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I met Rachael and Jason for the first time just four days before their wedding day... and they are absolutely awesome! Fun, funny, totally in love with each other, in other words, an ideal couple! And, let's not forget to mention their family and friends!

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Each wedding I try to come up with a 'different' way of photographing wedding details. St. John Sacred Heart Church has beautiful windows... I used them as the backdrops. 

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Rachael seeing herself in the mirror for the first time :)

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A sweet moment with parents and her sisters.

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Rachael and Jason wanted to do a 'corner shot.' That's when the couple are in the same room, but choose not to see each other. The bridal room didn't have any good corners ;) so I had to get creative and use closet doors as the divider.

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Adorable flower girl!

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I have been photographing weddings for thirteen years and this is the first time when the bride and the groom sat in two different aisles. Although a little bit different, it created a different point of view during the ceremony.

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This sums it up... I love this photograph!

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The bridal party took a short drive to High Cliff State Park in Sherwood. The portraits turned out beautifully. 

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It's their college tradition...

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The reception took place at the Bridgewood Resort Hotel. From vintage cake topper to flowers from Phase2 Floral to the music band, The Presidents... it was a perfect night!

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Thank you, Rachael and Jason, for making me a part of your wedding day. It was perfect!

Dziekuje!

Magdalena & Derek - St. Margaret Mary Church wedding ceremony and Bridgewood Resort reception photographer - Neenah, WI

The majority of my bridal couples hold their weddings in Fox Valley but reside elsewhere; Magdalena and Derek are one of those couples and they came all the way from sunny California. 

Bridal details...

I love photographing first look -- bride and groom or bride and her bridesmaids. It's always a fun moment!

The ceremony took place at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah. What a beautiful place for a wedding mass.

A sweet moment between newlyweds... 

Friends and family :)

Magdalena and Derek took their out-of-state bridal party to Riverside Park in Neenah. 

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Magdalena, my second Polish bride to photograph (the first was my sister, also a Magdalena).

The ever so sunny Riverside Park in Neenah.

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The reception took place at Bridgewood Hotel Resort in Neenah.

The sharing of the bread, salt and wine is an old Polish tradition. At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom, greet the newly married couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine.

With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children will never hunger or be in need. With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to cope with life's struggles. With the wine, they are hoping that the couple will never thirst and wish that they have a life of good health, and good cheer and share the company of many good friends.

The parents then kiss the newly married couple as a sign of welcome, unity and love.

Madzia and Derek's first dance before their delicious dinner.

Thank you, Magdalena and Derek, for making me a part of your beautiful wedding day. And, I have to say, it was fun talking to my bridal couple in Polish!

Dziekuje!

Laura & Adam - Our Savior's Lutheran Church ceremony/Bridgewood Resort reception wedding photographer - Appleton/Neenah, WI

Last Friday couldn't come fast enough... it was Laura and Adam's wedding day! And even though it had rained all week, they had the most wonderful weather Wisconsin can offer this time of year!

Bridal bling...

The lovely welcome committee :)

Laura and Adam's furry babies... Clementine and Ghost!

Laura's sister, Sarah, helped the bride to get ready. 

One of the sweetest bridesmaids' reaction to a bride. ever.

Laura's babies are soooooo cute!

With her dad...

First look is always fun to photograph...

The ceremony took place at the Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

The father of the bride looking over the couple.

Before heading to their reception at the Bridgewood Resort Hotel in Neenah, we headed to Plamann Park for bridal party photos. 

There is a story behind it, but it's not mine to share.

Found this gorgeous spot of afternoon light for this gorgeous couple. 

Thank you, Laura and Adam, for making me a part of your wedding celebration. Thank you for your kind words! It's been a pleasure working with you!! :)

Dziekuje!

Appleton photographer's favorite photos - 2015 - wedding photography

Here are just several of my favorite images from the 2015 wedding season. To be honest, I have many, many more... it's so hard to have just one or two  (but that's a good problem to have).

Getting ready in all its details:

The first look...

Ceremonies

Bridal portait

The newlyweds!