When I first talked to Tara on the phone, her and fiancé Zac were moving from California (her home state) to Wisconsin (his home state). Tara didn’t know the local venues at all. But Whistling Straits was the only venue Tara had to see in person. It’s rustic elegance, breathtaking views over the lake, and the simplicity of having an outdoor ceremony and reception at the same site for their out of town guests was just what they wanted. Zac and Tara’s dad also love golf, so it was perfect!
When a wedding day runs as smoothly as Tara & Zac’s did, it’s because a coordinator is behind the scenes. “Courtney LaVita, our coordinator through the venue, was a rockstar. She handled every detail of the event and if there were any issues, she made sure I didn’t know about it!” says Tara. I always love seeing how couples’ tie in their hobbies & passions with their wedding day details – for Tara and Zac that included a whisky barrel lid guestbook & Packers themed groom’s cake! Their can coozie favors were also really neat!
One of Zac’s favorite memories from the day was dancing. When we were out taking some night time photos, Zac heard the song “Free Falling” come on, and he had to race back to dance with his daughter Kalynn, since this is their song. It was so cute : )
Tara’s advice for couples who are currently planning their wedding: “Don’t overthink the details. I gave all of my vendors and idea of my taste and what I liked and let the professionals do what they thought was best (they are the experts, after all). The day of the event, you likely won’t even notice many of the little things as you will be so busy trying to enjoy the day and see everyone there.”
Congratulations again Tara & Zac and thank you so much for entrusting me to document such a special day for you! Special thanks to my associate photographers Kristel Stephany & Amanda Couch for their assistance capturing the day!
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