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!
I just love outdoor weddings. I love their personality, their romance and their enchanting beauty. Amber & Bryan’s outdoor Wisconsin wedding is no exception. From the ceremony programs to the guest book map, the vintage china to the twine wrapped menus, each unique detail complimented the other effortlessly. Their venue provided a breathtaking fall backdrop, while the elements of DIY only enhanced the personalized, fun feel of this wedding.
Anda Marie Photography
From the Bride
Bryan loves to fish and Amber loves the movie ‘Big Fish’. The story was shot in a way that shows your memory or recollection of events being so much more beautiful or exaggerated than they actually looked at the time. For instance, when he sees his future wife for the first time, in his retelling of how it happened, time stopped. They were in a circus tent with strung lights and when he meets eyes with her popcorn stops in midair and it is just her walking towards him. Oddly enough that is how we decided to incorporate cotton…it looks cartoon like and playful and reminded me so much of that movie. Also in the movie, the father is a notorious truth stretcher which couldn’t be closer to our dads…in a small way it was paying respects to where we came from. As far as decor I focused on the term ‘hippy chic’. I love vintage but am not an overly fancy girl so we wanted to mix rustic with nostalgic old things like china and vintage candle holders. It was a big DIY undertaking but I was so at peace with how everything turned out, and I had such an enormous amount of fun that I never experienced those wedding ending blues that I hear about. We made our own invitations, place cards, bought all of the tablecloths and china, made the table numbers, bought the centerpiece flowers the day before and assembled them over wine…it took a lot of work but we were thrilled with the result. The idea was to keep the colors simple and not follow any theme so that we had more room to ‘exaggerate’ details. The dinner being served family style was a must because I come from an Italian family and there is no greater joy than good food being passed around with loved ones. We follow the standard that sharing a meal is the best way to show love so we put our personal touches on the menu which included gnocchi and wild game sausage. Dessert was cannoli with a homemade shot of Baileys. The goal was that we didn’t want people leaving our wedding saying it was the most beautiful one they ever attended because quite frankly only the bride and groom really fully ‘get it’ that day. We did however want people leaving saying that was the best party and dance floor I have ever seen. We certainly feel like it was mission accomplished and when we reflect on that day as a couple, it will be remembered as dreamlike and as if time stopped.
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Dillman’s Bay Resort | Caterer: The Rusty Platter | Band: Bent Grass | Rentals: Sam’s Rental | Flowers: DePere Floral | Invitations: Created by the bride’s brother-in-law | Vintage Dishes: Provided by bride’s mother-in-law | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dresses: Cynergy Arts | Photographer: Anda Marie Photography