Shannon and Justin
September 19th, 2013
When Shannon first connected me to photograph her wedding I was just so EXCITED about her details. After our first conversation, I truly fell in love with her. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I just loved the story that she told me of how her and Justin met and fell in love. I just get so excited for my couples, especially when they are in love with each other as much as Justin and Shannon are. While editing these photos you can just see in Shannon's eyes how much she loves Justin.
I just loved all the heart and soul that they put into the details on there wedding day. It just completely screams them! It was held at an adoreable campground with a tented reception. I was just in love with everything from her dress to shoes, flowers that were done by Inspired by Nature, and all the amazing center peices for the tables! Due to the fact it was National S'mores Day and it was held at a campground the wedding truly couldn't be complete without a s'mores bar!
At the end of night Shannon also got on stage to sing! As she is a singer in a cover Country Band!
It was the most amazing day filled with lots of friendship and LOVE.
The one thing I think besides all that the touched me the most is that during dinner instead of the tradtional clinking of the glasses, Shannon and Justin had a kissing jar. Where if you wanted to see the bride and groom or any other couple kiss you needed to put money into the jar. And the proceeds when to a cause that is very near and dear to Shannon's heart. Which is finding a cure for childhood cancer. I was just amazing but all the support toward this amazing cause by everyone at this wedding.
I would like to give a huge Thank You to Serena and her husband from Splendid Photography by Serena for truly helping me that day. I truly could not have done this without you!
Please sit back and enjoy some the amazing images from their day! 🙂 Please take a minute to read through the comments from the Bride and Groom!
Congrats you two I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!
* How did you first meet? ( Who What When Where and why! ) Give me all the details!
Justin and I are an eHarmony success story. Two years before we met in person, we were matched on eHarmony. We answered all of each other’s questions, and still wanted to get to know each other more, so we exchanged phone numbers. We talked a few times, and Justin tried to ask me to meet up with him at Brews, Brats, and Bands at the Point Brewery in Stevens Point, but my internet connection was so terrible, I didn’t get the message until the day after the event. We eventually started dating other people, but when those relationships headed south, I messaged him online through eHarmony (they were offering a Thanksgiving weekend special). He texted me, saying “I’m sorry to bother you, but is this Shannon?” to which I hesitantly replied “Yes”, as I had no idea whose phone number it was, and we started talking again. After hours on the phone, and much planning, we finally met in person, the day after Christmas, in the parking lot of the Stevens Point ShopKo (safety first). I was running late, so I called to apologize, and a few moments later, walked up an introduced myself. He turned around and gave me the biggest grin, along with a dozen roses! We went to dinner at Polito’s Pizza in downtown Point, and have gone there every year since for our anniversary, as well as the night we got engaged.
* When did you know that he/she was the one?
I think I knew well before Justin did. Within two months, I was ready to tell him I loved him, but knowing he’d been burned in the past, I decided to wait until he said it first. After a year and a half of dating, he finally said I love you! If you asked Justin, I think it took until I moved from my place in Stevens Point up to Merrill to truly prove to him that I was in this for the long haul!
* Tell me about the proposal( Did you see it coming? how long was it in the planning)
Justin surprised me one day in the mall by suggesting we go look at rings together. This was over a year before the engagement. He had an idea of what I would like, but wanted to make sure. Turns out, he was right – I fell in love with a “modern vintage” ring. Unfortunately, the ring was discontinued in between that first look and when he had decided to propose, so we went back to looking again. I had it narrowed down to three beautiful rings, but wanted Justin to make the final decision, and he did, actually going back to the jewelry store while I perused the book store down the way. It also turns out that Justin had been gleaning information from my best friend, Serena, about when/where/how I would like to be proposed to – he’d been talking to her behind my back.
Serena asked me out to dinner on a Friday evening to “talk”. She picked me up from work, and we headed to downtown Stevens Point, to pick up a gift certificate for her husband for Christmas. When we came out of the store to the Square, Justin came out from behind the giant Christmas tree in the Square with a dozen roses and a nervous grin on his face. I threw my purse at Serena and said, and I quote, “You suck.” She, in turn, whipped out her camera to capture the proposal. Justin talked about the two of us being through so much together already, and that it had been a long time coming, then got down on one knee in the snow and asked me to marry him. We both had tears in our eyes! Then it was off to Polito’s for a celebratory slice!
* Tell me one thing you love most about each other?
I have been truly blessed to have found a man who loves his family and is extremely loyal and caring. We may both be stubborn at times, but that stubbornness helps us get through the bad and back to the good!
* Besides getting married what was the one thing you looked most forward to one your wedding day?
The reveal to my parents. I decided to make that moment special, and not allow any of them to see me in the getting ready process until it was complete. Then I brought them in one at a time to see their daughter all dolled up for her special day. There were tears (of joy and pride) and lots of “I love yous”. It was a very special moment that I’m so happy we were able to do.
* What inspired your wedding theme and decor?
I’m a pretty eclectic person, and Justin’s skills are better served towards building things than decorating, so we didn’t really have a theme, but we wanted our wedding to blend in with the surroundings. We got married at a beautiful campground and had a giant tent, so we embraced the campground vibe and had a picnic-style dinner and design your own S’mores for dessert (it was National S’mores Day as well). We combined natural elements (rocks, slices of birch trees, farmer’s market flowers) with antiques (vintage mason jars and vases, birdcages), natural colors (ivory, khaki, soft blues and greens), chandeliers, lanterns, candles and burlap to create a relaxed atmosphere. My step-dad surprised us with fireworks, and we had sparklers for everyone when it got dark!
* What is one thing you wish you would have done differently?
Our only regret would be not having enough time to go around and talk to each and every person who shared our day. We had a receiving line, but that’s never enough time!
* Any advice for the newly engaged couples planning their wedding?
We were very “go with the flow” when it came to planning, which worked out well for us. We stressed over the big things, catering, photography (we love you Marie!) and location, which were the important to us, and let the little details be what they were. Whatever you do, do not plan on getting ANYTHING done the week of the wedding, because there just won’t be enough time. Get as much as you can done before then, and cherish every moment of the wedding day, because it goes so fast!