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This traditional church wedding in Milwaukee has gorgeous vintage details and colors: Peach and cream, a refurbish mother’s dress, romantic hanging votives, and unique bridesmaid’s dresses. But hands down, the best detail of this entire wedding is the genuine perma-smile on the groom’s face. It is so evident how joyful and glad he is to be there with his equally sweet, yet more quietly excited bride.


From the Photographer:

Melinda and Patrick wed on a warm late fall day in Wisconsin. Their day was infused with personal touches, vintage, rustic and modern details and had an overall laid-back styling. Mindy’s dress was fashioned from her mother’s vintage wedding gown, reworked to fit her modern/vintage taste. The day was simply perfect! 


This wedding is so precious I can’t stand it. To start there are the ladies getting ready in red flannel buttondowns while the groom is shaving. Then there’s the unconventional attire of both the bride and groom. Next we get the bride arriving on a boat to meet a teary eyed groom during the ceremony. Then we move on to koozies and decorated cups, toasts and homemade pie, s’mores and fireworks. The whole day seems so full of personality, fun, and true meaning for the bride and groom that I can’t help but love it.

 


From the Photographer:

There’s nothing quite like Wisconsin in the Fall so when my bride and groom told me that they were moving their wedding from Chicago to central Wisconsin I totally understood! Having grown up in the area, Erin got ready at a local lakefront cottage while her groom to be got ready at the Cambridge Country Club. After a few helping hands from her mom and girlfriends to get into her dress Erin was off to meet her Dad on the pier where he would escort her via boat to her ceremony site. Surrounded by Fall foliage and close childhood friends, Erin tried to keep Brad’s cheeks dry by wiping away tears of happiness during their vows. How quickly we sometimes forget just how emotional these events can be! Immediately following the ceremony guests were greeted with custom coozys that the couple had created for guests as a keepsake. Their casual backyard shindig actually felt quite intimate and soon everyone was led into a white airy tent that would house them for the next few hours under the stars. This made way for some exuberant toasts and homemade pies after dinner. Just when things started to get a bit more rowdy, fireworks (courtesy of Erin’s dad) sprung from the sky and with that Erin and Bradley’s wedding day was official!


Photographer: Steve Koo Photography / DJ: Pam's Fun Factor / Flowers & Decor: Ashland Addison / Bride’s Dress: Candela / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Private Residence at Lake Ripley in Wisconsin

So, most couples, if they have a ceremony exit, choose something pretty tame like bubbles, (biodegradable!) confetti, rose petals, etc. Melissa and Matt, on the other hand, had a marching band. How fun is that? Their bridal party and the couple themselves also seem like rambunctious, fun loving people (check out that cake topper!), and this wedding had me smiling throughout all the images, both sweet and playful.

Photographer: Laura Zastrow / Reception Venue: Overture Center

This bride and groom had beautiful lakeside, nautical Wisconsin wedding. Although it rained the morning of their wedding day, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect, and was full of so many personal touches. And one way to get rid of those pre-ceremony jitters? 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From the Bride

Patrick and I met online in 2009. After 3 years of dating, Patrick proposed while we were on vacation in August of 2012. We live in Chicago but decided on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a wedding venue. We wanted to be outside and close to the water if possible. I’ve always been obsessed with sailboats and all things nautical. Patrick and I spent a lot of our dating time near and on the water so a nautical themed wedding was perfect for us! When we found the outside venue at Abbey Springs overlooking the lake it was perfect! The whole weekend was us, from the rehearsal dinner boat cruise, the anchor beer glass favors, the invitations and the ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was perfect, especially given that it had rained all day. But by the time the ceremony started, it was a gorgeous evening! Our ceremony was very personal, my uncle was our officiant and close family and friends participated in different ways. My oldest friend (from preschool) and his wife sang “I Won ’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during the ceremony. The little details of our wedding were some of my favorite parts. My mom and I spent months before the wedding looking for the perfect vases, ribbons and chalkboards for our decor. We used Pinterest and wedding blogs to help come up with some great phrases for our chalkboards as well as the table centerpieces.

One of the best parts of our day was after the first look and wedding party pictures, when we all boarded an old wooden boat to transport us to the ceremony. It was such a fun and relaxing way to spend the hour before the ceremony. We were able to cool off from the heat, have a glass of champagne, and relax with our closest family and friends. We put some great music on the boat speakers and started the celebration! It was a great way to calm my nerves and relax before the whirlwind that was the ceremony and reception! The ceremony was wonderful and went off without a hitch! During the exchange of the rings I was so nervous that I put the ring on the wrong hand! The groomsmen quickly corrected me and we solved the problem after some laughter from the guests. The rest of the evening was filled with wonderful food and drinks, as well as toasts and then we all danced the night away! It rained again during dancing which just cooled everything off! The guys snuck away for some cigars on the balcony overlooking the lake after the rain stopped. Overall it was an amazing day. We are so grateful to our amazing family and friends as well as our vendors who helped make the day possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Cheryl Jacobs / Flowers & Decor: Crazy for you flowers / Reception Venue: Abbey Springs / Bride’s Dress: Watters / DJ: Toast and Jam

This wedding is breathtaking for so many reasons – the details, the dress, the DIY, and especially the love you can see between this beautiful couple, and the friends and family surrounding them on their special day. Studio 29 captured so many beautiful images of this wedding; photos that every bride only dreams of having to reflect back on from their wedding day. I always love having the opportunity to feature a Wisconsin wedding, and this is definitely not one to miss. studio29_photography_0968 studio29_photography_0969 studio29_photography_0971 studio29_photography_0970 studio29_photography_0972 studio29_photography_0973 Slide1 studio29_photography_1012 studio29_photography_0977 studio29_photography_0980 studio29_photography_0981 studio29_photography_0979 studio29_photography_0982 studio29_photography_0991 studio29_photography_0985 studio29_photography_0986 studio29_photography_0996 studio29_photography_0995 Slide7 studio29_photography_1002 studio29_photography_0998 studio29_photography_0997 Slide3 studio29_photography_1008 Slide4 studio29_photography_1009 studio29_photography_1010 studio29_photography_0988 studio29_photography_0993 studio29_photography_0994 studio29_photography_0992 studio29_photography_0974 studio29_photography_0975 studio29_photography_1023 studio29_photography_1014 studio29_photography_1017 studio29_photography_1016 studio29_photography_1018 studio29_photography_1019 studio29_photography_1021 studio29_photography_1020 studio29_photography_1026 studio29_photography_1024 studio29_photography_1028 studio29_photography_1031 studio29_photography_1029 studio29_photography_1030 studio29_photography_1022 studio29_photography_1032 studio29_photography_1036 Slide06 Slide07 studio29_photography_1042 studio29_photography_1038 Slide08 studio29_photography_1045 studio29_photography_1046 studio29_photography_1050 Slide09 studio29_photography_1051 Slide10 studio29_photography_1054 studio29_photography_1058 studio29_photography_1057 studio29_photography_1063 studio29_photography_1061 studio29_photography_1062 studio29_photography_1060 studio29_photography_1059 studio29_photography_1067 studio29_photography_1066 studio29_photography_1068 studio29_photography_1055 studio29_photography_1065 studio29_photography_1064


From the Bride:

How Amanda & Mike met?  A mutual friend set us up after Mike saw me at the grocery store.

How Mike proposed? Mike proposed to me in Mercer, WI last summer.  My boss said we could use his cabin and fishing boat for the weekend.  Mike knows I love to fish and the cabin is located on Long Lake.   To give you some background my Grandpa Wayne and I were really close.  He passed away about 6 years ago.  I looked up to him so much and we would stay up late nights eating pickled herring (it’s a Norwegian thingJ) and just talking.  I miss him and think of him every day.   My grandpa Wayne made me a tackle box with all of his old fishing lures and made a label on the tackle box with my name on it.   Unfortunately, Mike did not get to meet my grandpa, but I tell him stories about my grandpa all the time.  Mike and I went fishing that day in the very early morning.  We were casting and not getting any bites.  Mike usually sets up my pole for me with one of his lures.  After a while, Mike suggested I try one of my grandpa’s lures for good luck.  I was showing Mike the different lures my grandpa put in there to get his take on which one was good.  He told me to just pick a good old one so I did.  I gave it to Mike to put on my pole and he tied the ring on the lure.  He got down on one knee, handed it to me, and asked me to marry him.   I was very surprised and of course, I said yes!!

Favorite part of the day?  My favorite part of the day was the emotion in Mike’s face when I walked down the aisle.  All my nervousness went away when I saw him.  Second part was my Dad and my sister singing our first song.

Hardest part of planning?  Prioritizing what needs  to be done first.  Then, the little things you forget about closer to the date.

Advice for future brides?  The day will go by so fast to try to take a step back during every moment and look around and take it in.

Why you chose the venue you did?  It was such a beautiful, peaceful place.  It had so much opportunity to show your sense of style.  It was also more of a relaxing place, and we could camp there afterwards.

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All decorations made by Kelly Fjerstad (Mother of the Bride) Table Runners; Burlap with Lace edges, Mason jars were filled with baby’s breath flowers, Gift Table: 2 Whiskey Barrels & old wooden door, painted wooden frames with names of wedding party on the glass, guest sign in bench, invitation framed in window. 

 

Photographer: Studio 29 / Bride’s Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: DSW / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Hairstylist: Hair and Body Solutions / Reception Venue: Wern Valley / Cake Baker: Sweet Selections / Band: David Marshall Band / Flowers: Sentry Foods

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From the Bride-to-be:
This is our final year at Marquette University before graduating and getting married. So, we decided to meet on campus just before classes resumed and found some beautiful haunts for our engagement pictures. We wanted to celebrate our love and document some time in one of our favorite places before getting married and taking the next steps in life!