Style Me Pretty Featured Photographer | Forest Wedding at Rustic Manor 1848

In so many ways I am a wedding nerd – and everyone I work with is too. So even when we aren’t capturing a real wedding for a sweet couple we are dreaming about what we would do given the awesome task of designing our own ideal wedding. Style Shoots are opportunities to do just that – imagine ourselves as brides or a stylists for idealized couples and simply shoot for the moon with all things beautiful. Today, this is who we are…

As planners and photographers we work and live in the city, love a glammed out high heel, can’t resist a black bow tie paired with a slim cut tux and delight in pretending we are in Paris when munching on a macaroon. Still, the woods often call out to us, begging to be wandered and enjoyed while offering a cool respite from the city heat and sun. So while we love a classic cathedral ceremony and a warehouse reception, we adore an outdoor wedding – so we set out to dream of a wooded wedding that is anything but rustic.

Featured on Style Me Pretty, this jewel-tone shoot came together at Rustic Manor 1848 with the super talents of Tailored Engagements {Styling}, Daffodil Parker {Flowers}, Tayla LaMacchia {Hair}, Laura Graven of Tailored Salon {Makeup}, Yield Bakehouse {Desserts}, Centennial Press {Paper}, Hayley Paige {Bride’s Dress}, Bliss Bridal {Bridal Store}, Harley’s for Men {Men’s wear}, Plus rentals and details by Sparkle Pony, Host and Toast Studio, Relics and Arena Americas.

Kristin & Joel | Pier Wisconsin Wedding Photographer

Kristin & Joel clearly love the water. They spent the vast majority of their wedding day within walking distance of a lake, working in views of both Pewaukee Lake and Lake Michigan, saying their vows at a church with “By the Lake” in its very name, and even climbing on piers and rocks to be just a little bit closer to the water. I think being near the water feels rather a lot like being at home for them and that is what they wanted for the riotously fun, colorful, intimate wedding day – to be at home with one another and all of their favorite people (and to have a few moments with their dog Beans, too.) It was, in all seriousness, a perfectly perfect day. The smiles that day were genuine and plentiful, the laughter even more bountiful and real. From jokes to tears and back again to jokes – the toasts, whether informally offered in a well-loved Pewaukee Lake dive bar or practiced and perfectly delivered in the Pilot House at Pier Wisconsin- revealed a deep and sustaining love between Kristin and Joel and also for them. They are Loved and on their wedding day they shared it, reveled in it and felt oh-so-humbled by all the love and these are the photos to prove it. Congrats to Beans and his humans; Cheers to Love!

The Details ~

Flowers: Fresh Design Flowers

Bridal Store: Brandi’s Bridal

CupcakeS: Classy Girl Cupcakes

Stationary: Paper Envy

Catering: Bartolotta’s Catering and Events at Pier Wisconsin

Morgan & Tim | Lake Park Engagement Photographer

Morgan and Tim are planning a New Year’s Eve wedding this year and in anticipation of all the spectacular glam that such a night brings, they opted for a complete opposite sort of engagement session: one where Harrison the golden retriever gets to participate (okay, steal the show); one where fuzzy blankets and wicker picnic baskets have a place; one where the two of them could wander in the late summer sun. Sweet, simple and homey. Emily met them at Lake Park for such a session and delighted in photographing their easy smiles and warm personalities, Morgan’s interior designer styling adding an extra ounce or two of awesomeness to the whole mix. While they shipped champagne and enjoyed a cheese and prosciutto snack in the park Harrison lounged happily by his mom and dad’s laps, occasionally snuggling into one and always giving off an air of perfect contentment. Which very much also describes Morgan and Tim. They are content and always at ease when together with one another, each the other’s home.