I photographed Michelle and Ian’s wedding at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on a beautiful fall day. Well okay– the day itself was a bit overcast and drizzly, but it made for some lovely lighting on the outdoor shots! Later, it was off to Swig in the Third Ward for an intimate reception. These two entered the room to a barrage of colorful pom pom yarn balls being tossed by their well-wishing friends and family–a fun deviation from the standard rice and rose petals.
Bryan and Chad’s wedding celebration at the Harley Davidson Museum was one of the most memorable events in my recent wedding photography memory, marked by an interesting mix of motorcycles and elegance. Not to mention the drag show that these two surprised their friends and family with later in the evening!
This week, I was honored to be featured as a contributor to an article on the Geneva National Resort website titled “Building a Wedding Photo Checklist: 5 Tips from Photographers.” Check out the original post here.
I just finished up an engagement shoot at one of the coolest places I’ve gotten to photograph so far: the Milwaukee Public Museum. The backdrop was a place that was near and dear to the hearts of the bride and groom-to-be: the Streets of Old Milwaukee. Since these two will be celebrating their big day at the museum this November, what better place to do an engagement session? Plus, there are few things in life more romantic than vintage backdrop portraying nostalgic early 20th century life. Or a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex replica.
Guest blogger Ramsey here, from Milwaukee Airwaves DJ and Lighting service. And if I were to give freshly engaged readers a nugget of advice, I offer a DJ’s perspective on the entertainment debate.
The toss up between selecting your brand of entertainment can be a tough call, but here is what I have come to know spending many years in the field. Bands are great. Live music can’t be beat. There is always a “wow” factor in having a band. However, when the success of your wedding depends on the entertainment of the night, Bands can be hit or miss.
Getting your guests on the floor, dancing and moving, a DJ can select songs that engage people, curating the night based on the momentum and energy of the crowd.Versus a band that may have a set playlist that can limit their versatility. They may be talented and play great music, but the majority of your guests end up enjoying the music from their seats, such as viewing a concert, then moving on the floor.
Hiring a DJ can really take you through the night as well. Acting as a Master of ceremonies and providing entertainment from your cocktail hour, dinner hour and dancing portion. Queuing you and your guests to specific songs and things of note, while helping create smooth transitions between speeches and special announcements. Vs. a band that may provide only two 75 minute sets.
Budget friendly. DJ services can be the more economical choice over a band which may include up to 8 members for a fraction of the performance time. And as you start putting together your budget and things start to add up, going with a reliable DJ service that can add ambiance and energy to your entire party from start to finish may be an easy choice. But in making any choice, do you research and ask around. Having a referral or a first hand reference to any option you may be considering can make your decision more sound.
Until then, happy planning.
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The last wedding of 2014 that I photographed was on New Years Eve for a great couple named Mary and Noah. These two have quite an interesting story: they met here in Milwaukee, where they’re both from, and soon after, Mary accepted a teaching job in Selawik, Alaska– a small town just north of the Arctic Circle! Noah followed shortly after, and the two have been there since, making the long back home this past December to celebrate their marriage amongst family and friends. Here are a few favorite shots from the wedding.
Floral arrangements may seem like a minor detail when planning a wedding, but the right arrangements can add a lot of dimension to the backdrop of your event. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Unconventional Arrangements: If you’re going the professional florist route, you can add visual texture with herbs, ornamental grasses, and a number of other plants not commonly found in most wedding bouquets. Florists can also incorporate personal touches into arrangements. A couple from a recent wedding that I photographed is into craft beer, so they added hops to the bridal bouquet and all the flower decorations on the tables. A really nice personal touch!
Farmer’s Market Flair: If you’d rather skip the florist altogether, one of my favorite ideas is coordinating with vendors at your local farmer’s market for arrangements. They will be very happy to customize your flowers, and often at a much lower price than what you’d pay for service a brick and mortar storefront. And they’ll use locally grown varieties, making a unique and personal connection to the place and season in which you’re getting married.
Bouquets that Aren’t Even Flowers: What if flowers aren’t your thing, you have allergies, or you want to forgo live arrangements altogether? One of my favorite bridal bouquets ever was one made of delicate balsa wood flowers. You can get a kit online and do something similar, with great results. And the best part? They last forever!
Doughnuts are a fabulous addition to any party, and especially a wedding. Milwaukee’s Holey Moley bakery creates some pretty fabulous doughnuts, ranging from coconut and fruit-filled to chocolate and bacon topped. The photos below are a spread created for a wedding reception. I’m getting hungry just looking at these!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Jenny and Blake at Bacchus in downtown Milwaukee. And what a great celebration it was! After the ceremony, the couple did an early afternoon brunch reception, with towers of artisan doughnuts from local bakery Holy Moley (the bacon topped ones were a crowd favorite).
One of the best parts about weddings is when couples add interesting details to really personalize their day. Jenny and Blake incorporated their love of craft beer into the day’s theme, with small oak barrels and hops decorating the tables. These two also have an awesome sense of humor, as evidenced by their unique cake topper (horse heads from renegade toy company Archie McPhee) and equally unique entrance into their reception wearing masks that matched the cake topper!
If you’re looking for some ideas for your wedding color scheme, why not use nature as inspiration? The next time you’re out on a walk through the neighborhood or local park, grab your smartphone or digital camera and gather some ideas from the world around you as a jumping off point for creating a color palette. You can organize your shots into a notetaking app such as Evernote, and even add notes for quick reference. You can also use an app such as Adobe Kuler or Color Picker to create individual and save color swatches that you can reference right from your phone.
Below are a few examples of nature-inspired color schemes according to the seasons.
Jen Janviere is a wedding and event photographer based in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood. In her spare time, she travels, blogs and plays with her indie garage band. [button button_text= "CONTACT" icon= "" icon_alignment= "left" url= "https://www.janvierephoto.com/contact" type= "small" alignment= "left" bg_color= "#333" hover_bg_color= "#333" color= "#ffffff" hover_color= "#333" border_width= "" border_color= "#333" hover_border_color= "" background_animation= "bg-animation-none" ]