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St. Johns, Botanical Gardens, and Hinterland Brewery Wedding in Green Bay, WI

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Green Bay Botanical Gardens Wedding

The ceremony was beautiful and intimate at St. John’s in Bonduel, Wisconsin. We stopped by Green Bay Botanical Gardens for portraits and had the most beautiful sunny day to roam around. As the couple had no bridal party, it was a relaxing and connecting time for just the two of them.

Hinterland Brewery Wedding, Green Bay

The reception was held in the upper level of Hinterland Brewery with hot hors d’oeuvres, taco bar, and artisan desserts. The mood was lively and joyful and just a fun evening for family and friends to celebrate with the couple. They even gifted their guests bottles of microbrews to take home with custom bottle openers. Such a cute touch! Congratulations, Ashley and Kyle!

Intimate Door County Covid Wedding, Airbnb and Anderson Dock

Door County Airbnb Wedding Covid Pandemic Wedding First look Door County Wedding Virtual Wedding Door County Door County Elopement Photography Small Wedding Photographer Door County Wedding Photographers Airbnb Wedding Door County Anderson Dock Wedding Door County2020 weddings looked a little different. Couples everywhere were put in a difficult situation of swapping venues, cutting guest lists, and putting preparedness plans in place to keep themselves, their guests, and their vendors safe. This was the case for Alissa and Joe’s summer wedding.

2020 Covid Pandemic Wedding

Alissa and Joe’s wedding was always planned to be intimate, but with the pandemic in full swing, an 80 person guest list soon became a 15 person guest list with many close friends and family joining virtually. Alissa and Joe swapped their venue over to an Airbnb in Door County that was perfect to house themselves and their bubble as well as offer beautiful fields, fire pit, and scenery for their outdoor wedding.

The wedding itself was a destination Door County wedding, so unfortunately their parents were unable to make it. Alissa and Joe handled this with grace and scheduled a “Zoom first look” with each of their parents before the start of their ceremony. They were all smiles as their pup sat at their feet, basking in the sunshine.

Door County Airbnb Wedding Photography

We wandered the fields and took advantage of outbuildings for photos. As the ceremony ended, clouds blackened the sky, and everyone was ushered in to sanitize hands and mask up for the sweetest, most intimate reception. There were fairy lights everywhere, and soft music played as friends grilled out and served class Door County treats like Renard’s Cheese Curds and Wood’s Apple Cider Donuts. The entire evening had the feeling of best friends enjoying a weekend getaway. Good food, good conversation.

Anderson Dock Rainy Day Twilight Photos

As the time approached we had scheduled for sunset beach photos, we closely monitored our weather apps and made the on-the-fly suggestion to go at twilight and swap our location from the beach to Anderson Dock in Ephraim. We surmised from the radar that the rain should cut out just as we arrived.

Luckily our hedged bet paid off, and the rain stopped long enough for us to get some moody sky photos and fun candids in front of the graffitied Hardy Gallery before daylight disappeared. It was the perfectly imperfect ending to a perfectly imperfect wedding day.


As an aside, I’d like to thank all the couples we’ve worked with over the last year for making choices that kept us safe and comfortable. It’s because of you that we were able to do what we love most! Thank you.

Weborg Point Wedding, Peninsula State Park, Door County

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I loved looking through the photos for Kathryn and Marty’s blog because their wedding day was so dreamy that putting the images together was like assembling a story.  The day began in Baileys Harbor where the couple got ready for their day at local Airbnbs. Talented family members assembled a floral arch and centerpieces with bright orange and blue flowers. Everyone packed up and headed across Door County to Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek where the ceremony would be held.

Peninsula State Park Wedding

Weborg Point Shelter was decorated, and the benches had been pulled onto the lawn for seating. The ceremony was led by Marty’s coworker and family gathered together as the heavy morning fog gave way to sunshine. The rest of the afternoon was filled with family grilling out, cousins swimming in the bay, and the joy of friends gathered together. It was the dream wedding for anyone imagining a small, intimate day with beautiful weather and so much love. Congratulations, Kathryn and Marty!

Woodwalk Gallery Wedding with Sunset Beach Photos, Door County

Door County Wedding Photographer Egg Harbor Wedding PhotographerSmall Wedding Door CountyWoodwalk Gallery, Egg HarborEgg Harbor, WisconsinWe don’t have a running list of our favorite weddings, but if we did, Alicia and Mike’s wedding would be on it. It was everything we love best — an intimate guest list, a small wedding party, the love of family and friends, and a beautiful early fall afternoon.

Woodwalk Gallery Wedding, Door County

The wedding took place at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. It is an art gallery and wedding venue and one of our favorite places to photograph because of the incredible scenery and wonderful owners. Their ceremony took place under a pergola in a field of wildflowers. Alicia walked down the aisle with her father, and Mike smiled seeing her arrive. After hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the lawn, we wandered into the sunflower fields for pictures.

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The reception was held in the barn space at Woodwalk surrounded by local art with dinner served on a collection of vintage china. Friends and family were laughing happily, enjoying food and drinks, followed by some of the most thoughtful wedding speeches we’ve ever heard.

Sunset Beach Photos, Door County

After a little taste of cake, we drove Alicia and Mike out to the beach for sunset photos. All day long it was cloudy and our plan for sunset pictures looked impossible, but as we pulled in the clouds lifted just enough to give us that bright, golden light that all photographers dream of. We walked out on the pier while wild gusts of wind blew and waves crashed up over the sides. Alicia and Mike weren’t bothered by any of it; they were simply content in being there together.

As we drove back to the venue, we talked about life, love, travel, and all the wonderful future plans they have on the horizon. It sounds like the start of something wonderful. Congratulations, Alicia and Mike!

Small Wedding at Simply Country Barn

Simply Country Barn Freedom, WI PhotographerWhen Connie and David began planning their wedding, they knew what was most important to them. The day was about family, plain and simple. It was about celebrating two people who found one another, and enjoying it with the closest friends and family who had been with them along the way. The result was a wedding that felt intimate and full of joy.

Small, Intimate Wedding Photographer

It’s for small, intimate weddings like these that we started offering our Elopement Package which covers just two hours of time. We want to help celebrate real couples whose weddings may be different from the norm, but are just as valuable and deserving of timeless memories.

Simply Country Barn Wedding, Freedom, Wisconsin

Congratulations, Connie and David! It was a pleasure to photograph your special day!

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Bri & Patrick’s Green Bay Courthouse Elopement

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Green Bay Courthouse Wedding

Briana and Patrick got married on a Thursday at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay. Patrick’s mother and sister were in attendance and signed as witnesses to their wedding. The ceremony was short and sweet, and afterwards we made use of the gorgeous courthouse interiors with dramatic stairs and murals as great backgrounds. We popped outside for some photos of them exiting the courthouse and romantic couples’ photos.

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As we wrapped up, the sky got dark and the temperature dropped as a big storm headed our way. Briana and Patrick ducked into their car just before the rain came down in sheets. If rain on your wedding day is lucky, these two will be very fortunate! Congratulations, Briana and Patrick! Thanks for sharing your day with us!

1920s Styled Wedding at Hotel Northland, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Wedding Photographer Hotel Northland Wedding Photography Green Bay, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer Hotel Northland Wedding, Green BayStyled weddings are a great way to explore new venues and push the boundaries of wedding trends in the area. They give us the opportunity to sharpen our skills, try out ideas, and collaborate with talented vendors who can build a vision into reality. I’ve been closely following Hotel Northland’s renovation for years, and as an “old soul” with a soft spot for 1920s architecture (we live in a 1924 American Four Square home if you don’t already know), Hotel Northland is a dream wedding venue right here in the heart of downtown Green Bay.

Hotel Northland Wedding

This spring I reached out to Elizabeth who is the event coordinator at Hotel Northland and she was happy to show us around and help make plans for the shoot. Lucky for us, our wedding industry friends here in Green Bay loved our vision for a clean-cut, 1920s inspired wedding in shades of blue and were excited to collaborate. Erika’s bridal had a gown that was not only a perfect fit for the theme, but also a perfect fit for the model, DuBois had a brand new super-slim tux in blue which fit our color story perfectly, Nichole at Petal Pusher created a gorgeous bouquet and an architectural flower crown, Monzu constructed a gorgeous art nouveau cake, Alyssa loaned us an emerald cut ring that is a great fit for the era, and Caroline at Mint completed our vision (as though she were inside my head) like she always does. Toss in a few vintage books and coupe champagne glasses, and we were in business!

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In our original plan for this shoot we were seeking a bride model with darker features (I always love dark hair with a white dress) but after seeing Emily and Luke’s email come through, we were hopelessly in love with them and knew they would be our couple. Contrary to most styled sessions, we always choose real life couples because I like the natural intimacy. Luke and Emily had a whirlwind romance, loved the 1920s, and were just so cute and in love. We immediately emailed Katie at Erika’s Bridal with our model’s measurements, and through some kind of magic, she had the dress we had already chosen in the perfect size. I love when things align that way.

1920s Gatsby Wedding

This styled wedding at Hotel Northland opened us up to play with a lot of concepts we have been toying with, allowed us to work with vendors we love, and let us explore every square inch of this historic hotel in downtown Green Bay. We are truly blessed to do what we do, the way we love to do it.

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Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Venue: Hotel Northland Autograph Collection Hotels
Dress:  Erika’s Bridal
Menswear:  DuBois Formalwear
Flowers:  Petal Pusher
H&MU:  Mint Salon
Desserts:  Monzu Bakery
Ring:  Alyssa and Anna Fine Jewelry
Models: Luke and Emily Hoppe

Caiti and Jake’s Berkshire Wedding in Downtown Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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We’ve been looking forward to Jake and Caiti’s wedding since before they were engaged. Let me explain… With no experience beyond stories told by his uncle, Ben always dreamed of sailing. It was something he was drawn to and always wanted to try. When I came across the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center and saw classes that fit our schedule, I signed him up! And thus began two summers of hour-long post-work commutes and Ben coming home excitedly telling me about everything he had learned. (If you know Ben, everything was a harrowing tale!)  It was there that he met Caiti and Jake, his sailing instructors. Sailing had brought them together and planted them in Sheboygan, and although they were not yet engaged, Ben offhandedly passed Jake a business card.

This was five years ago, and for five years that little card stayed tucked safety into Jake’s wallet until the day he pulled it out and sent us an email. When I realized who they were (these super cool people Ben had gone on and on about) I was so excited. And when we met and I got to hear about the wedding they were planning, I was over the moon. A sunset wedding in winter at The Berkshire in downtown Sheboygan? Yes, please! We chatted more about their plans, and the wedding was everything we love best, a small, intimate affair truly focused on who they are as a couple. Winter weddings are automatically dreamy, but adding in some vintage neon, a stop at Riverbend Country Club, and a fresh dusting of snow, and it was downright perfect.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Caiti’s getting ready location was changed the morning of the wedding. Last minute changes on a wedding day are never ideal, but thanks to Caiti’s friend, Winter, the getting ready location was saved! The bridal party was given access to the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Windway. Everything about the space was beautiful and it was the perfect spot for Caiti to bond with her girls, get into her dress, and share her first look with her father and Jake himself.

The Berkshire Sheboygan Wedding

The wedding ceremony was held at The Berkshire Event Venue in downtown Sheboygan. Lights were strung overhead and, as the couple said their vows, the sunset shone pink through the industrial windows behind them. The mood was perfect and it was felt by all the guests. To honor their sailing history, Jake and Caiti performed a knot-tying ceremony. As the guests were ushered out, we snuck outside for some photos under the lights of the alleyway then met up with family for portraits. Everyone enjoyed cocktail hours, dinner, and moving speeches by parents and friends. The evening concluded with cake and dancing.

We are so happy Jake kept that little card in his wallet all those years so we got to witness such an amazing day! Congratulations, Caiti and Jake, and cheers to many years!

Vendors:

  • Venue: The Berkshire, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Photography Stops: Windway Estate, Kohler, Wisconsin and Riverbend Country Club, Kohler, Wisconsin
  • Dress: Stone Manor Bridal, Grafton, Wisconsin
  • Suit: Art Imig’s Clothiers, Kohler, Wisconsin
  • Floral: Bare Buds Floral Design, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Hair and Make-up: Salon Aura, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Rings: Scroggins Jewlers, Sheboygan
  • Cake: Better Sweet Bakery, Plymouth, WI
  • DJ: Infinity DJ, Sheboygan, WI

Weddings: sara & mike, surprise vow renewal and landmark resort, door county

We’ve been photographing Sara and Mike’s family photos for the past few years, and normally when it’s time to set up a session, Sara will call or email and we will chat about locations and ideas. So when I got a call from Mike instead, I was a bit surprised. He told me he was planning a surprise vow renewal for Sara to celebrate their 20 years together. Years before, Sara mentioned how she would like to renew there vows at 20 years, but to keep it a surprise, Mike planned the renewal for 18 years of marriage, and 20 years together.

The renewal was held at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. Family and friends gathered near in the garden overlooking Lake Michigan while a family friend played music on the piano. Covert texts were sent back and forth about timing, and Ben was stationed with his longest lens for the best view of the approaching couple. As they got to the top of the hill for their “casual walk” Mike told us Sara stopped and said, “I don’t think we can go down there; there’s a wedding happening.” But by the time they turned the corner, she knew it was for her. The ceremony was beautiful — a thoughtful meditation on commitment, love, and God. There were tears and lots of smiles. After the ceremony, we took a few photos with their boys, Sam and Ben, and everyone celebrated with dinner at the Landmark Resort restaurant. Congratulations, Sara and Mike, and cheers to 20 more!

Weddings: stephanie & cory, southern door church wedding

 When I first met with Stephanie and her sister over drinks to chat about she and her fiancé’s wedding day, I had no idea the connection they had to the Brussels area or Southern Door School (my grade school alma mater). As we chatted about details and her fiancé, Cory, I started to piece things together and realized I knew exactly whose wedding this was, and was all the more excited about their special day! Cory and Stephanie are an incredible couple. They are both smart, determined, and down-to-earth. They care not just about what is best for themselves and each other, but what is best for the people around them and their community. Anyone who knows them well realizes how lucky them are to call them friends.

Stephanie and Cory got married at our favorite little Catholic church in Brussels and held their reception at Rock Gardens in Green Bay. We stopped along the way for pictures at Sugar Creek looking out over the bay (so gorgeous!) and Green Bay Botanical Gardens for photos of just the two of them. The wedding details were stunning, her dress was timeless, and the guests really brought the party when it came to the dance floor (choreographed bridal party dance, anyone??) But the best part of their wedding day was when they were announced as husband and wife at the end of the ceremony. This is always a special moment to witness as the bride and groom turn toward their guests glowing with pride, but it was even more intense with this couple. As Stephanie and Cory turned toward their friends and family, big smiles across their faces, their guests erupted with applause and cheers. I have never heard a celebration like that; it was as if everyone in that tiny church was feeling that moment right along with them.

We were so happy to be a part of this special day! Big congratulations to Stephanie and Cory!

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