once she was all dressed up, he had her put a full snowsuit over her dress and took her hiking. As they crossed a river, he gifted Taylor a necklace with his grandmother’s diamond in it, and once they reached the top of the cliff, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. On their wedding day, she wore the diamond pendant for the first time.

Their wedding was held on New Year’s Eve with mild weather and a heavy blanket of snow. The church featured beautiful stained glass windows that stretched floor to ceiling behind the alter and the aisles were lined with white branches. Taylor’s vision was winter wonderland and that came through from the sparkling details to the blue ombre bridesmaids gowns. At the park, their dog, Lady, joined them for a few photos – she has been with them since they were in high school and she was just a tiny pup. She wagged her tail, cried happy little cries, and ate as much snow as she could. The bridal party was good-humored out in the elements (even when we asked each of the attendants to toss handfuls of snow high into the air for a final photo!) It was a beautiful day with a fun party to follow. Cheers, Taylor and Joey!

Weddings: kaitlyn & elijah at elizabeth ann seton parish and ki convention center, downtown green bay

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Weddings: holly & alex at barnsite kewaunee, wisconsin

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