Jess and Zach’s rehearsal was the first I’ve ever been involved with that all guests stood in a circle, holding hands with one another (some complete strangers) and one by one not only had to tell a story about themselves, but also had to give a well wish to the soon to be wed couple. In addition to each and every wish, there were several attendants who mentioned having sunshine over the rain showers that were being forecast for the upcoming day.
You could tell people were a little nervous at first, but it was entirely evident after the fact that everyone had huge hopes for Jessica and Zach as well as undying love.
Something else that was evident?
Just how IN LOVE this couple was. Jess seemed smitten, shy and giggly throughout the evening. Zach couldn’t take his eyes off his bride to be.
If they were near one another, which chances are they were, their hands were always interlaced. At some points in time they were entirely oblivious to everyone around them.
It turns out that this wonderful, free and easy going rehearsal was definitely a sure-fire indicator of what the wedding day would be like. Looming clouds gave way to a bright and gorgeous day, just as the bride was stepping foot onto the shuttle.
Yes, this sounds too good to be true-like a fairy tail.
Yes, it really happened.
Jess wanted to add sparkle and shine to every element of the wedding day that she possibly could. And pink. She loved pink. The pops of pink in her bouquet were absolutely stunning.
Throughout the evening, those little touches were evident. From the sequined table clothes, to the shining chandeliers, to the cake.
And I do mean THE CAKE as in just look at this beauty:
Guests were spoiled by a candy bar and specialty donuts from The Vault in Chicago.
The evening was capped off by a few rowdy dance offs and sing-a-longs and a oh-so-popular cigar bar.
Sweets may be the way to a woman’s heart, but those cigars stole the men’s.
Take a peek at some of my favorite shots of the day thanks to Paper Antler Photography and be prepared to be dazzled by the gorgeous couple to their breathtaking decor.
Ceremony Venue: Kewaskum Peace Church
Reception Venue: West Bend Country Club
Florist: Marius Bell, Milwaukee
Photographer: Paper Antler, Madison
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Fretless Strings
DJ: Milwaukee Airwaves, Milwaukee
Cake: CAKE, Chicago
Donuts: The Vault, Chicago
Invitations: Paper Envy, Milwaukee
Tent: Arena Americas, Milwaukee
Linens: BBJ, Milwaukee