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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.

Anderson Dock Senior Photos, Door County

Door County PhotographerEphraim, Door CountyLauren contacted us looking for a photographer with bright, vibrant color for her destination senior session in Door County. She and her family were traveling into town over Labor Day to spend the weekend with her grandparents in Ephraim. We photograph destination Door County sessions all the time, but usually seniors are from the midwest; Lauren came all the way from Arizona!

Door County Senior Photographer

As we planned her session she talked about how everyone in her yearbook would have neutral photos, photographed mostly in the desert, and she wanted something unique and popping with color. (You don’t have to tell us twice…chasing vibrant colors and creating interesting color relationships is kind of our jam!)

Unique Lifestyle Senior Photos

On the session day, the wind was strong and the waves crashed up and over the pier at Anderson Dock in the heart of Ephraim. Instead of fighting the wind, we used it to our advantage and captured some lifestyle candids of Lauren with glamorous blowing hair. We had gorgeous golden hour light and finished up the session with a sunset. Thanks to Lauren and her family for sharing a bit of their holiday weekend with us! I can’t wait to see your photo albums as they arrive and get packed for their long trip to the southwest. Enjoy your senior year, Lauren!

Door County and Anderson Dock Senior Photos

Door County Senior Photo SessionDoor County Senior PhotographerMost of the time seniors come to us with a sense of what they want — they want fields or water or brick or flowers — but every now and then they come to us with specific ideas. For Brynn, that specific idea was this big bending willow tree in the back of her family’s home. It wasn’t so much a location as it was an object that connected her to childhood. What Brynn didn’t know, is that I’ve also always been obsessed with willows — their droopy leaves that form canopies and filter in warm, ambient light. There is just something so romantic about their beauty which was perfectly matched with Brynn’s lace dress and soft curls.

After capturing some favorites at the willow tree, we headed farther north from Fish Creek into Ephraim for a stop at Anderson Dock, a Door County icon. The clouds covered most of our sunset, but we got a light breeze that blew Brynn’s hair beautifully, and the heavy blue of the sky made the oranges that peeked out all more dramatic. Such a fun and beautiful session!

Anderson Dock and Door County Beach Senior Photos

Whitefish Dunes Door County Anderson Dock Whitefish Dunes Door County Sunset Photos Senior PicturesGrace planned her senior photos for a “destination Door County session”. For she and her family, Door County is a little place they like to escape to, and she knew it would be the perfect location to document her final year of high school.

For Grace’s first location, she knew she wanted Whitefish Dunes, a Wisconsin state park that has lots of good family memories for her. We never get to shoot here for two reasons, the first that it’s on the lake side (so no sunset opportunities) and the second that it’s just a short walk from Cave Point County Park which is one of the most popular locations in Door County because of the escarpment. That means this beachy, woodsy gem always gets overlooked. We were so happy to take a little hike with Grace and her mom down to the beach and capture that soft, flattering, lakefront light. We did a few photos cozied up in the sand, then made our way down to the white stones and briefly into the water.

After Whitefish Dunes, we crossed the peninsula to Anderson Dock in Ephraim. Anderson Dock has some family history for me and also happens to be an epic sunset spot in Door County! The building is iconic and the view is unbeatable…what more could we want? We got there just at the start of golden hour for warm light around the building and docks, then waded out to the end of the slippery pier for the perfect Door County sunset. What a dream session! Congratulations, Grace!

Door County Senior Photos at Pebble Beach and Anderson Dock

Door County Senior Photos Anderson Dock Photos, Ephraim, WisconsinRachel’s family has been traveling up to Door County for years. They have a place along the water in Sister Bay where they spend family weekends (including many cozy winter days!) So when Rachel started planning for her high school senior photo session, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.

Door County Senior Photos

Pebble Beach is located just around the corner from their condo, so they knew it’s beauty and felt connected to the place. We began our session in the evening with bright sun glowing off the water and waves splashing up on the rocks. Our next location was chosen because its a Door County staple, and (in my opinion) the best place to see a Door County sunset. That place is Anderson Dock a pier in Ephraim featuring The Hardy Gallery covered in graffitied names of visitors.

Door County Destination Session Photographer

When we arrived, the sun was low enough for golden hour light, and we stayed long enough to capture a brilliant sunset. With the high water levels we’ve had this year, there was this infinity pool effect of the water meeting up with the top of the pier. It was the perfect magic for a summer session. Congratulations on your senior year and upcoming graduation, Rachel!