When I started high school, I remember distinctly the principal addressing the freshman class in the auditorium; “Look to your left and your right. In four years, one of those people will not be there”. He was right. For Emma & Spence, the story goes a bit differently. On the first day of law school, Emma sat down next to a cute guy with a Calvin & Hobbes screen saver. He smiled at her. She smiled at him. And in my version of the story, someone said “Look to your left, look to your right. You are going to marry one of those people one day”. Well, a storyteller can dream anyway. In the real version, they became friends, and at a halloween party two years later, they finally started dating. You could say it was because one of them was dressed as a Packers QB, the other as Tinkerbelle. Spence was the one donning the fairy wings. Hard to say if it was that self-effacing humor or the southern charm that oozes out of his every gesture. One way or another though, Emma was smitten, and the rest is history.
When you pick apart Jenna & Drew’s story, you find a couple who have been intertwined by fate more than once. It’s clear their paths were crafted with a few “plan b” options to make sure they ended up together. Their meeting was most unlikely and many would chalk it up to happenstance. Both on vacations with their families in Mexico, someone from her family knew someone from his. A birthday bash was being thrown at the local bar, and those two someones suggested that Jenna go to it. Before she knew it she had been camped out on a barstool for hours, chatting it up with a guy from Iowa. When they returned to normal life and their respective cities, she realized she had been courting an internship in his hometown. A little willpower made that a reality, and he pointed out how his parent’s guest house was suddenly available to stay in. And so it goes, through school semesters, jobs, moves here and there. Jenna and Drew kept winding this way and that, sometimes crossing paths, sometimes running parallel, but always with that final destination in mind. And so here we are, on a different sort of beach in Door County, ready to make it permanent and submit to fate.
A wedding day is typically about two people coming together. For Jessica & Michael, it is about five people joining. Between them they have three little boys – all very close in age – and already a strong little band of brothers. So, it’s no surprise that these rambunctious balls of energy took center stage for this wedding day, completely killing it on the adorable front, entirely upstaging their parents’ first kiss, and then ruling the dance floor (between breaks in the movie room). Micahel and Jessica wouldn’t have it any other way.
Which is not to say that there wasn’t plenty of romance on this day, because there was. From the tenderly sweet first look, the heartfelt personal vows, the genuine toasts and hilarious thank you speech, and a first dance where the rest of the world fell away – it was clear that here are two people who have found their person, and the crooked road that led them there has made it all the sweeter.
Venue: The American Club, Kohler
Florals: Destination Kohler
Cake: Destination Kohler
Ceremony Music: LFQ String Quartet
Makeup: Bobbi Brown
Bride’s Gown: Carolina Herrera
Groom’s Suit: Joseph A Bank
Stationer: Coqui Paperie
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.