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?"
"Yeah?!"
"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 

Jay + Megan | Married | Milwaukee Wedding Photographer

Jay and Megan's wedding day, where do I even begin? It was such a blessing to be a part of their day! I mean that sincerely. As a lot of you know, I'm new to Milwaukee, I moved here in November (can you believe it's been 9 months??? I know I can't!) But my first trip to Milwaukee was for Nick and Megan M's Engagement session back in 2014. The first time I met Megan H. (Well now Megan G.!) was at Nick and Megan M's wedding (okay, sorry for all the Megans! My mom loves looking through my galleries and hearing stories about my clients, and if I had a dollar for the amount of times she's asked me "Now which Megan is this?" I would have like $20!) where Megan H. was a bridesmaid! I was so excited when she contacted me about wedding photography! This group has been so good to me! It was so much fun being at Jay and Megan's wedding and seeing so many familiar faces! It makes me feel so lucky! I'm new here but my business is gaining traction! And for all of you who have helped spread the word, seriously, it means the world to me! So thank you! 

Okay, before I start crying.... Here are some of my favorite moments from Jay and Megan's wedding day! 

Guys, I teared up/cried at least 4 times throughout the day, I'm not kidding, and that's probably a conservative estimate... So Megan and Jay wrote each other letters for their wedding day. When I got to the church and Jay pulled out Megan's letter to him, and I could tell right away that this wasn't just one letter that she wrote that morning. She started this letter to him a while ago. After Jay got through the letter, he explained that Megan had written a letter every year that they'd been together. (I just got goosebumps writing that! It's so sweet and cute and goals! *heart eyes emoji*)

*FYI sometimes things are moving so fast I don't have time to cry in the moment, so then I just end up crying while I'm going through and editing the photos....

Turns out stopping traffic is pretty easy when you're a bride with a dope posse! 

So then we took a break to go to the Old German Beer Hall, you know, as you do. A round for everyone, and then the main event: hammerschlagen!

I'm not gonna lie, I was kind of in love with this place! It's an old converted bank, and it has so many of the original features, and they're all incredibly gorgeous. Oh and there are two giant vaults, so that's cool I guess?!?! <3

VIEW THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION HERE

Ceremony: St. Mary Catholic Faith Community | Reception: Milwaukee Historical Society | Florist: Magnolia Flower Shoppe | Makeup: GAIA Salon | Cake Artist: Extra Special Bake Shop | DJ: Van Rexel Productions | Megan's Dress: Watters, Bliss Bridal. | Veil: Bliss Bridal | Tuxes: Jos. A Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses: Eva's Bridal | Favors: Custom Pencils by Atlas School Store | Caterer: Chef Jack's | Rentals: Canopies