Posts Tagged ‘rustic wedding photography’

Weddings: miranda & kyle, simply country barn, freedom, wisconsin

To say we were blown away by Miranda and Kyle’s wedding would be an understatement. Simply Country Barn in Freedom is a gorgeous venue with high, open-structured ceilings, and rustic-elegant details. The wedding featured baby’s breath, greens, and pinecones, as well as antlers the couple collected while shed hunting. The afternoon was hot but the couple and their wedding party remained in good spirits. We photographed all around the venue, at the little bridal cabin, in the evergreens, and even made a special post-dinner trip outside for golden hour – our favorite! Congratulations, Miranda and Kyle; we wish you many years of happiness!

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!

Weddings: kara & andy at st. lawrence church and devils river campground, denmark, and the ravine, green bay

Kara and Andy tied the knot last month at their home church in Denmark surrounded by friends and family. The day was beautiful and springlike, accented even further by Kara’s choice of hydrangeas and mint blue dresses.

The couple met in the same town nearly four years ago at a nearby bar, Basil’s, where Andy was attending a bachelor party and Kara was enjoying a night out with friends. Their relationship grew from there with similar interests in music, sports, and drinks. On May 21st, 2016 Andy proposed near Lambeau Field and they started planning their special day.

We loved their intimate catholic church in Denmark, and their choice of the rustic cabin location at Devils River Campground. The bridal party was in good spirits, and their little mascot, Reed, was there to celebrate just as much as the “big guys”. Congratulations to the happy couple, and cheers to many years together!

Engagements: regan & zach, woodsy snow session

Winter-Engagement-Green-Bay-Photos-Suamico-Wedding-Photographer-Wisconsin-Snow-Couples-Woods-Rustic-New-Zoo-Reforestation-Camp-1 Winter-Engagement-Green-Bay-Photos-Suamico-Wedding-Photographer-Wisconsin-Snow-Couples-Woods-Rustic-New-Zoo-Reforestation-Camp-2Staring out my office windows, there is nothing but sunshine. It’s hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago there was a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, and tiny, spiraling snowflakes falling overhead for Regan and Zach’s winter engagement session in Suamico. The evergreens were made even brighter by the precipitation, and although the wet snow made the cold day colder, Regan and Zach were happily teasing one another and laughing as we wandering through the woods.

The couple met three years ago after being set up by mutual friends. It’s not often we hear brides and grooms tell about romances that began with a blind date, and I think the success of their meeting has to do with how well their friends know them. Whether or not Regan and Zach knew what they were looking for, their friends knew what they needed. This one is a love story with a side of best-friendship. Congratulations, Regan and Zach; we can’t wait for your October wedding!

Engagements: cora & eric, winter cabin engagement

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Cora contacted us from Madison to set up the session for their short visit to Green Bay. Eric was living in Colorado (where they would soon be settled together) and we found the perfect date that fit all our schedules. Cora and I brainstormed a few ideas to fit the rustic, woodsy look they were going for, and we settled on a spot with log cabins and pine trees. Since winter engagement sessions are all about the cozy factor, we even brought along a little hot chocolate to add to the wool blanket winter snuggles. Cora and Eric were so natural in front of the camera and just happy to be together. Congratulations, Cora and Eric! Looking forward to your wedding day!

Weddings: holly & alex at barnsite kewaunee, wisconsin

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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