Michelle & Colin | American Club Wedding and St. Norbert’s Ceremony

Michelle & Colin live in Chicago, where their lush and lovely engagement session was done earlier this year, but their story starts years ago at St. Norbert’s College close to Green Bay, Wisconsin. They met on this intimate and gorgeous campus with close ties to her family and really, getting married there was a non-negotiable. Even when they decided to host their reception an hour south at the incomparable American Club, St. Norbert’s was never in question, this place so intertwined with the start of their story it had to be part of their wedding. And what a great choice it was for them. It was early October and the winds were chilly, but the light was beautiful, the hugs warm, the laughter sincere and the campus still oh-so-green. And in the center of it all was Colin & Michelle, hand in hand, ready to blend their families and their lives forever. And blended is really the best way to describe how they designed their day: They blended local specialties with big city delights, Vera Wang elegance with collegiate plaid; they gifted their favorite Chicago popcorn to guests and treated them to sumptuous American Club style, kissed in an ice cream shop and warmed up by a courtyard fire. It was cozy and elegant, lovely and well-done; it was, indeed, their perfect day.

The Details ~

Ceremony: St. Norbert College
Videographer: Don’t Shout Films
Cake: The American Club
Flowers: The American Club
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang
Groom’s Tux: Trunk Club
Invitations: Sarah Drake
Bus: Lamers

Callie & John | Bigfoot Country Club & Lake Geneva Wedding Photography

Callie & John were married on The.Perfect.Day at Bigfoot Country Club just down the shore from idyllic Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin. It was the end of September and the kind of day that Wisconsinites dream about – sunny and warm, with a golden light that makes everyone look good, crisp breezes occasionally blowing in off the lake and a content feeling that this is a day to be savored. Callie and John reveled in it and the day they designed to be relaxed and elegant, but homey and easy going. A long cocktail hour overlooking the gorgeous green and the first hints of orange at Big Foot followed their heartfelt and happy ceremony and guests were treated to humbly offered, brilliantly delivered toasts, tasty entrees and a rocking dance party under a romantically swagged ceiling. Throughout it all Callie and John constantly checking in on all in attendance, their penchant for taking care of people still prevalent on their day. I loved the location, the atmosphere (the totally surprising and amazing hint of blush on Callie’s train) and most of all, the love that was everywhere – it was, quite simply, the perfect way to spend a Saturday, with Callie and John as they became Mr. and Mrs, happily ever after.

The Details ~

Bride’s dress: Stella York
Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew
Bride’s shies: Badgley Mischka
Officiant: Rev. Joan Fergus
Flowers: Lilypots
Wedding planner: Kelly Kloak
Venue and all food and beverages: Big Foot Country Club
Chairs/some decorations: Lakes Area Rentals
Limo service: Luxus Limo
Getting ready venue: The Abbey Resort & Spa

Sarah & Dan | Milwaukee Athletic Club Wedding and Villa Terrace First Look Photographer

One of the things I love the most about photographing weddings is the gift of witnessing transformation – women become brides when they slip on the dress and guys become husbands when they slip on the ring, two people join each other’s families and perhaps most significantly, two people decide to make one another family on their wedding day. For Sarah and Dan the transformations included all of those and more. Two little boys have been a part of their relationship for many years now, 1 his and 1 theirs, and on their wedding day all the distinctive possessive pronouns ceased to make sense. From their wedding day forward they became simply each other’s. And that was the great gift of Sarah & Dan’s all around gorgeous wedding day; yes, the sun was perfect and the flowers to die for, the toasts were funny, personal and thoughtful, everyone had fun and the day was by all accounts a success, but the only thing that mattered- the only thing – is that a family chose to be a family that day, whole and happy to be one another’s.

The Details ~

Stylist and Planner: Tailored Engagements
Venues: Milwaukee Athletic Club and Villa Terrace
Cake and sweets: Sweet Perfections
Bride’s shoes : kelli & katie
Invitations: wedding paper divas

Makeup: Teresa Balistreri, Clean Modern Pretty Makeup

Music: Get Down Sound
Robes: SandyWatersStore, Etsy
Cake Topper: BetterOffWed, Etsy
Signs: Kimgilbert3, Etsy
Puzzle guest book: TheMissingPiece, Etsy
Hair: Touche Salon, Libertyville