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Okauchee, Wisconsin Winter Wedding- Chris and Brittany

There is nothing more heart warming than a winter wedding! Chris and Brittany tied the knot in a January and it was gorgeous ceremony. I’m so happy I was able to capture their day!

How did you two meet?

We met back in high school through a mutual friend. It did take a couple of years to become friends, but after that we were in separable. What really made us be good friends was a while back Christopher had really long hair and wanted a hair cut. Brittany offered too, but of course its never that simple. She was cutting it while he was playing Resident Evil 4 for the first time. A jump scare came up and she snipped part of his ear. The guilt was so deep, she kept trying to make it up to him for months. He now gets his hair done professionally to prevent a part of his other ear from missing…

How did he (or she!) pop the question?

Christopher popped the question on December 31st, 2017. We were up north at a friend’s cabin, out in the middle of nowhere. He insisted that we go for a walk in the sunset. That day however, it was negative forty. We had to bundle up really well, but it was well worth it. The sun left beautiful pink trails in the sky as he proposed. However, due to the cold, Brittany’s glasses fogged up and she didn’t see what was going on till Christopher said something. Up until that point he had the ring out and was waiting for her to react. Everything was frozen on them, but it was a gorgeous moment out in the sunset and snow sparkling.

What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?

Being together with family and friends. Being able to spend time and see everyone there for you was really special.

How long have you been together?

We have been together for 9 years.

How would you describe your overall wedding experience?

The wedding experience was magical once the day actually started. Before hand, it was a little stressful planning everything, but in the end was worth it.

What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?

Be patient and start early. Things take a lot longer than you would expect. And if you don’t finish everything in time, let it go. There are too many pieces that one or two things not making it in doesn’t matter.

Tell me about the dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?

The dress was found by chance. My mom and I had decided on a whim to go to a shop that was closing in Oconomowoc. We popped in and was just browsing around and happened to find the one. We had not been shopping anywhere else. And when I tried it on it fit perfectly. We took the time to adjust it a little bit to add on a little extra flare and it was perfect.

Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?

I just wanted my wedding party to act naturally. Whatever works best for them. Pushing them too much and getting upset would make for awkward photos. You do want everyone comfortable so that it looked natural and not forced.

What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?

Figure out a style you want before picking a photographer. That will help you find the right photographer for you. Once you have the style you want, plan the style of pictures you want. It saves time the day of so you aren’t wasting time posing. Everything goes much faster than you think.

How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?

Everything was smooth and super laid back. We never felt any pressure and was reassured we’d have amazing pictures no matter what. We never felt shy to ask questions or purpose ideas on the spot. If we asked, we got it. It was so easy to work with you. Everything went wonderfully with the pictures.

Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?

Know what poses you are comfortable doing. Figure out who you really want pictures with and what matters most to you at the end of the day.

Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!

We did not see each other before the wedding or even talked. The last time we talked was about 10pm the night before. Other than that, we wanted to wait. Waiting was just perfect. Christopher had a little chin quiver the first time he saw me walking down the aisle. It was romantic and made the moment we saw each other even sweeter.

What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?

It was more so timing. Everyone wanting to know what we were doing when got really stressful and made it feel like we would run out of time for the things we wanted. In the end, it worked out fine.

What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?

As husband and wife we danced to Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen. The father-daughter dance was Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog (for real). There was no mother-son dance.

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