KAREN & SCOTT
The Watermark at Shully's Wedding // Thiensville, Wisconsin
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies” – Aristotle
This amazing, laid back couple, Karen and Scott, tied the knot in a romantic Milwaukee wedding. Their ceremony took place at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, the same church where Karen’s parents got married. The couple’s reception was held at The Watermark at Shully's in Thienville. Karen looked fabulous in her Morlilee by Madeline Gardner dress, pairing it with a classy Badgley Mischka pair of heels. The combination was perfection. Her wedding inspiration came in the form of a garden-esque, minimalistic nature which incorporated white, greenery, pale blue, and gold accents. Karen’s vision came to life with the help of amazing vendors, and the Watermark’s elegantly-appointed interior provided a neutral backdrop to effortlessly execute this vision.
The most anticipated part of the day happened with Karen walked down the aisle. In a cute, comic-relief moment, right before Karen saw Scott, their two-year-old ring bearer stole the show and walked down the aisle, crying. He walked and cried but made it down the aisle just in time for the entire church to burst into a huge round of applause for him!
Scott was thrilled to see his bride walk down the aisle. He instantly lit up and could not stop grinning from ear to ear. During the couple’s ceremony, they exchanged loving glances, both radiating with sheer happiness and joy! Everyone could feel the love and bliss in the room.
With the beautiful weather in full swing, we were able to take advantage of the warmth by capturing bridal portraits in the Walkers Point and Third Ward Districts.
Following the ceremony and bridal portraits, the reception was set to kick off at Shully's in Thiensville. This modern, recently renovated, very romantic venue was the perfect spot for Karen and Scott to celebrate with family and friends. The food was delicious, the speeches were light-hearted, and guests danced through the night. Oh, and Sound by Design is incredible! This staple Milwaukee DJ company always brings the best atmosphere and provides a fun, fantastic dance party for wedding guests, and this wedding was no exception!
Karen and Scott, I do not even know where to start. You are amazing human beings – caring, kind, grateful, and laid back – overall wonderful souls. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me and for being so kind. Cheers to a lifetime of bliss, health, and love!
Love + Appreciation,
Venue: The Watermark at Shully's
Catering: Shully's Catering
Photographer: Dominika Photographer
Associate Photographer: Colleen
Florist: Designs, Etc.
Stationary: Paper Envy
DJ: Sound by Design
Videography: Champagne Studios
Cake: Sweet Perfections
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo (purchased at Miss Ruby Bridal Boutique)
Wedding Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner (purchased at Bliss Bridal in Brookfield)
Men's Suits: Joseph Abboud (purchased at Men's Warehouse)
Makeup: The Hitching Post
Hair: Nedret Lumani
Linens: Windy City Linen
Jewelry: Lampone Jewlers
Since Karen and Scott's cute pup couldn't join them on their wedding day, Karen held him close by tying his photo to her bouquet.
HAILEY // CLASS OF 2019
Milwaukee Senior Session // Doctors Park // Fox Point, Wisconsin
I had so much fun hanging out with Hailey at Doctor's Park for her senior session! This laid back and extremely talented senior was nothing short of amazing during her portraits. We chatted, she dipped her toes in the lake and we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon by Lake Michigan. Hailey, wishing you all the of the during your senior year!!
Milwaukee Family Session // Mequon, Wisconsin
Oh this sweet little family! I have been photographing them since their oldest one was a newborn. It's amazing to see how life has unfolded for them and the adventures it has brought along the way. I was so honored to photograph their growing family before their big move to Michigan this summer.
Wishing you guys nothing but the best and we can't wait to come visit you guys in your new home State!
ERIKA & JAY
Irish Barn at Whistling Straits Wedding // Kohler, Wisconsin
“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” – Maya Angelou
Erika and Jay’s wedding was a love-filled affair seemingly too beautiful for words. The couple wed at Whistling Straits, a PGA golf course in Kohler, Wisconsin. Its distinctive fieldstone barn overlooks holes nine and ten and gorgeous Lake Michigan. The fieldstone structure is reminiscent of barns in the Irish countryside, serving as a unique, lovely location for a rustic yet elegant wedding. Their chosen location aligned perfectly with their boho-chic theme full of neutral colors and lush greenery. The exquisite backdrop set the scene for a romantic, emotional day.
The couple’s flower girls, Erika’s nieces, looked absolutely adorable, and they did a fantastic job walking down the aisle together. One of them ran down the aisle, laughing, and the other wanted to pick up every flower she dropped. They were too cute! Erika’s bridesmaids look stunning in their long, ornate gowns and Jay’s groomsmen look quite dapper in their chic, grey suits.
The love that Erika and Jay share is strong and loving yet playful. They exchanged adorable, playful glances throughout the night, certainly conveying a laid back, loving feeling among the outdoor beauty and natural surroundings.
The couple honored their love of food by picking out a delicious spread for their guests. Among the selection was a taco bar and French fries with amazing dipping sauces. Guests danced the night away and enjoyed the rustic atmosphere of the Irish barn.
Erika and Jay, your wedding was simply beautiful, and I am so grateful to have captured your incredible day! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness, health, and love.
Love + Appreciation,
Venue : Irish Barn at Whistling Straits
Photographer : Dominika Photographer
Associate Photographers : Colleen
Florist: Whistling Straits (Abbey)
DJ: Sound By Design
Live Acoustic Performer - Joe Wray
Videographer - Adam Presti
Editor : Sharp Editorial
Erika honored her late father by having his photo on her bouquet, so although he was not there in person, he was certainly there in spirit.
NICOLE // CLASS OF 2019
Milwaukee Senior Session
I had such a wonderful time photographing Nicole during her Senior Portrait Session in Milwaukee's Third Ward and Walker's Point districts. She is not only a talented dancer but a beautiful soul inside and out. Good luck in your senior year girlie! You will do great things!
Milwaukee Maternity Session // Blue Mound Golf & Country Club // Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Oh my goodness, I am slightly obsessed with this golf themed maternity session at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club. The P. Family looked radiant! Beautiful mom to be, fun loving toddler and stunning afternoon light. You guys, this is a photographers dream and I feel so lucky to have amazing clients like this. Enjoy this little sneak peek into their fun family session!
And that's a wrap!
BRITTANY & CHARLIE
Chicago Engagement Session // Lincoln Park Zoo - South Pond, Chicago Illinois
I loved spending the afternoon with Brittany and Charlie in Chicago! Their Lincoln Park engagement session was fun and relaxing. Lincoln Park, especially the South Pond, area is one of my favorite places in Chicago. It provides a wonderful mixture of an urban and natural environment as well shows off the magnificent Chicago skyline.
Brittany and Charlie, thank you for spending the afternoon with me! Thank you for the laughter and fun conversation!
I can't wait to photograph your stunning Chicago wedding in November.
ANABELLE // 13 DAYS NEW
Milwaukee Lifestyle Newborn Session // Mequon, Wisconsin
Sweet little Anabelle was an angel during her Milwaukee lifestyle newborn session. This adorable 13 day old enjoyed cuddles with mama and slept great during her session.
Enjoy this little sneak peek into her session!
Guys, I am BEYOND excited to share a little secret with you... my wedding from last summer is FEATURED in a publication, ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine. Eeek! I am grateful and humbled. Truly. I can’t even put into words how happy it makes me. At the start of last year’s wedding season it was my goal to have a real wedding featured in a publications. And this year it came to fruition! Dream big my friends, you never know what opportunities will present themselves and make your dreams/ goals come true.
NINA & SAM
Urban Ecology Center Wedding // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson
Nina and Sam’s wedding was a nature and love-filled ceremony I will never forget. The couple wed at The Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where their venue provided a rustic, scenic backdrop for their summer nuptials. This natural oasis in the city perfectly complemented the couple’s natural vibe. Overlooking the Milwaukee River and the forests surrounding it, they chose the ideal location to reflect their ultimate vision.
Nina looked beautifully boho-chic with unique, gold accent jewelry and a one-of-a-kind hair piece. Her sparkly heels added an element of fun glam to her feminine lace gown. Her bridesmaids wore mix-matched grey tone dresses in various textures. Their colors paired beautifully with Milwaukee Flower Company bouquets that included lush green textures with yellow and pale orange flowers. The overall color palette was serene and lovely.
Nina and Sam’s ceremony took place in a forest with their closest family and friends sitting on wooden benches while Nina and Sam lovingly exchanging their I-dos. Their ceremony included a tree-planting ritual, too. Such an awesome part of their ceremony!
Their nature theme continued into the reception where Nina and Sam included thrifted animal figurines, sprayed gold, as well as featuring animal prints as their table numbers. Green florals were placed perfectly on tables in thrifted, mix-matched clear vases, and the lovely couple had a fun photo booth that featured animal hats and ears, all of which their loved ones thoroughly enjoyed!
Their guests sipped on signature cocktails named after their two Weiner dogs, The Okie Fashioned and Salty Pretzel Dog. Nina and Sam did a fantastic job of incorporating special details reflective of their lives into their ceremony. They also opted for ten different honey pies in lieu of cake, all of which looked absolutely delicious!
Nina and Sam, thank you for choosing me to capture your beautiful day! Cheers to all the happiness, love, and delicious food as you honeymoon in London and Italy.
Love + Appreciation,
Venue : Urban Ecology Center
Photographer : Dominika Photographer
Associate Photographers : Tegan
Hotel : Ambassador Hotel
Florist: Milwaukee Flower Co.
DJ: Prescott Sobel
Caterer: Bel Air Cantina
Bar: Pour Inc
Hair: Kaley Joy Wittnik from Amity Loft
MUA: Kelly Schubel
Editor : Sharp Editorial
Nina and Sam shared a heartfelt, priceless moment before their first look. They wrote one another a card and decided to read their cards aloud, as they stood with their backs to each other, before seeing one another for the first time. The love in their eyes was a joy to capture! Not only did that share in that sweet moment, but they entered their reception by sliding down a slide, and their bridal party did, too! Yes, a slide! This couple was a blast to capture.