I know that I’ve said in just about every post that this set of photos was my “favorite” from the day…but these sunset photos that our photographer took in a field across from the banquet hall after dinner are divine. To me, they’re high-fashion meets country living, if that’s even possible. They remind me of photos that you see in bridal magazines…except the subjects of the photos are me and my husband! I still can’t quite believe that when I look at them. I have a hard time picking favorites out of these, because they’re all just so perfect.
One of my absolute favorite photos. Gorgeous.
I love that these photos, even more than a lot of the others I’ve shown you already, really capture who we are and where we’re from. But at the same time, they’re beautiful, artistic, and worthy of being blown up for a large canvas on our living room wall. Which is exactly what’s going to happen with that first picture 🙂
Once all of the pictures were done, we were finally ready to relax and let loose! And that started with dinner at our reception hall, Beverly Gardens. It’s your quintessential small-town banquet hall, but the food. is. amazing. We chose to go with a package that included baked and broasted chicken, beef tips with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans. They also serve dessert on the table (in addition to our wedding cake which was passed out later!), which included an assortment of tortes and bars and cheesecakes and such, and a staple from back home…kneecaps. So much small-town, rural farming Wisconsin goodness! If we do anything right…it’s comfort food. 🙂 The best part is that it was all “family-style”…like a buffet brought right to your table.
Making our entrance! Gotta love that carpeting…
Shaun welcoming everyone to dinner. He was so nervous for this part, but he did great!
Shaun’s great-uncle saying the prayer before dinner
Our parents were both ready for the party to start too
As I’ve mentioned in the past, my husband loves trains. So after the ceremony and official family portraits were finished, we hopped on our trolley to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay…to take some fun photos with trains! This was originally supposed to be a surprise for Shaun, but we’re not great at keeping secrets from each other. (His birthday is coming up and I might have already given him his present about a month ago…) Regardless of my ability to keep a secret, I think we got some awesome pictures! Here are a few of my faves:
I think this is one of the biggest steam engines in history, if I’m not mistaken. Shaun has a photo with this exact train from when he was about 5 years old, so now we have one together. 🙂 Forgive my wonky looking bustle…it wasn’t cooperating at all at this point.
This picture feels like an old-timey movie to me. Love it!
After a finishing up with the trains inside the main building of the museum, we headed outside to see the others.
One of the curators brought around an old passenger train and let us take pictures inside, which he said he doesn’t do for “just anyone.” 🙂 Unfortunately they weren’t super pretty inside (it is just a train after all) so the pictures weren’t my favorites of the bunch, but I did really like this one.
I really loved these pics on the open air car. The museum custom built it to resemble similar old cars, but to suit their own purposes. When you visit the museum you can go on a 1/2 hour ride around the grounds on the open air car…which I begrudgingly had to admit to Shaun was pretty cool. Usually the train rides he likes are boring, but this one was pretty fun! (We didn’t have time for a ride that particular day, but as I’m sure you can guess, we’ve been there several times other than this one.)
Much like our immediate family portraits, extended family portraits were something that we were very happy to have set aside time for on the day of our wedding. It’s not too often that we get all of our large families together in one place – it always seems that at least one person is busy or out of town…I have two uncles who live in the south who I hardly ever get to see, and they both made it up for the wedding! And Shaun’s family is the same way. It’s also fun to look back on old family portraits and see how everyone has changed throughout the years – and now we have these to add to the bunch.
This one isn’t really a family portrait, but I love the photo of Shaun and my grandpa
My mom’s family, and Shaun and me with my mom’s parents
My dad’s family, and Shaun and me with my dad’s parents
Shaun’s mom’s family, and Shaun and me with Shaun’s mom’s parents
Shaun and me with Shaun’s dad’s parents – they didn’t want a full family photo, but I’m glad we still got one with his grandparents!
I still cannot describe the feeling that I got when our minister, Gloria, announced us as husband and wife. It was the most amazing feeling in the world…I remember feeling like the luckiest woman in the world at that instant, and I hope that the feeling never leaves. Sometimes I still cannot believe that I’m married, especially to a man as amazing, kind and fun as Shaun. But it happened!
Sealed with a kiss. This part of the ceremony wasn’t too bad either. 😉
Poor Shaun was so nervous about being the center of attention that he looks a little grumpy in these ceremony photos. But he said he really was very happy, he was just trying to “surpress his emotions.” (Aka…not cry in front of everyone we know.)
After the ceremony, Gloria pulled Mike (the best man) and Amie (the maid of honor) aside to sign our marriage license as witnesses. I didn’t realize that these pictures were happening while we were in the receiving line, but I’m glad our photographer got to be there to capture the moment that our marriage became legally official. (I know, shocking that that part would seem important to a law student.)
So there you have it…officially hitched! And time to party! (Almost.)
All photos by Tricia DeWar Photography.
I’d have to say that hands down, one of the most emotional parts of the day was just before the ceremony. Shaun and I had just gotten back from taken pictures at the apple orchard, and were hiding inside the air conditioned chapel with our family and bridal party. The entire month of July was the hottest month on record, and the week that we got married was no exception – it was over 100 degrees every day the week of our wedding! That is, except for the day of. The heat broke, and it was around 85 all day – considerably cooler, but still hot. So we drank water, started to get nervous, and spent our last few “single” moments surrounded by the people we love most. Just before it was time for them to go, my mom gave me a hug and told me how much she loved me and how proud of me she was…needless to say, there were substantial waterworks from both of us. It was a beautiful moment, and one that I’ll never forget.
And then before we knew it, it was time to walk down the aisle.
Shaun’s mom and my mom, carrying our love letters for the Wine Box Ceremony
Shaun and his dad (can you tell he’s nervous?)
Eli and Christy, friends from college
Shaun’s brother Michael, my cousin Sara
My brother Matt, Shaun’s sister Rebecca
Shaun’s best man (and best friend) Mike, my maid of honor (and sister) Amie
Shaun and the minister, just before…
Let’s get married!
All photos courtesy of Tricia DeWar Photography.
It’s been a while since I last posted – at least a few weeks. Well, I’m happy to report that I lived through finals, but I still don’t have my grades back yet. A lot of exciting things are happening in our world right now, though. I’m still knee deep in the journal write-on, so this will probably be the only post that I’ll write until that whole deal wraps up on Friday. But I felt like too many important things are happening to leave you readers in the dark!
Last week I was back home in Northeast Wisconsin for about 9 days. During that time, Shaun and I met with our officiant and our photographer and finally hammered out some of the specifics and timing that will actually happen on our wedding day. Needless to say, that was a big item checked off the to-do list. I also had my bridal shower and bachelorette party. I’ll be writing a full post on that sometime soon, but (spoiler alert!) everything was pretty much amazing.
On Sunday, May 20 I made the trek back to Reedsburg and picked up Tucker – he’s now officially a member of our family! Here are a few more pics of him…because who doesn’t love a cute puppy?
On Friday, we get the keys to our new apartment, so we’ll start moving everything from the place where I’m living now to the studio that I’ll call home for the next two years. We’re still working on finding our “second” place back in the Green Bay area, as we have finally officially decided that we’ll be making a commuter marriage work until I’m done with law school. I love my roommates, but since getting Tucker I’ve really been anticipating getting a place that Shaun and I can call our own. This Friday, that will finally happen! (Although I must say that I do hate moving.)
And finally, I’m starting my new job tomorrow! I’ll be working for a clinical program through the law school all summer and next school year. I’m a little bit nervous, but very excited. Oh yeah…and there’s 40 days left until the wedding.
Obviously, all of those things are big enough to warrant their own blog posts…and I’ll get to them eventually! I just need to make it through this week of write-on and moving first. 🙂 Do you have any big events going on in your life right now? If not…wanna share some of mine?
When it comes to the wedding, there is one set of vendors that we chose even more carefully than the rest: our photographer and videographer. Although all aspects of the day are “important” to us, we wanted to make sure that we chose the perfect people to capture our wedding for posterity. I’ve said this on the blog before, but when everything else is said and done, all you have left is the pictures and videos. That’s a big deal.
But even though good pictures are important to us, we didn’t have a monstrous budget to spend. And so the quest to find the perfect photographer began.
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Welcome back! Things got pretty real on Monday…like “sharing my deepest darkest secrets with you all” real. I hope you enjoyed it…if not, that’s ok because we’re back in the business of talking wedding planning today.
So there’s one group of pictures that I’ve conspicuously left out of my “favorite shots” until this point – mostly because I don’t know how I feel about them. Rather, I do know how I feel about them, but I feel bad about the way I feel about them. Does this make any sense? Probably not. Let me clarify – I’m talking about bridal portraits.
(Source: Tricia DeWar Photography)
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From everything that I know about weddings, the reception is the time and place for food, drink, dancing and general merriment – and all of the fantastic photo opportunities that come with those things.
Much like the ceremony photos, there aren’t many reception photos available on our photographer’s blog because all of them basically turn out the same. They are photos that memorialize important, iconic parts of the wedding day, but they aren’t unexpected or new. As such, I turned mostly to Weddingbee for the photos in this post, because the blogger bees include every wonderful moment in their wedding recaps!
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