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Meg & Tom | The Pfister Hotel | Milwaukee, Wi Wedding

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September 22, 2016

Most wedding weeks I try to avoid the weather forecast. The storms seem to pass so quickly that even if there is bad weather, it doesn’t often stick around for more than an hour or two. But in the week leading up to Meg and Tom’s Pfister wedding day, I must have checked my phone app at least 50 times to see how the weather looked. Fortunately I didn’t break my phone and the weather held and filled the city in fog as we ended our portraits near the Pfister. The sun even made an appearance, if only for a moment. Not that anyone noticed, because the day was so happy and full of laughter it already felt like the brightest, sunnies summer day. Meg and Tom have a wonderful way about them that makes it hard not to be happy when they are together.

The day began at home. The girls were getting ready at Meg’s families house, her details ready in her childhood bedroom. The guys were spending the morning at Meg and Tom’s home they share together, before heading over to the Boerner Botanical Gardens for their First Look. There were three first looks that day; the first between Meg and her dad, then between Meg and her brothers, and finally – Meg & Tom, both of them crying tears of joy after seeing each other for the first time. We did pre-ceremony photos in the gardens, the bright flowers shining against the gray sky before heading to Our Lady of Lourdes Church for the ceremony. I absolutely loved how Meg and Tom included their family and friends into the ceremony. Not only having them do the readings, but providing truly beautiful musical accompaniment to the service. After the ceremony, my second photographer Lauren and I couldn’t stop talking about how we wanted to applaud after the mens choir completed their final song. It was truly moving (and a fun fact, they sang to me Count van Count style during the family formals).

Once we got to the Pfister, the bubbly (or in our case the Rose) was opened and the entire bridal party hit the streets of downtown Milwaukee to do a few more photos before cocktail hour. The entire party walked down the street to a rousing chorus of “Happy Holtans”, as Meg and Tom danced together. Giving them just a few fleeting moments before entering the party, Meg and Tom finished their bride and groom portraits as the sun came shining through the clouds.

Tearful speeches and a packed dance floor (North Coast Orchestra killed it!) kept the party going late into the evening. Fresh Bagels from NYC were the perfect late night snack before Meg and Tom danced the night away!

Tom and Meg, I wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy! It was such an honor to be apart of such a wonderful day!

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I couldn’t stop laughing when I found these amazing shots in my second shooter Lauren’s files!

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Planner – Classic Coordination 

Ceremony Venue – Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Reception Venue – The Pfister Hotel

Videographer – Sikora Film Co.

Florist – Jane Kelly Florals

Cake – Sweet Tooth

Band – North Coast Orchestra

Make Up – Diane Yokes

Bridal Boutique- Zita Bridal

Dress Designer – Kelly Faetanini

Shoes – Beautifeel

Bridesmaids Dresses – Jenny Yoo Chicago

Menswear – Men’s Wearhouse – Vera Wang

Men’s Shoes – Stan’s Fit For Your Feet

Linens – BBJ Linens

Second Photographer – Lauren Miller

  1. Tom Holtan (Groom)

    September 22nd, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love all of these photos! Such an amazing way to be reminded of that wonderful day! Thank you Elizabeth!

  2. Rita Dulak

    September 22nd, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Breathtakingly Beautiful!!!
    The moments of tender love, excitement and pure joy are memories for a lifetime!
    Lovely beyond words!
    A Perfect Day!

  3. Lynne Kohn

    September 22nd, 2016 at 10:44 am

    The pictures are gorgeous! My favorite was Meg and Tom in front of the flower banks in the park. I cried until I got to the reception. What a wonderful day! All the best forever!

  4. Megan Holtan

    September 22nd, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Absolutely the best day! Thank you, Elizabeth for capturing all of the special moments! Plus, you have been amazing to work with! We cannot wait to see all the others!

  5. Elizabeth

    September 22nd, 2016 at 10:57 am

    You are so welcome 🙂

  6. Dave Sajdak

    September 22nd, 2016 at 10:52 am

    These Pictures are awesome. I literally laughed out loud at some of them remembering how much fun we had that day. The pictures captured the happiness of the day! Great to relive the day.

  7. Elizabeth

    September 22nd, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Seriously, you guys were the most fun!

  8. Zoe

    September 22nd, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    These photos could not capture August 27th more perfectly. Meg, that veil picture… stunning!

  9. Susan Sajdak

    September 22nd, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    These pictures are phenomenal! Thank you so much Elizabeth! They brought back the amazing joy that we all experienced on that day! They even made me cry!

  10. Elizabeth

    September 22nd, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    You are so welcome Susan, it was such a joy to be there! You have a wonderful family!

  11. Liz Holtan

    September 22nd, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you Elizabeth for your phenomenal work!! Your work reflects the joy and love felt on the day so clearly! I love the combo of traditional and candid. You really really have a gift! THANK YOU!

  12. tami sweeney

    September 22nd, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Beautiful job, beautiful couple, beautiful family.

  13. Kelly Sweeney

    September 22nd, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Wow! These are incredible. You are a fantastic photographer that captured the true JOY of our dear Megan Joy and Tom!!!

    I will be calling you for my own wedding one day 😉

  14. faye wetzel

    September 27th, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    LOVELY in every possible way.
    Thank you for sharing these gorgeous and touching photos.
    Wishing you ever happiness!

  15. Katherine Hartmann

    September 29th, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Best. Day. Ever. That one said it all!

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