Meg & Garrett | Pier Wisconsin Wedding | St Hedwig’s Wedding Photographer

Last November I visited Meg & Garrett in New York where they live now and came to know them just a bit. They treated me to a delicious dinner and a great walking tour of Central Park West, to stories about college when they met and became best friends, and ultimately, to time with them, which was by far the biggest treat of all. And I’m pretty sure that’s how their adoring families feel about them, too, as both their moms and dads live states away making time together the most precious thing of all. So on their wedding day Meg & Garrett made sure they slowed things down as much as possible. Meg dressed at her childhood home and Garrett’s family visited the hotel suite where he spent the morning. They shared a full mass with Father Tim, a priest who’s known her family for ages and meandered through the city in a trolley with their bridal party. They greeted guests at their lakeside cocktail hour and shared in the surprise of Meg’s dad singing to them a capella as part of his welcome toast. Champagne popped and fizzed while glasses clinked, tears fell and laughter was never ending and then just when it seemed it couldn’t get any better the guests and family were invited up from the tent at Pier Wisconsin for dancing in the Pilot House. The decor was spectacular, the mood electric, and I’ve never seen a crowd dance so happily for so long in my life. In an atmosphere like no other I’ve photographed the band brought the house down as Garrett held Meg in his arms, thinking that time with her was all that could ever matter in the world.

The Details ~

Styling and Planning: Dynamic Events by David Caruso

Flowers: Fresh Design

Paper: Paper Envy

Calligraphy: Blooming Quill

Rigging, Lighting and Fabric draping: Majic Productions and Barking Pony

Rentals: AFR Furniture, BBJ

Cake: Cakes by Erin Salerno

Trolley: DMI Trolley

Band: LKO, Larry King Orchestra

Catering: Bartolotta Catering and Events at Pier Wisconsin

Hotel: The Pfister

Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge

Bridal Shop: Kleinfeld’s

Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s wear: Harley’s bespoke

Bride’s Makeup and Hair: Wide Eyed Beauty

Maid’s dresses: Bill Levkoff via Bella Bridemaid

Men’s tuxedos: Michael Kors

Michelle & Jonathan | Whistling Straits Wedding Photographer

Michelle & Jon’s Whistling Straits wedding day was filled with sheer beauty and sweet details, intense fun and intimate chats with friends. It was private and gorgeous, totally personal and better than even the wedding planner bride could have imagined. Michelle can be serious and organized and she’s always thorough, but Jonathan brings out the playfulness in her, keeps her dancing and laughing and inspired by the magic of life and love. Together they are a force for happiness and good in their world and their wedding showed off their creative energies. I loved all the surprising events peppered throughout the day and night that kept guests entertained and emotional and happy to be there for Michelle & Jon – from a wine mixing ritual after their vows to sparklers at night, from lawn games to champagne towers, from multiple toasts from friends and family to a late night clothing change and choreographed dances that signaled the start of a true party: everything about Michelle & Jon’s wedding was personal and personalized. Carolina was there to capture it all for them and managed time to see them out to the lakefront too. Whistling Straits is always a perfect backdrop for a wedding, but with Michelle & Jon’s vision to complement the stunning scenery the results are stunningly beautiful.

The Details ~

Bride’s Dress: Cosmobella

Styling/Planning: Sebastian Events

Cake and Catering: Whistling Straits, Trina Moynihan

Hair: Christine Hein, Bloom

Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia

Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Sports Core Salon at the American Club

Harp & Violin: ACA Entertainment

DJ: Double Platinum

Florals: The American Club

Jessica & Stephen | Wade House at Elkhart Lake Wedding Photographer

Jessica & Stephen were engaged on North Avenue Beach with the stunning skyline of Chicago and the cold waters of Lake Michigan their easy companions. Chicago is home for now, the city where they met and fell in love and where they’ll raise a family but Jessica’s second home (and now, Stephen’s, too) is further north in a town by a different lake. Jessica grew up in California but spent summers back at her father’s family home on Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. She learned to love cowboy boots and rustic lace; she became a country girl at heart.  So when it was time to plan their wedding there was no question where it would be and that it would be a mini-destination wedding for just about everyone involved. And what a wonderful destination it is. An unexpected gem of a venue in the Wade House sits sprawling on old farm lands and boasts period-costumed farm hands, blacksmiths and more, recalling the stage coach era of Wisconsin’s past. After saying I do in a beautiful cream city brick church, Jessica & Stephen added a modern tent, gorgeous florals, whisky barrel bars, and lots of lounge furniture to the Wade House’s one-of-a-kind Carriage Museum grounds and toasted the night away with their favorite people in the world. The band kept everyone on their feet through out dinner and after, while the toasts of family and friends illuminated Jessica & Stephen for the awesome couple they are. It was rustic, but elegant, down home but refined. It was a perfect blend of city and country, of two families and sets of friends, of Jessica and Stephen.

The Details ~

Planning & Styling: Tailored Engagements
Florals: Marius Bell
Church: St. Cloud Catholic Church
Reception: Wade House
Getting Ready Venue: Osthoff
Bride’s Dress: Ines diSanto
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Calligraphy: Lemonseed & Co. 
Linens: BBJ 
Hair: Krystal from ScottFree Salon