Sara + Jordan | Winter Elopement | The Red Mill | Waupaca Wisconsin

They say when you know, you just know. And from that first date, Sara and Jordan knew. She made him feel at ease and comfortable enough to be himself. And hugging him was like coming home.

Sara messaged me at the beginning of February asking if I had plans on Valentine’s Day because she and Jordan were planning a spur of the moment wedding. I cancelled my romantic evening of Netflix and Jim Beam with my cat and said “Hell yes. Sign me up.” 

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

These two had been tentatively planning a summer wedding but when it came down to it they realized the only thing they really cared about was committing themselves to one another, being husband and wife, starting their life together. And to do that they didn’t need to plan out some extravagant event. And they didn’t want to wait. So we met on a windy February evening at the place they went the first time they exchanged vows to love, support, and care for each other. 

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

This is why first looks are lit-er-ally the best! 

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Like for real. Can we take a moment to appreciate both of their outfits? I know brides normally steal the show but Jordan was also looking hella dapper and killing the game. 

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Like I said these two went to The Red Mill the very first time they met. And then Sara dreamt of marrying Jordan there. And it could not have been a more perfect spot. We were the only ones there and there was only the sound of the water in the background. They performed their own ceremony (which is quickly becoming my favorite thing!) so it was perfectly them and heartfelt and genuine to who they are separately and together.

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

I just want everyone to know that getting these sparkler pictures were a struggle! Between actually getting them lit to me running around them with my frozen toes to my camera falling in the mud.... but I'd say it was worth it.

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Shooting in the pitch black was definitely a challenge for me. But I loved getting to experiment and try new things. And I actually think these turned out pretty rad.

winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Justin + Anne | Winter Wedding | The YMCA Camp Alexander Wisconsin Rapids

Justin and Anne got set up years ago and man I think everyone is glad they did. These two got married on a windy Saturday at the end of January. Their Camp Alexander wedding was like a cozy winter retreat with beautiful decorations and the most bomb dresses. And any wedding that has a hot cocoa bar and soup for dinner is my kind of wedding!!!
I was so honored to be able to document this day. I think everyone will agree with me when I say it was a long time coming. Justin and Anne just go together. She is calm and sweet and he is funny and caring. My favorite part of the day was during the ceremony when Anne reached the front of the aisle and I heard Justin whisper to her telling her how beautiful she looked. Aaaand then to no one's surprise, Anne had to try to avoid eye contact with Justin because she was trying not to cry haha. 

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Anne's dress. Lord have mercy!!!

winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

The Y Camp has been and always will be one of my favorite wedding venues in Wisconsin.

winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

The decor was legit to die for. This cozy little cabin was perrrrfect for a winter ceremony.

winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

After their first kiss Justin said "One more." and they kissed again. And then my heart nearly exploded from cuteness overload.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Brides!!! Take note! It is perfectly acceptable (it's encouraged actually) to wear booties for your wedding!

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Once again brides, I hope you're writing everything down because these bouquets are to die for.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

When the bride dons a cape and everyone starts humming the GOT theme song you know you've scored big time.

winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Soup is my love language. Lit-er-ally the best idea for a winter wedding.

winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids