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Weddings: dana & lucas, nativity of our lord parish, green bay

On June 17th, Dana and Lucas said their “I-dos” at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Green Bay. We have had the pleasure of photographing this couple when they were dating, once they became engaged, and now, celebrating with them on their wedding day! The morning of their ceremony followed heavy rain, but the day cleared up and the sun shone. As we were outdoors taking group portraits at Meadowbrook Park, we heard a distant whistle. Assuming it was nothing, we continued portraits before loading everyone up for our next location. At the reception we would find out it was a tornado siren from the town over! With such a beautiful, sunny day, none of us imagined there was a storm so nearby.

After some rustic photos with the bay in the background, everyone headed to Dana and Lucas’s reception at Rock Gardens. The night included thoughtful toasts and lots of dancing. The wedding was styled impeccably with simple, gray bridesmaids dresses, bouquets of peonies and succulents, and Dana’s gorgeous trumpet gown, beaded from top to bottom. So many pretty things to point our cameras at! Congratulations, Dana and Lucas!

Weddings: taylor & joey at st. johns lutheran, pulaski and tundra lodge, green bay

Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-1Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-2Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-3Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-4After nearly a decade together, high school sweethearts, Taylor and Joey, tied the knot. Their wedding was held at St. John’s Lutheran in Pulaski with the reception at Tundra Lodge in Green Bay and a short stop at snowy Pamperin Park for photos. When Joey proposed to Taylor it was also winter. February 4, 2015 Joey asked Taylor to a nice dinner, and once she was all dressed up, he had her put a full snowsuit over her dress and took her hiking. As they crossed a river, he gifted Taylor a necklace with his grandmother’s diamond in it, and once they reached the top of the cliff, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. On their wedding day, she wore the diamond pendant for the first time.

Their wedding was held on New Year’s Eve with mild weather and a heavy blanket of snow. The church featured beautiful stained glass windows that stretched floor to ceiling behind the alter and the aisles were lined with white branches. Taylor’s vision was winter wonderland and that came through from the sparkling details to the blue ombre bridesmaids gowns. At the park, their dog, Lady, joined them for a few photos – she has been with them since they were in high school and she was just a tiny pup. She wagged her tail, cried happy little cries, and ate as much snow as she could. The bridal party was good-humored out in the elements (even when we asked each of the attendants to toss handfuls of snow high into the air for a final photo!) It was a beautiful day with a fun party to follow. Cheers, Taylor and Joey!

Weddings: holly & alex at barnsite kewaunee, wisconsin

kewaunee-barnsite-wedding-photography-green-bay-photographer-rustic-summer-barn-outside-wisconsin-lake-michigan-waterfront-1 kewaunee-barnsite-wedding-photography-green-bay-photographer-rustic-summer-barn-outside-wisconsin-lake-michigan-waterfront-2 kewaunee-barnsite-wedding-photography-green-bay-photographer-rustic-summer-barn-outside-wisconsin-lake-michigan-waterfront-3 kewaunee-barnsite-wedding-photography-green-bay-photographer-rustic-summer-barn-outside-wisconsin-lake-michigan-waterfront-4Holly and Alex are down-to-earth and creative, two characteristics that set the tone for their wedding plans. The day was filled with many little details that had their personal touches on them: birch ring boxes made by the groom, seasonal flowers arranged by the bridal party, and the most beautiful arbor for the ceremony. Holly and Alex got ready for the day in the residential portion of Barnsite in Kewanee, meeting downstairs for a first look. They had a moment together before photos followed by an intimate outdoor ceremony under the cover of old shade trees. The afternoon was filled with a ceremonial beer tapping, yard games, and a build-your-own taco bar. By evening the sun began to get golden and the four of us made our way to Lake Michigan for some waterfront photos of just the two of them – happily married and so thankful for such a beautiful day. Congratulations, Holly and Alex!

Weddings: jenessa & joe at green bay botanical gardens

Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-1 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-2 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-3I love how things can come full circle and wonderful people we meet can reappear in our lives. Jenessa was one of the first seniors we photographed as Ben and I were just starting our business post-college. Things have circled back and we were able to photograph her next milestone as she married her best friend, Joe, late this June. Jenessa is kind-hearted and bubbly, and in Joe she has found someone just as caring and fun-loving. Their wedding was on one of the hottest days this summer and yet everyone was in the best spirits, happy to be celebrating together at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. The ceremony was held in the Oval Garden in the afternoon and the reception followed at Green Bay Distillery with everything decorated in shades of aqua and coral. We loved the colorful details and Jenessa’s beautiful corseted gown, but most of all we loved how much energy and excitement their friends and family brought to the event (including on the dance floor!) Congratulations, Joe and Jenessa!

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

Engagements: kaitlyn & elijah, downtown de pere

De-Pere-Movie-Theater-Engagement-Photos-Session-Wisconsin-Green-Bay-Theatre-Star-Wars-Downtown-Urban-Green-Bay-Photography-1 De-Pere-Movie-Theater-Engagement-Photos-Session-Wisconsin-Green-Bay-Theatre-Star-Wars-Downtown-Urban-Green-Bay-Photography-2Kaitlyn and Elijah met at the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Their common interests drew them together and after a few months they knew they couldn’t live without one another. The couple’s engagement session was held on a warm June evening with a breeze coming off the Fox River in downtown De Pere. Together they were romantic, happy, and relaxed. De Pere Cinema was wonderful enough to allow us to photograph part of Kaitlyn and Elijah’s session there as a little nod to the movie that brought them together. We were even able to put their wedding date up on the sign!  Seeing couples in love is an incredible reminder of why we do what we do. Congratulations, Kaitlyn and Elijah!

Weddings: kayla & zach, vintage brewers wedding at timber rattlers stadium

Brewers-Wedding-Timber-Rattlers-Stadium-Photography-Wedding-Vintage-Appleton-Doty-Park-Baseball-Neenah-Outdoors-Green-Bay1 Brewers-Wedding-Timber-Rattlers-Stadium-Photography-Wedding-Vintage-Appleton-Doty-Park-Baseball-Neenah-Outdoors-Green-Bay2I love weddings where couples take chances and plan their wedding to suit themselves (not some silly idea of what a wedding should be). This was the greatest part about Kayla and Zach’s wedding. They are big time sports fans, with Brewers baseball topping the list. When they got engaged and began to plan, it only made sense to incorporate this love of a team that bonded them together. Kayla and Zach held their wedding day on the field of the Timber Rattlers Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. The girls were in royal blue dresses with bright yellow shoes (the vintage Brewers colors) and the guys had boutonnieres made from baseballs.

The day was filled with incredible details: a popcorn bar, stadium tickets for place-cards, and centerpieces made from worn baseballs in glass pillars. Kayla and Zach had thought of everything, and it made for the best guest experience – with surprises around every corner. (We loved it too!) After the ceremony, we spent some time photographing on the field at the stadium, and in the late afternoon, headed over to Doty Park for that warm, glowing October light that makes people like me fall in love with autumn. Congratulations to Kayla and Zach!

Vendors: wedding advice from petal pusher floral

Green-Bay-Florist-Wisconsin-Photography-Petal-Pusher-Business-Branding-Flowers-Wedding-AdviceAs a bride, wedding planning can get a bit overwhelming. There are so many vendors to book, timelines to keep, and budgets to remember. When Ben and I got married, the area I felt the most clueless in was the flowers. I didn’t know the names of flowers, what was in season for our fall wedding, or how to pick flowers that matched our theme. Ben and I set up a meeting with Nichole at Petal Pusher and she helped answer our questions. After our conversation I had a clearer vision of what we wanted and I felt a huge relief in knowing I was in good hands.

A few weeks ago I sat down with Nichole again, this time to pick her brain for a few little tips to help you 2016/2017 brides as you start your planning. Read on!

What would you like people to know about Petal Pusher?

I have owned Petal Pusher for nine years, and the previous owner had it for eight years before that, so we’re nearing the two decade mark. People ask what makes us different, and I feel we do work that is very personal. We’ve done a lot of interesting things for weddings like flowers on the couple’s dog, mementos in the bride’s bouquets, which makes it fun for us. I like that it’s challenging and that we don’t make the same bouquet twice.

How would you describe your style?

I like natural, organic looks. I can do the “bling” thing, but my personal aesthetic is more woodsy. Some of that translates into my home too; it’s what I find appealing and what I like to be surrounded by. The rustic trend is a wonderful, but I would love to see that translate into a more woodsy look with bark, mosses, and twigs. I am inspired by nature. Things that feel truly original to me I am pulling from my surroundings – wandering through the woods or gardens.  I can see something and say to myself, “why have we never used that before?”

What are some things couples might not think about as they plan for flowers?

I would say durability is an important consideration. For example, if you know you are having an August wedding and it will be a long, hot, sun-filled day, even though hydrangeas would be in season, they might not be a great bouquet option. The other tip I have is to envision a color palette rather than specific flowers. For example, if you come in and say you want yellow, I can show you all the yellow flower options for a June wedding, whereas if you say you want sunflowers, that puts us in a harder position. Otherwise, if there is a flower you are dead set on, call your florist, then pick your date.

How far before the wedding do you suggest couples get in touch to meet with florists?

At least 6 months out is ideal, but we have some brides meet with us much farther in advance just to start getting ideas.  A Pinterest board is probably the best way to start brainstorming because brides don’t need to know the names of flowers or even how to describe the style. Even to see the other wedding details: dresses, shoes, hairstyle, tells me so much about the vision they have for their wedding, even if they don’t know how to describe it.  The other thing I would suggest is to sit down as a couple and chat about which family members should get flowers, that way you aren’t put on the spot later on. Everything else we can go through one step at a time.

What would you recommend for brides on a budget?

Number one, don’t be afraid. People get nervous because it’s not very often that you have to shop for flowers. I always tell people, “I’ve been a bride too; I’ve been there, I know what it’s like”.  I usually recommend coming in and making a list of all your wants. We can make an itemized estimate, so couples can prioritize this over that or substitute in different flowers. Or, after they look at that initial estimate, they can just be really honest and say, “I have a max budget of $800, tell me how I can best spend it.”  I would much rather help couples make choices to make that smaller budget look amazing.

What aesthetic choices would you make if you were planning your own wedding right now?

Well firstly, I think a woman deserves a wedding in each season (up to her if it’s the same man every time!) My wedding was in winter, and if I were planning one right now I would plan it for fall. I would love something with a gritty, organic, natural aesthetic. The reception would be pink champagne and hors d’oeuvres and I would love it to be outdoors or in a setting that feels outdoorsy. For flowers, I would do all local just to show what can be done: dahlias, grasses, berries, bark, moss and twigs, with guinea hen feather accents and little hemlock pinecone boutonnieres.

Are there any current wedding trends that you love?

Lately locally grown flowers have become popular and we work with a really amazing grower outside of Cecil, so it’s nice to have that for fresher, more organically-raised option. They grow things that you wouldn’t even fathom you could grow here; some plants I had never even heard of. My husband and I just purchased 26 acres and we are going to start growing on a portion of that, so we can gather birch bark, curly willow, pussy willow, and other things like that.

As far as other trends, I really enjoy the more petite bouquets for bridesmaids, I think it makes them look more graceful. I also like the cocktail dresses with matching shoes and bouquets look. For receptions I love the farm-to-table idea with local, seasonal menus. It’s fun for me when the food is as pretty as the flowers, I love that look too.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to couples planning their decor?

Make the day a reflection of you. Personal touches give the guests something to talk about and it shares more about who you are as a couple. Also, whoever you book for your vendors, make sure they’re people you’re comfortable with. You should be enjoying the planning process, and if you don’t feel comfortable leading up to the big day, it will be so much harder with the stress and nerves that come along with the wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors questions that don’t quite fall into their “category”. Vendors have been to so many weddings, so utilize them as a resource for weddings in general.

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!

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