North Central Wisconsin Senior & Portrait Photographers James & Katie Stokes Located in Medford, Wisconsin // Vintage
I had the pleasure of meeting Tim and Dani at Olbrich Gardens for their engagement session in Madison,WI this past June. Their unique style as a couple and vibrant personalities made for a fun-filled shoot. I couldn’t help but look forward to their wedding day.
Tim and Dani met under the willow tree before the ceremony and exchanged hand written letters to each other. This was one of the sweetest things we have ever seen. We strongly recommend this; totally wish we had done this ourselves. How incredibly special to witness their first look! Dani spent a great deal of effort in planning the details of her day. Old books served as decorative centerpieces placed on brown burlap runners. Wildflowers in mason jars adorned the tables and hung from the chairs in the lawn. A handmade mason jar chandelier hung over the center of the barn wood dance floor. Instead of having a unity candle, sand ceremony, or wine box, these two watered a small pine tree during the middle of their wedding ceremony. A unique alternative that fit perfectly and will grow as they do.Their dear friend Chris officiated the ceremony, which was filled with personal anecdotes and spoke candidly of their love for one another over the years of their relationship. Their journey is just beginning together as husband and wife!Live music at a wedding is always a treat, but it is even better when they are your band mates. Their band friendship is a huge part of their story; we could help but be mesmerized by the organic sound that reverberated in the rafters. Their talent was an added bonus to an already incredible day. Tim, a talented Tattoo artist and musician, found a partner in Dani, a personal trainer/graphic designer/ roller derby athlete. Together they make one amazing duo! Nearing the end of the night their guests gathered with sparklers in hand, creating a glowing arch of light and cheer. Tim and Dani ran off into the night, drinks in hand. We caught up with them at the Volk Wagon Bus!
It was such an incredible pleasure to be able to photograph their rustic backyard barn wedding at Willow Pond. Katie and I hold this venue dear to our hearts as it is where we had our reception over six years ago! It feels like home every time we come back to photograph another couple enjoying the space that continues to grow in beauty and diversity.
Thank you both for making us apart of your epic celebration.
Wisconsin Wedding Photographers
Reception Venue: Willow Pond Bed, Breakfast, & Events
Culinary: Ma’s Bakery
Dress Store: Vera’s Bridal
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Nedrebo’s Formal Wear
Favors and Gifts: Rural Route 1
Floral Designer: Trader Joe’s
Hair Stylist: Moxie Hair Salon
Interested in having your own barn wedding? Here is a list of Wisconsin Barn Wedding Venues
Crystal is expecting in a few months and has never had bump/maternity photographs taken. Her daughter Brin came along for the ride and we are sure glad she did. I know that some day these will mean a great deal to all those who discover them. This shoot has a slight vintage flare to go with the abandoned Utah Farm and rustic landscape. Crystal looks like she could be right off the pages of a 50’s lifestyle magazine. Her hair is killer.
There is something about the way the sun reflects off the earth out there that is so different from here in Wisconsin. I always wish I could have spend a few days just with my camera – like I did when I was a teenager. I use to shoot rolls of Fuji 400 film when I visited my family in Emery County, Utah. The muted colors and the desert is such a contrast to the landscape of the midwest. I hope to take on many more commissions in the west, maybe someday it will become my home away from home.
Jake and Lianne tied the knot this past Saturday at United Methodist Church in Wisconsin Rapids. When I first met Lianne, I knew that her wedding was going to be everything I dream of photographing: vintage styling, old cards, epically long veils, classic romantic pieces, and an untraditional bride and groom to match. Simply, it rocked! The first sunny weekend in 2013 served as the backdrop for the beginning of their life together as husband and wife. A simple exchange of rings and a message of friendship united these two in front of friends and family. The flower girl and ring bearer stole the show with their innocent charm and adorable smiles. Awaiting their departure from the church, the bride and groom- with their bridal party- were met with three Model A Fords ready to take them to the South Wood County Historical Museum. Downton Abbey served as inspiration for their afternoon formals. We had some fun! Prom had nothing on this bunch. Siblings without inhibitions always make the best of bridesmaids and groomsmen. A nesting mother mallard stood guard over her nest as guests entered the Hotel Mead and Conference Center. Pink Lemonade and bruschetta were among the cocktail hour delights enjoyed by guests. (they were delicious as was the entire meal! A serious perk of the trade.) Frank Sinatra filled the Hotel Mead’s Riverside Ballroom during a heartfelt father-daughter dance. Towards the end of the night, J&L changed into their evening attire, a tradition my grandparents shared as they escaped off to their honeymoon. Guests left well-wishes and photo-booth images as momentos of a beautiful day with words of encouragement. I hope these photographs serve as a wonderful reminder of the day you became one!