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Vanessa & Andy | Minnesota & Wisconsin wedding photographer

June 20th, 2009 – For my second wedding of the weekend, I was back in Minnesota in La Crescent for the wedding ceremony at the La Crescent United Methodist Church and then over to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the reception.

I first met Vanessa & Andy here in Winona at the Acoustic Cafe and knew that they would be fun couple to shoot. They are fun & outgoing and they have a little daughter who is just darling. We then met up a few months later for their engagement pictures and I knew that they and their wedding day would make some great photos.

Did I happen to mention that they had ten people on each side for their bridal party? Big and super fun!! The more, the merrier – right?!

I started with Andy and the guys first as he and Vanessa did not want to see each other prior to the wedding. After taking the guy’s photos, they were going to leave the church and come back for the start of the ceremony. Before we finished, I saw their daughter for the first time and all dressed up and ready to go…

daughter of bride & groom as miniature bride | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Soon after, I went into the ladies dressing room to get some shots of Vanessa getting her dress on and her final preparations before taking her & the bridesmaids’ formals. Once we finished, it was time for the four kids to receive their gifts for being part of the wedding. It was like Christmas time…

miniature bride receiving wedding day gift | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

While waiting for the ceremony, Vanessa & her mother shared a touching moment and had to fight back tears…

Bride & mother fighting back tears | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

During the ceremony, the kids were very well behaved!

younger members of the bridal party | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Other than some unexpected orange socks (hilarious – by the way), the ceremony went perfectly. After family & bridal party portraits, Vanessa got bustled up before heading to a local bar for some pre-reception drinks & fun…

bride getting bustled | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Father & daughter played a little foosball too…

father & daughter playing foosball | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After some photos at Riverside Park, we arrived at the La Crosse Center Ballroom for their wedding reception. Before cutting the cake, Andy learned not to mess with Vanessa.

Ever.

Especially when she’s holding a knife…

listen to your wife when she's holding a knife | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Everything was color coordinated, even down to the flasks…

pink flask by bride's bouquet | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Not too long after, it was time for the dance to begin. Their first dance was beautiful…

first wedding dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

…especially once their daughter came running out to them…

first family dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

dancing with their daughter | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Then it was Vanessa’s turn to dance with her father, who just finished reading a poem to her, which he wrote himself.

father/daughter dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

The dollar dance was fun to watch. In the end, Vanessa received more money and the Matron of Honor rubbed it in to the Best Man…

bride celebrates after dollar dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Things were really getting fun after the Grand March…

groom during Grand March | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

partying during Grand March | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

The garter removal and toss were fun to watch as well – check out the socks…

groom sliding in to remove garter | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After a full ten hours of shooting and fun it was time for me to go, but it really was a great day. Perhaps we’ll run into each other in La Crescent again. I wish you both the best, Vanessa & Andy. I hope you both never forget the love you felt on this day. May each day be filled with fun & even more love…

bride & groom portrait at Riverside Park | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

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Emily & Doug wedding photographer | La Crosse, Wisconsin

Last Saturday, I met up with Emily & Doug at Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI to start their wedding pictures. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! They hadn’t seen each other up until this point and the park was a perfect place for it. After their “first sight” we proceeded into group bridal party photos and then spent a little time with just the two of them…

Riverside Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin wedding photo | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

We then headed to First Evangelical Lutheran Church for their wedding ceremony. I spotted this interesting angle before the ceremony…

First Evangelical Lutheran Church - La Crosse, Wisconsin wedding photo | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After that, we went to the reception which was held at the La Crosse Country Club.

guest sign-in book at the La Crosse Country Club | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

a nice shot of the wedding rings…

the wedding rings | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Soon after, we headed outside for a few more portraits…

a kiss with sun rays | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

I enjoyed the short amount of time I shared with you on your wedding day, Emily & Doug. I’m so happy for you both! Congrats again!

Bride & Groom at La Crosse Country Club | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

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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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Shannen & Nick wedding photographer | La Crosse, Wisconsin

It was a beautiful Spring day last Saturday for my wedding in La Crosse, WI which was held at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish. Once I arrived, we started right in with pictures as Shannen & Nick decided to see each other prior to the wedding ceremony as well as get all formals done beforehand. It’s always a nice moment when the bride & groom see other for the first time and its normally staged. Even though it’s staged, it doesn’t prevent such beautiful emotion between to people.

They saw each other outside since the weather was so nice and here’s a nice little moment between them…

Bride and groom seeing each other for the first time in La Crosse, WI

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Betsy & Matt wedding photographer | La Crosse, Wisconsin

After sunny 90 degree temperatures on Friday, clouds & cooler temps moved in for last Saturday’s wedding in La Crosse, WI. There was also very good chances for rain. However, even with the colder air and rain, everything just seemed to work perfectly for Betsy and Matt’s wedding.

It seemed that every time we wanted to go outside for pictures, it either stopped raining or was just the slightest drizzle. During the ceremony, it rained. Afterwards, it stopped. Then as we drove to Traditions Restaurant for some photos, it rained pretty hard. Once we got there, it stopped. We drove to the La Crosse Country Club, it rained. Again, once we got there, it stopped. Then after we went inside for dinner, it rained again. Everything just fell into place for them on their wedding day.

Not to mention that on Friday night, there was a fire in the building connected to the store that held Matt’s tux and it just ended up with a little smoke smell that an early morning dry cleaning took care of. Read more about this La Crosse Wisconsin wedding

La Crosse Country Club wedding picture

A quick picture from last Saturday’s wedding…

After the wedding ceremony at First Congregational Church in La Crosse, WI – we stopped at Traditions Restaurant in Onalaska, WI for a few photos and then arrived at the La Crosse Country Club for the wedding reception. Here’s a photo I captured before we entered the clubhouse…

wedding day photo at La Crosse Country Club in La Crosse, Wisconsin

I’ll be adding a post and more photos about the wedding later, so be sure to check back soon!

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