Tradition can be a powerful thing. Especially when you are trying to make a new one. Andrea’s parents were married in Milwaukee, and she wanted to walk down that same aisle, say those same words and start her marriage off with a healthy dose of tradition. So, in flew this California girl and her groom, and all of their guests from all over the country – to Milwaukee in November. And on that cold and blustery day, Andrea’s Dad walked his daughter down the same aisle he once walked himself. But, I’m getting ahead of myself, first we start with getting ready at the lovely Pfister hotel.
Bryan started a new tradition (hopefully) with a big surprise for his bride as they recessed. Halfway down the aisle, the newlyweds were met by a singer, a trumpeter and a saxophonist, serenading them with “All you need is love” by the Beatles. It was an overwhelming and unforgettable moment to end an emotional ceremony.
You might recognize a few of these lovely ladies. This is where my own little tradition (I hope!) comes in. This group of friends has been in front of my camera before – for Ashley & Tom’s wedding. They are so fun, so friendly and such a joy to shoot – I hope I see them for every wedding they experience.
This little tradition requires an explanation. This funky fur coat belongs to Andrea’s aunt, and has found it’s way from grade-school dress up games to proms, dances, and weddings. It has such fun and quirky memories attached to it, everyone in Andrea’s family has worn it for something.
Andrea’s Dad gave the most emotional speech. He pulled out if his jacket a collage Andrea had made for him as a kid. On it were pictures of the two of them together, doing all the things they loved, and the worlds “I know what is best for my daughter”. On that day, he said, he knew what was best for his daughter: Bryan.
Andrea & Bryan – Your enthusiasm for life and each other is something I hope you never lose. Your easy kindness is so memorable and touches everyone you know. Your wedding day was a great showcase for how you have already woven a life together and all of the exciting threads yet to come. Thanks for asking me to be a part of it!
Ceremony Venue: Mother of Good Counsel Church
Reception Venue: The Grain Exchange
Wedding Planner: Evenement, Janelle Meyer Brown
Florals: Impressions by Esther
Hair and Makeup: The Shoppe
Bride’s Gown: Enzoani
Groom’s Tux: Ralph Lauren – Purple Label