Handmade Wood Wedding Wing – By the Groom!

dreaming of their wedding day from a young age,  girls picture the big white dress, the beautiful bouquet, the shiny diamond ring.  oh the shiny diamond ring.  of course, most girls aren’t dreaming of a wood ring.  they certainly are not picturing their future husband making that ring.  but this isn’t a story of an ordinary wedding ring.  this is the story of my wedding ring.

upon meeting wayne I knew he was another creative – a talented woodsman.  so when we started talking about engagement rings it was only fitting the material was wood.  not realizing wayne was going to make the ring himself, I was sure he was planning a trip to Chicago to pick it out.  soon enough though, plastic was going over the garage windows and tape was blocking the door with the marking “stay the #$%& out”.  but it wasn’t until we were under the stars, on the bank of the missouri river, that I realized he had crafted an amazing wood ring just for me.

after the engagement I was able to photograph wayne making what was becoming his wedding band.  I was so impressed in the details that went into making something that looked so simple.  cutting a couple holes in a chunk of wood dosen’t leave the ring any strength.  thus wayne spent house bending thin strips of wood around a wooden dowl.  then spending time coring the dowl out. finally placing the outside ring over the inner core. of course that’s an over simplification of the process.  the many trials of the process are spread throughout the garage in the form of exploded rings.  the best part, wayne’s blood, sweat, and joy are forever part of our wedding rings.

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Amanda is a highly sought travel wedding photographer, where no destination is to remote.  Based in Palmer, Alaska with a satellite location in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin.  Amanda is available to travel to your destination wedding, elopement, or engagement. Recent wedding and engagement travels to New York, Virginia, Jamaica, Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin showcase her adventurous spirit to capture love in remote and unique locations.  

Playing with toy cameras before she could walk, Amanda was soon using a fisher price 110 mm film camera.  She found herself spending her teenage and college years with her 35 mm film camera, rarely leaving her side, Amanda spent six weeks in Iceland and Europe capturing environmental justice with her film cameras before entering graduate school and the digital age.  While still enjoying 35mm and medium format film for personal projects, today Amanda uses digital technology for documenting her clients biggest day.  

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Ensuring her clients enjoy their wedding day is the most important element for Amanda. Thus Amanda is unobtrusive, capturing the day as it happens. Amanda does not work from a shot list, but instead reacts to events as they unfold.  This form of photography creates a visual story organic in nature.  Amanda has an eye for capturing real moments.  Her style of photography sets her apart from other wedding photographers.  

Throughout the day Amanda uses nature to help enhance her beautiful subjects.  Using natural light, shadows, and reflections Amanda ensures the bride and groom stand out.  Amanda is drawn to the magical light occurring at sunrise and sunset where she lets her creativity run free.  While Amanda prefers to work at venues that accompany her free spirit including backyards, farms, ranches, barns, wineries and secluded getaway, her talents allow her to work in most any setting.

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