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Ashok doesn’t love much more than he loves Riverbend.  He lights up within its walls, his eyes sparkle as he describes the library, and his shoulders relax a bit lower as he walks the grounds.  But then there are Brooke and their kids.  They certainly rank above this enchanting estate, and when you see them all together, you understand why.  So on this day, he got all of them together – the incomparable Riverbend in Kohler, his brilliant and gorgeous bride, and their troupe of six kids.  They added a handful of their dearest friends and family and celebrated love on a fall day that was nothing short of perfection.

 

The Credits:

Venue: Riverbend Estate in Kohler
Floral: Destination Kohler
Catering: Destination Kohler
Hair & Makeup: Destination Kohler
Bride’s Gown: Nicole Miller

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“For one night, we have it all to ourselves…”

That’s what Ron said in reflection of his wedding day, looking out over a sea of happy faces, all raising a glass to him and Heidi.  There they were, surrounded by love, basking in the glow of candlelight, sheltered by the incredible architecture of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Love had struck twice, and he had been bold enough to scoop it up.  He joked it was a ‘geriatric’ wedding – but all in attendance only saw how much these two revel in their fortune.  Heidi was radiant.  Rom was effusive in his joy.  Their kids were proud and giddy in admiration.  This is what it looks like to wear love on the outside, for everyone to see.

Ron was in awe.  This magnificent place….they had it all to themselves…for one night.

The Credits:

Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum
Getting Ready Venue: The Journeyman Hotel
Planner: Blue Fancy Events
Floral: Belle Fiori
Cake: The Cake Lady
Band: Green Fourteen
Makeup & Hair: Style By R
Bride’s Gown: Rime Arodaky
Groom’s Suit: Giorgio Armani
Stationery: Designs that Fly
Truffle Favors: Indulgence Chocolatiers

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Elise had a vision for her wedding day.  One that involved a vintage sensibility with blush dresses, romantic florals, a touch of whimsical antiques, and small touches that showed their guests how much they were appreciated.  Late fall in Wisconsin can be temperamental and a cold front was eyeing up their weekend squarely.  In the end, we got surprised by sunshine at moments and a warmer afternoon than expected.  But no matter…the chilly breeze drew everyone closer to snuggle under blankets at the woodsy outdoor ceremony and huddled them nearer with mugs of cider.  That cozy and warm vibe was the perfect final touch to Elise & Dan’s day.  Something that couldn’t be bought in a store, but instead was fostered over time and the clear expression of how everyone felt about this union.

The Credits:

Venue: The Farm at Dover
Floral: Cora Flora Studio
Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids: Paper Crown
Catering: Sazamas Fine Catering
Invites: Minted
Tux: Hart Schaffner Marx

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Tara and Victor’s wedding day felt like a love letter to Villa Terrace.  They used every inch of the estate, celebrating the nooks and crannies, decorating the vistas, reveling and delighting in the atmosphere it exudes.  These two certainly have an eye for hosting a great party – whether it was toasts delivered from a balcony, cocktails among fine works of art, a first dance under twinkling lights and stars, dinner al fresco with a Lake Michigan view, and even an impromptu performance from the groom.  This is a summer wedding that takes in all the season and the historic mansion have to offer and garnishes it with love.

The Credits:

Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Planner: Gracious Events
Floral: Gracious Events
Catering: Gracious Events
Bride’s Gown: Pronovias  purchased at: Vera’s House of Brides
Makeup: Blush by Brittany
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Suits: Michael Kors
Stationer: Creative by Jennifer
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Favors: Taffy Town Taffy
Lighting: Milwaukee Airwaves
Band: Lead Bottom Band

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Sometimes there’s a location that holds all your warmest memories.  The place where you enjoyed ice cream cones in the sun, where you splashed your sister in the pool, where you watched Mom and Dad stroll into the sunset hand-in-hand, where you wasted away afternoons in a good book, where you celebrated graduations, where you dreamed of the dark and handsome man you would marry one day.  And then one day you wake up and realize it’s all coming full circle.  You are making another memory in this special place, one that will be a chapter page in your life.  You are marrying that dark and handsome man, with the broad smile you hadn’t counted on but that makes you weak in the knees, in your favorite place, on a most magnificent day.

The Credits:

Venue: The American Club
Planner: Tailored Engagements
Floral: The American Club
Cake: The American Club
Flower Cake Decorations: The Cake Lady
Cupcakes: Blooming Lotus Bakery
DJ: Milwaukee Airwaves
Bride’s Gown: Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses: WToo by Watters
Suits: The Black Tux
Makeup: Kate Troxell
Ceremony Musicians: Fretless Strings

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it every year – the wedding that falls at the end of June gets all the good “wedding day juju”.  I swear!  The weather is perfect, the setting is gorgeous, and the light is all kinds of magical.  Annie & Mike’s day had all these things – but it is something more about this wedding that makes it really special.  It’s the smile on her Mom’s face as the dress is buttoned, it’s the look in Mike’s eye as Annie comes down the aisle, it was the jokes Annie & her Dad shared outside the church, it was Mike’s “let’s do it!” attitude as we cruised around the golf course, it was the ‘can’t breathe I’m laughing so hard’ moments in the speeches, it was in the poetic words of Annie’s sister in her toast, and it was definitely in the way they sang their first dance to each other, as they swirled around and around the dance floor.                                                                                                          

The Credits:

Wedding Planner: Clementine Custom Events
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier Church – Wilmette, IL
Reception Venue: Westmoreland Country Club
Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Florals: Edwards Florists
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s
Band: Carol Sarlas Band

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I adore Milwaukee’s Villa Terrace.  I mean, wrap-it-up-in-a-bear-hug, plant-kisses-rapidly-all-over-your-face – LOVE.  I’ve shot there dozens of times, and each time I try to find a new angle, a new spot, a different way of seeing.  It’s a delightful game, and when I know I’ve won it – I’m beaming as I edit.  Like here, where we went up to the second floor to catch the last rays of light, admire the view, and soak in the experience.  

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They met by chance online.  She was swayed by the friendly looking guy clutching a football.  He was taken by the brown-eyed beauty with the engaging smile. Christine knew there was a reason she was drawn to Minnesota, and as it turns out; it was to meet her husband.  What they both got when she met him at that bar was much more than a romance, than a relationship.  They doubled their families, doubled their love, and doubled their fun.  Christine’s the only bride (in 10 years!) who I have seen cry during an engagement session.  And it was all because I asked Matt how he knew she was the one.  His answer involved how she fit so seamlessly into his family, how is parent’s loved her, how his sister loved her – instantly.  Cue the waterworks.  Their wedding day was a wonderful celebration of that feeling – of finding your spot, your people, your family.

                                                                               

The Credits:
Planner: Tailored Engagements
Ceremony Venue: St. John’s Cathedral
Reception Venue: The Pfister Hotel
Florals: Feisty Flowers
Cake: The Cake Lady
DJ: Double Platinum DJ 
Makeup: Creative Beauty Talent Agency
Hair: L. Hiatt
Gown: Essense of Australia
Bridesmaids: Sorella Viata
Suits: Jim’s Formal Wear
Shoes & Jewelry: Kate Spade
Bagpiper: Rob McWiliams
Linens: BBJ Linen
Stationery: Emily Hawkins
Ice Sculpture: Art Below Zero

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Whenever it gets quiet over here on the blog, it often means I’ve been shooting and shooting some more, which means I’m then editing, editing, and editing some more.
Such is the case now, but I had to share this little ditty from my editing desk today.  I hoped for a shot like this on Christine & Matt’s wedding day.  Mr. Brown is a bit of a wiseguy – cracking jokes and sidestepping tearful moments masterfully with laughter.  But there’s this sweet little vestibule at St. John’s Cathedral where a bride and her Dad wait for their cue.  It’s a spot where I knew he wouldn’t see me watching, and sure enough….there was this.

 

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Kim has a habit of making friends, pretty much wherever she goes.  So it’s really no surprise that Sri fell into her friend net one day in London.  He was the friend of a friend, there were drinks one night and then they went on their seperate paths.  Years later, that same friend posted a picture of a trip with Sri and who should see it but Kim.  She sent him a friend request, he accepted, they met for dinner and they’ve been together ever since.  Some would say facebook brought them together.  Others would credit that mutal friend.  I’m saying it was Kim.

                                                       

Credits:

Wedding Planner: Dare to Dream Weddings
Ceremony Venue: Milwaukee Hilton
Reception Venue: The Grain Exchange
Florals: Jane Kelly
Makeup: Vanexa Yang
DJ & Lighting: Milwaukee Airwaves

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