Steve + Emily | Married | Artifact Events Wedding | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Now How's that for a ceremony spot?

Steve + Emily were really involved in designing their menu for their wedding day. They had lots of influences (trips to Italy, etc.) and one of Steve's recipes even made it in for the passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour (it was reallllyy good....I may have snagged one)  
(You can find another menu crafted by Steve at his restaurant downtown Chicago!)

One last tidbit!
I was obsessed with Steve and Emily's venue choice from the beginning. I hadn't shot there before but had seen pictures. I knew the name of the place sounded familiar, but I wasn't sure if it was just because I knew friends who had shot there before. I was chatting with my mom the next day and she asked how the wedding had gone and asked where it was held. I told her the name and I immediately realized there was a really obvious reason why I would know that day. 
My whole life I've known the story of the pier mirror that sat in our entry. My parent's had planned on buying a snowblower for their anniversary (Since they had just moved into a house on a corner lot) But one day they walked into a place called Architectural Artifacts in Chicago to just walk around. They walked around the whole place, looking at all the unique pieces they had and were about to walk out empty handed, but then as they were walking out they spotted a beautiful pier mirror. They decided to ask about it and found out that it was taken out of a mansion in New Jersey. My parents decided that the snowblower could wait because they fell in love with this mirror. 
Growing up, when people would visit our house for the first time, there were two things that we were almost guaranteed to hear from our guests. The first was in reference to our cat, Chelsea, who had a bit of a weight issue....She may have had a few extra pounds...Chelsea would always stand meowing for guests to pet her at the front door as soon as they arrived. "That's a fat cat!" Then guests would round the corner and see the mirror. "That's a big mirror!" Eventually it became a bit of a game for us, we would hear the comment about the cat, and glance over at each other, acknowledging that there was the first cue, then we would wait for the second. 
I've heard the story so many times, I wish I had remembered the name of the store they got the mirror from so I could have kept it in mind while I was shooting! 

Venue: Artifact Events | Hair + Makeup: Liz + Rachel @ Blush Beauty | Florist: Studio AGCatering: Hearty Boys Catering | Cake Artist: Lutz Cafe & Pastry Shop | Dress: BHLDN | Tux: Ted Baker | Bride's Shoes: Keds x Kate Spade | Groom's Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Groom's Watch: Tayroc | Tie Clip: J Crew 

Scott + Michelle | Married | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

I was so excited for Scott and Michelle's day, I had been looking forward to it since meeting them at their engagement session. I knew there were some festivals in Milwaukee so I was sure to leave early to allow for any traffic that might be happening. I was about 30 feet from the freeway entrance when all of the sudden police came and completely shut it down. I didn't find out until late that evening on my way home that a particular powerful politician was in town and apparently that meant they needed to shut the entire freeway down? *le sigh* It ended up taking me 30 minutes just to get out of downtown Milwaukee! (the original travel time, door to door, was supposed to only take 32 minutes!!) It was one of the more stressful moments for me, I hate being late in general, but especially to a wedding. Michelle was the sweetest, I talked to her to let her know and she was calm and let me know that it was fine and to just drive safely. I'm so lucky to have clients that are so kind general, but in this particular situation I felt extra lucky! Once I made it, the whole rest of the day was gorgeous, every details was so lovely. Here are some of my favorite moments from the day! 

The light at this location was stun-ning. <3

Ceremony: Queen of Apostles Pewaukee | Reception:  | Make-Up: Kelly S. @ Lustrous Beauty Studio | Hair: Tiffany T. @ EyeDo Makeup & Hair | Florist: The Pink Peony | Rentals: Cover It With Class | Coordinating + Catering: Saz's Lake County | Cake Artist: Rochester Deli Inc.  | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bride's Accessories: Kate Spade | Belt: Lost In Time Inc. | Card Box: Kelly Marie Collection | Guestbook: Starboard Press | Paper Goods: MintedTransportation: Blackline Limo