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!