Sarah + Joe grew up just 5 minutes from each other in Kenosha, yet it wasn’t until a few years ago that they met in St. Paul, MN. It was a chance meeting, a friend of a friend was visiting a friend who ended up being Joe… you know how random fate usually plays it… but long story short, the night ended with Joe winning Sarah over with a delightful basket of popcorn. When the time came for Joe to propose, it was a cold winter night in December. Sarah had a strange feeling he was going to propose that weekend and felt the need to tell him at dinner – which he quickly shrugged off while, I’m sure, freaking out inside. When they got back to their apartment, Joe took Sarah up to the rooftop and surprised her with candles, wine, and the perfect proposal which was capped off by walking into their apartment to be surprised with all of their family and friends.
Although the proposal was a cold night in December, their wedding day was quite the opposite. We had a hot and humid day up in Milwaukee, but nothing stopped these two from smiling the entire day. Their energy, happiness, and spirit was contagious and my entire team happily sweat it out for them as we ran around downtown Milwaukee snapping away. Sarah + Joe, thank you for being such a delight from our first meeting up until the last photo we shot and our hugs goodbye (which I think some pizza was involved in). I love love love working with people like you two, and I hope to continue seeing you both at weddings in the future! Cheers to a happy life together 🙂
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Kenneth Pool (Dress Designer) | Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Jenny Yoo (Style – Annabelle) | Suit Designer: Caravelli Italy | Hair/Make-Up Stylist: WELL Salon + Spa | Videographer: Nick Bodmer Videography | Florist: Impressions by Esther Fleming | Cake Artist: Simma’s Bakery | DJ: Sound by Design | Paper Goods Designer: Jennifer Portilia | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Divine Providence – St. Casimir | Reception Venue: Grain Exchange | Caterer: Bartolotta Catering Company and Events
All signs said it was going to rain. Kim and I chatted on the phone early that morning, analyzing the radar, looking out our windows, trying to play meteorologist and predict whether or not the rain was going to ruin our day or allow us to shoot what I’m going to a call a dream engagement session. It was a long 3.5 hour drive from Chicago, but if I made it up to Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin that day, I knew it was going to be worth it. But the weather wasn’t looking good. So we called it and started looking at potential other dates for the shoot. Until an hour later, the skies opened up just enough for Kim to say, “let’s do this!” So I left immediately. No time for make-up. No time to put on a cute shooting outfit. I left as soon as I could to make sure I got up there in time before the storm started. And aside from a little visit from the Sheriff on my drive up 🙁 and a few light rain drops just minutes into the session, it was smooth sailing and ended up being pretty much a perfect day.
Kim + Kyle, thank you for suggesting this awesome place for the session. It was a breath of fresh air to get out of the city and too shoot in a gorgeous location that the both of you have spent so much time at over the past few years. I am beyond excited for the wedding next year, and I’m so glad we had the Engagement Session to hangout and get to know each other a little better. Congrats again and send Randall my love 😉
It was written in the cards for Linda and Volen, they just didn’t realize it until college. The two had crossed paths at a high school speech team meet. The judge had been late, so Volen propped his feet up on the desk and started asking everyone Trivial Pursuit questions that he had found in the room. Linda still remembers the question he asked that she answered correctly, even though Volen may or may not have any recollection of it! A few years later when Linda was a Freshman at the University of Illinois, Linda was cast in a show where she was officially introduced to Volen. Still, it took them three years to start dating, but once they did, it was clear where their futures were heading.
Fast-forward to their 5 year anniversary dinner at Boka. Volen contemplated proposing after their incredible meal, but he could tell it wasn’t the right moment. So the next morning as they woke up in the privacy and comfort of their own bed, Volen asked Linda to be his wife. And she joyfully said, yes! Linda + Volen, thank you for choosing me to capture your special day of love and affection towards each other. You are both extremely beautiful, intelligent, and kind people – and I am honored to have worked with such an amazing couple. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, both together and as the incredible individuals that you are.
VENDOR CREDITS // Wedding Dress Designer: Lazaro, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Donna Morgan | Wedding Coordinator: Grace Stramaglia, Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront | Florist: Lee Scott, Scarlet Petal | Cake Artist: Nancy, Bittersweet Bakery | DJ: Okyne Medialab, Inc. | Paper Goods: Minted.com | Ceremony/Reception Venue:Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront | Hair/Make-up Artist: Mindy City Hair