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.
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!
Dana and Harley’s Wisconsin wedding is simple and classic. That’s what I love most about it. Her beautiful lace gown and the simple flower arrangements in bud vases. Her slate blue shoes (the Badgely Mischka’s that I’m a huge fan of) and flower in her hair are the sweetest of touches. It’s those simple details that can always make a bigger statement.
From the Photographer:
From the day’s start at the old world Pfister to the day’s end at the modern, leather-meet-brandy conservatory at Bacchus, everything about Dana and Harley’s wedding day oozed elegance. Her dress struck me with its lacy, timeless beauty and how she paired it with modern vintage touches of a glass bead belt and crystal cuff. Where Dana was giddy, Harley was cool – throughout the early part of the day I kept seeing him bent over a piece of paper, studying something in hand. It turns out it was the Saturday crossword puzzle and he got most of it complete the last time I checked. Dana & Harley’s reception was the first time I thought I could see myself doing it this way. The guests toasted them in the soft day light of the all-glass conservatory and they danced in an atmosphere more akin to an open air or tented reception. They dined in – well, the dining room, where crisp white linens and dark leather seating were accented with Marius Bell’s ingenious little floral vignettes with mercury glass votives. Instead of the usual 8 person rounds, guests filled booths and 4 tops, aunts next to neighbors, old friends reunited with one another. It was a lot like Dana & Harley took 150 of their favorite people out to a really, really nice dinner. Which is exactly what they wanted – a night to spend with those they cherish, to be toasted and to dance, but really to enjoy one another, intimately and elegantly.
I love a good photo, but nearly as much as I love a good love story. My friend, Alexandra, at Heart Love Weddings, knows exactly what I’m talking about. And, Jill and Mack’s love story is the type that has you rooting for life-long love. Every time.
Rachel Galetka Photography
From the Photographer, Rachel:
A little background on the engaged couple, Jill & Mack: Their story starts years ago when they were childhood schoolmates and Mack used to chase Jill around the playground and steal Jill’s barbie dolls, just so she would have to chase him back! Years went by and they went their separate ways, but then one day Mack ‘accidently’ called Jill, and they couldn’t stop talking! Their relationship grew from there and the rest is history! Fast forward to a very special Valentine’s Day when Mack surprised Jill with a ring and asked Jill to marry him – and of course, she excitedly said yes!