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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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Weddings: jenessa & joe at green bay botanical gardens

Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-1 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-2 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-3I love how things can come full circle and wonderful people we meet can reappear in our lives. Jenessa was one of the first seniors we photographed as Ben and I were just starting our business post-college. Things have circled back and we were able to photograph her next milestone as she married her best friend, Joe, late this June. Jenessa is kind-hearted and bubbly, and in Joe she has found someone just as caring and fun-loving. Their wedding was on one of the hottest days this summer and yet everyone was in the best spirits, happy to be celebrating together at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. The ceremony was held in the Oval Garden in the afternoon and the reception followed at Green Bay Distillery with everything decorated in shades of aqua and coral. We loved the colorful details and Jenessa’s beautiful corseted gown, but most of all we loved how much energy and excitement their friends and family brought to the event (including on the dance floor!) Congratulations, Joe and Jenessa!

Weddings: tracy & kristy at meyer theatre and titletown brewery, green bay

Same-Sex-Wedding-Green-Bay-Meyer-Theatre-Titletown-Taproom-Brewery-Brides-Lesbian-Two-Women-Gold-Gatsby-20s-Photographer-Photography-1 Same-Sex-Wedding-Green-Bay-Meyer-Theatre-Titletown-Taproom-Brewery-Brides-Lesbian-Two-Women-Gold-Gatsby-20s-Photographer-Photography-2 Same-Sex-Wedding-Green-Bay-Meyer-Theatre-Titletown-Taproom-Brewery-Brides-Lesbian-Two-Women-Gold-Gatsby-20s-Photographer-Photography-3Tracy and Kristy tied the knot just before their son Vinny arrived last year. It was a small ceremony in Minneapolis with just a few friends in attendance. This June the couple celebrated in style (Gastby-chic-meets-downtown-modern style to be specific) and we were their to photograph all the sparkling goodness!

The ceremony took place onstage at the historic Meyer Theatre, followed by photos in the city’s Broadway District and a brewery reception at Titletown Taproom. We adored the antique brass tones, thistle floral arrangements, and art nouveau inspired details, but mostly we loved working with this creative, fun-loving couple and their little man (who smiled all the way down the aisle in Kristy’s arms!) Congratulations, Tracy, Kristy, and Vinny!

Weddings: amanda & jake at leathem smith, sturgeon bay

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Weddings: midcentury modern styled shoot, gather on broadway, green bay wi

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Styled shoots are an opportunity for creatives in an area to collaborate with one another to try out new ideas or explore their interests. Along with a few very talented people, we decided to put together our very own Green Bay Elopement at the new Gather on Broadway event space downtown. I’ve always had an interest in the structured, sleek styles of mod 1960s clothing (as do a few of my collaborators!) so it seemed like a perfect fit. The styled shoot gave us time to play, try out new things, and refresh our creativity at the start of wedding season. We are so thrilled with the final results and cannot say enough about the incredible people we worked with! You rock!

Special Thanks To:

Venue: Gather on Broadway, Green Bay, http://www.gatheronbroadway.com

Floral: Petal Pusher, Green Bay, http://www.gbpetalpusher.com

Hair and Make-Up: Mint Salon, Green Bay, http://www.freshnewhair.com

Dress: Erika’s Bridal Couture, Neenah, http://www.erikasbridalcouture.com

Suit: DuBois Formalwear, Green Bay, http://www.duboistuxedo.com

Planning: Eventful, Appleton, http://www.makeiteventful.com

Rings: Alyssa & Anna Jewelry, Oshkosh, http://www.alyssaanna.com

Cake: Monzu Bakery, Green Bay, http://www.monzubakery.com

Calligraphy: Love Bash Design, Door County, http://www.lovebashdesign.com

Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative, Greenville, SC, http://www.rachelmarvincreative.com

Models: Laura and Julian Routheaux

Weddings: jen & ryan, door county elopement at chanticleer cabins, sturgeon bay

Door-County-Elopement-Wedding-Intimate-Cabin-Country-Woods-Winter-Wisconsin-Photography-1 Door-County-Elopement-Wedding-Intimate-Cabin-Country-Woods-Winter-Wisconsin-Photography-2If you subscribe to our blog or frequently read our wedding posts, you know that intimate weddings are my most favorite. I love photographing moments between two people that feel completely like their personalities – times when nobody is worried about the caterer’s arrival time or that aunt-so-and-so stays away from that neighbor you grew up with but haven’t talked to in years. Weddings are about two people choosing one another; they are the day that starts a marriage. I think the simplicity of that is incredibly beautiful all on its own.

When Jen contacted us to say that she and Ryan were planning a tiny Door County elopement with just the two of them, we couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of it. The couple is from Southern Wisconsin, and took a day to tour a handful of little venues around the peninsula before settling on a Chanticleer Guest House cabin in Sturgeon Bay. It was the perfect, cozy venue for two people to start their marriage, tucked in the woods and coated by a dusting of snow. The day itself was relaxed and meaningful, with just us and their officiant as witnesses, and some of the most personal vows we’ve ever heard.

Jen and Ryan have many adventures yet to come, and we feel lucky to have been a part of this big moment that will lead to so many more. Congratulations, Jen and Ryan!

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