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Michele & Andrew | A Lake Wedding

October 26, 2010

Michele & Drew have followed their love across the country and back. When they first contacted me they were living in California and in many ways their wedding had a fresh California feel about it. Light suits, airy dresses, California jams and a reception on the edge of the water. They had dreams of marrying one another on Catalina island but ultimately, home and family and life deposited them close to Michele’s family home in Wisconsin’s lake country. So the water’s edge reception was on Lake Nagawicka and I helped them get some Wisconsin scenery into their photographs (who doesn’t love barns, anyway?) I met with Michele and her family-filled bridal party at that family home and experienced an immediate immersion into her life growing up. I came back to my city condo that night and said to my husband today’s wedding made me want to be part of a really big family, have 4 girls and move out to a lake.

Andrew prepared for the day at Delafield Hotel surrounded by a smaller but no less engaging family. When I met him there I could tell he was nervous, but once Michele walked down the aisle with her tearful father it was as if his nervous energy had been spirited away. For the rest of the day I could see him completely immersed in her presence, almost memorizing each moment together.

Rings worn by three generations of Michele's family and her something blue sewn onto a family handkerchief by her mom.

Drew's cufflinks sport sentimental California spots

I love love love this photo and wish that every pastor had the families face the congregation during the blessing. The emotion on their faces makes this one of my all time favorite ceremony photographs.

A tiny rain shower passed over the lake during dinner and left just as quickly as it had come. With the grass still wet Michele and Andrew took a quiet walk alone along the piers just before sunset; I imagine they talked about the sweet toasts and how lucky they are to have all these amazing people in their lives. Then, as the sun moved closer to the horizon the clouds gave way to one of the most brilliant sunsets I’ve ever seen. Tiki torches threw romantic beachy light onto guests taking their photographs in front of the sinking sun and the horns of the band grew in sound. Andrew is a good dancer and it was obvious good music was high on their priority list. The guests responded and a hilarious limbo caught everyone up in the fun.

The night closed with a warming bonfire and the two of them dancing alone to an Al Green song. Just the two of them.

~The Details~

Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Dimitras Couture Bridal in Chicago
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Zamrie, Chicago
Hair: Creative Flair in Delafield, Wisconsin
Suits: Jos. A. Bank in Chicago
Flowers: Avant Garden Florist in Delafield, Wisconsin and Becky Zygmunt, Aunt of the bride
Paper: Wesley Webb Designs in Chicago and Noon Design in Ocean Beach, California
Jams: Jackie’s Jams in Ocean Beach, California
Band: The Mike Dangeroux Band, Chicago
Veil: Made by the bride’s mother
Photobooth: Magnolia
Ceremony: St. John’s Noble Victory Chapel
Reception: Weissgerber’s Seven Seas
Note: I’ve been lucky enough to shoot at Delafield Hotel, Noble Victory Chapel and Lapham Peak twice this summer and my last post also featured these three gorgeous venues. I was initially nervous to post two weddings back to back that share so many of the same locales, but then I realized the weddings look and feel totally different. I think these posts really show how a photographer’s interpretation of the events and absorption into the narrative of the day really makes a difference in the photographic results. I think I just tooted my own horn. Toot.
9 Comments leave one →
  1. Molly Michel permalink
    October 26, 2010 9:15 am

    Beautiful work, as always Heather! I was thinking the same thing as your final comment as I looked thru this post – such a different feel to both days. That shoe shot on the pier though is STUNNING. You should enter it in the PDN Top Knots contest – you would do well.

    • October 26, 2010 9:24 am

      That means so much coming from you Molly! Thank you! I think I took a version of that shoes picture 4 times that day and finally the light and the scenery was just right on that one 🙂

  2. susan lassiter permalink
    October 26, 2010 9:19 am

    How beautiful! Photos captured the complete romance of the wedding….

  3. Brittany Wakefield permalink
    October 26, 2010 9:36 am

    Oh my goodness, these photos brought a tear to my eye. So beautiful, I cannot wait for you to shoot our wedding!

  4. October 27, 2010 12:07 pm

    Man, talk about a fantastic post! I?ve stumbled across your blog a few times within the past, but I usually forgot to bookmark it. But not again! Thanks for posting the way you do, I genuinely appreciate seeing someone who actually has a viewpoint and isn?t really just bringing back up crap like nearly all other writers today. Keep it up!


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