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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.


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,
Flowers: Petal Pusher, Green Bay,
Cake: Cake and Cookie LLC, De Pere,
Hair and Make-up: Mint Salon, Green Bay,
Tux: DuBois Formalwear, Green Bay,

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!

Three Reasons to Love Small Wedding Parties

Wedding_Green_Bay_Wisconsin_Small_Wedding_Party_Intimate_ReasonsMany of us can think back to what wedding parties were like when we were kids – 9 hot pink dresses with puffy sleeves and lace hats alongside 9 black tuxes with shiny matching cumberbunds – anyone? If your face is twisted in revulsion at the thought of this, then you are right there with most modern brides.  Beyond dismissing the fashion of it in favor of a simpler more tasteful style, I am also loving the trend of smaller bridal parties.  Your wedding is about you and your husband, and each choice you make should be a reflection of who you are and what you like. Time to toss out those “wedding obligations” (send them away with the puffy-sleeved dresses!)

In case you’re on the fence about how to choose your bridal party, or unsure where “really amazing best friends” turn into “kind of good friends” turn into “I probably should”, here’s a few reasons to keep it small.

1. Less is More

If you’re a person who loves the chaos of it all, you might enjoy the buzz of a 12 person wedding party around you at all times.  But for those who like simplicity, a smaller wedding party means less stress and less obligations.  The fewer bridesmaids and groomsmen you have, the fewer schedules you have to coordinate for wedding events and the less people you have to keep track of on your wedding day.  When it comes to picture time and bridesmaid 1 is refreshing her drink, bridesmaid 2 has wandered off in search of a bathroom, bridesmaid 3 is checking on her children, bridesmaid 4 thinks she left her purse in the dressing room… well you get the idea.  Smaller wedding parties will save you time, money, stress, and valuable bits of your sanity when “I-do” rolls around.

2. Your Wedding is Your Wedding

I cannot stress this enough: your wedding is about you and your future husband deciding to make a commitment.  It is not about a friend you were close with in high school who you rarely see nowadays and it is not about a cousin who asked you to stand up in her wedding three years ago.  Each choice you make as you plan your wedding is a reflection of who you are as a couple.  Wedding parties no longer need to follow the old Southern tradition of having your future sisters-in-law stand up (frankly, if you weren’t friends before the engagement, they can rest easy in the second row).  The same goes for having kiddos stand up in the wedding.  It is incredibly valuable to have your own children involved in your wedding, or little ones you are very close to, but all to often couples are tracing out their family tree to find children simply because they think they should.  Each time you decide on someone for your wedding party, ask yourself if it is really what you want.  The people who care most for you will honor your choices and be glad for you, and anyone who would cause drama over your decisions, well… be glad they aren’t in the wedding party.

3. The Best of the Best

The absolute best thing about small wedding parties, is that the people you choose are going to be the friends-forever-and-no-matter-what type.  And that means when your wedding day arrives and you are stressed and nervous, they will be there to calm you down and fix problems before they even happen (instead of that ex-roomate who is just admiring herself in the mirror, and worrying about how she looks in her dress).  Extra people doesn’t always mean extra help; the right people means extra help.  These special bridesmaids who made the cut will be the ones crying through the ceremony right alongside you and pulling bobbypins from their own hair to make sure that yours look perfect.  That’s who you want standing up with you.


Worried about offending those who don’t stand up?  There are still many ways to honor people you care for who might not be the right fit for your bridal party.  You could ask them to be ushers or personal attendants, or to perform a reading during the ceremony. Are they family you aren’t sure you want in the party? Consider giving them a corsage or boutonniere to honor your relationship.  Many times they will be glad to skip the expense and enjoy the view from the crowd.

Choosing your wedding party is a decision you and your fiancé will need to make together, and going with a small party may not be the best fit for your personalities or wedding theme.  No matter what you plan or what route you go, think about what you want as a couple, and toss those “miss manners obligations” on the pile with lace parasols and permed hair.  Do your wedding your way and enjoy every minute!

Weddings: leah and cody’s vintage autumn wedding, green bay

Vintage_1950_Postwar_Retro_Green_Bay_Wedding_Fall_Autumn1 Vintage_1950_Postwar_Retro_Green_Bay_Wedding_Fall_Autumn2I love when I hear from couples and in their very first email, I am already completely head over heels for their wedding vision!  This is how it was when Leah and Cody first got in touch with us.  She said victory rolls, glass bottles of coke, vintage luggage and suspenders, and I said yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!  A quick tour through our own house would reveal my love of all things mid-century from antique cameras, to my Samsonite train case that goes wherever I go.

From that first email I was hooked.  Then I got to meet Leah and Cody and it only got better.  They are an incredibly down-to-earth couple; they are the kind of people who find what they want and work to make it happen.  This kind of strength and perseverance is what makes marriages work, and I am certain Leah and Cody will put this tenacious part of their personalities into supporting and caring for one another no matter what the future brings.

We felt very honored to be a part of their wedding day, and to have the opportunity to build on their vintage-inspired wedding theme.  Congratulations, Leah and Cody, and best wishes!

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