Chris and Rachel | Downtown Milwaukee Associate Wedding by Courtney

Last summer I Skyped with Rachel to hear a bit about her story and wedding plans. At the end of the half an hour or so, I knew she was the real deal! I was sadly already booked on her wedding day, so we went the Associate route for her! Our Associate Photographer, Courtney, photographed her Milwaukee wedding day and I edited the photos. It's been an absolute blast living through their wedding in these photos. It's a long game of figuring out dialogue to put to each photo. ;) Get in touch to hear more about our Associate Photographers!

 

How they met:

"We met through a mutual friend Steph. Stephanie was friends with Chris all through college and came to live in Wisconsin for the summer. When she first saw a picture of me she exclaimed, "CHRIS POSTMA!" So when I met her she immediately took me to the computer and went through all of his pictures just talking about how great he was. I thought, "Yah, and he's a senior in college and way too cute..." I had just graduated high school at this point. SO then me, Steph, and my sister went to an event that the Dordt College travel worship team was holding and he was the drummer. I couldn't see him because there was a pole in between us, but both of us think that was God's idea so we wouldn't get distracted from our worship. Anyway, Chris and I talked there. Afterward I forgot about it, but he followed me on twitter and friended me on Facebook. When I got to school he waited it out until around Christmastime when he asked me out on a date :) and in January he became my first ever boyfriend. :)"

 

The Proposal: 

On a weekend in July, Chris and I planned to meet up in Cedar Rapids to see his family at a family reunion. Little did I know, Chris had come to Wisconsin and stayed at my best friend Renee's house since Friday. Saturday morning my dad and I took a walk together to discuss finances and life and all those good things. Once we got to the pond (a special wooded area with a stream going through- a place where I grew up and played with my siblings), my dad mentioned that he hasn't seen it in a while and we should stop over there. We headed over and my dad interrupted our conversation by pulling out a journal. He handed it over to me and I looked through it. It was a log of every date, every phone call, and every special event that Chris and I have had since we started dating. Then my dad pointed down the path and said, "I think there's something else down there for you, why don't you go take a look?" As I walked down the path I saw roses in a vase and further down, Chris was standing there. We walked for a little while and there were many inaudible words and high squealing (me... not Chris). And then he just went ahead and proposed!

 

Black Swan Milwaukee Jewish/Russian Wedding | Paula and Alex

I've known Paula since middle school (maybe even elementary school!) cause she grew up good friends with my good friend! It was so fun to connect again at their engagement session and wedding. Her joy is 100% contagious! 

Alex and Paula met at the University of WI - Milwaukee in front of their friend, and also their wedding officiant. After a bit of convincing on Paula's part, Alex agreed to being friends with her. ;) She compared it to being a lot like making friends in kindergarten haha. 

They tied both of their Jewish traditions, and Alex's Russian traditions into their wedding day at the Black Swan Milwaukee in the Third Ward District. I will never, ever forget their reception. People were flooding the dance floor even before they'd had their salads. :) It was an absolute blast to say the least. 

Mazel tov! 

 

 

Vendors: 

Venue: Black Swan MKE

Day-of Coordinator: Ora Gross

Videographer: Damien Blue

Floral: Emily from Wood Violet

Caterer: Ferrantes

Live Band: Melamed Band 

Desserts: Dina's Desserts 

Hair and Make-up: Tanya Vaysfeld

 

Celebration Farm Bangladeshi Chinese Wedding | Wern and Heidi Sneak Peeks

This past weekend kicked off wedding season and ended my maternity leave! It's been a great few months of learning miss Lily, but it felt great to be doing what I love again and interacting with people at a wedding. :) 

This season started off at Celebration Farm in Iowa City, Iowa with Wern + Heidi. They met in medical school at the University of Iowa. You can read more of how they met + see their engagement session here.  These two are a blast! I've only spent two days with them, but they're always laughing + making people around them feel loved, + had the ceremony musicians play a Star Wars song. What more could you ask for in a couple?! :)

They pulled both of their cultures into their wedding day. Heidi wore an saree and later changed into a dress from Malaysia at the reception. They had an Bangladeshi ceremony and afterwards had a private Malaysian tea ceremony. It's so great to witness different cultures' approaches to weddings! 

 

Here are a few sneak peeks from their day! Enjoy!

 

With love,

Ali Leigh

 

Carstens Mill Brillion, WI Associate Wedding | Ryan and Kendra

 

Last spring, Taylor and I had a chance to hang out with these Ryan + Kendra a bit! From dinners to Brewers games, these two were so great at welcoming us to Wisconsin. :) We loved getting to know them and I was delighted when they asked me to be their wedding photographer! 

Then we found out our baby would be due just a couple weeks after their wedding + we ended up moving back to Minneapolis. My doctor didn't want me being far from home that late in the game, so I started going through photographers I could trust to take awesome care of them. I knew Emily Megan would capture their day wonderfully! She photographed their day + I'm having a blast living through their day while editing them. 

 

We are blessed to have met these two and I'm excited for all that their lives together will hold! 

 

With love, 
Ali Leigh

 

Lowertown St. Paul Engagement Session | Tyler + Kelly

 

I met Kelly this fall when she was the MOH in her sister's Wisconsin wedding when she'd just moved to Minneapolis! Fast forward a few months, and I got an inquiry from her saying she'd just gotten engaged!

I met up with Tyler + Kelly on a Monday morning to walk around Lowertown in St. Paul (also Tyler's neighborhood). Talk about an ideal Monday morning! These two clearly just love being around each other + are so great to be around. The Minnesota winter weather worked with us, giving us weather in the 30's + some sunshine! After walking around his neighborhood, we took some pictures in his apartment building, Custom House, which is an old St. Paul post office - SO many incredible spots and beautifully crafted interior design. 

These two met in PT school + getting married this September in Uptown, with one of our Associate Photographers, Aurora, capturing their day! I'm happy I had this chance to hang out with these two for a bit and can't wait to see the photos Aurora takes of their day. :) 

 

With love,

Ali Leigh