A Northwoods Wedding Launch and Wedding or Vow Renewal Giveaway!!!

We have some super exciting news!  Twig & Olive Photography is thrilled to announce the revival of A Northwoods Wedding, one of the best wedding blogs in the Midwest!  Created and maintained by Jenna Kutcher, we are excited to take it over and branch out into this new venture.  More information to come in the next few weeks!  In the meantime, check it out and be sure to Like the Facebook Page for more wedding inspiration. We’ll have a specific method for new submissions starting August 1, 2016.

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So what is an announcement without an AWESOME giveaway?

We are looking for a handful of amazing weddings, elopements or vow renewals – two out of the country, two in the US and one couple who is up for getting married (for real) in the desert outside of Las Vegas.  Details, fine print and how to enter as follows:

Beyond Wedding Giveaway | 50% off of any Wedding Collection

We are accepting applications for TWO non-North American weddings, elopements or vow renewals.  Winners will receive 50% off of any Beyond Wedding Collection.  To enter, send us an email titled “Beyond Wedding Giveaway” in the subject line and include the following information:

Names
How did you meet?  What is your story?
Wedding Date
Wedding Location and Link to venue (no venue or no plan?  That’s ok!)
What details make your wedding unique?
Include a picture of the two of you!

Fine Print:
Must not have booked a photographer
Must be open to adventure
Must be open to styling and planning input by Twig & Olive Photography
Wedding location must be outside of North America
Accepting applications through the end of July 2016 OR when weddings have been selected

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Unique North American Weddings  | 50% off of any Heirloom Wedding Collection

We are accepting applications for North American weddings, elopements or vow renewals.  Winners will receive 50% off of any Heirloom Wedding Collection.  To enter, send us an email titled “North American Wedding Giveaway” in the subject line and include the following information:

Names
How did you meet?  What is your story?
Wedding Date
Wedding Location and Link to venue
What details make your wedding unique?
Include a picture of the two of you

Fine Print:
Must not have booked a photographer
Must be open to adventure
Must be open to styling and planning input by Twig & Olive Photography
Wedding location must be in North America
Accepting applications through the end of July 2016 OR when weddings have been selected

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Las Vegas Wedding Couple

We are accepting applications for a REAL wedding couple to be married or renew their vows in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada on February 6, 2017.  Winners will receive free wedding ceremony coverage along with a stylized couples shoot immediately following the ceremony.  Florals, hair, makeup, dress, and well as planning logistic, will be provided.  No reception will be provided, but options for additional coverage can be discussed. This is a real wedding teaching workshop.  There will be other photographers present.  To enter, send us an email titled “Las Vegas Wedding Giveaway” in the subject line and include the following information:

Names
How did you meet?  What is your story?
Include a picture of the two of you

Fine Print:
Must not have booked a photographer
Must be open to adventure
Must be open to complete styling and planning by Twig & Olive Photography
May have small wedding party (max 3 on each side) who provide their own attire within our design specs
Max of 10 guests
Must sign model release and Twig & Olive Wedding Contract

Accepting applications through the end of July 2016 OR when weddings have been selected


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We are SO excited to launch A Northwoods Wedding and to kick it off with these great giveaways!  We look forward to hearing from you!

A New Direction – Farewell to A Northwoods Wedding

Hi lovelies, it’s Jenna, I’m here to share a bittersweet message with everyone. This has been something I have been thinking about for a long time, something I have questioned and toiled with but something that I am finally sharing. It is with a little sadness and a lot of dreaming that I am closing up shop over here at A Northwoods Wedding for the time being. This blog started almost three years ago when I teamed up with the amazing Britt, a girl I met via Twitter who shared the same passion for spreading the Midwest wedding love. It was something we thought the wedding industry was lacking and a void we wanted to fill together. Over the last three years ANW has posted blogs daily covering hundreds of incredible Midwest wedding vendors and sharing the love for north woods weddings. We have published over 750 posts filled with true love, beautiful details, and couples who are head over heels for one another. This has been a project that I have been working on for over a year on my own and something that will be hard to let go of because at the end of the day, I truly believe in the Midwest is best and it has something special to offer. 

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Why am I stopping this beautiful thing? Time. They say time is money but to me, time is life and I have spent countless hours building up this very blog to be something remarkable, time that I could be spending with my little family, working with clients, or napping (we all know I love naps.) We are the top Midwest, Minnesota, and Wisconsin wedding blog and I am so darn proud of the fact that we have represented my “home” on the web so well. I have been publishing three posts a day for various blogs over the last year and my life has been run by this extensive blogging schedule on top of building my photography business and my print shop. All of these endeavors are near and dear to my heart but they have stretched me too thin and my dreams are way too big! It’s an incredible problem when you have too many good things in your life but sometimes that puts you in a place of choosing what you can say “yes” to. This year my goal was to find balance and instead I took on more projects, more work, and more time working. Some nights I just yearn to stop staring at a computer screen, sometimes I would rather sit and paint than go through submissions. Unfortunately, it is this corner of the web that needs change. Life is a juggling act, of this I am certain and maybe someday I can return to this project and give it the love and attention it desires. 

This blog post is a tough one – truly this space has been one that has connected me to so many incredible Midwest people, it has helped me see the industry as something beautiful, and has formed bonds over the last three years, that I wouldn’t trade for the world. We have celebrated so many weddings – big and small, detailed and DIY, from every spectrum of the wedding realm and for this I am so happy. When I look through the features we have shared, I am in awe of the amount of artists we have helped promote, the stories we have told, and the love we have brought to all ends of this world. We have stuck to our original vision of sharing what sets us Midwestern brides apart and have continued to share love stories that are truly beautiful. Your support has created friends out of followers, something I wouldn’t trade for the world. The truth is, this last year was a whirlwind. I captured over 30 weddings all over the Midwest and a few sunny destinations, I enjoyed personal projects from video to painting, we bought a home, adopted another pup, started a print stop and continued to dream about what is to come. At the end of the day, spending so much time behind a computer screen was not at the top of the priority list and being more present in life was a goal of mine. 

I want to thank you for all of your support, submissions, encouragement, and friendship over the last three years. A Northwoods Wedding was able to display gorgeous Midwest love stories because of you. Thank you for believing in our mission of focusing on moments, not details and for always reminding us that it’s love that makes a wedding gorgeous (not mason jars.) This has been something that has made my heart beat for the last three years and I tearfully say goodbye to this project that started with two wedding lovers dreaming and evolved into the most popular Midwest wedding blog on the web. We did it, Britt, we really did. I can’t wait to see what my future has in store, I can’t wait to focus my efforts on my family and life beyond ANW and I hope that you continue to follow along in a journey that is sure to hold many twists and turns. Forever in my heart, A Northwoods Wedding, you are mine. 

I’d love for you to follow my journey beyond ANW, there are a million ways to stay in touch and see the other crazy projects I’ve been working on. So feel free to follow along!

Website: www.photosbyjennaleigh.com // Personal Blog: www.photosbyjennaleigh.com/blog

Print Shop // Facebook // Twitter: @jennakutcher // Instagram: @jennakutcher // Pinterest 

 

 

AmyApril 25, 2014 - 9:09 am

This makes me sad as ANW has been a wonderful place for midwest inspiration and love!! I applaud you ladies for the work that you have done to share how really great the midwest is! Makes me miss home so much! But I am excited for the new life-living adventures you will be having. There is nothing wrong with saying no and I love that you know that you have bigger dreams ahead! All my best to you!

CathleenApril 25, 2014 - 2:11 pm

I think it is safe to say that we will all miss you. Good luck with your endeavors and if you ever decide to bring ANW back to life, we will welcome you back!

ChelseyApril 25, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Would you be open to have someone take it over?

MandieApril 25, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Whatever you do next, you’ll be amazing at. I have spent countless hours of my life dreaming of awesome projects, blogs, companies, and ideas that would be so much fun- but when weighed against time with my favorite people and my little fur family, they always lose. You will not regret choosing your loved ones over work, even when the work is so much fun. XoXo, and best of the best wishes to you in your future endeavors!

Campfire Engagement from Nicole Spangler Photography

The bride and groom are getting married at a vineyard in Wisconsin this fall. They wanted to incorporate wine into their engagement session. Why not enjoy a bottle around a campfire with roasted marshmallows. They wanted a warm, cozy vibe to show off the beautiful Minnesota fall days. After the campfire, they headed to downtown Stillwater with Nicole Spangler Photography and did some urban shots, including stopping traffic to get an epic shot of the couple dipping in the middle of the Stillwater lift bride (which is being demolished soon).

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Photographer:  Nicole Spangler Photography // Other: Villa Bellezza
 

Rainy Chicago Engagement from Artistrie Co.

Not only did these Florida natives get up at the crack of dawn for their engagement shoot, they battled the cold Chicago weather and rain. When a down pour is on the forecast, most couples would want to reschedule, but Liz and Phil battle the elements. The pouring rain was unrelenting, and didn’t stop for even a second during this shoot. Luckily, we found a few semi-rain free spots where we were able to stay dry…for a little while at least! At the very end of the session Liz and Phil abandoned the umbrella and decided to just go for it, running out into the wide open. They danced, they kissed, they laughed while Artistrie Co. caught every moment for them to remember. While the conditions and weather for this shoot weren’t ideal, we were still able to get great photos of this loving couple and now they have a great story to share!
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Laid Back Farm Wedding from laurie marie photography

Caitilin & Tommy currently live in Hawaii and about a year ago they married at the courthouse. So this past November they wanted to have a celebration at home for friends and family. Tommy is in Naval Special Operations so his schedule is a bit tight so they wed on Black Friday. We took photos at Tommy’s parents hobby farm “Cherry Hill Farm”. The farm provided the perfect country living vibe for their laid back wedding day, captured beautifully by laurie marie photography. We can’t get enough of the beautiful florals (including the brides perfect floral crown) and the infinity scarves paired with the boots! Talk about making a Midwest winter feel fresh and colorful. 

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Photographer:  laurie marie photography//Shoes: Aldo//Dress Designer: Anjolique//Cake Designer:Delicately Delicious//Band:General B and The Wiz//Other:Memories Ballroom//Event Venue:St. Francis Borgia- Catholic Church//