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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








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!

Photographer: JBe Photography

First thing’s first – I surely hope you voted today. If not, hurry up and exercise your civic duty!

Secondly, I don’t know about you, but something comes over me each time I thumb through a real wedding. I love the anticipation in the bride’s eyes as she’s getting ready. And, the smile on the groom’s face as he sees his bride walk down the aisle. Or how about those tears from the bride’s father? Each photo may carry a detail or showcase the stunning backdrop, but inside each photo is a memory – an emotion and a moment that someone gets to take with them for the rest of their life. Erika and Matt’s wedding has so many smiles, and many “smizing” (thanks, Tyra Banks) moments – the ones where you can really see it in their eyes.

Photographer: Faith Photography / Hairstylist: Neroli Salon and Spa / Flowers & Decor: The Flower Garden / Reception Venue: Bristlecone Pines / Bridal Salon: Gigi of Mequon / -- Select Vendor Type --: Delafield Hotel

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.

Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate / Ceremony Venue: St. Jude’s Wauwatosa / Reception Venue: Bartolotta’s Bacchus / Flowers & Decor: Marius Bell / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Classic Coordination / Band: Ken Arlen’s Front of House / Cake Baker: Le Cakery / Cupcakes: Classy Girl Cupcakes / Photographer: Heather Cook Elliot Photography

It should be no surprise that Fall is my favorite season, and the second I spotted this engagement session from The McCartneys‘, I know I HAD to share it.

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!