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Pam and Jay’s wedding was so full of not just love and fun, but personal elements to really help make their big day about their relationship. Their story, as shared by Heather, the photographer, is the kind that warms your heart – one that reinforces what a great marriage (and wedding) is founded upon.

Heather Cook Elliot Photography

From the Photographer, Heather:
Pam and Jay’s wedding photos tell their story of love, travel, friendship and intensity, and, like Pam’s smile, it’s a big story. Their love story details are sweet and romantic, their history together already rich with vivid places and spaces they’ve explored together. He’s from the Boston area, she from Chicago but they met in the fair city of Milwaukee at Marquette University. Big bodies of water figure prominently in both their histories – his summers on the Cape, her years with Lake Michigan as the defining spacial marker plus a year spent in Ireland, an island after all – meant that we had to go to the lakefront on their wedding day. Turns out, he proposed to her at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco… Water, water everywhere.

As far as their relationship goes they challenge and sustain one another intellectually…and playfully. But even knowing all that about them I was stunned by the beauty, fun and thoughtfulness that characterized their wedding day. Both Pam and Jay were radiantly joyful all day, the weather and the smiles of their friends perfect mirrors of their happiness. Thoughtful touches like a trolley (in honor of their engagement city), custom cufflinks to celebrate Jay’s old city and his new one, plus dual priests to honor both families (Pam’s Uncle and Jay’s longtime family friend) made my day and their superb taste in cupcakes made my night. (Seriously, months later I can still remember how good the french toast and red velvet cupcakes tasted!) To top it off Pam and Jay hosted one of the best dance parties I’ve seen at a wedding, and yes, even Pam’s uncle the priest cut a rug on the dance floor.

Ceremony Venue: Old St. Mary Parish | Reception Venue: Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden | Wedding Gown: Pronovias from A L’Amour Bridal Boutique | Bridal Accessories: A L’Amour Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Nina | Bride’s Purse: Weddings By Janie | Bride’s Hair Flower: Weddings By Janie | Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: B2 from A L’Amour Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Cufflinks: Tomatomade | Makeup: On Location Makeup Artistry | Salon: Executive Edge | Flowers: Flowers By Faye | Invitations: For Now and Forever Wedding Invitations | Cupcakes: Classy Girl Cupcakes | DJ: Sound By Design | Photographer: Heather Cook Elliot Photography | Videographer: Our Wedding Day Forever | Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth | Cake topper: Tuckerreece | Linens: Weddings By Janie


  1. Her dress is gorgeous! And I love the fun reception photos – we don’t get to see dancing photos often enough.

  2. So excited to be featured today! Thanks Brit!

  3. Cyn
    10:15 am on April 9th, 2012

    Such a gorgeous wedding!

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  5. I am loving this wedding! The photographer did a wonderful job capturing just how special this couple and their big day turned out to be. From the pink and navy to the trolly, I am loving the details!!

  6. Heather did an amazing job of capturing all the details of their day. I love it that she really got to know her couple and know their background. I think this really helps to create unique photos of their day. Nice work!

  7. oh I love that bridge shot at the end! Beautiful!