Sarah & Matthew | Woman’s Club of Wisconsin Wedding Photography

I think it is accurate to write that my love affair with Sarah & Matt’s love started the day I photographed their engagement session in Chicago. Sarah showed up with a little Kate Spade wristlet declaring “eat cake for breakfast” and they ended the day with french toast and bacon at a deliciously greasy ‘hawks diner in their neighborhood. It was, by everyone’s account a perfect morning. And so I was beyond thrilled to get to spend another day with the two of them (and to see what adorable accessories and sweet snacks were in store.) Their summer wedding day was about more than treats though, it was all about each other and celebrating in style, but with a side dose of serious fun. I loved all the surprising little details that personalized everything to Matt & Sarah’s tastes. Next to family photos lovingly framed throughout the reception venue were equally important photos of family pets. Bright and happy tables-capes were quietly accented with mini-mason jars filled with Packers’ and Bears’ colored M&Ms. And, oh yes, Sarah’s family tradition of sharing in a shot ski with the bridal party was  turned up a notch by a  surprise shot hockey stick gifted to them by her sister. Sarah & Matt laughed their way through the day and into the night, thrilled that it had all come together so perfectly and really it did. It was happy and fun and emotional and so very them.

The Details ~

DJ/Lighting/Photobooth: Milwaukee Airwaves
Accessories (Jewelry, shoes, clutch): Kate Spade
Earrings: BHLDN
Bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan
Groom’s suit/Groomsmen suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake/desserts: Simma’s Bakery
Save the Dates/Invitations/Programs: Jackie Ince, True Sass Design
Venue/Food/Event Coordination: Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
Hair: Natalie Krebs
Makeup: Megan Kirkpatrick, The M Spa

Natalia & Mike | Schlitz Audubon Photographer

Natalia & Mike both grew up with big bodies of water as their constant neighbors. Mike in Green Bay and Natalia in Bayside, Lake Michigan has a sort of pull on them. By it’s strikingly blue waters is where they want to relax and go for strolls with their dog Molly, where Mike wanted to ask Natalia to be his wife and where they want to celebrate their new marriage this September at Pier Wisconsin. They met in law school and both practiced for awhile before Natalia had the courage and the heart to change her plans, returning to school to be a nurse. Mike still practices and Chicago is home for now, but really home is anywhere they are together – and with Molly – and it’s simply sweet to watch them together. Quiet and kind, both of them are clearly all about family and friends and making small moments count.  For this session they took me to where he made it official at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. The last time they were there it was snowing and he offered her a ring; this time it was gorgeously warm and Molly came along for the fun, cautiously investigating the beachside sticks and rocks, happy as long as Natalia & Mike were close. And that’s them, really – each made happier by the mere presence of the other.

Katie & David | Urban Ecology Center Engagement Photography

Katie & David met doing CrossFit and it’s obvious after about two minutes of conversation with these two that a passion for fitness and a love of the outdoors is an integral part of their lives, both as individuals and as a couple. They both have dogs who normally join them on their walks through the urban forest that is Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center, but on this day it was just Katie & David and a whole lot of laughter. They danced on the pathways and meandered through the woods; they told me how he proposed – on a cruise! – and how they plan to wed – in Panama close to David’s family and the amazing natural beauty of that country. Their chemistry is intense and sweet and incredibly natural  and all I can say is congrats on finding the love of your life and making it it yours forever.