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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

Door-County-Lodge-at-Leathem-Smith-Wedding-Photographer-Waterfront-Photography-Sturgeon-Bay-Outdoors-1 Door-County-Lodge-at-Leathem-Smith-Wedding-Photographer-Waterfront-Photography-Sturgeon-Bay-Outdoors-2 Door-County-Lodge-at-Leathem-Smith-Wedding-Photographer-Waterfront-Photography-Sturgeon-Bay-Outdoors-3Nothing beats a June wedding, especially one held outdoors on the Door County waterfront. Amanda and Jake planned their wedding at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, bringing together family, friends, and their five children. Everything about the day felt relaxed and celebratory, and it was the sweetest moment as Amanda stepped out of a horse-drawn carriage and walked down the aisle with her son, Jack. There were tears all around, not the least of which were coming from the groom. Together Amanda and Jake are funny, playful, and close with their friends. Their kiddos are the center of their world, and it showed in their wedding day. Congratulations, Amanda and Jake!

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

Green-Bay-Wedding-Gather-On-Broadway-Elopement-Downtown-Small-Intimate-Photographer-Photography-Midcentury-Modern-1 Green-Bay-Wedding-Gather-On-Broadway-Elopement-Downtown-Small-Intimate-Photographer-Photography-Midcentury-Modern-2 Green-Bay-Wedding-Gather-On-Broadway-Elopement-Downtown-Small-Intimate-Photographer-Photography-Midcentury-Modern-3I adore small weddings – the intimacy with guests, the attention to detail, and the happy vibes that come with a low-stress day. In March we had the opportunity to photograph our first true elopement: no guests, just bride and groom in a cabin up north. And that got me thinking about all the possibilities of what a modern wedding can be (without the pressure to wear a princess gown and layers of bling). Weddings begin out of love and end in a promise, and that is beautiful all on its own.

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!

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

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