Rotary Garden Wedding – Janesville, Wisconsin

I LOVE getting the chance to photograph a Rotary Garden Wedding. It is so darn beautiful and was so inspired by Sonya and Jon for their wedding day vision. They along with their community of friends and family made a day that just felt connected and intimate from start to finish.
When I met Sonya & Jon this past spring at her apartment I was surprised to learn she was growing all of her own wedding flowers from seed! Seeing all of the beautiful arrangements and bouquets on their wedding day I was amazed at how gorgeous they turned out. I especially loved hanging out with Jon as he couldn’t decide which boutonniere to choose… they were all so lovely.
Jon & Sonya, tell me about your favorite moments from your wedding day!
Sonya – For me it was quite a blur, but a really really joyous, happy one! I remember having a blast with the wedding party photos before the wedding. I remember during the wedding ceremony how special that moment was standing up there with Jon and thinking the whole time how much I love him and how handsome he looked that day! I remember during the reception how I keep looking around at all the important people in my life, and seeing everyone was so happy and enjoying themselves. I remember feeling very proud that everything came together so smoothly! I also distinctly remembering being able to totally relax after we finished the 2 choreographed dances- because everything had went off without a hitch, and we could just enjoy the party! Lastly (sorry….so many good memories- maybe it wasn’t such a blur!) I remember how much I loved wearing my dress- it was so beautiful and comfortable, and I don’t know how many times I kept telling people so proudly “My mom made this!!!!”
Jon– my favorite parts were that beautiful setting and perfect day, being there with all of my favorite people. During the ceremony I was kind of just looking around and around, taking it all in. I had an absolute blast with the prewedding photo shoot with you and the wedding party. I loved our first dance…that was my first dance performance in front of people, so I’m pretty proud of that. I loved seeing all of my family and friends with such giant smiles on their faces the whole night, dancing and having a such a good time, especially my parents. And I loved my mom’s really nice speech, since she never ever gets up in a room of people and speaks like that. I couldn’t believe it. And last, the fact that my twin brother’s girlfriend caught the bouquet and had the biggest smile when she did it. Those are my favorite memories.
Sonya your wedding was truly was hand made, you even grew your own wedding flowers and they were stunning. I loved how your mom made your dress too, tell me about all of your DIY’s.
As for homemade wedding dress- my mom takes all the credit for that one! I’m extremely lucky to have such a talented seamstress for a mom! We picked out the pattern and the material together, but otherwise I had to pretty much just put my faith in her talents and she really came through in a big way! I love that dress so much!
Wedding flowers is a pretty big undertaking- so I don’t recommend doing that unless you absolutely love gardening like I do! But I love my garden time- so it was totally worth it for me. I grew way more kinds of flowers that I needed too, but it was awesome to have the variety. I have an 800 square foot community garden, which was plenty of room to grow the flowers, but because I didn’t space out the planting of some of the flowers, I ended up with some of them blooming outside the window I needed, but I had planted some in my mom’s garden, and nabbed a bunch of perennials from my dad’s house & his neighbors too (with permission of course!) Not only is planning out and growing the flowers a big undertaking, but it’s a process to pick and and arrange them, which HAS to be done soon before the wedding, because I’m guessing most people don’t own walk-in coolers to keep them in! The picking and arranging also HAS to be a community effort. There’s no way I could have done it alone. I had friends and family help me cut all the flowers on the Thursday evening before the wedding, and then I kept them in big buckets in my home. I then had more friends and family over on Friday morning for the ‘arranging’ party, and we arranged all the jars that morning, & transported them to the venue by Friday afternoon. With that timeframe, the flowers were fresh enough to not need any special cooled area.

 

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Wedding Vendors:
C’est La Vie – DJ/photobooth – Komlan was amazing- he kept that dance floor hoppin’ the whole night!
Blue Plate Catering – catering – David Porto was so easy to work with & food was fresh and delicious- I highly recommend this company
Rotary Gardens – wedding venue
Hailey’s Sweets and Treats- wedding cake
Norske Nook- wedding pie
Kobussen Buses – wedding shuttle

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