Featured Vendor, Carina Photographics

We are thrilled to be featuring one of Rustic Elegance’s fav phototographers, Carina Photographics, Joanna is an amazing photographer and has a great style and love for outdoor shooting. It is so important to pick a photographer that you connect with as they are with you most of your day and for all the important moments! Learn a bit about Joanna and check out some of her work below-hope your ready to be Wowed!

btw, check out these amazing venues!! love Barns of Old Glory and Cottage Vineyard is one of the most dreamy vineyards we have ever seen! We would love to help plan your wedding here!

What’s your favorite moment at a wedding to photograph?
The first look and couple portraits are my favorite part of the day! Seeing the anticipation followed by the love and tears that flow is so sweet to be a part of. The couple’s nervousness from the day melts away at this point too and you can just see the comfort, happiness and joy of just being together. And they really love getting their photos taken then too, it’s so much fun!

What do you love most about shooting outdoor/rustic events?
I personally love being in nature. Just being outdoors and in a rustic environment makes people more relaxed and comfortable and able to be themselves, and being able to create photographic art for people combining amazing light reflected in nature is truly one of my favorite things. One nice benefit of photographing weddings and portraits is that people strive to be in beautiful environments for their day, so we get to see and photograph some really amazing locations!

How did you get into photography?
I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid! I still remember my first Kodak film camera (the kind with a flash cube) when I was little and I loved cutting nature photos out of magazines and sticking them to my bedroom walls. I was in the photo club in middle school (we rolled film in a closet under a stairway), then studied photography in college (where we rolled film in a more respectable closet). I worked as a graphic designer for many years while nurturing my photography hobby until we had our first baby, then I made a career switch and opened my own wedding and portrait photography studio.

What makes you smile?
My two kids (when they are being cooperative!) and hubby make me smile every day!

Besides photography, what do you enjoy?
World travel, camping, hiking, reading, dancing, and cookies, in no particular order. 🙂

Any tips for couples when deciding on a photographer?
I actually wrote a blog article on this exact topic as I have a lot of advice to give. Read more about it here: Carina Photographics

How would you describe your style?
Fine art, editorial (meaning photos look like they came from a magazine), storytelling (meaning details and progression of the day are captured so images work particularly well in an album).

How long have you been a photographer?
Twenty years now (started out with fine art, landscape, nature and travel photography), and then I opened my wedding and portrait photography business in 2011.

Cottage Vineyard and Winery

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Barns of Old Glory

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Photographer: Carina Photographics
Barn Venue: Barns of Old Glory
Vineyard:Cottage Vineyard

Wedding Planner, How to Tie a Bow Tie

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Tying a bow tie can be a bit tricky, so we asked Gus from Heimie’s Haberdashery-A men’s clothing store in St. Paul, to give us a little lesson. Follow these simple steps to get the perfect bow tie! Thank you Jeannine Marie Photography for these great photos!

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1) Place the tie around the neck. Fold the right end of the bow band back on itself.

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2) Hold the loop in one hand and place it centered at the base of the neck.
With your other hand, grab the left side of the bow band.

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3) Wrap it under, and straight up the center of the part you are holding in your right hand. Make sure the narrow piece of the band is crossing in the middle.

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4) Bring the left end all the way down, behind the neck loop.

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5) Tuck this end through the front loop, pulling it from left to right.

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6) Pull the bow tie tight and tug it into shape.

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Thanks Gus!! You were a great teacher/model!!

Here is a U-Tube Link:
https://youtu.be/UQCIkxKoR2Q

Wedding Planner, Celebrations at The Gables

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Gege, the owner of a new barn venue, Celebrations at The Gables. What a great rustic venue located in Turtle Lake WI!! They have an outdoor pavilion perfect for a reception and also an old barn which has been turned into a chapel (we love the church pews)! . The venue can host up to 300 people! Gege also runs a family owned catering company and has been catering food for 24 years. So needless to say the food will be amazing! They also have plumbed bathrooms which is great for this type of outdoor venue. Gege is wonderful and we highly recommend Celebrations at The Gables. Contact us for help planning your wedding here.

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