Steve & Deb | A Halloween Wedding at Terror on the Fox

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I thought it was a fitting time to share with you my first ever Halloween wedding. It’s funny to think back to my first conversations with Steve. I’m fairly certain he said something along the lines of ‘I’m not sure if you’d be interested in this type of thing.’ Little did Steve know, at the time, exactly how excited I was! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE traditional weddings, I love the luxury, the fancy, the pretty, the white dress, black tuxedo, but I’m a sucker for different. Especially when it means so much to the couple. I am the biggest believer of you do you for your wedding day. Thankfully it is the 21st century and weddings are customizable to your little heart’s desire. I say you get to do what you want on your wedding day, and that is exactly what Steve and Deb did. To them Halloween is a bigger holiday than even Christmas. Yes, you read that correctly.

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After our initial consult Deb, Steve, and I began the planning for their wedding photos. I loved every piece of detail they put into their wedding day. We planned out which photos would be taken before and after their face painting and down to every last detail photography wise. We curated their list of family portraits so no one would be forgotten and even planned out some of more fun shots. Deb and Steve basically gave me creative freedom when it came to lighting their after dark photos with the Terror on the Fox Haunted House and the actors. I’m not going to lie it was fun to play, and I honestly didn’t want to stop.

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Haunt by Misty Keasler served perfectly as their guest book. Guests signed the pages of the book with their well wishes and names. A very fitting keepsake for their wedding.

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We began their wedding day with their Bride and Groom portraits prior to having their skeleton makeup applied. After their portraits we went through the haunted house to the makeup trailer, where Steve and Deb got half their faces painted like a skeleton and shortly after it was time for the ceremony. The ceremony was short, sweet, and simple. Steve and Debbie got married surrounded by their closest friends and family…and a news crew. LOL! A crew from Channel 5 news in Green Bay was there to film the entire thing! Click here if you want to see the video from the news story.

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After the ceremony we finished up Steve & Debbie’s family portraits with and without the haunted house actors.

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Then it was time to finish up their Bride and Groom portraits, which only got more fun as the sun went down and the lights of the haunted house came on, complete with the iconic haunted house music.

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10/10 I would definitely photograph another wedding at Terror on the Fox. Their crew was so helpful and definitely willing to step in to pose for photos and for a lighting nerd like myself it was a dream. So many colors and architectural aspects to work with. I had a blast and am so blessed Steve & Deb chose me to document their wedding day. <3

Sarah & Aaron | Paine Art Center & Garden OshkoshWedding

The couples favorite moment(s):
Sarah's favorite moment from the day was walking down the rose path to see Aaron for the first time. Their first look was also Aaron's favorite moment from the day.  

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Surprises for each other:
Sarah and Aaron didn't necessarily exchange any surprises or gifts with each other.  

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If Sarah & Aaron could relive just five minutes of their wedding day over and over what five minutes would that be and why?
Both Sarah and Aaron agreed that their private first look was their favorite part of the day that they could relive over and over again.  She said she didn't have to worry about anything else.  

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When I first met Sarah I was drawn to her unique ideas and plans for the wedding.  She had visions of a simple wedding followed by a larger celebration sometime in the future.   I personally love intimate affairs so my interest in Sarah & Aaron's wedding was immediately peaked.  After a brief chat at the wedding show Sarah sent me an email to set up their consult.  During our Facetime consult we chatted more about their specific wedding plans and ideas for their wedding photos and portraits.  After going over timeline and ideas for their engagement session I knew we were going to be a great fit, I was so excited to document their engagement and wedding.  

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The day of the wedding I arrived and got straight to work photographing the gorgeous ceremony venue, Paine Art Center & Garden, such a beautiful setting no matter which direction you turn there is always something photo worthy.  

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Sarah and her girls were putting on their final details so I promptly got to work photographing Aaron and his groomsmen and all of the details of their ensembles.  I just love the Navy suits and rose quartz accents.  

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As Aaron was getting set for their first look I utilized the gorgeous natural light to photograph Sarah and all her details.  I can't get over the classic elegance of her wedding dress, the low cut back adds just enough modern flair.  

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The hedges along the Rose Garden provided the perfect location for Sarah & Aaron's first look.   The long gorgeous lines of the hedges made for the most gorgeous and dramatic lead up to their first look.  Don't you agree?  Sarah and Aaron exchanged letters and were allowed a private moment between the two of them.  I just couldn't help myself, they are so naturally adorable with their interactions I crept through the gate for some unposed images photographed from afar.  

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The ceremony was simple, twenty-eight guests total to witness their union in front of the Rose Garden.  Their closest friends and family to celebrate their marriage.  

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See what I mean?  These two needed very little posing.  They are so cute, I can't even handle it no prompting needed.  

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We managed to get a few family portraits completed before the rain started in.  Fortunately the Paint Art Center & Garden lacks no shortage of adorable photo ops so we headed to the Morning Terrace to finish family portraits and begin the wedding party photos.  

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These bouquets!  I'm literally obsessed they are so gorgeous!  

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Thankfully the rain let up enough to allow us to finish up Sarah & Aaron's bride and groom portraits.  So beautiful!  

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Kristy's Best Tips For Wedding Dress Shopping | Green Bay, WI Wedding Photographer

BUDGET- Everyone has a budget, there are many things to consider when setting your budget for your wedding dress.  When you purchase a wedding dress you're not just going to be paying the price you see on the tag, there are many other things that you'll need to purchase to accompany your dress.  Shoes, you're going to need shoes, lingerie (yeah!), a veil (are you going to wear a veil?), and jewelry. Now let's not forget the cost of alterations, sales tax, and possibly shipping costs. Once you've taken all of these things in mind you can set your budget for your dress.  When you arrive to try on dresses you can let the attendant know your budget.  He or she will bring you dresses from within your budget, that way you don't waste time trying on dresses that will not work for you. 

TIMING- Do not wait until the last minute, no one needs the added stress of wondering if you're going to get your dress in time for alterations/the wedding.  Some dresses take upwards of 9-12 months for a custom dress.  Especially if it has lots of little embellishments on it.  Remember alterations take time as well.  

COLOR- While tradition states the wedding dress should be white, a pure white dress is seldom a great idea for most brides.  A pure white dress had a tendency to wash out certain skin tones.  Not only is it going to wash out your skin, pure white dresses do not photograph well.  They easily wash out and have a tendency to look blue, even when photographed properly.  If you want something that is going to flatter your skin I would go with an off-white, champagne, rum white, ivory, or other similar non-pure-white dress.  These colors are going to photograph phenomenally and they will make your skin look great.  If you're looking for something a little more on the contemporary side go ahead and check out a light gold dress or a blush pink!  Here are some examples: a light gold by Morileea blush pink by Maggie Sottero, and a blush by Maggie Sottero.

A FEW LITTLE THINGS- Keep in mind some churches have their own dress codes.  If your church has restrictions against exposed shoulders you may need to purchase removable straps or a shawl to comply with any dress codes.  Another little piece of advice is to call ahead, many bridal boutiques require you to call ahead to schedule an appointment to try on gowns. Also, weekday appointments are a lot more laid back since the stores are less busy than weekends.  When you go to your appointment you're going to want to bring along your shoes and your lingerie to ensure the right fit! 

KEEP AN OPEN MIND- Definitely go in with an idea of the type of wedding gown you envison for yourself.  However, if the salesperson brings out a dress that initially may not be your thing, try it anyway.  When I was shopping for my wedding dress I thought I knew what I wanted, the salesperson brought out dresses that fit everything I was describing.  She also brought out a dress that was a different style, a different material, and different color that I was initially looking for.  She brought me this gorgeous (I didn't think so at the time) A-line ivory dress (I was looking for off-white) with a train (I did not want a train at all).  I reluctantly put it on, and knew it was the one!  Mostly....I did chop majority of the train off! haha, I'm pretty sure the salesperson nearly fainted when I told her I was going to have it cut off.  

TRUST YOUR GUT- If it didn't give you the "it's the one" type of feeling, keep looking! You will know.  Ask the salesperson when they get new gowns in or try another boutique.  

YOUR CREW- Are you going to bring your girls? Mom? Soon-to-be Mother-in-law?  I think this one is different for everyone, but here are some things to consider: do you want other's opinions? Is there anyone's opinion you don't want to consider in making your decision? 

I hope these helped you! If I left anything out please feel free to comment below! Cheers!

Maddie | 3 Months | Green Bay Boutique Photography Studio

Baby Maddie came into the new studio for her 3 Month Milestone Session of her Watch Me Grow Plan.  Even though she was pretty sassy at her newborn session and did not want me to pose her despite sleeping nearly the entire time, she was the perfect little model for her Milestone Session.  We got several smiles and she showed me all her new tricks!  She is a tummy time expert now.  I cannot wait for her 6 Month Milestone Session to document all her new skills.  Remember, Maddie, no walking, save that for the 9 Month or 1 Year Session.  ;) 

Holiday Mini Sessions- Samantha | Green Bay Baby Photographer

Miss Samantha visited me in the studio for her Holiday Mini Session!  As always she was cheerful and we had a blast creating memories that will surely last a lifetime.  

Mom and dad came for some family portraits as well! &nbsp;I seriously adore this little family and enjoy our time spent together in the studio! &nbsp; Speaking of studio I am super excited to have my new backdrop stand hung high enough that I don't need to photoshop backdrop over dad's head! haha He's tall! &nbsp;

Mom and dad came for some family portraits as well!  I seriously adore this little family and enjoy our time spent together in the studio!   Speaking of studio I am super excited to have my new backdrop stand hung high enough that I don't need to photoshop backdrop over dad's head! haha He's tall!  

Santa showed up for some Christmas Magic as well! If you're curious where Santa is currently click  here .&nbsp;

Santa showed up for some Christmas Magic as well! If you're curious where Santa is currently click here

Archer | 9 Months

Archer came to the studio for his 9-month milestone session!  This lil guy LOVES to move and is already s

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I love you fishy!

Sitting didn't last long, it quickly turned into crawling towards the camera! &nbsp;I had to be quick, or at least act goofy enough to strike his interest long enough that I could snap off a few images. I can only imagine what his One Year Cake Smash Session will be like. Ha

Sitting didn't last long, it quickly turned into crawling towards the camera!  I had to be quick, or at least act goofy enough to strike his interest long enough that I could snap off a few images. I can only imagine what his One Year Cake Smash Session will be like. Ha

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Those brown eyes!  <3

Tis the season! We finished Archer's session with a few holiday photos!  We tried getting him to sleep in Santa's lap, but without fail every time he closed his eyes and heard the snap of my camera he woke up smiling.  It was hilarious.  Gosh, I feel like this last year went fast!  From taking his mommy and daddy's pregnancy announcment photos to maternity photos to captureing his first year to now planning his cake smash theme.  

Holiday Mini Sessions 2016

Holiday Mini Sessions! It has been four years since I've offered Holiday Mini Sessions so I expect them to fill fast! Contact me ASAP to reserve your spot.

Holiday Mini Sessions:
-December 4th
-11am-6pm
-$100
-Location: The ALL NEW Kristin Reuter Photography LLC Studio in Howard, WI
-20 MINUTE SESSION
-3 PERSON MAX, additional session will need to be purchased to accommodate larger groups
-5 EDITED IMAGES via digital download with print release
-SESSION FEE(S) TO BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF BOOKING
-Choice of these four backdrops available and a bonus family sized rustic chic set!  Think old ladder bench decored with white pines!  I am so excited for this one!
-Foil printed Holiday Cards available for purchase
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Secure your spot before they're gone! 

Model Call

Model Call! I am looking for two couples willing to get all dressed up in their wedding attire! I need one couple for a sunset/after dark shoot on May 6th and one couple for midday May 7th. Couples must be dressed in their formal wedding attire; dresses and tux/suit are a must. If you are a same sex couple you would need to dress as you feel fit, but it must be formal wedding attire. I'm not looking for jeans/khakis. We're not picky, but like I said, it needs to be formal wedding attire. Time commitment may vary from 1.5 hours to 2-3 hours. In exchange for your time you will receive the high res files from the shoot with a print release. Please send me a PM or email (hello@kristinreuterphotography.com) for more details.

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Samantha | 6 months

This is another gorgeous little lady that I have been photographing since she was in her mama's belly!  Baby Samantha is already 6 months old! I feel like I was just visiting her mama in the hospital to shoot her Fresh 48 Session! As some of you know this adorable babe's mama is one of my lovely second shooters, Beth!

Baby Samantha really made my job way too easy!  It was as easy as making a fool of myself quacking like a duck to make her smile...or maybe she was laughing at my goofy face, either way she was all smiles for her 6 month milestone session!  She was a big girl and sat up for us!

Some of the many precious facial expressions Baby Samantha had for me that day!  I think in the top right photo she's thinking something along the lines of "Really lady? Another picture?" 

We even got several smiles with some tummy time pose!

I have been wanting to do this set up for a while now!  I love the simple background and the reflection in the plexiglas!  So happy her mama was willing to let me play around with this set up!