Posts Tagged ‘appleton wisconsin’

Weddings: katie & randy, radisson paper valley, appleton, wisconsin

When I met with Katie and Randy over Skype from their home in Seattle, I immediately liked them, and I have a feeling that is how most people feel about the couple. They are open, down-to-earth people full of positive energy, and their wedding was no different. Although the day was hot for Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin, Katie, Randy, and their friends were all in high spirits. Their first look was in the courtyard of Radisson Paper Valley where their wedding would take place that afternoon. We traveled to Lawrence University in downtown Appleton for photos with their fun bridal party.

The ceremony was personal with unique readings and a “irreversible chemical reaction” to symbolize their unity. My favorite part was their vows in which they promised to be by one another’s side when they need help, and get out of the way when they don’t. For some reason I found that phrase to be a lovely way to talk about a marriage of equals in a real way (or maybe it’s my stubborn personality appreciating their stubborn personalities, lol). Either way, congratulations, Katie and Randy! We wish you many years of happiness!

Weddings: theresa & ben, st. mary’s church and oshkosh convention center

Theresa and Ben are the sweetest couple. They are thoughtful and organized and just the best to work with. They even sent us a card with a Starbucks gift card to cover our morning coffee – seriously, the best. So, when Theresa called the day before their wedding, to say that disaster had struck and their reception could no longer be held at the hall they reserved, it was no surprise that they were handling the situation with patience and grace. In less than 24 hours they had new venue and everything was completely stunning: twinkle lights, uplighting, thoughtfully dedicated tables, and lots of little details. If you didn’t have to change the address in your gps, you would never have known it was not the plan.

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh, the bridal party packed up and drove to Doty Park in Neenah where we could take advantage of the sunny day surrounded by willow trees and waterfront. The day may not have gone exactly as planned, but it was exactly how it was meant to be. Congratulations, Theresa and Ben!

Seniors: luis, downtown green bay & voyageur park

Luis’s senior session was planned for the rainy month of July and needed to be rescheduled due to a storm that passed through. Happily, we ended up with a gorgeous afternoon with golden sun going down over the water and tree line at Voyageur Park on the De Pere waterfront. Before heading into De Pere, we spent time in downtown Green Bay capturing photos inspired by urban lines and architecture – something Luis plans to study in the future. There are so many we love from this session and we had a hard time narrowing them down for sharing! Enjoy your senior year, Luis!

Events: family session and reunion at game day in appleton

appleton-photographer-birthday-event-wisconsin-family-portrait-children-photographyIt’s not often that we say yes to photographing family events, but when Hillary called from Chicago planning an event in Appleton before she and her family moved to Denver, I got curious. Hillary and Aaron were making plans to move west with their boys at the end of October, but before they departed they wanted to have one big event to say goodbye to their family. An important part of the celebration was that Aaron’s two grandmothers would be there, keeping cozy on the chilly night by patio heaters and endless cups of coffee delivered by loved ones. They knew it would be a special event that the family would want to look back on.

Ben and I divided up to photograph groupings of each of the individual families, and also to capture candid moments throughout the evening. It was an event full of joy, laughter, and people holding each other close.