So much fun with Rachel and Matt and their cutie of a daughter!
Just finished their wedding album design.
So gratifying to pull back and review what happened.
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Timeless. Beauty. Elegance.
For ten years, I've provided Beautiful and Timeless Wedding Photography that leaves a living legacy for you, your family and future generations.
I'm a proud member of the Professional Photographers Association with hundreds of happy couples.
A select few dates are still available for 2014 and I'm offering a limited amount of dates for 2015.
Contact me for a personalized and confidential discussion of your needs.
Call/text me at 920-809-2785 or contact me through my Contact form above.
07.22.2014 Posted in wedding photography
07.20.2014 Posted in Wedding Planning
Your fiance pops the question and you say with every bit of
gusto you can muster,
“Yes yes yes!!!”
You take a second to peel your eyes away from that sparkly ring on your finger,
and realize you’ll need to make a lot of decisions…and very soon.
Here are some of the top things you need to do to really prepare for your wedding:
Once you change the status on your Facebook page to engaged, everyone will be asking for your wedding date.
You won’t be able to set an exact date until other major decisions are made.
First, determine a range of dates that will work for you.
A typical engagement lasts anywhere from six months to a year and a half or more, but also think about what season you’d prefer, any major holidays or family events you’d like to avoid conflicting with, and how long you predict you’ll need to plan.
–Style and Location
Before you try on a single wedding dress, hire a DJ or sample some cake, look at the big picture and imagine what kind of style and vibe you want to set for your wedding — and where you want to hold it.
While you’re picturing your wedding, here are some questions to consider:
Do you want a big wedding with lots of guests or just family and friends? Or maybe in-between?
Inside or outside venue?
Are you looking for a barn or do you want something chic?
Spend some time on Pinterest.com or in Wisconsin bridal magazines gathering inspiration.
Real wedding photos online are very helpful.
Something as unlikely as a wallpaper pattern, a scene from a favorite movie, or a family heirloom can spark your creativity.
Bottom line: inspiration can come from anywhere and be ready for it.
–Set Your Budget
Sit down with your families and figure out how much everyone is contributing.
This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning.
It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s better to get it out of the way now.
Consider a number of factors before building your guest list.
When considering venues for your ceremony or reception site, you’re going to be limited by how many people it can accommodate (you can’t fit 300 guests into a backyard).
Would you rather have good one-on-one time with guests or throw a big party for all your friends and family?
More guests means higher prices, as catering costs are generally calculated on a per-head basis.
in addition to location, your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.
–Make Sure to Register
With all the engagement parties, bridal showers and well-wishing relatives in your future, everyone will appreciate your foresight.
Gifts are optional for engagement parties, but some of your guests may want to give you something to commemorate the occasion.
Register for at least a few items beforehand so they don’t have to ask (or guess) what you’d like.
–Choose Your Bridal Party
Choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen is very important.
The earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help.
Keep in mind that your wedding party is agreeing to spend money and donate their precious time — be considerate and kind by letting them know about all your plans, showing them a good time and making sure they know how much you appreciate them.
In order to let them know about the plans, you may want to create a google doc and invite them to see all the details each time you adjust things.
At least let those involved in the details know what is happening.
–Consider a Consultant
If you’re busy or have big dreams for your wedding weekend, then you should hire a full-time wedding planner.
The planner will help you prepare your entire event, from the announcement to the honeymoon.
You can also hire a part-time consultant to devise a wedding blueprint.
–Book a Venue/Set Your Date
Your reception venue will become the backdrop for virtually all your photos and can influence everything from your budget and guest list to the menu.
Make sure you do more than a few google searches and find the place you’d like.
By signing your venue contract, you will officially have your wedding date. It’ll be official!!
Many top wedding photographers and other in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, and once they’re booked, they’re gone.
Figure out what your highest wedding priorities are, whether it’s world-class catering, exquisite flowers, or gorgeous photography, and snap up the vendors whose work you love.
–Find the Dress!
Browsing for dress photos online (and saving your favorites is a good way to start.
If you feel the need, learn the lingo before setting foot in a dress salon, but they will help you with it all.
They are the experts!. The season will affect your choice of dress.
Getting married in the sweltering summer?
Go with lightweight fabrics such as chiffon, linen or organza.
Having a winter wedding? Brocade, faux fur and velvet will keep you warm.
Satin, shantung, silk and tulle are perfect year-round.
There is a whole lot that goes into planning a wedding and don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. They are excited for you and want to help! And I hope that these points helped in some way as well.
07.11.2014 Posted in wedding photography
Bob, a lacrosse coach extraordinaire, and Renee, a doctor in cancer research, are now man and wife! They met and fell in love while on the campus of St. Norbert, and pledged their lives to one another before family and friends. It was a beautiful honor capturing it all at St. Joe’s on the campus where they first fell in love.
And of course, we had to get some shots at Lambeau…of course!
07.06.2014 Posted in wedding photography
Cassie and Sean celebrated their love for each other like true Packer fans do: in the shadow of Lambeau Field! They committed their lives to each other at the Tundra Lodge just a couple of blocks from Lambeau, and then we headed to the Green Bay Distillery, just across the street from Lambeau, for their reception.
Here is the album I put together to celebrate the marriage of Cassie and Sean!
05.20.2014 Posted in wedding photography
After you’ve booked the wedding location at a historical park and then find out that your family once lived on that land…wow, that is awesome.
Mike’s family once lived on the lands of the Heritage Hill State Historical Park, and that is where they committed their love to each other this past Saturday.
After the ceremony, we got some time to walk around the grounds and get shots of them in the same buildings as Mike’s ancestors.
Very thrilling for them! After we left Heritage Hill, we hit a couple watering holes and then finished the night with family and friends at the Swan Club at Legends.
What a fun day with two awesome people and their favorite people!
What a great way to spend Mother’s Day…by getting beautiful pics of a beautiful family! My wife, 7-yr-old daughter and I traveled down to South of Sheboygan to the Kohler-Andrae State Park to meet with Jessie, Bruce and Nora for a fun family photo shoot. It was just a perfect day for it. A little chilly at first, but started warming up right away. And the clouds gave the perfect soft effect to the photos…lovely!
05.08.2014 Posted in engagement photography
Jen contacted me last fall/winter to talk about their plans for their wedding and of course for hiring a wedding photographer.
And of course I was happy to meet! We met up in Green Bay at the Panera restaurant, one of my favs to meet with couples.
I got to know them, how they met and what they were looking for in a Wedding Photographer.
Fast forward to this past weekend and we got a chance to light it up at Green Bay Botanical Garden and the Green Isle Park, a semi-hidden gem off of Highway 172.
I enjoy so much the chance to get together for an engagement session before the wedding. It gives me and my couples a chance to get to know one another and get comfortable for when the wedding day is upon us.
Jen and Jefferson, I’m excited for you and for your big day September 12!
05.07.2014 Posted in engagement photography
When Amanda and Nick first contacted me, they had plans on a May, 2015 wedding.
We sat down at Seth’s Coffee Shop in Little Chute (you have to try their cold drinks…yummy!) and talked over their plans and how they met. Really a fun meet and greet!
That night, they decided to hire me as their chosen photographer…but that only started the fun!
A couple weeks later, Amanda emailed me saying that things had radically changed, that they were moving their wedding up to Friday, August 1…and did I have that date open???
Yes, that was one of the few days I had left in August…whew!!
Since then, they’ve been scrambling for sure.
We decided to get together for their Invitation pictures at Doty Park in Menasha, and we are now working on their invitation design and getting it all nailed down.
My goal from day one is to make it as easy as possible for my couples to get done what they need to get done. We are on a team together!
04.24.2014 Posted in engagement photography
Amber -a dear niece of ours- and Mike, her soon-to-be-hubby, are getting married!
We were all celebrating Kyle and Karen’s wedding -her cousin and our nephew- in Wausau in late March, and we decided to get some nice Engagement pictures during the break between the wedding and the reception.
It was quite chilly that day with snow still on the ground, but that wasn’t going to deter us. We were going to take some time and get some awesome shots for their Save-the-Date cards.
Amber’s dad, Owner of Heart and Soil Farm, knew of a nice covered bridge in the area and just off the highway.
Off we went to get some awesome shots.