Andrea & Jon | Pritzlaff Wedding Photographer

The physical details of Andrea & Jon’s wedding day were sheer perfection. The dress, the shoes, the bespoke custom suit, the little girls oohing and ahhing over the bride, gorgeous, insanely detailed graphic signs, programs and papers, the poet grandpa, the food, the atmosphere – the day seriously had it all. And Andrea & Jon were humble, beautiful and happy to boot. I guess you could say their wedding was a sort of photographer’s playground and I hope they’ll enjoy the possibly hundreds of detail shots I’ll give them but more than that I hope they know that the real joy in their wedding day was photographing Them. They could have been wearing paper sacks and the best part of the day would have been photographing them and the dozens of people in the world that dearly cherish their love. You see, Andrea & Jon know they have found something amazing in one another and they know what its like to lose their nearest and dearest, which I think makes any love more precious. Andrea’s dad passed away a couple of years ago and his (missing) presence was every where during the day, more sweet than bitter, and more profound than anyone expected. I didn’t know her dad but after hearing stories and watching family men impersonate him (her sister’s brilliant toast idea) I came to feel like I was lucky enough to know him maybe just a little. His personality must have been big and warm and inclusive – a lot like Andrea’s actually – and it filled the house and the church and the Pritzlaff like no one could have anticipated. Jon cried with her but mostly they laughed and danced and had the best day of their lives. That is, the first of many best days to come.

* And oh yes, these two have already been featured on Style Me Pretty. Check out their adorable Chicago Skyline + Cupcakes engagement session!

The Details ~

Ceremony Venue: Mount Olive Lutheran Church
Reception Venue:  The Pritzlaff Building
Bride’s Jewelry:  Kate Spade
Headband:  Bhldn
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Amsale / Bella Bridesmaid Milwaukee
Groom’s Suit:  Balani Custom Suits
Groomsmen’s Suits:  Jcrew
Groom’s Watch:  Shinola
Groomsmen’s Watches:  Nixon
Hair:  Melanie Hartz
Trolley and Transportation:  Badger Bus
DJ and Lighting:  Sound By Design
Linens:  BBJ
Caterer:  Brocach Catering
Invites/Programs/Menus/Place Cards/Seating Chart:  Emily Whaling, sister of the bride

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.