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Weddings: sara & mike, surprise vow renewal and landmark resort, door county

We’ve been photographing Sara and Mike’s family photos for the past few years, and normally when it’s time to set up a session, Sara will call or email and we will chat about locations and ideas. So when I got a call from Mike instead, I was a bit surprised. He told me he was planning a surprise vow renewal for Sara to celebrate their 20 years together. Years before, Sara mentioned how she would like to renew there vows at 20 years, but to keep it a surprise, Mike planned the renewal for 18 years of marriage, and 20 years together.

The renewal was held at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. Family and friends gathered near in the garden overlooking Lake Michigan while a family friend played music on the piano. Covert texts were sent back and forth about timing, and Ben was stationed with his longest lens for the best view of the approaching couple. As they got to the top of the hill for their “casual walk” Mike told us Sara stopped and said, “I don’t think we can go down there; there’s a wedding happening.” But by the time they turned the corner, she knew it was for her. The ceremony was beautiful — a thoughtful meditation on commitment, love, and God. There were tears and lots of smiles. After the ceremony, we took a few photos with their boys, Sam and Ben, and everyone celebrated with dinner at the Landmark Resort restaurant. Congratulations, Sara and Mike, and cheers to 20 more!

Weddings: washington island lavender farm styled wedding, door county, wi

For years I have been dreaming of photographing a styled wedding in the fields of lavender on Washington Island. I pictured the wild, herb bouquet, glamorous gown, and french macaron tower. This August we were able to collaborate with some incredible vendors who made it a reality! People have asked us why we do styled shoots, and the answer is simple: everyone who is a part of your wedding is a creative. Whether they are making your cake, styling your wardrobe, or designing your florals, we are creative people whose job it is to make your vision a reality. Playing with new ideas and trying things that we have imagined helps keeps us fresh – it feeds our creative energies and makes us better at what we do.

This Washington Island styled wedding took place in the lavender fields of Historic Island Dairy with a stop at Stavkirke Church and champagne at sunset at the iconic Schoolhouse Beach. Never before has a styled shoot involved a ferry ride or an overnight stay, but we had an absolute blast!

We couldn’t do this without the talents of the amazing vendors who collaborated with us. Seriously, if you are looking for vendors for your Door County wedding, look no further. Thank you to everyone involved:

Venue: Island Lavender at Historic Island Dairy http://www.islandlavender.com http://www.historicislanddairy.com
Dress: Erika’s Bridal Couture http://www.erikasbridalcouture.com
Suit: DuBois Formalwear http://www.duboistuxedo.com
Florals: Blossoms Flower House http://www.blossomsflowerhouse.com
Hair & Make-Up: Rachel @ Invidia Salon
Rings: Alyssa & Anna Fine Jewelry http://www.alyssaanna.com
Cake: Monzu Bakery http://www.monzubakery.com
Models: Hope Copiskey and Oliver Wallschlaeger

And special thanks to Rachel from Invidia and our models, Hope and Oliver, for traveling across Death’s Door to the Island with us!

Weddings: meghan & matt, simon creek winery and the english inn, door county

Meghan and Matt tied the knot at Simon Creek Winery in Door County this September. The winery only does a handful of weddings which made the event all the more unique for their family and friends. After a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the vineyard, guests mingled on the lawn with full glasses and an array of appetizers while the couple and their attendants explored the grounds with us. We loved photographing in front of the old vine-covered barn, tall trees, and in the rows of grapevines. The entire scene was made all the more stunning by the warm, fall sunshine.

Meghan and Matt’s reception was held at The English Inn in Fish Creek, a special treat for family traveling in from out of town. The venue was strung with lights and decorated in gold sequins and peacock accents, just as Meghan had envisioned when she started planning their special day. The small bridal party and 50 person guest list made for an intimate-feeling wedding, as well as the couple’s choice to have a “sweetheart table” in place of a head table. Guests mingled and enjoyed the live music and heartfelt words from family. Congratulations, Meghan and Matt!

Engagements: brittany & tim, door county state park

For Brittany and Tim, Door County is their getaway place, so as we planned their engagement session, we knew we would be heading north. Potawatomi State Park is one of our favorite locations to photograph because of the diversity – woods, water, beach – it’s got it all. Their day was beautiful and warm with overcast skies and and tree-filtered light.

Brittany and Tim met through mutual friends nearly two years ago. On their first date they started the day with mini golf at Bay Beach, but a day date turned into lunch, and then into a movie until they had spent the entire day together. It was only a short time before they knew that each of them had met their match.

On a spring day, Tim woke up and knew he wanted to propose to Brittany that morning. He had planned to wait, but something about that day told him it was the right moment. He asked her to go for a walk at Green Bay Botanical Gardens and he tucked the ring into his jacket. Partway through their walk, she was cold and asked for his coat; as he helped her into it, he crossed his fingers that she wouldn’t tuck her hands into the pockets. At the top of the overlook, he wrapped his arms around her and snuck the box from his coat; moments later he asked and she said yes!

This couple is so sweet together. They know that life isn’t all celebration; they have seen the harder sides of things. But they face everything together, leaning on one other for strength and greeting each day with optimism and thankfulness for each other. Congratulations, Brittany and Tim!

Weddings: amy & steph, woodwalk gallery, door county

Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor is one of our dream wedding venues. Firstly, it’s an active gallery with beautiful artwork, but then it’s also a historic barn surrounded by hilly fields, woods, and vintage ephemera. When I first sat down with Amy and her mother, and found out what friendly, down-to-earth people they were, I knew we wanted to be a part of their wedding day. After meeting Steph and getting to know them both, we couldn’t have picked a better couple to work with.

Amy and Steph’s day was full of personal touches, from a reserved chair at the ceremony for Amy’s late father, to an aisle lined with “pennies from heaven”, to Amy’s service dog dressed in a custom “work vest” for the event, every detail was attended to. One of the most striking features of the wedding was the seemingly endless flowers. Everywhere we turned there were vases, jars, and pails brimming with purple and white blooms.

Although rain was forecast at 80% throughout the day, the clouds stayed away for Amy and Steph’s first look and outdoor ceremony. As dinner began in the tent, the rain started to come down, and as speeches came to a close we could hear the thunder begin and the wind pick up. On our wedding day in the midst of family portraits, a sudden gust of wind brought down a large tree branch which fell between us and out photographers. A friend of mine said that she felt it was someone up in heaven greeting us and joining in the day. If that is true, Amy and Steph had lots of love sent down to them that day with the rain, wind, and thunderstorms that carried on throughout their barn reception. Cheers, Amy and Steph!

Why Your Groom Needs Portraits Too

Green-Bay-Mens-Photography-Groom-Wedding-Photographer-De-Pere-Appleton-Pulaski-Tundra-Lodge-Gather-On-Broadway-Barn-1 Green-Bay-Mens-Photography-Groom-Wedding-Photographer-De-Pere-Appleton-Pulaski-Tundra-Lodge-Gather-On-Broadway-Barn-2Post By Ben:

Sometimes in the whirlwind of wedding planning, it’s easy for grooms to get overlooked. There are so many customs that revolve around just the bride and her family, that a modern couple may need to look past tradition to create a wedding day that speaks to both of them. This is exactly the case when it comes to photography.

Bridal portraits have been a southern tradition for decades, but it’s rare to see portraits of a man on his wedding day. The reason for both sets of images is the same and equally important. While couples’ portraits are about the wedding day itself, individual portraits are a physical memory of how your spouse will always see you.  Your individuality is the thing that attracted your partner when you first met, and that doesn’t go away with marriage. Thirty, forty, fifty anniversaries from now, these images will be a reminder of the person you married and how you felt about them that day.

And guys, I get it, it can be hard to be in front of the camera. Although we can be less vocal about our insecurities, we have them. Instead of thinking of this as “another thing you need to do”, think about it as a pause before the ceremony – a little time to yourself away from the chaos of guests. When you have a moment to take a breath, you can open up to the joy and nervousness, and we get to capture real images of you.

For the men underestimating their ability to look great in front of the camera, I am ready to show you otherwise. For the brides missing these images of their husbands before the ceremony, I am ready to share them with you. When the day is done, and the memories feel like a quick flash, the photographs will be there – simple reflections of the person your spouse knows you to be.

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: 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!

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