Visited with Mikey at home and ran around downtown Eau Claire. Kate Bentley for Keelan Rogue in Downtown EC.
We had the warmest summer light and the most perfect Wisconsin breeze off of the lake for this wedding celebration at Lake Wissota Golf.
Best. Day. Ever.
Wisconsin Lakeside Wedding Venue | Lake Wissota Golf & Events
Romantic Floral Design | Allure
Delicious Wedding Cake | Buttercream
Professional Wedding DJ | All Occasions
Wedding Day Hair | Saylon Seven
Flawless Wedding Makeup | Blue Eye Studio
My geeky heart grew three sizes the moment I saw the Doctor Who cake.
My favorite pieces from Annika + Ryan’s wedding day: The emotional getting ready moments with Annika and her mother that left all three of us in tears. The mismatched grown up bow ties for the groomsmen from The Tie Bar. The emotion as Annika walked herself down the aisle towards Ryan. Tardis blue bridesmaid dresses! The beautiful speeches by their family members. Hello, milk and cookie buffet!! The fun sunglasses for the wedding party. Annika’s laughter filled the day. The way Ryan looks at Annika. They way they bonded through nerdiness and geekdom (two of my favorite qualities). All of their families loved having their portraits taken and truly wanted their memories to be documented the entire day! It took two bridesmaids and an engineer with pliers to bustle the dress. That sunset session tho…
the vendor team
In Katelandia, I talk a lot about connection and building relationships not only in daily life, but the importance in connecting with your wedding vendors. To me, connection is at the very heart of wedding photography. Your wedding day is truly a celebration and I’m along for the ride during the most intimate moments. I want you to know that I’m here to hug it out through happy tears or laugh right along with you. It’s truly important to me that you know my smiling face and not just my giant camera on your wedding day. During the planning process, I really got to know Amanda + Roger over donuts, over beers and the conversations in between. We laughed, we cried, and we powered through any stressful moments together. This is what happens when you hire a vendor team that makes you comfortable and truly loves on you throughout the day. Thank to you Team Awesome (their names and websites are below) for making this day so joyful to photograph. Thank you to their families for letting us share in such a beautiful day with you.
My favorites: Amanda hand selected all of the brooches for all of the bouquets and made each one truly unique. The magnetic backs on all of the boutinneres by Jennifer Joyce Design made for the fastest “pinning” EVER. The chicken hat family wedding tradition during the chicken dance! Amanda and her dad had their first dance on roller skates (which a tribute to her mom and dad’s first dance at their own wedding!!). The kissing menu made for lots of fun candids to get the couple to kiss. The beautiful church doors that Amanda’s dad built. The vintage car and getting to sneak away for portraits with my favorite light. Getting to hug it out with Amanda as she wrote her vows before the ceremony. Seeing a table set for all of the vendors that helped make her day special. Getting thanked by Amanda’s dad in his welcome speech along with the rest of Team Awesome. Laughter, laughter and more laughter. The lock ceremony where they threw away the keys! Amanda’s purple chucks, because comfort is important. The clock photo because that moment in time was just perfection.
the vendor team
floral designer | jennifer joyce design
lighting + entertainment | ignite lighting + entertainment
officiant | rev sandra mckinney
stationary | andra delores design
dessert artist | bo-jo’s creations
venue | eau claire golf + country club
photobooth | the joy booth
Grab an old fashioned and hold on to your hearts, because this wedding was full of laughter from the start.
Some of my favorites: Kyleigh’s flower crown for the reception, brandy old fashioned signature drink (hello, Wisconsin!), purple bow ties, funky socks, laughter that made my cheeks hurt, the Star Wars tattoo, the light during portraits was incredible, Kyleigh’s face during the cake cutting when the top tier fell on the table, the entire wedding party was rad, and the dance party!!
Thank you so much, Kyleight + Taylor, for including me on your wedding day!