Lindsay & Sam | Bigfoot Country Club | Lake Geneva Wedding Photographer

Sam & Lindsay’s Fontana wedding on Lake Geneva was exactly what a wedding should be – totally heartfelt, absolutely fun, dotted with personal details and 100% about celebrating love and friendship. Emily was there to capture it all for them and we both loved how Lindsay kept the elegance quotient high with a structured gown and glammed out bridesmaids while Sam was handsomely true to his own fun style in custom Nike’s emblazoned with the words Groom Zilla. From start to finish their details were more personal than many I’ve seen as Sam wore family heirloom cufflinks and she her grandmother’s earrings. Their vows were beautifully written and rather clever, calling forth tears and laughter in equal measure. Surrounded by friends from all over the country and world they happily let the lake winds play with her veil and his tie, two people very much together in a crowd, two people ready to start their life as Mr. & Mrs.

The Details~

Event Rentals (lanterns, chairs, linens): FH Events Design
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker
Bride’s Dress: Paloma Blanca
Wedding Gown Shop: Veiled in Elegance
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Lauren & Matt | Bucktown Engagement Photography

Lauren & Matt live in Bucktown, a neighborhood so full of life and urban awesomeness that I was surprised when they hiked me up to a green trail floating above the city. Nooks and trails, fun signage and surprising architecture are what make Bucktown such a lovely place for them – that and the fact that Lauren has siblings that live near by. Within minutes of chatting with Lauren & Matt I came to understand how important that last fact is to them. They have framed photographs of grandparents in their living room and chat easily about their last outing with relatives. They are family focused people and above all else, excited to make their family of two (and two fur babies) officially official. They’ll do that in Milwaukee next summer, which is another town near and dear to them. They met at Marquette University, playing soccer and growing up, friends with a lot of the same people and dedicated to the same game. They have a lot in common like that – similar tastes in people, recreation, fun. And perhaps most importantly compatible tastes in partnership because if I know anything about these two so far it is that they are, very simply, one another’s best friend.

Rachael & Will | Grain Exchange Milwaukee Wedding

Rachael & Will’s wedding day was the kind of day I look back on and smile, easily remembering how the sun shone and the smiles were real, how the river sparkled and the two of them reveled in each other’s happiness, how their friends cheered as they floated through it all, a new family forged by faith and love.  Their personal details were sweetly thoughtful and touching, but always fun, too: Will started Rachael’s day with a memory book about where they have been and where they are going; she gifted him coveted Packers vc. Texans tickets, promising to be his rival for only a day. They exited the church to bubbles and then danced and toasted on board a trolley between church and the ever-elegant Grain Exchange, made even more beautiful by their choices in gold details with a decidedly foodie flair. (This last bit was no surprise considering that I left their house after their engagement session with a freshly baked muffin!) All in all, if was a classic Milwaukee wedding, but also a classic Rachael & Will kind of day – tasteful and charming, lots of fun and chock full of laughter and love.

The Details ~

Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: Waters Wtoo
Tuxes: Vera Wang Men’s Warehouse
Church: Bay View United Methodist Church
Pastor: Kelly Fowler
Venue: Grain Exchange with Bartolotta Catering
Cake: Aggie’s
Guest book: Peachwik
Wedding invitations: Magnet Street