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!

Engagement Statistics

Who doesn't enjoy some engagement statistics? I came across this article the other day and found it pretty interesting.  Now, keep in mind that I am a wedding photographer and I LOVE all things wedding related.  I am also quite nerdy and love numbers and statistics so combining engagements and statistics is right up my alley! 

With over 10.000 people surveyed here is what they found as the most popular days to get engaged:

#1 Christmas Eve- Almost one-third of couples surveyed 31%

#2 Valentines Day- 22%

#3 New Years Eve- 18%

#4 On the anniversary of the day the couple met- 11%

#5 Birthday- 9%

#6 Christmas Day- 7%

So, ladies and gents if you're still waiting for your proposal don't fret there is still a pretty decent probability your man or lady will still pop the big question in the next month or so!  You've heard of wedding season right? Typically during the summer and fall months. Well, we are in the middle of engagement season! The winter months are the most popular months to get engaged! I, myself, got engaged in November.  November 11th, 2010 to be exact.  

Another statistic I found quite interesting was the number of women who said they would propose.  21% of women said they would be courageous enough to propose while 79% said they would not.  

Plenty of other fun engagement statistics ranging from the perceived best date to propose to the best plan to propose are included in the article! Feel free to check it out!

Source: http://www.chillisauce.co.uk

The Winter Wedding Show 2015

 

Press Release:  

 

Area’s largest Wedding Show set for Jan. 22-23

 

Green Bay (December 9, 2015) – Northeast Wisconsin’s largest and most prestigious wedding show will be at Shopko Hall, Green Bay on January 22 & 23.  The Wedding Show – Winter Edition is produced by PMI Entertainment Group.  Prospective brides, grooms and anyone interested in weddings will get their fill with more than 180 exhibitors!

The show offers the latest in photography, invitations, decorations and accessories.  There’s no guess work in wedding desserts because you get to taste scrumptious wedding cakes and trendy bakery items.  You’ll see an array of floral bouquets to choose from and hear a variety of music options to entertain your guests. 

Friday night is VIP Night featuring the Bride’s Cake Dive.  Attendees will have a chance to participate in the cake dive and win great prizes.  Bridal makeovers will also be offered on Friday.

Saturday features wedding trend seminars throughout the day as industry experts mentor brides on the latest trends.  Fashion Shows will be at 11am and 1pm where actual brides will showcase beautiful dresses and modern bridal party needs.

What:  The Wedding Show 

When:  Friday, January 22, 5pm – 9pm   Cake Dive at 8pm

             Saturday, January 23, 9am–3pm   Fashion Shows at 11am and 1pm

Where:  Shopko Hall, 1901 South Oneida Street, Green Bay

Tickets:  Save $2 on advance tickets ($8 advance) available at the Resch Center box office or online at WeddingShowGreenBay.com until January 21.  Admission is $10 at the door.