Archive of ‘Weddings’ category

Weddings: ashley & jesse, bridgewood resort, neenah

Appleton-Doty-Park-Wedding-Neenah-Fall-Church-Photography-November-Catholic-Green-Bay2 Appleton-Doty-Park-Wedding-Neenah-Fall-Church-Photography-November-Catholic-Green-Bay1Photographers spend a lot of time talking about the voice or theme of different weddings when we chat amongst ourselves. If I were to talk about Ashley and Jesse’s wedding with my photographer friends, the first thing I would mention is what a powerful color story it had. Ashley and Jesse chose a bold look with two simple colors, red and white, and used them as focal points connecting every part of their day together from the ceremony at Saint Bernadette Parish in Appleton to our photography stops at Lawrence University and Doty Park, to the reception at Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. The pure white of their details (like the textured cake, glowing candles, and beaded dress) acted as a continuous theme, punctuated by pops of bright red roses. It was romantic and we loved it.

Jesse and Ashley have been so wonderful to get to know as a couple, from our first meeting over coffee to their picturesque apple blossom engagement, they are clearly a pair who bring out the best in each other. It was wonderful to be a part of their wedding day, and to see not only how much they care for one another, but also how much their friends and family care for them. Congratulations, Ashley and Jesse!

Weddings: tavia and john, heritage hill, green bay

Heritage-Hill-Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Olde-41-Vandervest-Children-Kids-Fall-Wisconsin-1 Heritage-Hill-Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Olde-41-Vandervest-Children-Kids-Fall-Wisconsin-2Tavia and John’s wedding included all my favorite things: fall colors, a small bridal party, and a first look. The day was gorgeous – sunny and warm which provided beautiful bright light for portraits. Tavia got ready alongside two of her sisters, fussing over her and helping her into her dress, while John prepared their sons, Davis and Steele, (and Steele assisted John with pinning on his boutonnière!) The couple met outdoors for their first look with the boys running out after, and we traveled to the St. Norberts gardens in De Pere.

The ceremony at Heritage Hill in Green Bay was beautiful and incredibly personal. Both Tavia and John did their best to hold back tears. Afterwards we photographed around the park including a few special moment with the entire family in front of the Belgian farmhouse which belonged to the bride’s great-grandfather.

A reception followed at Olde 41 (Vandervest Harley Davidson) filled with rustic fall decor, gourmet cupcakes, and many small cousins having the greatest time dancing and playing together. A big thank you to Davis and Steele for doing such a good job as groomsmen, and an even bigger congratulations to Tavia and John on their wedding day! Cheers!

Weddings: emily and kyle, resurrection church, green bay

Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Fall-Autumn-September-Resurrection-Church-Green-Isle-Park1 Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Fall-Autumn-September-Resurrection-Church-Green-Isle-Park2I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a couple as happy and carefree on their wedding day as Emily and Kyle. Years into their relationship, they are still in that head-over-heels, completely smitten state of new romance (and it is incredibly sweet to witness.)  Emily is a talented musician and the organist at Resurrection Church where she and Kyle got married. Years ago, as she played the music for our wedding, she told me that someday Ben and I would be there to witness and document her own special day.  She was right, and it was beautiful.

The church was decorated with vases and flower arrangements staggered at various heights down the aisle. The ceremony was filled with all kinds of music, many singers and instruments, and surprise moments (like Emily stepping up to perform the organ herself!)  The bouquet and fresh flower crown were my favorite details chosen by the couple – wild and organically styled – I especially loved winding branches and succulents. It is so wonderful to see special people like Emily find the person they have been waiting for, and even more wonderful to be a part of their wedding day.  Congratulations, Emily and Kyle!!!

Weddings: boho styled session, one o.a.k. barn, pulaski wisconsin

Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Pulaski-One-Oak-Barn-Farm-Minkmaids-Petal-Pusher-Cake-and-Cookie-Dubois-Mint-Salon2 Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Pulaski-One-Oak-Barn-Farm-Minkmaids-Petal-Pusher-Cake-and-Cookie-Dubois-Mint-Salon1It always starts with an idea. Sort of a “what if I could…” question, followed quickly by the struggle with doubt that all creative types will be familiar with. I’ve learned over the years (a hard lesson for us introverts) to trust my ideas and share them with others, and every time I do, it leads to something new and wonderful.

I met Jane at a Rising Tide Society meeting here in Green Bay, and she was sharing about a new barn space that she and her husband were in the process of renovating in Pulaski. Before I had even seen it, I knew from her passionate descriptions that the space would fit my idea of beauty: eclectic, authentic, and layered with history. We organized a styled shoot at the barnsite and found the two best models we could ask for, Andrea and Tre, (just weeks away from their own wedding!)  When it came to choosing vendors, I wanted the absolute best and we set the bar high. I approached each one with my idea, and to my great joy, all of them were as interested and excited as myself.

Amanda from Minkmaids, a bespoke bridal design studio in Milwaukee, had just finished a new collection of gowns and we headed down to pick up the perfect match, a boho dip-dyed strapless dress. Karli of Cake and Cookie LLC created an “anniversary” mini cake with texture to match the ruching of the dress, and Nichole of Petal Pusher created the colorful, natural bouquet and floral crown that really brought the shoot together.  Caroline of Mint Salon provided Andrea’s hair and make-up and also rendered styling and assistance throughout the entire shoot. The final touch was Tre’s gray linen tux supplied and fitted by DuBois Formalwear on Broadway. I had my wedding vendor dream team.

The day couldn’t have been better. At Mint Salon we relaxed, got to know Andrea and Tre, and watched Caroline work her magic before heading to the barn. Once there, the wind died down, the sun came out, and Andrea got zipped into her gown, a perfect fit. We styled little scenes, posed and teased Andrea and Tre, and photographed until the sun went down – doves cooing and farm kitties scurrying about. The night ended with cake, champagne, and sparklers (because that’s how we celebrate!) It was an incredible day and a good reminder to trust your ideas and run with them whenever possible.

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A huge thank you to everyone who made this happen! You can find them all here:

Venue: One O.A.K. Barn, Pulaski, Jane Nowak (facebook page coming soon!)
Gown: Minkmaids, Milwaukee, http://www.minkmaids.com
Flowers: Petal Pusher, Green Bay, http://www.gbpetalpusher.com
Cake: Cake and Cookie LLC, De Pere, http://www.cakeandcookiellc.com
Hair and Make-up: Mint Salon, Green Bay, http://www.freshnewhair.com
Tux: DuBois Formalwear, Green Bay, http://www.duboistuxedo.com

Weddings: katie & logan, green bay botanical gardens and lambeau field

Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Lambeau-Field-Photographer-Photography-Bride-summer1 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Lambeau-Field-Photographer-Photography-Bride-summer2When I first met Katie and Logan over coffee, I immediately liked them. That’s just the kind of people they are – friendly, relaxed, funny. Their personalities carried over into their wedding day, which was focused on who they are as a couple, and sharing that moment with their families.

Katie and Logan’s wedding was filled with all the details I love best : petal dresses with illusion necklines, champagne tuxes, and that amazing double-halo ring! It set a perfect summery mood for the beautiful day we had.  We wish Katie and Logan all the best – the many years of happiness they deserve now that they’ve found each other. Cheers!

Weddings: katie and tony, green bay citydeck

Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Citydeck-Church-Lambeau-Field1 Green-Bay-Wedding-Photographer-Citydeck-Church-Lambeau-Field2Weddings are about two people celebrating who they are as a couple, and for a couple like Katie and Tony, that means fun. It means teasing each other during pictures, dancing to 90’s boybands, and even running through the Citydeck fountain. If Katie and Tony could teach a lesson to anyone, it would be not to take ourselves so seriously, to plan what you can, but when the time comes, be there – completely in the moment with the people you value most.

It was wonderful to be a part of Katie and Tony’s day, location-hopping from the Green Bay Citydeck to Lambeau Field, to the Ravine, with little surprises around every corner (including a pretty great glowstick grand march!) Far too many favorites to even choose! Congratulations, Katie and Tony! Keep bringing the fun!

Weddings: katy and adam, green bay community church

Wedding_Green_Bay_Pamperin_Park_Summer_Bride_Spring1 Wedding_Green_Bay_Pamperin_Park_Summer_Bride_Spring2Katy and Adam’s wedding day was the perfect representation of who they are as a couple: down to earth, happy, and centered around their family. It’s rare that a wedding day begins as relaxed as theirs did. The couple chose to spend the entire day together from start to finish – waking up together, preparing their daughters together, and getting ready side-by-side. This meant a playful morning for pictures and no pressure walking down the aisle.  Daughters Lindsey and McKayla were so good, happy to be in pretty dresses seeing mommy and daddy get married.

We know that Katy and Adam had to wait longer than most for their wedding day. The planning process tested their patience and made them work harder than ever for what they wanted, and we couldn’t be happier to see that day arrive. They deserve it. Congratulations, Katy and Adam, McKayla and Lindsey!

Weddings: Annie and Michael at st. norbert docks

De_Pere_Rowing_Waterfront_Wisconsin_Wedding_Dockside_First_Look_Green_Bay_Photography_Kress_Bemis_Center1 De_Pere_Rowing_Waterfront_Wisconsin_Wedding_Dockside_First_Look_Green_Bay_Photography_Kress_Bemis_Center2I love how different weddings can be.  Each couple has a unique style and when they tie the knot their day is colored by personal histories, families, and interests.  This was especially true for Annie and Michael’s memorial day weekend wedding.  The couple lives in Germany and returned to the U.S. to celebrate this milestone with friends and family.  The day was planned with a variety of influences including their love for rowing and 1920s Downton Abbey style, and included little touches of German culture.

The afternoon began with a first look on the St. Norbert docks which set a relaxing tone for the rest of the evening. The day was warm and beautiful and the bride and groom were beyond happy to be there with friends and family who had traveled so far to celebrate with them. From the German candy takeaway gifts, to the sparkling gold champagne flutes, to the Sperry wedding shoes, we loved all the details and felt blessed to be the ones behind the camera.  Congratulations, Annie and Michael!

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