Vicki & Kevin | Wauwatosa Engagement Photography

Vicki & Kevin met at Medical College of Wisconsin and have supported one another through years of rigorous work and study but talk to them for a few minutes and one hears way more about playing on intramural sports teams, traveling abroad, and general light hearted mischief making than their professions as a pediatrician and a surgeon. That work has led them to Minnesota but in many ways their hearts are back in Wauwatosa and the spaces and places where their love first found a home. So on a warm, but not too warm, Milwaukee summer afternoon they met me back at school and we got to know one another. They had driven for hours to be there but one would never know it – Vicki’s gorgeous hair blowing in the breeze and Kevin’s easy smile helping her to feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Eventually they (mostly) forgot I was there and they gave into the irresistible fun of hanging out with each other, happy to be enjoying a cocktail on a Thursday afternoon (Moscow Mule, anyone?) and to have the promise of so many more nights like this in their future.

Jackie & Ben | Door County Wedding Photographer | A Northwoods Wedding

Many people in the midwest vacation in Wisconsin’s Door County, a magical little peninsula with wineries and lighthouses, cabins and camps, state parks, beautiful bays, cherry orchards and tiny towns, scandinavian charm and best of all, the persistent feeling of Vacation. Ben & Jackie are a rare breed, though, year round residents on the peninsula who are building lives and ties to the communities that support tourists and locals alike. And for their wedding they couldn’t imagine doing it any where else in the world except for here, close to the water, close to the spaces and places that make up Home. On a warm July weekend they made their oft imagined wedding come to reality, inviting friends and family to join in a northwoods fest that felt quite a lot like going back to camp – except with great food, live music, gorgeous flowers and lots of little romantic details. Jackie is a florist (check our her lovely website) and flowers were an incredibly important part of her vision for the day and I adored how petite blooms made a big impact at every turn, pairing with a little mod/vintage flair to keep all things Camp a little feminine, too. The flowers were the big visual but other personalized touches made Ben & Jackie’s wedding weekend memorable – homemade cherry muffins to say welcome at the hotels and cabins, Ben wearing his grandfathers’ watch and cufflinks, little Gracie the flower girl in Ben’s mom’s childhood dress and Jackie collecting hundreds of tiny glass vases for the flowers. But the best part of the weekend – the absolute best part – was seeing how In Love these two are. Ben simply adores Jackie and Jackie adores Ben. During their ceremony their eyes were so easy to read. Written there for all to see was the fact that they are happy and grateful and simply amazed to get to be married.

The Details ~

Ceremony Site: Marina Park, Sister Bay

Reception Venue: Private home in Ellison Bay

Florals: vessels collected by the bride, flowers by Generations Flowers

Bridesmaid jewelry: Nineteen Thirteen Custom Jewelry, Etsy

Bird cage veil: Twigs & Honey

Groom’s cufflinks: family heirlooms

Flower girls dress, Mother of the groom’s vintage dress

Placecards: Emmy Hefty Daniels

Stephanie & Matthew | Minneapolis Engagement & Wedding Photographer

Stephanie & Matt will be married this winter in (hopefully) snowy Wisconsin, a cozy, elegant affair with romantic details and lots of love. But for their engagement session “real life” was on the docket as they invited me to Minneapolis and their old neighborhood, the places in the city where they grew their relationship, tested it and created it, made themselves happy and sure that, yes this is The One. With Old Mill Ruins Park and the North Loop neighborhood as our backdrop we wandered about town on a steamy summer day, refreshed equally by pizza and beer, laughter and friendship. They live a bit further out of the city now in a house they are making into a home, but they oh-so-very fondly talked about their time close to the river and even closer to their favorite Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza joint (I will confirm their selection of the #7 as the bomb -  it was perfectly salty with a mushroom-artichoke-secret-ingredient deliciousness I want to eat again at this very moment.) Life moves us about from apartment to house, from city to suburb, from state to state so who knows where they’ll be in 5 years or 10, but I do know that the first place you live together is so formative that it cannot be replaced or forgotten or diminished. I hope these photos help them always to go back to that place in time and space more easily than most, back to where it all started for real.