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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.

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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, http://www.minkmaids.com
Flowers: Petal Pusher, Green Bay, http://www.gbpetalpusher.com
Cake: Cake and Cookie LLC, De Pere, http://www.cakeandcookiellc.com
Hair and Make-up: Mint Salon, Green Bay, http://www.freshnewhair.com
Tux: DuBois Formalwear, Green Bay, http://www.duboistuxedo.com

Engagement: taylor & joey, romantic country session

Suamico-Engagement-Wedding-Photography-Black-Creek-Green-Bay-Country-Bogo-Dog-Romantic-PhotographerThere are only and handful of really amazing days in Wisconsin when it comes to weather, and because of that, we know to appreciate them. Taylor and Joey’s engagement session was on one of these days – warm, bright, with a dramatic sunset to top off the evening. Joey and Taylor met in high school, chatting over instant messenger as they first connected. Only a few months in, they adopted their fur-baby Lady together. People thought they were crazy (and they now admit they would have felt the same way), but seven years later, here they are planning their wedding.

Taylor and Joey’s wedding will be New Year’s Eve 2016 with a winter wonderland theme (imagine white with blues and silvers). We can’t wait to see everything they come up with! Cheers to Taylor and Joey (and a little love to Lady as well)!

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!

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: 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!

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.

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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!

Weddings: clarissa and adam’s fall wedding, green bay

Fall_Autumn_Wedding_Green_Bay_De_Pere_Tattoo_Bride_1 Fall_Autumn_Wedding_Green_Bay_De_Pere_Tattoo_Bride_2Clarissa and Adam’s wedding day had the most incredible weather – it was the day all fall brides dream of: sunny and warm with bright leaves still clinging to the trees.  Everything about the day felt relaxed and playful just like the couple.  With a flexible timeline, they allowed plenty of time for photos, drinks, and family chit-chat.  This gave us room for creativity, lots of fun lighting situations (checkout the last few before sunset!), and made the day very enjoyable for everyone involved.

Clarissa and Adam are such a sweet couple; they are fun to be around and down-to-earth.  They are so immediately likable, that we have really enjoyed spending time getting to know them during their engagement session and wedding day.  It was nothing but a pleasure to photograph this beautiful bride, spend time with the couple, and meet all the family.  Congratulations, Clarissa and Adam, you deserve all the happiness a future together will bring you!

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