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november, two thousand seventeen . eau claire, wisconsin

Mariah + Stephen

A message from Samantha Mathews, Wedding Coordinator + Planning of Mathews Weddings and Events.

"My vision for our intimate styled shoot was wanting to focus on what matters. A lot of times brides think of weddings as only a large event with every family member and friend they could imagine in attendance. Although that is not a bad thing, not all brides desire that or can afford it. I really wanted this styled shoot to show the raw moments of what an intimate wedding can be. Intimate weddings for me are all about gathering immediate family and a few close friends to witness a lifetime union before God. Celebrating this special moment can go by so quickly and get lost in your wedding budget and all the "add on's" that come with planning a wedding. But if you want to focus on the true reason for your wedding day, an intimate wedding is the best option for you. And, if you still desire to celebrate with all your other family members and friends, having a post wedding celebration reception is a great option. Everyone can eat, drink, and be merry while they celebrate your marriage. 

My desire was to have lots of greenery with touches of white, red, and burgundy floral, a two tiered burgundy and white cake, a bride with subtle smokey eye with a dark lip and nice relaxed curl with some detail of a braid in a gown that is embodied the simplicity yet elegance of the day. I wanted our color palette to embody the holiday, but not be taken over by it. I chose a lot of jewel tones; burgundy, reds, purples, with hints of greens and blues. I feel like all these colors added to the romantic feel but yet still showing the season in which the wedding (shoot) was in. Because of what I envisioned for this shoot, I knew Alta Viola's House inside of Sweet Legacy Vintage Rentals was the perfect place to host our shoot. With our intimate wedding styled shoot, the owner(s) created the perfect intimate ceremony space complete with cozy and darling couches and chairs. It was so perfect and so romantic with the string lighting. And with a dream team of vendors, this shoot came together so well. Our lovely models, Mariah and Steve are newly married and they were fully in and so in love with each other. Each photo captures their TRUE love and RAW emotions.

I coordinating everything, planning, design, and did the calligraphy and invite suite. It was such a pleasure dreaming up this shoot with these vendors. I am beyond thankful to have had the opportunity to meet them as well to show brides how beautiful, affordable, and doable an intimate wedding can be. Any bride deserves to focus all of her time and effort on her blooming relationship and thats what an intimate wedding can be for you. To those dreaming up your own intimate wedding, if it includes everything that you hold dear, it be beautiful and so meaningful.”

PHOTOGRAPHER: Selycia Yang Photography 
COORINATING + WEDDING PLANNER: Mattews Weddings and Events 
CALLIGRAPHY: Mattews Weddings and Events 
VENUE + DECOR RENTALS: Alta Viola’s at Sweet Legacy 
DRESS + TUX: Foreign 5 
CAKE: Sugarspoon Desserts 
FLORAL: Rebecca Kay Designs 
MAKEUP ARTIST: Kaili Amrein Enger
HAIR STYLIST: Krista Cummings


"If you’re looking for a photographer that can capture the love between you and your partner, contact Selycia Yang based in WI. She does some amazing work as you can see by these photos!"

Sophia + PETER

"Selycia as a very detail focused photographer. She really captures who you are! I loved all the time she has put into making everything perfect. From our first meeting, our box of goodies she sent in the mail, engagement photos, and everything in between she has been a dream to work with and BY FAR my favorite vendor. I cannot thank her enough for her amazing talent that we get to enjoy for years and years to come. She is extremely talented with a camera and has the eye for capturing love!"

Rachel + Tanner

Mary + David

"We did a couple session with Selycia and it was so much fun. She is so down to earth, willing to do so much for her clients. She make her clients feel comfortable and get to know them during the photoshoot. She is a phenomenal photographer. We would definitely have her to be our photographer again."

"Thank you Selycia!! You are truly the best!! We had a great day today and thank you for going over and beyond for us. You went out of your way to make this photo session perfect!! We both are so grateful to have found you as our photographer. I can't wait to see the final photos for the engagement and can't wait for you to shoot our big day. Thank you again!!!"

panhia + David