Anne & James |Milwaukee Wedding Photographer at St. Anthony’s & Bartolotta’s Bacchus

Anne & James are low key people who tend not to put themselves in the center of attention. They have great smiles and tons of friends, but they have a very unassuming air about them that kind of says ” no, no, let’s talk about you, not me.” Because of that and maybe because I knew that Anne comes from a very traditional Catholic family I’ve been honored to photograph more than once, I expected their wedding to be elegant and smart without a lot of Pinterest-y fluff. But when I walked in the Brewhouse Inn on a June Saturday and saw a most gorgeous Jenny Packham gown I was turned on my heels and instantly knew that Anne & James’ version of Traditional was going to equal Perfection. The super classic (and sweetly refreshing) black & white invites echoed James’ elegant tuxedo and petite sparkles caught the eye on Anne’s Manolo’s, her vintage clutch and BHLDN accessories, plus the aforementioned beaded head-to-toe Jenny Packham. At the old world church of St Anthony’s pink peonies edged with art-deco-era inspired feathers joined the palette and neatly accented the bridesmaids in flowing blush chiffon. And then there were all little children dressed in suites and sashes – nieces and nephews all – evidence of the large and ever growing family James is so happily marrying into. I loved the classic Jaguar that greeted them as the left the church and their decision essentially to take all their favorite people out for a really, really nice dinner with late night dancing to follow. I suppose I thought Traditional was going to mean plain but instead, through the eyes of Anne & James it meant simple, romantic, authentic and utterly beautiful from start to finish.

The Details ~

Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham

Groom’s tuxedo: Jos A. Banks

Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Hairband: BHLDN

Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN

Bridesmaids earrings: Jcrew

Bride’s bracelet: BHLDN

Florals: Impressions by Esther

Cake: The Cake Lady

Placecards: Impressions by Esther

Invites: Paperwork

Veil: Ultimate Bride – Chicago

Children’s dresses and suits: Goo Goo Gaa Gaa

MOB dress: Liancarlo

Band: Cityscape

Bride’s clutch: Vintage

Engagement ring: Paul’s Jewelers

Wedding bands: Paul’s Jewelers


Becky & Matt | Lake Geneva Wedding & Engagement Photography

I met Becky & Matt for the first time – ever – at their engagement session. Becky made it sound like she isn’t normally so decisive but in all things wedding planning she and Matt have known what they wanted from the beginning and happily, I fit into the plans nicely. Her parents suggested a Florida destination wedding close to their winter pad and ideas about  a Chicago wedding where Matt & Becky live were bounced around for about a minute. Becky knew and Matt agreed it was right – Lake Geneva would be the place to say I Do. Becky grew up going there in the summers and still spends a huge chunk of time there as an adult. The water, the sun, the relaxed northwoods feel with a bit of upscale nautical thrown in – it’s simply perfect. Next year in June they’ll treat guests to a cocktail hour boat ride across the lake and toast their love at The Riviera, but on this day the lake was showing another side of itself. Shrouded in mist, the oh-so-quiet the water gave glimpses of rocks below and bounced light off white docks and white rocks. Their pup still wasn’t a fan of being so close to the water but we convinced him to go out with us anyway. In the end it was deliciously different and I love the results.

Julissa & Ayodeji | Wisconsin Tented Backyard Wedding Photography

This past spring I met Julissa & Ayodeji at her parent’s property for their wine-country evoking engagement session so I had a tiny clue as to how beautiful their wedding day, to be held on the same piece of land, promised to be. Still, on the first weekend of June I was surprised at how lovely the wild grasses looked, how romantic the tent seemed and how stunningly beautiful both bride & groom were. Julissa dressed downstairs and Ayodeji up, a little knot of excited, wonderful tension filling the space between the floors until the moment they first saw one another. Julissa’s Allure gown hung and clung perfectly while Ayodeji could only be described as incredibly handsome and also sweetly nervous. He walked alone down a dirt lane and turned slowly to await her approach; she walked to him, acutely aware of how grateful and happy and amazed she felt. Together they laughed, cried, danced, sparklered, and carried one another through the day – surrounded by their most loved ones and bittersweetly remembering those that were there only in spirit. Ayodeji’s mom recently passed away and while much of the wedding planning was specifically about fun – a caricature artist, bean bag toss and yard games, a great dance party, delectable treats and more – the sweet spirit of Ayodeji’s mom was constantly remembered, commemorated and celebrated. A cultural mish mash of wonderful traditions marked the evening as Nigerian aunties and uncles invited latino grandparents to help shower the couple with dollars for good luck. Salsa and cumbia steps flowed on the dance floor and everyone – seriously, everyone – smiled the whole night through – a deserving tribute to an oh-so-in-love couple.

The Details ~

Wedding Stylist – Tailored Engagements
Bride Dress -Allure from The Crystal Bride, Geneva, IL
Veil -Malis Henderson from Meringue
Bride’s Shoes-Jimmy Choo
Makeup - Clarissa Cota
Invitations - Cracked Designs
Save The Date & Programs & Table Numbers – Bride & Groom
Acoustic Singers- Brandon Pratt & Amanda Schnoebelen
Caricature artist -Roger Hurtado
Linens -BBJ Linens 
Bartender-Sam Simpson
Videography – One Fine Day
Bridesmaids robes- Wedding Prep Girls
Bride’s Jewelry-Nadri
Groom’s Shoes-Cole Haan
Mirror writing- Reenie Rose
Wooden signs- Etsy
Maid of Honor’s Dress -Bella Bridesmaid