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I know most brides with outdoor ceremonies obsessively look at the weather forecast and hope for sunshine and blue skies. I’m hear to tell you, rain on your wedding day will not ruin it. Some of the greatest pictures I get are of wedding parties laughing and making the best of less than ideal weather. Wedding parties look amazing under some really cute umbrellas!

I was so honored to be a part of Sarah and Jake’s big day. They are a modern day romance, meeting on E-Harmony, but Sarah was the first and only person Jake “smiled” at, and the rest is history. He proposed at a New Year’s Eve Party they were hosting and she said yes! I did their engagement session as well, and I knew they had only fallen more in love during the planning of their wedding day.

The couple decided not to see one another until Sarah walked down the aisle. Broadlands Golf Club moved the wedding inside and the ceremony was beautiful. Sarah’s dress was from Amelishan as were her bridesmaids dresses, all the men’s attire and her mother’s dress! Sarah raved about working with them, and the ease of having everyone’s attire come from the same place.

The reception was gorgeous. I loved the cake with the puzzle pieces from Sweet Perfections. The couple’s first dance was to Jason Aldean’s version of “Heaven”. A favorite part of the reception was The Grand March, organized by Brew City DJs, the DJ for the wedding, in which Sarah and Jake surprised everyone by including a tribute to “Back to the Future” (totally amazing) with Jake dressed up as Marty McFly and Sarah holding his hoverboard.

Sarah and Jake, we wish you all the best, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!

 

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Vendors:

Ceremony \ Reception \ Caterer~ Broadlands Golf Club

Cake~ Sweet Perfections

DJ~ Brew City DJs

First Dance~ Jason Aldean’s version of “Heaven”

Bride’s Dress and Wedding Party Attire~ Amelishan

Florist~ Waukesha Floral

Limousine~ High Class Limousine

Kara Reese Photography is a full-service photographer, giving clients artful, polished, heirloom quality portraits for engagements, weddings, newborns, family, and high school seniors in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas.

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Waukesha Wedding Photographer ~ Kara Reese Photography

The backdrop of Paoli Mill Terrace and Park for this wedding was very old world elegant. The ceremony and reception were held outside. There were gorgeous reclaimed wood tables and chairs, everything down to the sprig of greenery tucked into the napkins was perfection.

We took a lot of shots of the wedding party outside next to all the stone on the terrace. There was even a stone wall where I had the bride and groom sit and cross their legs and it ended up being one of my favorite shots. There were these little stone buildings too that we walked to take pictures next to. Their entire wedding gallery was very artful and timeless.

Sydney wore a breath-taking gown from Brandi’s Bridal that had the most intricate lace detail on the bodice and back. All the bridesmaids wore different dresses, in style and color but were all in the same color family. They looked incredible.

Devin and his groomsmen wore blue suits and brown shoes and belts and I’m a huge fan of that look. Their wedding colors photographed beautifully.

Sydney told me their favorite part of the reception was the maid of honor and best man’s toasts. They had everyone laughing so hard they were crying. The best man roasted the groom and it was a highlight of the reception.

I’m so happy I was able to go to Paoli to be a part of their amazing day. Congratulations Syd and Dev!

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Vendors

Ceremony & Reception \ Paoli Mill & Terrace Park

Wedding Planner \ Cherry Blossom Events

First Dance Song \ Surely by Black Dub

Caterer \ Blue Plate Catering

Florist \ Busy Bee

Kara Reese Photography is a full-service photographer, giving clients artful, polished, heirloom quality portraits for engagements, weddings, newborns, family, and high school seniors in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas.

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Waukesha Wedding Photographer ~ Kara Reese Photography

Photographing this wedding from start to finish was so much fun to shoot! To start the day off, the bridal party got ready at my house! The US Golf Open was happening the same weekend as Shelby and Cole’s wedding, so we decided that my place would allow ease of transfer to the church. This was a really fun group of women, and there was so much laughing! They then took a party bus to the church to finish getting dressed.

When I heard this couple’s engagement story, I knew the wedding was going to be a special one. Shelby had gone to Florida to spend Christmas with her Grandmother, and Cole was picking her up at the airport the day after Christmas. When she came out of the terminal, Cole and her parents were there. Cole had been telling her he was planning a trip, and he’d fill her in on the details soon. He handed her a letter (which took some coercing to get her to open, she was a bit tired from travel after all!) and the last line of the letter read “Will you take this trip called life with me?” When Shelby looked up Cole was down on one knee. All of a sudden friends and family members appeared from behind chairs and newspapers, and Shelby said yes! The entire thing was filmed, so Cole’s incredible proposal was well documented.

The ceremony was at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church (where my husband and I actually got married as well!). The bride and groom had a very sweet “meet around the corner and pray” moment before the ceremony, but Cole didn’t see Shelby until she was walking down the aisle. I love the photograph of Cole capturing that moment.

After the ceremony, everyone headed to Pano’s Banquet Center in Brookfield and the party got started! One of my favorite moments was coordinating with the DJ, Scott Parr, to get the entire wedding party and every single one of the guests in a shot on the dance floor. Shelby and Cole now have that on a canvas print in their living room and it was a wonderful picture to commemorate everyone who came to celebrate on their special day!

Shelby was her own wedding planner, and they had a two and a half year engagement, so she could take her time with the planning of the wedding. One thing she did that was really special was pick out a specific perfume for the day. She said she only will wear the perfume on their anniversary to remind herself and Cole of their happy day of marriage. I hope that perfume, and this gallery of pictures brings them joy for years to come!

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Vendors

Ceremony \ St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church

Reception \ Pano’s Banquet Center in Brookfield

Cake \ Hanna’s Baked Goods

DJ \ Scott Parr DJ & Master of Ceremonies

Dress \ Vera’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses \ David’s Bridal

Caterer \ Pano’s Banquet Center in Brookfield

Florist \ The Shorewood Florist

Limo \ Brew City Bus

Makeup \ Megan Holstine

Invitations and all wedding stationary \ Caity Frans

First Dance \ Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Father Daughter Dance \ Daddy Dance with Me by Krystal Keith

Mother Son Dance \ The Man that You’ve Become by Molly Pasutti

Kara Reese Photography is a full-service photographer, giving clients artful, polished, heirloom quality portraits for engagements, weddings, newborns, family, and high school seniors in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas.

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Waukesha Engagement Photographer ~ Kara Reese Photography

I love doing engagement sessions. It is a time for couples so full of love. I hear engaged couples say all the time that the only thing they wish is that they would have met sooner. You don’t get much sooner than Haley and Jake, who met in high school!

Jake proposed to Haley at Lapham Peak State Park in Delafield, Wisconsin, and the couple wanted their engagement session to be there too. He proposed on one of their favorite trails at sunset, so it was only natural that their engagement photographs be done at sunset as well.

When planning for their session, Haley told me they wanted their photos to be semi-elegant. They chose their attire perfectly for the aesthetic we wanted. Jake looked elegantly relaxed in a navy blue sport coat, white button up, and dark jeans. Haley looked stunning in a light blue patterned dress with white heels.

Everything went perfectly with this session. I got so many shots of the sun behind them, slowly going down. We even got a rainbow in the sky at one point, and I can’t imagine a better omen for happiness for Haley and Jake! They said they were camera shy, but you’d never know it from their photographs. These two looked effortless, you’d hardly know I was photographing them, they were so absorbed in one another.

I know these two are looking forward to their wedding in May and especially the reception at The Legends of Brandybrook. Judging by their engagement photographs, I know Haley and Jake will be a lovely bride and handsome groom.

 

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Kara Reese Photography is a full-service photographer, giving clients artful, polished, heirloom quality portraits for engagements, weddings, newborns, family, and high school seniors in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas.

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Waukesha Wedding Photographer ~ Kara Reese Photography

The first weekend of June I had the great pleasure of photographing Anna and John’s wedding at Delafield Brewhaus, which was such a cool venue for a wedding! The bride and groom were so relaxed and laid back. You could really feel the love they not only had for each other but for their friends and family. They wanted the day to be as fun for the guests as it was for themselves.

Anna told me a great story about how she found her gorgeous Stella York wedding dress. She was just out and about with her mom, looking at dresses, but not trying any on since she didn’t make any appointments. She went to Bucci’s Bridal in Pewaukee and they were so nice and insisted she try on dresses even without an appointment. She said everything she picked out she ended up not liking, but her consultant, Maggie, picked out a few and she loved them all. She went with one her mom liked because it needed the least amount of alterations. Low and behold, when the dress was all done, Anna thought it was absolutely perfect. Proving once again, mama knows best!

Anna and John decided to do first look photographs. John’s face when he saw Anna was priceless. He said one of his favorite parts of the wedding was getting to hang out with Anna and the wedding party before the actual ceremony. Doing a first look let them spend even more time together on their special day.

Friends and family came together to do the cake and flowers, and the couple said Trish, the event coordinator for Delafield Brewhaus, was invaluable. She made their entire day completely worry-free. The ceremony was outside and even though the entire week leading up to the wedding was rainy and stormy, and there was even rain on the morning of, it was sunny and gorgeous by noon!

Anna and John danced to I don’t dance by Lee Brice. They laughed and looked blissed out. Anna danced to Stand by Me by Imagine Dragons with her father, and John danced to Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw with his mother.

I wish this couple and their family all the happiness, and am so grateful to have been a part of their day!

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Kara Reese Photography is a full-service photographer, giving clients artful, polished, heirloom quality portraits for engagements, weddings, newborns, family, and high school seniors in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas.

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