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Barn on Stoney Hill Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Ann and Tressie Wedding

 

Ann and Tressie were married on June 30th with a ceremony and reception at the Barn on Stoney Hill in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. When I met these two during their engagement session in Eau Claire, I knew their wedding day would be amazing. These two ladies have such great personalities and their love is so easy to capture. I was so excited to be their wedding photographer for their same sex wedding.

Wisconsin Same-Sex Wedding Photography

The day of the wedding, we started out hair and makeup in the morning at Tressie’s aunt’s house. Alberto was my second shooter and Sara was our photography assistant for the day. The home was beautiful, filled with light, and we chose to do a first look on the beautiful staircase. After that first look, we took some formal wedding portraits around the property of the brides. Then we traveled over to the Leine Lodge in Chippewa Falls. We spent some time there relaxing and preparing for the day to come. The wedding party joined us and then everyone continued over to The Barn on Stoney Hill.

It was a beautiful hot day but there was a constant reminder that in Wisconsin, late June also usually means summer storms. Those storm clouds threatened us all day, but luckily, the rain never impacted our wedding photography. And besides, rain on you wedding day signifies good luck, right?  Read more

Stonebrooke Golf Club Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Tyler & Bryce Wedding

 

Tyler and Bryce were married on May 26 with a ceremony and reception at Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Tyler and Bryce’s Stonebrooke Golf Club Wedding

One of the great things about a wedding venue like Stonebrook Golf Club is that you can have all the wedding day activities at the same place. That was true for Tyler and Bryce’s late spring wedding. They had their ceremony, cocktail hour, portraits and reception all on site at the golf club. The day began with the wedding party getting ready. Tyler and Bryce showed up ready to rock and roll in their stylish suits from Men’s Warehouse. One of the things I love when photographing same sex weddings is the variation in the wedding parties.  Whether a maid of honor or a man of honor, it’s all about love. That was true for this wedding party– it was a mix of guys and girls, and they all had one thing in common: they adored Bryce and Tyler.

Stonebrooke Golf Club is a gorgeous venue. Since it is both a wedding venue and a high-end golf course, there were strict restrictions about where on the course we could go. But the landscaping and gardens were gorgeous, offering us a beautiful backdrop for formal wedding portraits with the wedding party and the grooms’ families ahead of the ceremony. From the brightly colored florals to the stone patios and outdoor fireplaces, there were plenty of beautiful backdrops for wedding photography. And, of course, the rolling green of the golf course was present as well!

Their ceremony took place outside near a waterfall. It was a lovely little spot for a ceremony with the beautiful water flowing over rocks. It was warm, but overall it was a beautiful Minnesota spring day. Tyler and Bryce had a simple, heartfelt ceremony with their friend, Amber marrying them. They greeted guests inside with cocktail hour. The flowers from Shakopee Floral were gorgeous. And the cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes were moist and delicious. During dinner, the toasts were awesome. You can tell that Anna, Nikko and Jacky had so much love for the grooms! Since I hadn’t had the chance to spend a lot of time with Tyler and Bryce before the wedding, it was very special to hear the words of love and congratulations that their friends and family shared. Read more

Mistakes to Avoid during Wedding Planning

Day in and day out wedding planning can be fun…who doesn’t like the idea of helping two people in love, plan the celebration of a life time. Typically I witness wedding planning being done by friends who are completely new to wedding planning; Most have never had to plan a something outside of a bachelorette party or a bridal shower, etc. It’s no easy task to navigate, so I have pulled together 5 tips that will help wedding planners get through some of the common hiccups in the planning process.

Mistakes are bound to happen – Some can unfortunately be quite costly, but most can be avoided! I have listed one of my own suggestions, as well as a few others here, but feel free to visit the link below for the whole list!

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Bill and Chip | Same Sex Marriage | St Cloud Wedding Photographer

Today we have the privilege and honor to work with two people who fell in love for their same sex marriage. I have met Chip previous to meeting him and Bill at the St. Cloud Wedding Expo last year.  The best part is the love between these two individuals is incredible to see and to see their family grow.  We went out and caught some great images of their family during their engagement session in St. Cloud, MN. See a small synopsis of their story below. On May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed the bill of legalizing same sex marriage for marriage licenses in the State of Minnesota.  Bill and Chip, with Olivia and Landon, were on the stairs of the State Capitol when this took place and today, they will sign their own same sex marriage license. Today surround by friends and family from all around, these two will officially make their love memorable on paper. Here’s their story – In 2004, Bill and Chip met at a local restaurant downtown St Cloud where Bill was working and Chip was out for the night. Bill was the crazy stalker that kept the credit card receipt that Chip wrote his phone number on, and still has it today, though he never got the courage to call him. Bill and Chip Blog 4 When ask about the proposal, these two have an amazing story. We put a lot of thought and preparation into adopting our children and decided to exchange rings as a symbol of commitment to our family. Chip surprised Bill with a formal request for marriage on his birthday in 2012, one month before Minnesota’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was voted down. Bill and Chip legalized their relationship when they adopted Olivia, their daughter in 2009. An amazing dinner was had with 6 of their friends at Auberge du Soleil in Sonoma, California. Read more

Molly & Sarah / St Cloud Wedding Photographer / Minnesota Wedding Photography / Samplawski Photography

It’s wedding day for two beautiful people today in St. Cloud, MN.

I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for 4 years now in St. Cloud as a paramedic. We have many great memories together along with some fun talks in our 4 years. One night she introduced me to Molly and I was excited for them both. Molly is beautiful with a personality of one of a kind.

When she told me she was going to be getting married to Molly, I was very excited for the both of them. Then Sarah asked if we could meet with them to talk about their wedding and photography.

We met one evening at their house and we had a blast. A lot of great ideas shared and some questions for those who have never done it before. Read more