Samantha and Andrew originally planned their ceremony at the beautiful Peace Lutheran Church in Rosendale. However, occupancy restrictions due to COVID, forced the two to make a tough decision. Already celebrating at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh for the reception, Samantha and Andrew shifted their ceremony from a church location to the outdoor area between the convention center and the water. Excited to have as many family and friends safely join them on their big day, this was a necessary change.
The weather was gorgeous for an autumn outdoor ceremony! The bridesmaids spent the morning pampering and getting their hair and make-up done by Mane Attractions Salon—their hair was perfect! No one was able to stop talking about Samantha’s wedding dress from Elaine’s Bridal, its elegant, long train, and how stunning Samantha was wearing it.
Meeting on OK Cupid in January of 2017, Andrew took Samantha bowling for their first date, sharing loads of laughs and feeling as if they’ve known each other for years. A little over two years later, Samantha was surprised with a candlelit path to her grandparent’s farm with a handwritten letter waiting for Samantha to read. Appearing behind the shed, Andrew eagerly turned on more lights, spelling out “Marry me?” Samantha said yes, putting on her stunning ring from Kay Jewelers. (Are you swooning yet, I sure am!!)
Their outdoor, unplugged ceremony was gorgeous, incorporating both a Lutheran pastor and a Catholic deacon. 88 Events provided stunning arch decor, and cars driving along the bridge honked their horns in celebration. After the ceremony, Samantha and Andrew’s families gathered for pictures. We made sure to take detailed pictures of Samantha’s Sola wood flower bouquet (pro tip: wooden flowers are uniquely beautiful, however they crumble easily, so it’s important to capture that stunning detail early on). All of Samantha’s hard work added to the rustic-classy wedding theme.
Taking the wedding party to Menominee Park for photos, we captured memories Samantha and Andrew will be able to look back on years from now. The fall colors, giant oak trees, and waterfront were a beautiful backdrop for bridesmaid and groomsmen photos. Traveling to the Oshkosh Public Museum, we played with the sun in our semi-golden hour portraits. Andrew was so sweet and compassionate; always considering Samantha and doing everything he could to make the day be as special as it could be.
Back at the reception, guests were shown a cute slideshow of the couple throughout the years. During dinner, Samantha’s matron of honor, her sister Kayla, and her maid of honor, Emily, gave fun and heartfelt toasts. Emily’s speech even included what Samantha and Andrew should do if ever they got into a fight, as advised by her special education students—so sweet! Andrew’s brother, Ryan, shared so many fun memories in his best man speech.
Sentimental touches didn’t end there, as Andrew surprised his mom in the middle of their Mother – Son dance by changing the song to Panic at the Disco’s “Hey look ma, I made it!” I absolutely love being in on these secrets so I can set up my camera in the exact spot to capture reactions! Before ending the night, the entire group of guests surprised Samantha and Andrew with a flash mob! Equipped with inflatable unicorns, dinosaurs, and wearing paper faces of Samantha and Andrew, family and friends danced to Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up.” It was truly a night to remember—see for yourself!
Hair and Make-up: Mane Attractions Salon
Wedding Dress: Elaine’s Wedding and Event Center
Ring: Kay Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Elaine’s Wedding and Event Center
Groom’s Suit: Dubois
Florist: Sola Wood Flowers
Arch Decor: 88 Events
Pastor: Pastor Kimberly Stowell
Cupcakes: Festival Foods