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August 19, 2013

Intimate Wedding on Lake Wisconsin Wedding

Just in case you are planning or dreaming of a having an intimate wedding on a lake in Wisconsin (because we dream of it even though we have been married for over 8 years)… here is a list of a few places that we think would be great to host a select few of your closest family and friends for a few days.


Most of these houses and cabins are located in rustic settings and almost everyone has amazing secluded waterfront property that we think would work for a wedding weekend. We listed the amount of people that each places can sleep on beds, but you will have to check with the owners to see how many non-overnight guests you can invite. 


Wisconsin Cabins, Homes, and Lodges for an Intimate Wedding


Luxury Lakehouse – Lake Genva (Sleeps 22)

Green Lake House – Lake Geneva Area (Sleeps 30)

Watersedge – Lake Geneva – (Sleeps 24)

Camp Wandawega – Lake Geneva (Sleeps 55)

Mukwonago Lake House – Mukwonago (Sleeps 20)

Castle Rock Lake Home – Wisconsin Dells (Sleeps 12)

Castle Rock Log Cabin – Wisconsin Dells (Sleeps 18)

The Castle of Spring Green – Spring Green (Sleeps 24)

Justin Trails Bed and Breakfast - Sparta (Sleeps 22 + Camping)

Reiss Mansion – Sheyboygan (Sleeps 20)

Arts + Crafts Masterpiece – Door County (Sleeps 14)

Buena Vista Lodge – Antigo (Sleeps 28)

Cranberry Log Castle – Eagle River (Sleeps 20)

Secluded Lake Retreat – Hayward (Sleeps 23)

The Old Chicago Club – Hayward (Sleeps 25+)

Lac Courte Oreilles Lodge - Hayward (Sleeps 25+)

Lake Superior Barn – Superior (Sleeps 20)

Madeline Island Lake Home – Bayfield (Sleeps 14)


*Just as a note, if you book us for your wedding at any of these places and it works for us to stay with you. Ray will bring the espresso machine and make drinks for anyone who wants them, its just another thing we do. :)

If you are looking for something a little bigger, you can check out our lists of great Wisconsin Wedding Barns, or Camps for a Wedding.

August 18, 2013

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Camps are really some of the best places to have a wedding. Typically everyone can stay on-site. There are a lot of activities. And they are almost all setup to spend an entire weekend with your family and friends instead of just part of a day. But Ray grew up at a camp, so of course he is a little biased.


But while camps can be pretty budget friendly they can also be hard to find (if you didn’t grow up going there), and they are pretty rustic making them a less than ideal option for some couples. Below is a list of a few that we think would work for a wedding. But we can’t guarantee that they will all host a wedding. Keep in mind most of these are real summer camps, and typically unavailable from June – August.


Wisconsin Camps for Weddings:


Camp Wandawega – Lake Delevan

Camp Dewan + Farm - Lake Geneva

Hilltop – Spring Green (No Overnight Lodging)

Kamp Kenwood – Chippewa Falls

Camp Tamarack – Waupaca

Camp Metawa – Fond du lac

Camp Anokijig – Plymouth

Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya – Green Bay

Camp Nawakwa – Minocqua

Dillmans Resort – Minocqua

Stouts Island Lodge – Birchwood

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary (Camp and Barn) – Hayward

Camp Northwoods Girl Scout Camp – Superior

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Minnesota Camps for Weddings:


Camp Miller – Duluth, MN

Pine Point Lodge – Ely, MN

Also you can go here for our list of The Best Barn Wedding Venues in Wisconsin or here for a list of Intimate Wedding Venues.


June 15, 2012

We are always on a hunt for great places to get married outdoors in Wisconsin and other parts of the Midwest. So one day, on our way to Madison, we stopped by the historic Old Feed Mill and Sugarland in Mazomanie and here are a few pictures of our visit.  They are both beautiful old spaces (yes, in some spots they have a few too many decorations, but we still think they are worth considering for a wedding location near Madison.  You can check out the or for more info on hosting a wedding or event. Also, here’s our list of some favorite Midwest wedding venues if you are looking for other ideas.

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This is Sugarland which is just five minutes outside of Mazomanie.  The barn is currently being redone to host events and is scheduled to be completed mid 2013.

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December 19, 2011

postedbyKelly  Wisconsin WeddingThere are so many reasons we love photographing weddings, but the one that trumps them all is that couples allow and trust us to witness and document some of the most beautiful and intimate moments in their lives. Doing a first look is not only great for stress relief, it’s often a wonderfully intimate, emotion-filled moment for couples who choose to go this route.

We were honored and blessed to document this for Ryan and Miranda:

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If you haven’t already read our thoughts about doing a “first look” on your wedding day, you can read about that here.

Oh and just in case you are a photographer, I VSCO’d every one of these photos. :)  

December 1, 2011

postedbyRay 2 Wisconsin WeddingI’m not really big on selling print products, as a photographer. It’s mostly because I’ve worked in photo sales at a few different jobs in the past and it gave me an aversion to selling, period. Personally, I think photographers who prioritize selling and force their clients to pay super high costs for prints cheapen their art. So I try to be as fair and reasonable as possible with all the prints that I offer through my galleries and – though I think my printer does an excellent job (and a whole lot better than say Walgreens, etc.!) – I am not going to say they are the best in the world or hold hostage the images I’ve taken for a client. I know others do it differently, but that’s what I’m most comfortable with, so it’s how I do it. :)

With all that being said, I recently came across Plywerk bamboo photo mounting and their products are – in my opinion – the best!  They are beautifully crafted, created in a eco-friendly way (in Portland, OR – yay!) and they are the first products that I would fully endorse for printing, compared to anything else I have seen. Not that there aren’t other great options (I also like canvas prints, for example), I’m just saying that this is my favorite. And I’m not getting paid a penny to say any of this. :)

As a photographer myself, I don’t print nearly as much personal work as I’d like to so, when Kelly and I stumbled upon Plywerk, we decided it was finally time to print a few images of our kids.  Here’s a glimpse into our latest photo wall:

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And in case you’re a client who is interested, I am now offering a few of their products through my galleries! It will cost you a few extra dollars if you order it from me, but I’ll do the legwork and it all goes back to those cute little kids above. :)