Jesse + Emilee | Married | Intimate Wisconsin Wedding

So early in my 2017 season, when I made the unexpected decision to move to a new apartment (within the same company's portfolio of the apartment I already rented from) I had to resubmit an application and provide updated information. I got a call from Jesse letting me know that for some reason he wasn't able to open an attachment I had sent him with tax/proof of income info (since I am not able to provide a normal pay stub being self employed) He asked me to re-send the info and if I didn't hear back from him that was a good sign because it would mean it went through and he got it just fine. A few minutes later I get a call, I respond with "uh oh!" cause I figured it didn't work.
"oh, no, it did go through....but you're a photographer?"
"Do you do weddings?"
"I do!"
He went on to say that him and his fiance Emilee, who also works at the rental company, were still looking for a photographer for their upcoming wedding. A week or so later we set up a meeting and talked a bit about their plans for their wedding. They were having a smaller wedding, mostly family, and they explained that documenting the day and finding a photographer they trust was really important to them. (which is exactly what I want to hear!) 

Their wedding was the first wedding I've shot or attended that properly rained pretty much the entire day, with some mist breaks. I wasn't sure what to expect. Jesse and Emilee had given me the heads up that they got a bunch of white umbrellas that people could use, so that was helpful and good to have. It ended up being gorgeous. The location we went to on the lake ended up looking like we were in the Pacific Northwest, it was breathtaking. 

I loved this moment ^^^ Emilee was ready to wear her mom's pearls, and her mom was there to put them on. She started to put them on and realized she didn't know how to work the clasp, explaining "he always does it!" Emilee's dad came to the rescue! :) So sweet! 

See what I mean!?!? Look at that fog! You could hardly see the lake at all! If you look at the bottom left of the picture above you can see the waves hitting the shore.

So many happy tear moments!!! 😭

I've been trying to make a more conscious effort to give couples a quick moment alone on their wedding day to just be alone and reflect, without any events or expectations being placed in front of them. (It helps because I have the "authority" to sneak the couple away for portraits, so often people don't even realize that they're alone AKA aren't able to interrupt the peaceful moment) I gave these two some time at the end of portraits, as they stood on a dock, overlooking a gorgeous lake, with beautiful fall colors, I turned around after walking away and I couldn't resist taking this snap. Such a perfect moment. 

I love how much they love their families! 

Ceremony & Reception: Lac Du Cours | Hair: Wanderlust Salon | Make-Up: Storm Artistry | Florist: Feisty Flowers  | Catering: Ono Kine Grindz | Cake Artist: Sweet Smorgasbord | Dresses: Amelishan Bridal | Tuxes: NL Suits 

Mike + Stephanie | Married

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a bit of Mike + Stephanie's story that I shared there, because it just is so lovely how it all turned out. (I'm going to include a bit of what I posted on Instagram, as well as some stuff I didn't mention) 
So I met Stephanie back in 2010, she was a senior in high school, and I was leading a small group of freshmen at the church we both attended. Though we didn't have a ton of time together (her being a senior, and I a leader of freshmen) she still contacted me, all these years later about capturing her wedding day! I was so flattered! She made a trip up to Milwaukee with her mom to meet with me, I got to hear a bit about how she met Mike, as well as wedding details. She told me about how she met him when she was studying abroad in Ireland, they met in a pub. Because what could be more Irish than that? 
Fast forward, they're dating and eventually planning a wedding, long distance, Stephanie still in school in the states, Mike working in London. When I met with Stephanie the first time I was talking about potential engagement session options, and Stephanie was pretty up front that she wasn't sure when Mike was going to be getting to the states, but we agreed that we would figure it out once he got his visa and made it to the states. I told her that we could even do it the week or two before if we had to. 
As the date got closer I sent out an e-mail to try to set up a date for their engagement session, thinking, of course by now they know when he's going to be getting here! She responded and said she, unfortunately, still didn't know when he would be getting there. 
So I arrive at the wedding, and as I'm taking pictures of the ladies getting ready, I get filled in that Mike was in London at the visa office on Wednesday trying to get his visa, two days before his wedding. Finally after months of trying, two days before the wedding, he is given his visa, books a flight for 2 hours later, and hops on a plane and makes it to Chicago Wednesday evening. Just in time to sleep and get ready for the rehearsal! Can you even imagine?
I am so glad he made it, and that I could be there to capture it! Everyone I met that day was so wonderful, generous and kind; I left the wedding with my cup overflowing!

How gorgeous is she????

Fun fact: the ceremony was being live streamed to friends and family in Ireland that weren't able to be there in person! Usually I frown on people having their phones out during the ceremony, but I loved that Mike cared so much about including everyone in the celebration, I was all for it! :)

Ceremony & Reception: Bloomingdale Golf Club | Hair & Make-Up: Karen Souza-Torres | Florist: Amling's Flowerland | Catering: Catering With Elegance | Cake Artist: Central Continental Bakery | Dress: David's Bridal | Tuxes: GQ Formalwear | Bride's Shoes: TOMS | Robes: Devine Bridal Shop | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie | DJ: Alan Campbell | Videographer: Jayni Huster