Jesse & Laura are two of the most hospitable and loving people you’ll ever meet, and every moment of their wedding day showcased their generosity. From serving their guests the cake themselves to showering their wedding party with thoughtful gifts, it’s easy to tell why these two are so loved by their family and friends. I felt lucky to be trusted with documenting their beautiful love story.
The morning started at Jesse’s sisters home, with of a fabulous dress and a strong cup of coffee. Her stunning gold dress was handmade just for her, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! Laura and her bridesmaids made photographing prep a blast, and even trusted me enough to dress the bride in the pretty light of the back patio. As you can see, it paid off in spades…..
We headed to the historic Old Main building, part of the original campus of the University of Wisconsin on which the town is built. There Laura met her groom for a first look, complete with jaw dropping reactions and kisses!
Of course the guys needed to make sure their pocket watches were set to get the groom to the ceremony on time….
After formal photos were completed, we headed to Pfinner Park, complete with scenic views of the Wisconsin River to frame their ceremony.
We’re not sure who was more excited about the vows, the bride and groom, or Jesse’s handsome son Brandon!
It’s important to note that the couple’s recessional song was “Everything is Awesome” from the lego movie. It was so PERFECT, and you can’t help but melt to see Brandon peering over their shoulders as friends and family pelt them with rice & applause!
This might be a good time to mention that instead of traditional lawn games, these two had an axe throwing station set up. Yes, you read that right; don’t worry, it was monitored by a professional. Talk about a fun way to relieve some of that wedding planning stress!!
Jesse and Laura trusted me to steal away for a few moments during dinner and capture some of the golden light that falls over the river as the sun goes down…they needed no prompting to look great together; with these two is clearly comes naturally!
The rest of the night was filled with delicious mexican food, house made margaritas, and toasts to the happy couple. Laura’s sisters flew all the way from their home in Iceland, and together they delivered a perfect speech to celebrate the bride.
We’ll leave you with this view of the sun setting over the Wisconsin River…a beautiful night for a beautiful couple.
Congratulations, Jesse & Laura, we wish you a million years of happiness!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pfinner Park
Catering: Rockman’s Catering
Day of Coordination: Courtney Westby