sugarland wedding wisconsin (tiffany + kevin are married!) – wisconsin wedding photographer

I met a Chicago guy in a Minneapolis bar before moving to Washington D.C.  We dated 3.5 years long distance, logging over 150,000 miles to visit each other before we ever lived in the same city.  As a result, much of our early relationship was memorialized in text messages and emails, which were fun to reread before the wedding. [Our wedding day was] collaborated on and thought through.., with our intention being to host a great party that honored our journey together as a couple and delighted our family and friends.

Tiffany + Kevin’s sunrise engagement sesh in Chicago was nearly three years ago, which must mean we’re really that backlogged in our non-linear blogging habits, but their day was just too good not to share! A destination wedding weekend in Arena, Wisconsin, a perfectly curated experience for their guests, and a few rainstorms to dodge, too.. their day was relaxed, intimate and filled with love. Guys, we miss you! We can’t wait to see you + photograph your family later this summer..:)xo!

Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding? Be clear about what you envision for your wedding and true to yourselves as a couple, but also be flexible about how it comes together.  When making decisions, we chose meaningful options over traditional ones because it was very important to us that our wedding reflected our personality, tastes, and outlook on life and love.  There were times during the planning process that we let our imaginations go a bit crazy, but thanks to our open-minded planner and own hard work, some of our grandest ideas became the highlights of our day.  But even the best made plans have to be flexible, especially where the weather is concerned.  We watched the weather forecasts until it became undeniable that we would have to move our candlelit outdoor ceremony inside.  But the rain and dark clouds eventually gave way to an amazing starry night, which was perfect for our wishing lantern launch.

I found myself joyfully crying and laughing throughout the day. During the first look, I came down a staircase to Kevin who was standing with his back to me. After I got to the step above him, I stood for at least a minute overcome with emotion.  I was so excited and happy about finally living in a moment that I had thought so much about.  

It is truly an amazing experience for us to be surrounded all at once by many of the people who have been the most instrumental in our lives — all of whom traveled to be with us — and to be making one of the most important promises to the person we love the most in this world.  It was very special for us to give to each other, as well as to our friends and family, a meaningful and fun experience.  

Did you DIY (Do It Yourself) for any details? :

Creating decorations and experiences for the wedding was a lot of fun.  Collaborating with Kevin, I designed several personalized postcards on which guests could leave messages to us, as well as 4 posters to highlight the video that Kevin created to tell the story of how we met.  I also designed the theatrical programs with bios for the “cast” (i.e. our wedding party), made admission-ticket themed escort cards, and styled the the monogram and stamp designs used throughout the wedding. Our parents also got involved: Kevin’s mom crafted bow ties for the ring bears; my mom sewed table runners; and my dad built the directional sign listing cities that were meaningful to our relationship.  

The songs and readings during our ceremony told a story.  Our wedding themes were the notions of travel and journey because they were such a big part of our early relationship, and the theater because going to see plays is an activity we love to do together.  Our friend and master of ceremonies also worked the idea of other-worldliness.  

The ladies walked down the aisle to Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me, inviting our guests into our world and setting the stage.

Snow Patrol’s Just Say Yes because I loved the lyrics: “You’re the only way to me; the path is clear. . . . Just say yes.”  

the Beatles’ When I’m Sixty-Four before the vows as a humorous reminder of what we were signing up for — still loving each other when we’re old and gray.

Recessional: INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart because the notion of our worlds colliding was apropos.  

We also chose readings from Alice in Wonderland and Eat, Pray, Love that reflected our collective philosophy as a couple and our belief in soul mates and “impossible things,” and our vows incorporated the poetry and travel imagery of Walt Whitman.

[It was a perfect balance of intimate and personal, while also inviting their friends + family into their experience. Just perfect!]

Kevin’s favorite memory: My favorite part was being able to sneak out behind the barn and just enjoy the beautiful evening. Looking up, the clouds had parted so I could see every star. Looking into the barn from outside, the lights and music were pouring out of that huge double door. The barn was alive with music and dancing. I could feel the beat, and the lights pulsed. I was able to just stand there, quiet, and soak it all in. I had just married the love of my life, and we were throwing an awesome party so everyone could experience a bit of joy. It was the perfect feeling.

It was even more special because all day long it had been raining. In fact, during the ceremony, the rain was coming down so hard that it was getting the girls wet, from at least 20 feet away. Those doors were enormous, and some of the guys went over to close them mid-ceremony.

To be able to reclaim the night for the wishing lantern launch, and for me to enjoy the peace up against the madness of the dancing, it was a truly wonderful moment, and I will remember that right up with Tiffany walking down the aisle. I just kept thinking about how I am truly a lucky guy…”

And the one and only Robert Ingraham made this video of their day — don’t miss it!

:: the folks who were involved ::

Photographer – Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Videographer – Robert Ingraham

Wedding planner – Cherry Blossom Events

Tiffany’s Dress – St. Patrick

Kevin’s Suit – Burberry

Bridesmaid’s gowns- JCrew

Bridesmaids Jewelry – 31 Bits

Hair stylist – B.Suite

Flowers – Sunborn Gardens

Getting Ready Venue – Walking Iron Bed & Breakfast

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Sugarland

Reception Music – Monastero Entertainment

Caterers – Old Feed Mill

 

introducing: light lab! a creative studio + event space in los angeles.

Earlier this week, I mentioned that our blog absence could (and would) soon be revealed, and today, the time has finally come!

If you follow me on Snapchat, (I’m teamwoodnote over there) this may come as no surprise, but, we have been working on renovating a 2000 square foot warehouse space in the Atwater Village area of LA. (I feel like I need to say that a few times, cuz we have kept it quiet for so long that I’m kinda ready to shout it! We are almost done with a 5 month project of renovating a warehouse, and it has nearly killed us, but I can’t wait for you to see it! Yelling feels good sometimes. Y’know?) 

The space is called Light Lab, and Jayden + I share it with our dear friend and frequent-collaborator, Anne Sage. You’ve seen Anne many, many times on this here blog, for almost 5 years now, and it is safe to say you’ll be seeing even more of her from now on. The 3 of us dove into this project seeing potential and possibility above all else, and through the countless hours of demolition, painting, wallpapering, tiling, cabinet building.. (and more), we have only become more grateful for the friendship and partnership that we share with her. (Anne, we love you!)

(A photo I snapped with my phone on our very first walkthrough of the space… feels kinda good to look at this now and actually see we’re making progress!)

Since this has been such a mega process, we’ve been taking time lapse footage to document the entire transformation, and my incredibly talented brother Robert put together this little video to give you a glimpse into what we’ve already created…

After some mega days of demolition, we got to see a somewhat blank slate, and started dreaming about what we would put into the fresh space. Sarah Sherman Samuel is a long-time friend/collaborator as well, and someone that Jayden, Anne + I all absolutely respect + admire when it comes to interior design work and innovative aesthetics. I wrote her an email about the idea of designing our Light Lab kitchen, and then held my breath while I hit ‘refresh’ every 2 minutes. Working with Sarah on any capacity is always an absolute dream, and on a personal note, I couldn’t have thought of anyone else on earth that I would have been so excited to collab with!

Turns out, Sarah was totally up for the challenge.. and she even was game to take on the addition of the bathroom design! Guys, it is so good. Like I-want-to-live-in-the-new-bathroom good. Sarah is sharing her design layout and process on her blog today, so be sure to head over here! She’s giving away a lot more than I am in this post, so you don’t wanna miss it.

Though still incomplete, the space has already seen a few magic-filled events and a few miracles, too.. like the Gungor album launch/listening party, where 150 people sauntered in with smiles on their faces, oblivious to the fact that the toilet had only been functioning for the 29 minutes prior to their arrival.. or Ruby Roth’s ‘Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids’ release where another 125+ people enjoyed a celebration, unaware of the newly completed wall that had been rebuilt hours before, due to the discovery that the electrical wiring in the space was not to code. Oh yes, this space knows miracles, and this space knows possibility. And we are only just getting started!

Stay tuned.. we’re booking events now, and have some pretty exciting workshops / dinner parties / photo shoots up our sleeves beginning early June, plus, I’ll be sure to blog again with the full tour once the space is complete, and will include all of the sources, too! Until then, don’t forget to hit Sarah’s post about her design process, and get a glimpse of what the finished space is gonna look like.. Happy Friday! xx

May 6, 2016 - 1:36 pm

Stephen So cool guys! Is it weird that I kind of want to try out that snazzy pink bathroom while we’re out in LA next month??

turner hall ballroom wedding (laura + conor are married!) – photojournalistic wedding photographers

Hello, hello! Me again! Back for the 2nd of my blog 3 times a week challenge in May. And now: Laura + Conor!

Remember these babes in the freezing cold winter shoot?

Their wedding day was, oh, about 90 degrees warmer than that December day. A custom wedding dress, a musical family and a stunning historic ballroom in downtown Milwaukee. This is one you don’t wanna miss…

holman ranch wedding (niki + nick are married!) – carmel valley wedding photographers

Well hello, hello. If it isn’t May 2016!

The past 2.5 months have been especially nuts-o for team woodnote, and blogging seemed to be the first thing to go. So, we’ve decided to blog multiple days a week all month! Are you ready for this? We’re going to unleash some serious levels of backlogged gorgeousness, so hang on for the ride! (And come back on Wednesday to find out why the past 2.5 months have been so very cray-cray…) Until then, meet Niki + Nick! (Unless you remember them from their engagement sesh back in 2014?!)

Niki + Nick grew up in the same town… since Nick is 4 years older than Niki, they didn’t start hanging out until after Niki graduated from college and moved back to Orange County. “We met at a mutual friends house one day during summer while we were hanging out by the pool and that night, Nick asked me out.” Nick knows a good thing when he sees one, what can I say?!

If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?: The best day of our lives; SO fun, absolutely gorgeous, and filled with lots of love.

Nick’s most memorable moment: Messing up his vows. 😉 (He vowed to always cherish his heart…typical only child)

Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding? Have fun and make sure to hire bomb.com photographers. 

And now, the gorgeousness that is Niki + Nick!

 

Photographers – Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Videographer – Frame 44 Weddings

Wedding planner – Engaged + Inspired

Niki’s Dress – Jim Hjelm

Niki’s shoes- Brian Atwood

Niki’s Jewellery – Headpiece and earrings – BHLDN, Belt and veil – Be Something New

Nick’s Suit – Dolce + Gabbana

Nick’s Shoes – Hugo Boss

Groomsmen’s Suits + Shoes – The Black Tux

Bridesmaid’s gowns – BHDLN (Jenny Yoo) Sashes – Be Something New

Bridesmaids Jewellery – J Crew

Hair + Makeup – Melissa Marie Hair & Makeup

Flowers – Huckleberry Karen

Ceremony + Reception Venue – Holman Ranch

Celebrant/Officiant – Brian Lyke

Ceremony + Reception Music – The Lucky Devils

Caterers – Paradise Catering

Cake – Kay Cakes Bakery

Transport – Beshoff Motorcars

Signage – Carly Bennett (Cinamon Girl Etsy)

woodnote wedding albums [what to do with your 700 wedding images]

(Have a look! example of steph + adrian’s wedding day album, a renaissance soho album with the cover material in tribeca leather cement.)

Your wedding day has come and gone.. the food has been eaten and the dances have been danced. Eight weeks of newlywed life have zipped by, and then, your portfolio arrives! Second best day ever! So, you pour two glasses of wine and sit down with your love for a few hours of sifting through the memories. 700 photos is a lot of photos, but you love seeing the faces of your dearest friends and family all in one space, celebrating side by side.

So now what?

You’re glad you have the hundreds of photos to look back on, but you don’t have that much wall space, and you hardly know how to pick any fewer faves than 50. (Or 500, because damn you all looked so good!)

Enter: your wedding album.

Sure, you want to print a few for your house, and pop a few up on Facebook and the ol’ Insta, but creating a tangible expression of your day sounds like the perfect way to let your photos exist as something more than a folder of .jpgs.

Many of our couples opt for this route, and so we thought it might be nice to shed some light on what this process is like, and, show you a finished product, too!

Our most popular (and personal favorite) album is the SoHo flush mount album from Renaissance Albums. Handmade in NYC with a lifetime warranty, these seamless pages provide a panoramic option for fully customizable layouts.. the obvious choice for anyone who is picky about how their photos look and how their story is told. So, once you’ve looked through your images enough to start to pick your faves, you create a folder of ‘hearted’ images in your online gallery and share the link with me. Next, I create a layout that looks a bit like this, and you get to write back and forth with me and give me your tweaks and revisions until you absolutely love the final design. Oh! And you get to choose your cover material then, too. You get to love every detail..!

(Here are a few spreads from Max + Cory’s album)

 

 

 

 

(and here are a few from Steph + Adrian’s, too…)

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes, couples are happy with the very first layout I send over, and sometimes, it takes a few times to rearrange and play ’til they know they’re 100% happy. Either way, we love the chance to revisit these magic-filled moments, knowing that the albums we create together will be seen by children, grandchildren, and celebrated for the decades to come.

(If you haven’t watched the video at the top of this post, be sure to check it out! 90 seconds, and a quick chance to see the lovely, thick pages and get a sense for what your album will look like when it is all done.) xx