Abby & Jordan: An Autumn Affair in La Crosse

Why have a Fall Wedding in WI?

Having a fall wedding in Wisconsin offers a multitude of benefits that cater to both aesthetic preferences and practical considerations, making it a delightful choice for couples seeking a memorable and charming celebration. Here are several compelling reasons to opt for a fall wedding in Wisconsin:

  1. Natural Beauty: Wisconsin’s fall foliage is renowned for its vibrant colors, ranging from deep reds and oranges to rich yellows and golden hues. Imagine exchanging vows against a backdrop of scenic landscapes adorned with the breathtaking colors of autumn leaves. These natural settings provide stunning photo opportunities that capture the essence of the season and add a picturesque touch to your wedding album.

  2. Comfortable Temperatures: Fall in Wisconsin typically boasts mild and comfortable temperatures, making it enjoyable for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. The cooler weather ensures that guests can comfortably mingle and celebrate without the sweltering heat of summer or the chill of winter, creating a pleasant atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

  3. Seasonal Decor Options: Fall offers a wealth of decor options that reflect the cozy and rustic charm of the season. Think pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and cornstalks as elements of decor that can enhance the ambiance of your wedding venue. Warm candlelight, cozy blankets, and seasonal floral arrangements in shades of burgundy, orange, and deep greens can further accentuate the fall theme and create a welcoming atmosphere for guests.

  4. Availability of Venues and Vendors: Fall is considered an off-peak wedding season in Wisconsin, which means you may have more flexibility and availability when booking your desired venue and vendors. This can translate into potential cost savings and less competition for dates, allowing you to secure your preferred choices without the stress of peak season bookings.

  5. Seasonal Cuisine: Embrace the flavors of fall with a menu that highlights seasonal ingredients such as butternut squash, apples, hearty soups, and warm cider. Incorporating these seasonal delights into your wedding menu not only delights the taste buds but also adds a comforting and festive touch to your reception.

  6. Cozy Atmosphere: The crisp air and changing colors of fall create a cozy and romantic ambiance that lends itself perfectly to intimate gatherings and heartfelt celebrations. Whether you choose an indoor venue with large windows overlooking autumn landscapes or an outdoor setting with fire pits and string lights, the fall season evokes a sense of warmth and intimacy that enhances the joyous occasion.

  7. Extended Celebrations: Fall weddings in Wisconsin can be complemented by nearby seasonal attractions such as apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and vineyards, offering opportunities for pre-wedding activities and post-wedding excursions that extend the celebration for you and your guests.

In conclusion, a fall wedding in Wisconsin combines natural beauty, comfortable temperatures, seasonal decor, and a cozy atmosphere to create a memorable and enchanting celebration. Whether you envision an outdoor ceremony surrounded by colorful foliage or an indoor reception adorned with autumn-inspired decor, fall provides a perfect backdrop for your dream wedding day.

The Court Above Ceremony and Waterfront Reception

Having your wedding ceremony at The Court Above Main in downtown La Crosse, WI, offers a blend of historic charm and contemporary elegance. Nestled in the heart of the city, this venue boasts beautiful architectural details and a sophisticated ambiance that sets the stage for a memorable ceremony. The Court Above Main provides a stunning backdrop with its lofty ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and grand staircase, creating a sense of grandeur that complements any wedding style. Its central location ensures convenience for guests, who can easily explore downtown attractions before and after the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, hosting your reception at The Cargill Room at The Waterfront continues the celebration with panoramic views of the Mississippi River. Located adjacent to Riverside Park, this venue combines modern amenities with scenic beauty, offering floor-to-ceiling windows that frame picturesque river views. The Cargill Room’s spacious layout and versatile decor options allow for personalized touches, ensuring your reception reflects your unique style. With exceptional service and a prime location, The Waterfront provides a seamless transition from ceremony to reception, promising an unforgettable wedding day experience in downtown La Crosse.

Abby and Jordans Story

October in Wisconsin is a symphony of colors, a month where Mother Nature adorns herself with an ever-changing palette of fiery reds, deep oranges, and golden yellows. As a wedding photographer and videographer, I’ve always believed that there’s a particular magic to October weddings here: a blend of crisp air and warm hues that creates a backdrop unlike any other. Nestled in the heart of this picturesque state is La Crosse’s gem, the Waterfront. 

This venue stands out for its captivating river views and the way the sun dances on the water, creating glistening patterns perfectly complemented by the trees lining the river, turning their shades and casting reflections. And it was against this enchanting canvas that Abby and Jordan chose to begin their forever.

I was the videographer for this wedding, filled with friends and family from near and far to witness and celebrate Abby and Jordan. There’s an intricate dance between stillness and movement, and being adept in both mediums allows for a truly immersive storytelling experience.

Photography is the art of freezing an instant. Each click of the shutter captures a fleeting emotion, a shared glance, or the subtle curve of a smile. These moments are immortalized, allowing us to relive them every time we glance at that picture. Photographs have the power to evoke emotions, transporting us back to the very instant they were taken.

On the other hand, videography is about letting moments unfold. It’s about capturing the laughter, the words, the music, and the ambiance. With video, you get to relive not just the moment but the entire emotion, like how Abby’s laughter bubbled up during her vows and the gentle swaying Jordan was doing with Abby in his arms during photos on the riverfront.

Being proficient in both realms has provided me with a unique perspective on celebrations. It’s like having the ability to both zoom in on the details and pan out to capture the broader narrative. While photos offer glimpses into singular moments, videos weave these moments into a seamless tale of love, joy, and celebration.

Additionally, understanding the nuances of both mediums allows for a more cohesive vision. Understanding how the lighting that flatters a photograph is totally different than the play of light in video and being able to anticipate moments in real-time are skills honed from wearing both hats. It’s about ensuring that no moment, whether static or dynamic, goes unnoticed.

From the very beginning, the video frames were filled with love. The moment when Abby’s mom sees her for the first time in her dress and the jubilant smiles of all her bridesmaids were such a moment!  Guests arrived with grins, exchanged warm greetings, and shared fond memories. It was a testament to Abby and Jordan’s cherished place in so many hearts.

As the day progressed, the joy only intensified, but perhaps the reception stole the show. The dance floor became a melting pot of elation. Young and old, everyone danced with abandon, letting loose in the pure joy of the moment. Every twist, twirl, and jump was a testament to the day’s celebratory spirit. The sheer happiness radiated from everyone, creating an aura of positivity that was almost tangible.

In the quieter moments, the video revealed the depth of relationships. The way Abby’s father looked at her during their dance, the teasing camaraderie among friends, and the glasses lifted in celebration down to the hearty laughter all painted a picture of a community bound together by love.

Abby and Jordan’s wedding was not just about them; it was a celebration of all the relationships they had nurtured over the years. The video stands as a testament to a day when love was the victor when two people’s happiness became the happiness of a whole community. It was truly a celebration immersed in joy and unity.

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