Posts Tagged ‘wisconsin wedding photography’

Weddings: ashley & jesse, bridgewood resort, neenah

Appleton-Doty-Park-Wedding-Neenah-Fall-Church-Photography-November-Catholic-Green-Bay2 Appleton-Doty-Park-Wedding-Neenah-Fall-Church-Photography-November-Catholic-Green-Bay1Photographers spend a lot of time talking about the voice or theme of different weddings when we chat amongst ourselves. If I were to talk about Ashley and Jesse’s wedding with my photographer friends, the first thing I would mention is what a powerful color story it had. Ashley and Jesse chose a bold look with two simple colors, red and white, and used them as focal points connecting every part of their day together from the ceremony at Saint Bernadette Parish in Appleton to our photography stops at Lawrence University and Doty Park, to the reception at Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. The pure white of their details (like the textured cake, glowing candles, and beaded dress) acted as a continuous theme, punctuated by pops of bright red roses. It was romantic and we loved it.

Jesse and Ashley have been so wonderful to get to know as a couple, from our first meeting over coffee to their picturesque apple blossom engagement, they are clearly a pair who bring out the best in each other. It was wonderful to be a part of their wedding day, and to see not only how much they care for one another, but also how much their friends and family care for them. Congratulations, Ashley and Jesse!

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: jennifer and eric, pamperin park green bay

Pamperin_Park_Outdoor_Wedding_Green_Bay_Wisconsin1 Pamperin_Park_Outdoor_Wedding_Green_Bay_Wisconsin2Summer means so many things, especially to us midwesterners who know how precious warm weather is.  Summer means beach days, flip-flops, farmers markets, and of course, weddings!  Jennifer and Eric could not have had better weather for their celebration this July! It was one of the days with gorgeous golden light ducking in and out behind clouds.

For Jennifer and Eric this day was not a beginning, but a confirmation of years of love – it was a renewal of promises made time and time again.  These promises were built in the moment that he cared for her when she was ill, when he claimed her girls as his, and when he got down on one knee in a parking lot with rain pouring down around them.  They proved to me once more that most beautiful thing about weddings is that at the end, you have a whole marriage ahead of you.

Jenn and Eric, it was a pleasure to be apart of your day, and we are so happy for your family! Best wishes and congratulations!