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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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

Holiday Engagement Story Giveaway!

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Let me start by saying CONGRATS to all the newly engaged couples! This truly is the most magical time of the year and I cannot wait to hear your stories!

As some of you may know I am a sucker for a good engagement story! I love to hear about the planning that went into the proposal, seriously every last detail and every emotion involved! I love these stories so much I have decided to do a little giveaway! I will be giving away one $500 print credit to my favorite engagement story and two $300 print credits to my second and third favorite engagement stories!

Here's the scoop: Send me an email (hello@kristinreuterphotography.com) and tell me all about your Holiday Engagement! So, lets say engagements from November 2015 to the end of this giveaway. I want all the details, all the emotions, all the planning ... I want it all! Write me your story, feel free to send a photo or two if you have them as well! You have until January 19th, 2016 to submit your engagement story. I will choose the winners on the 20th!  I will add the print credits to the winning couples' wedding photography package!  

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Completion Schedule Stats | 2015

Alright folks it's that time of the year again that I post my completion schedule stats for the year!  Just when I thought last year's stats were quite impressive, my 2015 stats make 2014 look weak.   As some of you know, I am one of those people that after having my photos taken I would prefer to have them completed and posted instantaneously.  I know this is not realistic and I promise, the photographers I work with for my personal photos can attest to this, I wait patiently, never ever sending that "Hey are my photos done?" email.  But, that doesn't mean I don't still wish they'd be done instantly.  With that kind of mind set I try to get my work done ASAP for my clients.  Always with that in mind here are my 2015 completion schedule or turnaround time stats (whatever you crazy kids prefer to call them):

2015 Stats:

Shortest turnaround time for a wedding: TWO weeks FIVE days (I'm pretty darn proud of this one! I wish I could do that for every wedding)

Longest turnaround time for a wedding: SIX weeks, which in my opinion isn't too shabby!  Either way I look at it all my weddings were completed TEN WEEKS OR MORE ahead of the scheduled time frame.  Please excuse me while I brush off my shoulders and take a bow ;)

Shortest turnaround time for a session: ONE day 

Longest turnaround time for a session: THREE weeks, I blame fall haha. Just kidding fall, I still love you!  It gets crazy shooting from sunrise to sunset on several occasions in the month of October alone! Still three weeks isn't the worst I've heard out there, but it doesn't impress me none.  This may be on the goal sheet for 2016; find solution to crazy amount of fall shoots!

 

Just for a little comparison here are the 2014 Stats:

Shortest turnaround time for a wedding: FOUR weeks

Longest turnaround time for a wedding: TWELVE weeks, still ahead of schedule just like I prefer it. 

If you're still reading at this point and are curious about my 2014 turnaround times for sessions...I don't remember.  I can blame baby brain, but if I had to guess I would say they were pretty similar to 2015.