Posts Tagged ‘styled session’

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: 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

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