“Love each other like your life depends on it, because it does.” Leah’s stepdad offered this advice in his speech before dinner, saying it as a sort of benediction over the room full of family and closest friends. The flickering candlelight mimicked the twinkle in everyone’s eyes as he closed by recounting the line of 200+ years of successful marriage in the generations that came before Leah and Mason. It was clear that though today was the start of something new, it was also very much a continuation of things that started long ago. I think that’s one of the beautiful paradoxes of marriage; though we are finite people, the legacy of your marriage lives on long after you do.
Historic Pritzlaff Building
I keep scrolling through these pictures and think to myself, “WHAT. A. DAY.” From the long anticipated first look to the confetti floating through the air as they recessed down the aisle after their kiss- it was all perfectly Lauren and Jordan.
I love when I have the privilege of knowing my brides and groom for a while before their wedding day. In the case of Lauren and Jordan, I first met Lauren for coffee almost a whole YEAR ago! We did their engagement photos in the late fall, and ever since I have been looking forward to this day. When you see Lauren around Jordan, you can tell that her joy and confidence comes from a deep knowledge of how much she is loved, cherished, and safe with Jordan. I love seeing how love can actually make someone a better, truer version of themselves, and Lauren and Jordan are both testaments to that.
Oconomowoc Community Center
Wedding days have a tendency to be hectic (that’s just the nature of trying to pull off a big party with all of your family and friends, and dealing with the emotions of marrying the love of your life, in my opinion!), but I am sure of this- Amy was never more calm, or herself, then when I saw her with Calvin. Their love has a certain peace about it. It was present during their first look when they were alone, during their ceremony when they were with their family, and when they were joined by 150 other family and friends for their dinner reception. It was so clear to me looking from the outside in, that they are each other’s perfect balance, and the love between them is the home that will provide them rest for many years to come.
It all started with a Dallas Cowboys mug. As Nic passed by her desk and saw the emblem of his favorite NFL team, he knew he had to talk to that girl. And it’s a good thing he did, because here we are a few years later taking their engagement photos!! I love Ginny and Nic’s story of how they met (it’s not every day you fall in love with a coworker!) and love even more who they are together. They are elegant and polished but also incredibly sweet and down to earth- a power couple for sure! Retzer was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session, boasting its tall, tree-lined fields and wildflowers.
Retzner Nature Preserve
Meet Ingrid and Jaron! I get a few butterflies in my stomach every time I’m about to meet new couples for the first time, but when they’re walking to me dressed like THIS?! Those butterflies are basically doing backflips haha!! They are as beautiful on the inside as the out, and romping around downtown Milwaukee/ the Third Ward with them was an ideal way to spend any Sunday evening. We started our session outside Milwaukee’s famous Public Market, capturing the beautiful flowers as well as the wonderful Colectivo in the background! The Third Ward has so many pretty spots to photograph in, so we just took a stroll around and found so many cute places!
Ingrid and Jaron have been together since they started college at Marquette and have a glamorous and fresh wedding planned for next July at The Legend at Merrill Hills Country Club. I love how much they love each other, and waiting until next July to photograph their wedding will be it’s own kind of test of my patience! Congrats, you two!!
Caitlin and Rich’s Villa Terrace engagement session was one for the books! This venue might be my absolute favorite in all of Milwaukee- it’s not often that you feel like you’re in Italy here!! Villa Terrace’s old arches, columns, and sprawling Renaissance garden totally rivals the real stuff!
I met Caitlin when we were both in school at Loyola, so it was extra special to take her engagement photos (and next month, her wedding photos!). Caitlin and I both spent time studying abroad in Rome, so when she mentioned she was considering Villa Terrace as the backdrop for her engagement photos the nostalgia was REAL!