Taylor and Corey

Oshkosh, Wisconsin



Photography | Ashlea Snell Photography | @ashleasnellphotography

Venue | The Paine Arts Center and Gardens

Floral Designer | Branching Out | @branchingoutandcompany

Event Designer | Wedding Perfect | @weddingperfectappleton

Gown Salon | Vera’s House of Bridals @verasbridals

Bridesmaids Dresses | Brandi’s Bridal Galleria | @brandisbridal

Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | @menswearhouse

Cake Designer | La Sure’s

Invitations | Zazzle | @zazzle

Accommodations | Waterfront Hotel

These two met in college at UW Oshkosh, they were both hurdlers on the track and field team. They quickly bonded over their love for the sport and all the things they had in common.


From the Bride

Our inspiration for the wedding was a romantic garden wedding. We really wanted to use soft colors and touches so that the beauty of the Paine gardens could shine. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was Corey’s 90-year-old Grandpa who’s a retired Pastor married us with a message that perfectly fits us for our “Marriage Race”. Another was that all of our friends and family traveled from all over and came to Oshkosh to celebrate with us. Many of them have never been to Oshkosh so we were so excited to have them experience the Paine as well as the downtown area/ fox river where we had our reception. Our other favorite part of the wedding was all of our AMAZING vendors. They truly made everything perfect, were so easy to work with, and made our day stress free so we could be present and enjoy the day!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We chose The Paine Art Center and Gardens as our wedding venue and fell in love with the romantic garden theme. We wanted our colors to match that so we chose blush pink with gold and greenery accents.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

For decorations we wanted to keep them simple. At The Paine we got married in the beautiful ceremony garden so there wasn’t much that needed decorating. We had our florist decorate the arbor with a floral piece and swag. For the reception we chose the Athearn Ballroom at the Best Western Waterfront Premier Hotel because of the beautiful chandeliers. We wanted to keep decorations light on the guest tables so the focus was on the head table. Our decorator, Wedding Perfect, made our gorgeous icicle lit head table which added to the romantic feel. My aunt, Joellen, made all of the floral/candle lit center pieces at our reception and it was exactly what we wanted. Our DIY projects were the table numbers, the welcome sign and our love story sign. We even added our own personal touch to the two sings by hanging our track spikes on them.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Florals were very important in our planning and design process. We chose the Paine because of all the beautiful gardens and flowers. It is such a beautiful backdrop. Our florist helped tie together our romantic garden theme into our pieces from them.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

One of our favorite parts of the day was having Corey’s Grandpa, Gampy, marry us. He’s 90 years old and a retired pastor so it made our day so special to have him give us such a personalized message for our “marriage race”. Another favorite part of our day was at the reception when we looked around at all of our friends and family who traveled from all over to celebrate us. We chose Oshkosh because it’s where we met and fell in love but only a few of our guests actually live in the area. So it was extra special seeing everyone come to celebrate with us.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted the fashion to reflect the overall theme for the wedding of light and romantic. When wedding dress shopping I was looking for a mermaid/fit and flare style dress with some bling to it. I looked online and had only found one dress before my appointment that I liked. Vera’s had this dress and after trying on that dress and many styles like it, I ended up falling in love with the dress I found online. For bridesmaids dresses I wanted to find a style that fit everyone well and was the shade of blush pink I was looking for. For the groom/groomsmen look we decided on the darker grey suits because we like how it looked with the blush pink bridesmaid dresses. We had Corey stand out a little by wearing a white tie and pocket square and the groomsmen wore blush pink ties and pocket squares.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met in college at UW Oshkosh. We were both hurdlers on the Track and Field team and were friends at first before we started dating. After dating for 3.5 years, Corey proposed at his family’s lake cottage that we go to every summer for a week. Whenever we go on vacation we try to wake up early one day and watch the sunrise. The day we had picked to wake up early was foggy and cloudy but Corey was persistent on following him outside. He had made a path of candles in the yard and spelled out “forever?” in candles at the end. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most anticipated or special moments of our wedding day was seeing each other for the first time during the first look and walking down the aisle. Also having Corey’s Grandpa “Gampy” marry us.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

My wedding planning advice would be to choose 2 or 3 things that are the most important to you and prioritize them. For us it was the photographer and venue. So we decided these would be the two things we could splurge a little more on and try to save in the other areas. Also just remembering during the wedding planning process that the most important part of the day is that you’re marrying the love of your life. It helps keep everything into perspective and helped us be practical with some of our decisions.