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Part 1 | Kristin & Jason | La Crosse, WI wedding

At the end of August, something pretty awesome happened. Kristin & Jason got married.

The weather was perfect. The venues were perfect. The excitement was in the air. Nothing was going to stop this train.

Needless to say, I may not have too much to say as there’s so many photos to show. Which may seem odd, as I usually ramble on about something. This time the photos are going to “ramble on”…

Kristin & Jason chose not to see each other beforehand as we started out at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman, a beautiful church in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin. Kristin and her bridesmaids were buzzing around as they were all preparing for the wedding ceremony…

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Bekky & Mike | La Crosse, WI wedding

When you love someone, that love should be permanent.

Just like the tattoos that Bekky & Mike have. They even got matching tattoos during their honeymoon to observe the date that they married. I think that’s pretty sweet.

It was pretty hot the day of their wedding and everyone made it through it just fine. The heat didn’t prevent them from having a great time with other, just as a wedding should be.

As we awaited for the last few members of the wedding party, I thought that would be a great time to get some nice portraits of Bekky. I felt her choices of colors were a perfect match for her look…

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Amber & Jordan wedding pictures in La Crosse, Wisconsin

The first wedding of my double-header wedding weekend two weeks ago was in La Crosse, WI at Pettibone Resort. Not only was there a marriage happening, but there was a family being formed. You see on Mother’s Day, Jordan proposed to Amber while they were on a walk in the woods with Amber’s 4 year old daughter. He not only asked her to be his wife – he also turned to Amber’s daughter and asked her if he could marry her mommy. That’s beautiful. Equally beautiful, they now share another daughter together – cute as can be at 8 months old. So not only was I shooting a wedding, but I was witness to a family of four become one. Continue to see more of their wedding pictures

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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Ashley & Tony wedding engagement photographer – La Crosse, Wisconsin

Smiles are contagious. It’s official. A smile can make anybody’s face just shine with happiness…

March 21st, 2009 – I traveled down to La Crosse, Wisconsin to meet up with my 2009 wedding clients, Ashley & Tony, for their wedding engagement picture session. It was a nice, sunny Spring morning and a great day for some photos! Here’s a few pictures from our time together…

I love it when I see two people in love, smiling so big when they look at each other. With these two, it was natural for them…

La Crosse WI wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse WI wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

I’m totally diggin’ these smiles – don’t you!?!? Pretty cute couple to boot…

La Crosse WI wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

I’m looking forward to being your wedding photographer in July!!!

La Crosse WI wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Jane & Kevin wedding photographer | La Crosse, Wisconsin

October 18th, 2009 – I traveled to La Crosse, WI on a cool, foggy Saturday morning to the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman to photograph the wedding of my clients, Jane & Kevin, from Chicago, IL. Jane was originally from La Crosse and came home for her wedding.

One thing I notice when it happens to be cool or cold outside on a wedding day, is when I arrive at my location, the temperature doesn’t seem to bother anybody. I wonder if that’s from the love between two people about to get married…. that I just do not know for sure, but it is something that I notice.

After Jane & Kevin saw each other for the first time, I started with their portraits prior to the wedding ceremony. The Cathedral is a beautiful church…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

After the ceremony, they both proudly walked down the aisle as husband & wife…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

After family & bridal party portraits, before going to The Waterfront Restaurant for the wedding reception, we headed to Riverside Park for some outdoor photos to capture some of the beautiful autumn colors. I can tell that these two are so much in love, always looking at each other & smiling…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

We then arrived at The Waterfront and after greeting their guests individually, dinner and toasts – it was time for their dance to begin. They provided dance instructors to teach the guests swing dancing! They also had a seven piece live band to play music to fit…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

After the swing dancing lessons, it was time for Jane & Kevin’s first dance. I could tell they took a few lessons at some point as it was a beautiful first dance…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

And then the dancefloor opened up to all the guests and they danced the night away. I could tell a good time was had by all…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

It was such a pleasure to be of service to you both, Jane & Kevin! I thank you for allowing me to share your beautiful wedding day with each of you and all of your family & friends! I wish you both a happy & healthy future full of love together…

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La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

Lindsay & Scott wedding photographer – La Crosse, Wisconsin

October 4th, 2008 – It was a beautiful Autumn day and just perfect for an outdoor wedding at the International Gardens at Riverside Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While you could hear the sounds & music from Oktoberfest a few blocks away, you could tell that the Fall season was upon us. Almost a year to the day, Scott had surprised and proposed to Lindsay at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN – where they have a photo and plaque displayed there. Scott wanted me to shoot the proposal for him that day, however, I had a wedding already booked for that day. No matter, their wedding was a beautiful one, in a beautiful setting, with beautiful weather, filled with family & close friends and most of all – two people in love.

I started with Scott and the groomsmen as Lindsay was arriving at the start of the cermony. Here is Scott’s best man getting his collar adjusted by Lindsay’s brother, who was her “man of honor”…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

If you ever go to Riverside Park, you need to visit the International Gardens, which is located on the north end of the Park. It’s a beautifully landscaped area. The scene of the ceremony was very natural…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

They both wrote letters to each other to be read by the officiant during the ceremony. Such beautiful words were read and tears of happiness ran down Lindsay’s cheek while Scott’s letter was read to her…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After the ceremony, we finished up pictures with the bridal party and family. While taking Lindsay & Scott’s portraits, I noticed the sun shining between them after I had told them to hold hands. The end result is a very beautiful image…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Even though the leaves still hadn’t completely changed, there was still a few which had already fallen off the trees, which made for a perfect Autumn themed portrait…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

They then boarded the La Crosse Queen for their wedding reception paddleboat cruise. It was a brisk, autumn evening on the Mississippi River, however it did not stop the guests from having a wonderful time. Whether inside or out, everyone had a great time celebrating Lindsay & Scott’s marriage. Here’s a shot of their first dance…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Then a good amount of people headed to the upper level and braved the cool autumn night air and danced the night away as we floated up & down the Mississippi River until we docked back at the La Crosse levee.

I was pleased to be a part of your beautiful wedding, Lindsay & Scott. I wish you both many more days of happiness & love together and hope every day is the next best day for each of you!

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La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Jessica & Dave wedding photographer – La Crosse, Wisconsin

August 15th, 2008 – I headed downriver again to La Crosse, WI for Friday’s wedding at the Roncalli Newman Center on the UW-La Crosse campus. It really was a great day to get outside and take some outdoor pictures too. The weather was “picture perfect”.

Jessica & Dave chose not to see each other prior to the wedding ceremony so I started with Jessica and her bridesmaids first. We had to keep it short outside as Dave was to show up any minute. Here’s a nice black & white portrait of the ladies in front of the Roncalli Newman Center…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After about an hour of photos, Jessica had to go downstairs to hide as I was going to finish up portraits with Dave & his groomsmen before the ceremony started. Here’s an enhanced, fun photo of the guys taken in the alley…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After finishing up with pictures, Dave waited for the start of the ceremony in a separate room near the sanctuary . Jessica and her bridesmaids waited & added last-minute finishing touches downstairs until it was time for the wedding to begin. Here’s a glimpse of Jessica coming upstairs as the bridal party looks on in this black & white photo…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

As the wedding ceremony began, there was a few tears shed but lots of happiness as well. The officiant had their full attention during the ceremony…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

The blessing & exchanging of the rings…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After the wedding ceremony, they snuck away and were all smiles as they headed downstairs…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After formal family & bridal pictures, we headed across the street to the UW-La Crosse campus to take some photos near the location where they first met. I think it’s really special to incorporate those little things with my client’s photos. Sometimes what seems insignificant to one, can be very significant to another. On the way back, we got a nice shot with the ceremony site in the background…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We then headed through La Crosse to make a few more stops at different locations for some unique wedding photos before heading to Pettibone Resort for their reception…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After the dinner, toasts, speeches, some more outdoor portraits and a few family shots – it was time for the dance to begin. They started with the father/daughter & mother/son dance which led into Jessica & Dave’s first dance together as husband & wife. It was very nice moment for them…

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

All in all, it was a great wedding to be apart of. I thank you both, Jessica & Dave, for having me share your wedding with you as your wedding photographer. I hope you both are enjoying the nice, sandy beaches of Florida as I type this!! Congrats again & I wish you the best!

La Crosse wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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Emily & Doug engagement portrait photographer – La Crosse, WI

August 3rd, 2008 – Twelve hours after Saturday’s wedding in La Crosse, WI – I headed back to La Crosse to meet one of my 2009 wedding clients at Riverside Park to shoot their engagement portrait session. Engagement sessions are pretty different than the actual wedding day as we are not necessarily rushed for time, nor is their time schedules we need to deal with and usually don’t worry about getting a little dirty from sitting on the ground/etc. It can be a lot of fun and a lot less stressful. I feel its a great way to accomplish two main things – creating beautiful portraits of a couple in which they most likely don’t have & capturing that feeling of love between those two people through my photography.

I’m going to post four enhanced photos that I feel capture the love, and all of its emotion, between Emily & Doug…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding engagement portrait photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding engagement portrait photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding engagement portrait photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding engagement portrait photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding engagement portrait photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Can you see the love?

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Elizabeth & Justin wedding photographer – La Crosse, Wisconsin

August 2nd, 2009 – This past Saturday, I was the wedding photographer for Elizabeth & Justin in at English Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. I tell ya… it was a beautiful day for a wedding and it couldn’t have happened for two nicer people. They’ve got a bunch of pictures of which I took! There was so many little moments that couldn’t be missed, so I did my best to get them all.

They did not want to see each other prior to the wedding, I started with Elizabeth with the bridesmaids in their dressing room. There’s this dry erase board in there which is always fun for me to see at each wedding I shoot at English Lutheran as the bridesmaids always write something fun on there…

Elizabeth had a beautiful dress as well as a tiara. Everyone was making sure Elizabeth was looking ever so stunning on her wedding day…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Justin left a special envelope containing a card for Elizabeth for her to read prior to the ceremony…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

…waiting to see her Papa…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After a really tender moment together, he went to see Justin, which was another emotional moment…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

I’m totally diggin the style & post-processing of this photo of Elizabeth…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Next thing you knew, the wedding ceremony was to begin. After a small prayer, the bridesmaids left and Elizabeth was left to wait for her father to walk her down the aisle to see her soon-to-be husband…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

The wedding ceremony was beautiful and Justin rocked the kiss!!! You go man!

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After the ceremony, Elizabeth’s grandmother – 90 years young – was so happy for her…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Before going to the wedding reception at Forest Hills Golf Course, we stopped at Riverside Park and Piggy’s Restaurant for some pictures & a pre-celebration drink…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Here’s another one of my favorites from their wedding…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Off to Forest Hills Golf Course and the view was perfect for a nice, romantic photo with Grandad’s Bluff in the background…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Their wedding cake was very, very cool. It matched the colors & designs on Elizabeth’s dress…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

As most first dances are, their’s was a very beautiful moment together…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

and then the party started!!!

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

It was truly a great celebration, on a beautiful summer evening, for two wonderful people…

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Congratulations to you both, Elizabeth & Justin, thank you for having me share your wedding day as your wedding photographer! I wish you the happiest of futures together!

La Crosse Wisconsin wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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