Erica & Mike | South Shore Pavilion Wedding | Milwaukee Wedding photographer

Erica & Mike live in Boston, but along with a host of friends and family members they traveled back to the land of Old Fashioned’s, lakes, and good people for their May wedding. Standing lakeside just south of downtown Milwaukee they kept it short and sweet, saying I Do in front of the people in the world that love them most. It was a little chillier than expected and the wind played games with Erica’s veil but the sentiments and love they expressed warmed everyone in attendance from the inside out. I loved the high/low quality of everything the two of them opted to do on their wedding day; the guys were handsomely comfortable sans coats while the ladies wowed in elegant tea length dresses and lots of lace. A stop on an elegant elm lined lane was followed up by drinks at Blackbird, a great bar that calls to mind words like hipster, dive, northwoods and cozy. A touch of rustic this and that decorated tables and high tops (think mason jar cocktails and burlap + lace table runners) while dinner plate dahlias and hydrangeas as big as grapefruits added a garden party element.  Fabric from many family wedding dresses formed a heart sewn to Erica’s under skirt and Mike’s guys wore designer sneakers designed by a friend. All in all it was simply genuine, fun, elegant but easy and oh-so-exactly what they wanted. Cheers to doing it your way; Cheers to Erica & Mike.

 

The Details ~

Planning & styling: Tailored Engagements
Cake(s): Homemade by bride’s Aunt
Catering: Chef Jack’s
Linens: Chef Jack’s
DJ/Photobooth/Draping: Sound by Design
Specialty Cocktails: Provided by Bride & Groom-served by Bartenders on the Go

Jessie & Austin | Chicago & Lake Geneva Wedding Photographer

Jessie & Austin live in Chicago’s Wicker Park – two lawyers who met in law school making the most of one of the city’s most coveted neighborhoods. They love their Big Star and Dove’s and Stan’s plus a slew of other local eateries and hangouts that make Chicago feel like their own little corner of the world. I met them in their world on an out-of-the-ordinary morning when Canadian wildfires were causing the sun to make the lake sparkle orange and the sky to cloud the tiniest bit pink. Between discussing where to get bloodies and treats they adorably waffled back and forth between that great place with outdoor seating and that tasty spot with good views, all the while winding me through the neighborhood’s eponymous park and and gritty-but-gorgeous urban landscape. I loved watching them collapse into one another in laughter, offer each other messy donut bites, and catch each other’s eye despite the alternate view of Chicago’s skyline. Basically, they are totally in love – in love with the city and in love with each other. In love with being on the precipice of forever and at the same time enjoying each tiny moment of today.

Benjamin at 6 months | Milwaukee Family Photographer

I first met baby Benjamin about 6 months ago when he was just a newborn, all bald and cheeky and consumed by cuddles most of the time. Now he’s pretty much the same, but there’s a bit more hair and a lot more smiles. I was so impressed by his calm, sweet demeanor during his 6 month photo shoot that we simply stayed at home for the duration – Benjamin in his own way showing me his favorite places and toys, and of course, loving on his pup Alki. I love the everyday-ness of these images, the serenity of a home filled with family, the fun of a backyard with someone to play in it. The light at Benjamin’s house is pretty dreamy, too, and I can’t wait to share these with his mom and dad. Happy 6 months baby Benjamin, growing up looks good on you.

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