Elegant Summer Wedding at The La Crosse Center

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Katie and Nolan’s wedding carried the perfect balance of family fun, beautiful religious traditions and a sweet treat everybody loves: ice cream. They held a Catholic mass for the ceremony, followed by a reception at the La Crosse Center. Scroll down to see the wedding through my eyes!

elegant wedding details la crosse weddingGetting ready for the big day was a blast to photograph, and I have to compliment Katie’s taste. The bride’s stunning dress, shoes and jewelry all blended so beautifully and she had a really neat custom acrylic ring box. arcylic ring box with wedding rings bride getting ready with mom and step momI arrived at the church for a first-look moment with the bridesmaids and family, and I have to admit I was emotional. Katie’s parents are remarried, and she has a special relationship with all four of her parents.first look reaction with bridesmaids at church bride and bridesmaids at church smiling wearing purpleShe did a first look moment with both her biological father and her stepfather, a moment that ended with tears and star-studded looks from both men. It was really heartwarming to see the two men support the child they love so deeply.
bride first look with dad bride putting boutonniere on her dad before wedding special moment step mom holding hands with daughterNolan and his mother shared their own time together, and you could see the pride on her face as she prepared for the family’s first wedding.grooms mom putting boutonniere on son bride walking down the aisle with her dad at St. Pat's OnalaskaHer dad and step-dad split the walk down the aisle, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the building for that handoff. step dad and dad shaking hands walking bride up the aisle bride and groom looking at each other during church ceremonyThe monsignor for the mass was Katie’s uncle. That brought a really cool touch, especially as you could see them smile together as the couple traded sweet looks and giggles while they were blessed.

Watching the blessing brought me back to my wedding day and the blessing that Ben and I had, a moment that I hold so dear to my heart. Being able to relate to a couple through that blessing was a really special thing.

Ben and I each captured different angles of the blessing, which can be a bonus of having us as your photographers—we can quite literally be in two places at once. bride and groom receiving blessing during church service exchanging rings catholic ceremony wedding exchanging rings catholic ceremony wedding bridesmaids and groomsmen standing in front of church catholic ceremony bridesmaids holding flowers during wedding ceremony bride and groom kneeling at ceremonyThere were guests from nearly every aspect of their lives at the ceremony, and two of Katie’s guests were actually our past clients from their own weddings. We always love to see the people we’ve photographed, so always come and say hello if you see us! full look of wedding at st. pat's onalaska great grandma holding brand new baby recessional bride and groom after getting married bride and groom exiting recessional catholic church weddingWe stopped at the gazebo on Lake Onalaska in which Nolan proposed to Katie, which allowed us to fulfill this outdoors picture wish for the couple and bring that moment full circle, too.bride and groom smiling portrait outside lake onalaskaThe lake created a wonderful portrait background for us, and their look was effortless on their big day. By making jokes with the couple and establishing a relationship, I was able to get real smiles out of the newlyweds. bride and groom smiling portrait outside lake onalaska bride and groom smiling portrait outside lake onalaskaRain did not bring any gloom to the day, and we used some creativity to still take outdoor portraits. The darker background also helped some colors to pop in our pictures. bride and groom smiling portrait outside lake onalaksa bride and groom smiling portrait outside lake onalaksa bride and groom smiling portrait outside lake onalaksa bride laughing and looking down smiling deep v-neck dress with veilNolan admitted he struggles to smile for photos, but Katie brought smiles out of him all day. bride and groom smiling portraitcandle centerpiece on black table clothbride and groom frist dance at the la crosse center bride and groom frist dance at the la crosse centerKatie’s dad brought his own light. He owns a DJ company, and he emceed parts of the night. The way he held his daughter during their father-daughter dance is a picture that still gets me emotional to this day.father sweet daughter dance cuddling father daughter dancemother son dance groom mom first dancegrandma kissing at weddingThey had ice cream from the Pearl, and who doesn’t love some ice cream and beer? flower girl and family dancing bride and little girl smiling on dance floor brides parents dancing on the dance floorDad showed off his moves, and the family and friends joined him in owning the dance floor. father dancing open dance floorTheir dance party was full of family and drinks were flowing well. The music was loud and the family was proud. open dance floor flower girlWe ended the night with some sweet silhouette photos for a romantic feel. I love this one! sunset portrait of bride and groom silhouetteKatie and Nolan LOVED the photos. At their reveal session, I helped the couple order a photo collage for their wall. This gives them numerous portraits in their home to commemorate their favorite moments. I helped them pick those out and arrange the portraits, something I love to help with!

This wedding was so personal and connected for everyone there, and I am so thankful that they trusted me to be part of it. Congratulations to Katie and Nolan!

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