Amanda + Tyler // Boho Porcupine Mountains Wedding // Ontonagon, MI

Howling ghosts they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you're a king and I'm a lionheart.
And as the world comes to an end
I'll be here to hold your hand
'Cause you're my king and I'm your lionheart

Amanda and Tyler got hitched on a gorgeous spring day surrounded by their closest friends and family. They love hiking and camping so obviously the Porcupine Mountains made the perfect location. And they’re huuuuge Star Wars fans (what up what up fellow nerds!!!) so it’s pretty convenient that they will get to celebrate their anniversary on May the Fourth for the rest of their lives. This wedding seriously had everything good. Star Wars, donuts, gorgeous decor, tacos (Did you hear me?! TACOS!), best dressed wedding party, light sabers, a cozy fire at the end of the night, and laid back vibes. Take notes guys. THIS is how you do a wedding.

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Who doesn’t want to ride a ski lift to a ceremony overlooking Lake Superior???

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Listen up future brides… if you need someone to help you style your day Amanda’s got it doooown. Also my mom makes an insane cake. Check out these details.

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I love a girl who can smoke a cigar.

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Amanda and Tyler’s day was so laid back and the timeline gave us lots of time for portraits which means we got a ton of badass pictures. It also helped that these guys were dressed to the nines and couldn’t stop dancing and laughing with each other the whole time.

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Amanda put together the most gorgeous day ever with the help of her wedding party and family. I have to give a shoutout to all the amazing vendors she used.

Venue: Porcupine Mountain Ski Chalet - Ontonagon, MI
Bride’s Dress: Saldana Vintage
Groom’s Suit: Macy’s
Hair: Julie Roe at Desinglines Salon and Spa
Flowers/Bouquets: Wisconsin Rapids Floral
Boutonnieres: Westerwisp
Makeup: Laura Nelson at Glow Aesthetics
Cake/Cupcakes: Cake by Pamela Jean
Tacos: Chef’s Kitchen
Beverages: Richard’s Liquor
Donuts/Cookies/Brownies: Kwik Trip (Hell yes!)

Maija + John // Backyard Wedding // Vesper Wisconsin

Maija and John are just good freaking people. They're the kind of people who honestly deserve happiness. They are funny and family oriented and from the moment you meet them they feel like your oldest friends. I'm obsessed with them. Whatever. I said it.
Maija and John balance each other out so well it's hard to believe there was ever a time when they weren't together. They are best buds who love traveling, seeing live music, and drinking beer. So yeah, they're my kind of people and I knew their wedding was gonna be pretty damn amazing. Honestly I would have been pissed if they had let someone else photograph it ;)

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Prep pictures are always some of my favorites. I love watching my couples hang out with their closest people. The excitement is contagious. 

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I had to climb onto the window ledge in my socks to hang Maija's dress up... totally worth it.

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Maija and John met at Jennings, so obviously they had to have their first look behind the bar. I 100% support this decision. 

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Weddings are.stressfuuul. Plain and simple. But the moment Maija saw John she went from anxious to totally and completely relaxed. That's why first looks are the best.

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This wedding party though!!! I already told Maija that I want her and John to have a party with their girls and guys so I can hang out with them again.

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Maija and John whispering and laughing during their ceremony!! I'm NOT crying!

I already said this but weddings are stressful. So I'm totally fine with breaking for drinks.

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I love seeing backyards get transformed into pure magic. All the greenery and cake on every table. Yup. It was gooooood.

I don't mean to brag, but my mom made those cakes. And those sugar flowers. If you want the most gorgeous and most delicious cakes. Pam is your lady!

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I hound all my couples to sneak away from the reception so we can take more awesome pictures. And obviously so they can make out.

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I only spent approximately 15 minutes off of the dance floor. Because these are the most fun photos and I like to party.

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Monica + Scott // Wedding at The Howard // Oshkosh Wisconsin

I always say that the vibe of the day is more important than the location and the couple's mood is more important than the decorations. But when you've got a gorgeous classy venue AND a kick ass couple it's reeeaaaal good.
I knew Monica and Scott were my kind of people the first time we met. They are goofy and easy going and compliment each other so well. Theirs was the first wedding since the eagles club in Oshkosh became The Howard. I'd say it was a pretty good premiere

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Every last detail was freaking perfect. And that romantic 1920's backdrop. God bless.  

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This. This right here is why I'm always encouraging couples to do a first look.
Scott's reaction is the best ever.

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The Howard is basically every photographer's dream come true. We took almost all of our pictures inside and thank goodness because this day was a hot one.

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I'm so so freaking glad I had my right hand lady/assistant extraordinaire/sister Hannah second shooting with me this day. She's like my other half and gets all the shots I would get if I could be in two places at once. 

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Hey couples! Just a word of advice, always always always sneak out after dinner. You'll want some time alone, the light is super pretty, and you'll probably be a little buzzed and more relaxed in front of the camera. I'm just here to help.

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And they told me Grandma doesn't smile for pictures ;)

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Every wedding day needs some cigar action