Alex + Bri | Married | Schlitz Audubon Nature Center + North Shore Country Club Wedding | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

I had been looking forward to this day for nearly 2 years! When Alex and Bri booked with me we had plenty of time to plan, and the wedding day seemed so far away. But dang did it sneak up quickly! We were able to do their engagement session last fall (and I’m still in love with it!) and that got me even more excited for their wedding day! Their day was, no surprise, gorgeous. Not only was it gorgeous visually, it also had so many beautiful, heartfelt moments. I may or may not have teared up three times during their day (and double that while reliving the day while editing) so you may want to get your tissues ready!

Detail I love: Alex’s tie was actually Bri’s grandfather’s tie. He recently passed away so it was really meaningful. Alex also wore his dad’s cufflinks! Both Alex and Bri clearly tried to incorporate sentimental and meaningful things into their day whenever they could and I love love love it!

Okay, so this was one of my favorite moments of the day. Bri and Alex wanted to do a blind gift exchange before the wedding. Bri explained to me that early on in their relationship Alex got a glass box to keep letters, notes and sentimental things from their relationship. In the last few years it had filled up with meaningful momentos. So Bri gave Alex a note, she asked him where they might keep that, and then gave him the box and said “we needed a bigger box!” BRB just gonna melt into a puddle over here.

It’s fine, not getting emotional again or anything.

I mean……how incredibly gorgeous is she? Absolutely STUN-NING!

I still can’t get over this room. Often when I arrive at a reception location there still are 5-10+ people milling around getting things set up, and it’s extra rare that everything is set up and reception ready. I see a lot of the behind the scenes stuff, so I rarely get that moment of awe when I walk in a reception space. But the Mequon Country Club was on top of it! Everything was set up and ready to go when we got there, there was only one person putting finishing touches on the last couple things. So I did get that jaw drop moment with this one! An absolutely stunning room. Bri and Alex really put together a beautiful wedding day, start to finish. You can tell they put a lot of care and work into every detail!

Loved getting to see Jay + Megan at the wedding! I say it all the time, but it will never stop being true, I love to see past Liller Photo couples at weddings! I love getting to catch up and hear what has been up in their lives!

Guys, I have heard/seen a lot of speeches in the last 7+ years, and I have to say, the speeches this night were top notch. A perfect balance of funny stories and just heartfelt moments.

Ceremony: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center | Reception: North Shore Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Sarah & Michael @ Scottfree Salon North Shore | Florist: Just Fleur Fun | Videographer: Johnny Cofta | DJ: DJ Sol | Rentals: Ceremony: Canopies. Reception: Willie Fun Events | Cake Artist: Northing Bundt Cakes | Dress: Hayley Paige // Still White | Bride’s Shoes: Blue by Betsy Johnson | Bride’s Accessories: Sara Gabriel | Groom’s Suit: Joesph A. Banks | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom’s Tie & Cufflinks: Family heirlooms  | Associate Photographer: Anna Wheeler

Sam + Peyton | Married | Venue Chisca Wedding | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Sam and Peyton reached out to me, they had been referred from a couple I had photographed in Peoria, IL. They let me know that they were getting married in Peoria, but had recently moved to Milwaukee. They expressed that they weren’t sure how that would work out for their engagement session, not realizing that I was actually based in Milwaukee! It worked out perfectly! We were able to have their engagement session in Milwaukee where they were temporarily calling home. There were so many beautiful moments throughout their day, some fun small world moments too! It was exciting to get to shoot at the new Venue Chisca! Peyton and Sam had been telling me about how their venue wasn’t even renovated yet when they booked, so they were just trusting that it would turn out! And boy did it, such a gorgeous space!

I love when mom’s help get their daughters ready! Peyton’s mom actually made a small alteration on her dress and then put in earrings that Peyton’s dad got her mom. Such sweet moments!

So this is where the small world moment happened! So I went outside and saw the getaway car. It looked polished up and oh so shiny. My cousin, Matt, who lives in Peoria, owns a detailing company in Peoria. I knew that they are basically the only detailing company for 100+ miles. So I took a pic on my phone and sent it to Matt and asked if Detail Peoria had done this detail. Before he could respond I found out who’s car it was and asked them if they had taken it to Detail Peoria and they said they had! Such a fun small world moment!

UPDATE: Got a message from my aunt! She used to work with Peyton’s dad! Yay for more small world moments!

I can’t get over all these gorgeous spots a few blocks away from Venue Chisca in downtown Peoria! So many pretty spots!

Ceremony: Northminster Presbyterian Church | Reception: Venue Chisca | Hair Stylist: Corpo Bello  | Florist: Cheryl at Schnucks’s for Bouquets and Ceremony florals & Venue Chisca for Reception | Band: DJ4U | Planner: Kenzie Morey | Catering: Kickapoo Creek Winery & Catering | Cupcakes: Trefzger’s Bakery | Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit: Van Heusen | Ties: Skinny Tie Madness  | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Loft | Associate Photographer: Libby Kathleen