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When I think of Jason and Amanda I think about our meetings where I was just about rolling on the floor laughing throughout the whole meeting!! Jason is hilarious and I loved to watch the interaction between he and Amanda. He was always very involved and passionate in his thoughts and opinions and luckily for him.. Amanda was on the same page as him! They wanted something fun and different and that is just what we did!! I had the challenge of making a formal wedding not feel like a stuffy wedding.. and it all started when they decide to serve burgers as their main entree.. The idea came to them when they saw numerous high end restaurants serving delicious burgers on their menus and they thought that would be a fun spin on traditional wedding food… and it was! This has to be one of my favorite meals at a wedding in a long time… Its pretty hard to beat a Juicy Damico Burger decorated with a cute burger pick and a side of nice wine!! Congratulations Jason and Amanda.. I miss our meetings and the big belly laughs that came with them!!

Wedding Coordinator Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Site Basilica of St. Mary

Reception Site Aria

Transportation Renee’s Royal Valet

Photography Sewell Photography

Videography Sunset Blue Productions

Catering Damico Catering

Stationery: A Milestone Paper

Floral Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

DJ Generation Now

Rental Items Linen Effects

Hair and Makeup Juut – Gavidae

Chandliers Avant Décor

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Vendors:

Wedding Planner – Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony Venue – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe of La Crosse

Catering – Radisson Hotel

Photography Olive Juice Studios

Videography Joe Pollock Films

Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny

Transportation – Lamers

Cake – D and L Cakery and Desserts: Cocoa and Fig

Photobooth Slow Motion Booth

Vintage Rental Items A’la Crate Vintage Rentals

Rental Items – Apres Party Rental

Floral – Bittersweet Floral

Band – Casablanca Orchestra

Hair and Makeup – Emily J

Dress- L’Atelier Couture Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses – Bella Bridesmaids

Stationery: Paperista

This wedding was beyond words beautiful for a couple that have been together since high school and have so much love for everyone around them! When I first got the call about helping Amanda and Patrick my first thoughts were “I dont know if I can plan a wedding in La Crosse Wisconsin.. I know nothing about that area.” But because it was a referral from a very great vendor friend (Thanks Chrissy!) I thought I at least talk to Amanda and see if I thought I could be of service. Immediately I fell in love with Amanda and Patrick… Their attention to detail, their openness and their love for their friends and family all hooked me and I knew that I needed to be apart of this wedding!! Most of our planning was done via email and over the phone, but I enjoyed every one of my early morning trips to Wisconsin that turned all of our ideas in our head into reality and with every visit the plans became more and more real and soon enough we were creating this stunning backyard tent wedding.

This wedding was much more to me then a beautiful celebration.. It was a time to test myself. After planning 800 weddings, I feel like I have gotten pretty good at it.. but I sometimes miss the excitement of something new.. or a new way to challenge myself… and I got that by planning this beautiful and logistically complicated wedding while being 3 hours away.

I have been asked about this wedding numerous times by different vendors, my friends and family and the first thing that I tell them about this wedding is that it was all about Trust!! I thank Amanda and Patrick for trusting me not only with their wedding day. I thank all of the amazing vendors that we had on board for trusting me and coming together to create a rock solid team! With that I will be done rambling and let you enjoy these beautiful photos!!

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WOW…. 3 months later and I am still in awe of Marissa and Derek’s wedding. Not only was the weather picture perfect.. but everything just really came together.
There was “cueing” the wedding processional from two different boats, there was sparklers in champagne and then there was a surprise fireworks show. All of these elements on their own could have created some planning issues.. but then add in the fact that the weather was outside.. In August… and we could have had some really crazy wedding elements.. and that could have created a disaster!!
But like all wonderfully planned weddings with great vendors.. This wedding went off without a hitch and I was honored to be apart of it!! Marissa and Derek live in San Francisco.. so we planned this wedding on a few “whirlwind planning trips” with the bride and groom and the tireless planning of the mother of the bride, Jean!! God Bless this amazing mother….. I can only imagine the amount of time she poured into this wedding and I know that based on these photos.. she has something to be very proud of!!

Marissa and Derek’s love was very infectious and I had so much fun coming to the lake everytime they were home.. to talk through ideas and logistics and to get to know them as a couple!!!! Congratulations you guys!! I hope that you are enjoying newlywed bliss… and I am sure you are already planning your next big adventure 🙂

Vendors:
Wedding Coordination- Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography – Janelle Elise Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue- Private Home
Caterer-         Damico Catering
Cake – Nadias Cakes
Ceremony Musicians- Lake String Quartet
DJ – Instant Request
Floral- Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Hair and Makeup – Laura Jenkins
Hair and Makeup – Emily J
Rental Items – Tent, Tables and Chairs – Apres Party Rental
Chargers – Festivities
Linens – Linen Effects
Stationery – A Milestone Paper
Dress- Bridal Accents Couture
Photobooth- Traveling Photobooth
Transportation – Renees Royal Valet
Videography – Virtuoso Video
Fireworks – Pyrotchnic Display

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Vick PhotographyThis wedding was just this past Saturday and Andrew Vick is amazing for sending these images the SUNDAY after the wedding!! Andrew, You are the best and it was a joy to get to work with you on this wedding!!!
Aria is one of our favorite venues and it is always exciting to see how beautiful everything turns out!!!

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Site – Aria
Officiant        Chips Paulson
Transportation – Renees Royal Valet
Minnesota Coaches
Ceremony Musicians – Chastity Brown
Photography – Vick Photography
Floral – Sadies FloralSadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Band – http://www.someshittycoverband.com
Rental Items – Apres Party
Photobooth – Bellagala PhotoMingle
Cake – Sweet Retreat
Stationery: Spark Letterpress
Catering – Deco Catering

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Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Photography: Barclay Horner
Ceremony Site: Woods Chapel
Officiant: Perfect Day Ceremonies
Reception Site: Lafayette Club
Videography: Northern Lights Videography
Reception Band and Ceremony Music: Bluewater Kings
Boat Cruise: Bayview Event Center
Transportation: Renees Royal Valet
Floral: Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Rental Items: Linen Effects
Photobooth: Slow-motion Booth
Makeup: Makeup by Mindie
Coffee Bar: La Vita Espresso
Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors
Wedding Dress: Posh
Cake: Buttercream

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