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