Ruby & Colin

Man oh man, where do I begin with these two? Have you ever met two people and just kinda fallen in love with them? I met Ruby and Colin for the first time a few weeks before their wedding. We met at Anodyne, and were just going to chat about wedding day details over a glass of wine. One glass turned into 3, and suddenly we knew each others' life stories, and were plans to hang out post-wedding. 

I mean really, just look at these two. The sweetest goofballs you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. 

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They both work at an ad agency, where Ruby is a designer. She and Colin crafted most of the details of their wedding, from the groomsmen's boxes to the signs to the centerpieces. Check out the details on that dress too....how gorgeous is the light pink?!

Oh and then this happened.....the guys realized none of them knew how to tie a bow tie! We ran around the country club asking every old man if they knew how to tie one. And of course no one did! *note to self, learn how to tie bow tie* We pulled up youtube and they got to work. After a super cute first look (and apple whiskey shots, courtesy of dad), we were ready for their gorgeous outdoor ceremony. 

For formal photos we made all of Brian's dreams come true, by shooting on an old shipwreck. The grungy textures were so perfect to contrast their palette of pale pink and floral. Designers, man, they think of everything! PS Ruby and Colin are the best and most chill for not getting mad at me when I lost their sunglasses. It still keeps me up at night, but whatcha gonna do. 

At their reception, Ruby and Colin solved one of a newlywed's biggest reception problems.....you know how people clink on their glasses constantly to get the bride and groom to kiss? Turn the opposite way, and smooch your maid of honor and best man! I'm guessing you can probably see why I fell in love with them. Can we redo this wedding every year pls?

Michele & ConnoR

When you plan your wedding for April in Wisconsin......you take a few risks. Will it be 90 degrees? Will there be a monsoon? Will there be a record-breaking winter storm that closes down the city for the entire weekend? 

Michele and Connor played April Wedding Roulette and lucked out with the worst winter storm Green Bay has seen in over 30 years. 

BUT, despite the challenges that brought, they kept their focus on each other, and had one incredible wedding. 

Michele began the day learning that her hair and make up artist wasn't able to make it through the snow, leaving her wondering how to find someone to fill in in the middle of a blizzard. The amazing spa team at Lodge Kohler fit her in without hesitation, saving the day and getting Michele picture-perfect (and still on time!). What's a wedding without a few snags, right?

The ceremony and reception were both at Gather on Broadway, a beautiful industrial venue in downtown Green Bay. After a super adorable first look with dad, Michele and Connor finally got to see each other for the first time. 

From balloons, to Michele's shoes and necklace, and their guestbook, these two dropped in little details here and there from the movie Up! Connor even had a grape soda pin for a boutonnière!

 

The wind and snow kept us inside for all of the photos, but Gather's big windows led us to a few little nooks for some warm and cozy portraits.

Their ceremony was filled with wisdom from Grandpa, a signature hair flip from Connor, and the most beautifully written vows from Michele. I had no idea what a gifted writer she was....tears were distorting my vision the whole time! I think I'm going to hire her to write Brian's for our vow renewal in October :)

 

The rest of the night was filled with incredible food (deep fried mac and cheese bites, ya'll), tear-jerking toasts, and more tear-jerking dances. Is there anything more lovely than tearful father/daughter dances? NOPE. 

Oh, did I mention that Michele closed out the night by grabbing the mic and dropping "Baby Got Back" for us? 

Julia & Jeff

Julia and Jeff kicked off our wedding season on April 7th, and it was an incredible way to start the year! We had home field advantage, with their ceremony at the beautiful Old St Mary's just blocks from our apartment, and reception at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. 

 

We started the day poppin' bottles on the roof (one of many bottle pops of the day!), then Julia's bridesmaids looked on while she had an emotional first look with her father. First looks with dads are so special; if you've been thinking about doing one, DO IT! 

 

Guys.....can we talk about Julia's dress for a minute?! That train! That lace! Julia kept the rest of the details simple (check out those flowers from Milwaukee Flower Co!) and kept her dramatic Kitty Chen dress as the focal point. 

Julia and Jeff had a traditional ceremony in the gorgeous Old St Mary's, where they made promises to each other, and their future family. And of course, they sealed the deal with their classic dip! These two came with more dips than a Super Bowl Party, ya'll. Yeah I said it, I went there! 

We braved the cold (well, Julia did, the rest of us could take breaks in coats) and headed to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Lake Shore State Park for photos.

While everyone was finishing up cocktail hour, I snuck Julia and Jeff up to the roof for some time with just the two of them.

When Brian and I got married I was in such a tizzy trying to get everything ready, that when we arrived at our venue I even said to Brian "I don't even think I'm going to cry!" because of how crazy the day was. Yeah, if you know me, you know how ridiculous that statement is. Our photographer made everyone else go away, got us all quiet and close and snuggly, and then it hit me, and I cried for like an hour straight. MY POINT is that it is essential to spend some time with just your lover on your day. Not just time taking photos while your family watches, but some intimate, quiet time to reflect on everything. And just to stare at that beautiful face that loves you back. And maybe pop some more bottles, like Julia and Jeff. 

While we waited for dinner and dancing, we all filled out a card for the Hatkes to read on a future anniversary. How cute is that!? 

The night ended with twirls, more dips, and so many well wishes to Julia and Jeff as they begin their lives together, and make their big move to Australia. What a night!