Category Wedding Reception Venues

Part 2 | Kristin & Jason | La Crosse, WI wedding

And now on to the party! The last half of Kristin & Jason’s wedding was the celebration. A celebration it was!! Seriously, if every reception had the vibe as their’s, you could charge admission. Seriously! They had no shortage of fun!

Before heading to the reception, we made a quick stop at Animal House, for a quick drink with the wedding party. Since they are fairly recent owners of a Harley-Davidson, it was sheer coincidence that these Harleys were outside. A fitting but perfect photo op!

See more of Part 2 of this wedding

Weddings by Nancy – beautiful wedding reception details

All weddings are different – that’s a fact. From the couple being married, the dress, the suits, to the wedding venues and right on down to the food served.

It is your wedding. Make it spectacular in every way.

When you plan/planned your wedding, how did you decide the decor or theme of the wedding day? Did you have help or did you do it yourself?

When it comes to planning a wedding, a large part does come down to the details. As they say, “It’s all about the details”. If you’re looking to make a statement with your wedding and provide a beautiful atmosphere for your guests at your wedding or perhaps you just need a professional opinion, I suggest looking up Nancy Flottmeyer, Weddings by Nancy, in La Crosse, WI.

I recently had a client who used Weddings by Nancy for the management of their wedding day & wedding reception design and it was truly a remarkable thing to see. The reception was held at the Stony Creek Inn and while I’ve shot a number of receptions there, it’s never looked this good…


You can contact Nancy at:

400 Main Street | Historic Doerflinger Building | Mezzanine Level

La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | PH. 608-796-2257


This post also serves as a preview of my next wedding to be featured on the site from the end of August!! Be sure to check back!!!

Vineyards aren’t just in California anymore…

Oh yea, we’ve got them right here in the Mississippi River valley! Danzinger Vineyards & Winery in Alma, WI is now open and my clients just had their wedding reception held there.

And just like the vineyards in California, they make for a great place to shoot wedding portraits at!

Danzinger Vineyards wedding photo

See more from this wedding as well as more photos from the Danzinger Vineyards & Winery wedding reception!

Wedding Visions – Designing Signature Dreams

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? Or maybe looking for wedding ideas? I invite you to attend this upcoming open house bridal event of where I will be one of the featured wedding professionals taking place at Signatures Restaurant & Visions Event Center in Winona, Minnesota.

Here is an open invitation to any of you currently in the wedding planning process:

Wedding Visions
Designing Signature Dreams

Planning Possibilities with Quality

Congratulations on your Engagement!!!
Signatures Restaurant and Visions Event Center would like to cordially invite you to an open house bridal event on
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
6:30-9:00 PM.

-Meet with professionals in the wedding industry
-View various types of décor
-Sample wedding cake, wine and hors d’ oeuvres
-Gain inspiration for planning bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, golf outings, receptions, and gift opening brunches.
-Register for door prizes!
-Take advantage of contract bonuses!

We look forward to helping you plan your
Signature Event!

Michaela & Tim | Minneapolis, Minnesota wedding photographer

On August 7th, I traveled to the Twin Cities for the wedding of Michaela & Tim at the Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, MN. The weather wasn’t looking the greatest when I left town, but once I got halfway there, around Red Wing, the skies started to clear up. That’s always a good sign! What’s even better is that these two are young lovebirds. When I shot their engagement pictures in downtown St. Paul (in sub-freezing temps mind you) I could totally see this quality between them. Their love is their bond and you can see this in their photos… Continue reading for more on this Semple Mansion wedding in Minneapolis, MN

Sara & Andrew | Cottage Grove, Minnesota wedding photographer

June 26th, 2009 – I traveled to the Twin Cities for an outdoor wedding at Mississippi Dunes Golf Course in Cottage Grove, MN. Mississippi Dunes is located right off of the Mississippi River and makes for a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.

Mississippi Dunes outdoor wedding | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

bubbles on chair | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Keep reading about this Cottage Grove, MN wedding

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

Last Saturday’s wedding reception was designed by Weddings By Nancy and held at the elegant Cargill Room of The Waterfront Restaurant in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It’s located right on the Mississippi River, directly across from Pettibone Park beach, at the south end of Riverside Park. With over a 180 degree view of the river, you also have a perfect view of the Cass Street & Cameron Avenue bridges looking downriver.

If you haven’t been able to attend an event held there, let me share some photos with you. It is definitely one of the most picturesque wedding venues in the La Crosse area.

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

wedding reception at The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI

This is the beginning of ongoing posts for those of you who are planning weddings. I will show a few photos of different wedding venues to provide an inside look of the different options available to you. As I bring you inside of each wedding I shoot, and all the love & emotion within them, allow me to bring you inside the locations where all the fun happens!

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A quick note – I’ve added a page where I’ll be compiling information & links to venues and/or vendors that may be able to help in your wedding planning. Currently it mainly has outdoor wedding ceremony locations and wedding reception venues/sites as well as a florist & a wedding planner, but I hope to continually expand to the list as I get time. Just a quick list I’ve made off the top of my head, but again, I do hope to add many more links and info! See the list by clicking the link below or through on the link in the right-hand column:

Wedding Planning & Resources

If you have a suggestion, please let me know!