Farmin’ Betty’s Wedding

Have I mentioned that fall weddings really have my heart?  Well, I love everything about them.  Even when the weather seems to be less than ideal there is an indescribable beauty to a drizzly October day.  This wedding was particularly special to me since I first met Sean in a darkroom class in college, and then a couple short years later we ended up working at the same photo studio for a local retailer.  That’s where our lovely bride, Tristine, enters the picture.  Sean and Tristine met, fell in love, and then moved to California.  Bye guys, it was nice knowing you (sniffle).  After these sweethearts got engaged the greatest email hit my inbox (um, YES!  When and where?  I’m there!).  I met them in Big Sur at the the scene of the engagement and we traipsed along the coast making gorgeous images to document this joyous moment in their lives.  But, back to this Farmin’ Betty’s wedding.  Tristine is a very talented photo stylist and a lot of attention and curation went into the vendors she chose to make her vision come to life.  Feisty Flowers nailed the California meets Wisconsin driftwood and succulent crafted centerpieces.  The signature drinks, mason jars (those straws!), perfectly autumn desert table, and his and hers late night snack packs showed both of their personalities in the most captivating yet subtle way.  It’s true that I may have an affinity for autumn weddings, an affinity for Sean and Tristine, and I may have an affinity for this fantastic family venue, but it is truly one of my most favorite weddings of all time.  Scroll down to see all the love, beauty, and how a destination Wisconsin wedding is done just right.

 

 

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Milwaukee Public Market Wedding

When I met Paul and Maia for the first time I really hoped that I’d be lucky enough to be their chosen photographer.  I loved their wiffle ball love story and their perseverance with a period of long distance between them.  It also turned out that Paul and I used to be neighbors!  What are the odds of that?  Lucky for me I got to be their wedding photographer, because it was truly a quintessential stunner of a Milwaukee wedding day!  Paul is the manager of the celebrated Milwaukee Public Market in downtown.  It didn’t take much persuasion from Maia and his co-workers to realize that the perfect wedding reception location was just under his nose, and even most of his vendors including Form Fine Goods + Floral (those olive branches!).  There were so many incredible moments on their wedding day full of love and laughter.  I loved their first look on the top of Zen on 7, and also Maia and her father’s first look (wait until you see his reaction!).  Still reeling in the amount of love between this couple and their special day.

Lake Lawn Resort Wedding

Carlie + Amy got married at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin.  Carlie’s family has vacationed there for generations, and the girls decided it was the perfect destination for their wedding.  Now every holiday spent at Lake Lawn will feel even more special.

Weather always plays a big part in a wedding day, and when you have an outdoor wedding you always hope you can stick with plan A.  Short of a torrential downpour, nothing was going to stop these brides from walking down to the lakefront for their vows.  The day may have started a little grey, but by the time the brides were ready to seal the deal the cloud coverage significantly lightened to the most luminous of lighting conditions.  I loved photographing their engagement session in Chicago, but I loved photographing their marriage and (super awesome) families even more.  Their wedding day was certainly one of my favorites.

 

 

 

Bespoke Wisconsin Wedding

Thomas + Emily go to together like Frank Lloyd Wright and organic architecture.  Although Thomas is a few years younger than me I remember him from high school (he’s always had a great sense of personal style).  Fast forward many years later, our paths cross again, we meet again at ArtAsia (an Asian antique store and art gallery) where I had a part time gig.  Emily entered the picture as an intern at the store before she headed to Thailand to teach English.  When she came back to Milwaukee, I noticed a sweetness starting to develop between her and Thomas.  In fact everyone at the store noticed, and we kept tabs on them waiting for a dating announcement to be made.  It took a LONG while, but it finally happened.  Years later, after starting my very own photography business, I get a text from Thomas saying that he had proposed on the rooftop of Artasia, and wanted me to shoot their wedding.   Nothing beats that feeling.  Nothing.  I always knew deep down they would get married, but I was beyond surprised and thrilled that I would be the one to document their wedding day.  Take a look at the bespoke beauty the Thomas and Emily curated for their big day.