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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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Two May 2010 weddings booked recently!

Just an update on my wedding photographer services availability – I’ve booked two more weddings for May 2010 which are now unavailable. The dates are as follows:

  • May 15th, 2010 – a Winona, MN wedding
  • May 22nd, 2010 – a Winona, MN wedding

This now puts me at six weddings booked for 2010. Remember, I do limit the amount of weddings I shoot each year!!

2010 wedding dates booked

I want to post an update regarding my wedding photographer services for 2010. As of this past weekend, I currently have four weddings booked for 2010. Here are the dates that are currently unavailable for weddings:

  • June 19th – Winona, Minnesota
  • August 14th, – Winona, Minnesota area
  • September 25th – Alma, Wisconsin
  • October 2nd, 2010 – Winona, Minnesota

Remember, I only shoot a limited amount of weddings each year to provide each of my clients the best possible service I can. If you’re planning a wedding or know of someone who is looking for a wedding photographer – here’s some links with more info:

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER services no longer available for October 10th, 2009!!!


The October 10th, 2009 date has been booked. As of 2/20/2009, I am no longer booking anymore 2009 weddings unless a date should open up again. Thank you for understanding.

As of February 6th, 2009 – the October 10th, 2009 date has been reopened for a wedding photographer booking. If you or someone you know is looking for a wedding photographer, please contact me!

Do not wait long, I have a feeling this date will go fast…

; )

2010 wedding photographer availability

As some of you know, I’m currently sold out for 2009 weddings and not booking any more this year. However, if you’re planning a wedding for 2010 and interested in my wedding photographer services, I strongly suggest not waiting too long to inquire!! I’ve already received numerous 2010 wedding inquiries and the chances of completely filling up next year by this Fall is quite possible.

2010 weddings:

  • May 22nd – strong interest
  • August 14th – booked
  • September 25th – strong interest
  • October 2nd – booked

If you or someone you know has expressed interest in my wedding photography, please feel free to inquire. You can always check your date to the left in my date checker. Remember, it costs nothing to inquire!

Also, if you’re looking for a 2009 wedding photographer, I do have a few photographer friends that I can refer you to. Shoot me an email to info [at]

Wedding planning information

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!

2009 Wedding season is almost booked!

Hello to all of you wonderful people! I wanted to address an issue that I’ve been experiencing lately regarding 2009 weddings. My wedding photographer services are in VERY HIGH DEMAND – as of December 19th, 2008 – I have 25 weddings booked for the 2009 season and 1 wedding for the 2010 season. I’ve been receiving many inquiries for my wedding photographer services on dates that I’ve already been booked for. I will do my best to help find a photographer for you if I am booked or become booked.

To see if I’m booked on a date that you’re planning your wedding, you can check your date directly to the right of this post in the right-hand column where it says “Check My Availability”. Plug in your month, day, year, click on “check availability” and it will open up to new screen telling you whether or not I would be available on your planned wedding day. If I am available, the screen will ask for simple contact info from you so I can contact you by email and/or phone. Don’t be scared – you’re not signing up for spam mail or mailing list, it’s simply a way I can contact you about your wedding photography needs. It really works out slick and many of my current clients have used it. It is updated in real-time, so no matter when you check it, it is up to date.

Don’t forget to check out the sweet, custom wedding album designs I can create for you made from some of the industry’s best & top products!

Need a wedding florist? Check out Nola’s Flowers in Winona, MN!

Wedding portrait of bride in Wabasha, MN - Shannon Porter Photography | Wedding bouquet by Nola's Flowers - Winona, MN

Nola’s Flowers has a tremendous variety of fresh cut flowers, bouquets, roses, and balloons for all your special occasions, delivered fast from her central location in downtown Winona, MN. She offers same day delivery of flower bouquets, flower arrangements, roses, house plants, and lots, lots more!

Take a minute to view her beautiful collection of flowers, balloons, and other fine gifts. An updated selection of Nola’s freshest creations and specials is located at the bottom of the Nola’s Flowers website.
wedding & event florist in Winona, MN - Nola's Flowers

Nola’s Flowers LLC
159 Main Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Sunday: Normally closed, but open by special arrangement, including delivery

Minnesota & Wisconsin area and Destination wedding photographer