Jane and John’s summer Wisconsin wedding was a lovely gathering of friends and family from different corners of the country. The two call Connecticut home, but because Jane is from – well, Janesville – and much of her family still reside in Wisconsin, they decided to make their wedding a destination Midwest getaway. Hubbard Park Lodge is one of my favorite spots in Milwaukee for a fish fry (and now weddings!), and not far from where I grew up. They always have my favorite beer on tap and there is never a shortage of polka music. Yep, this feels like home 🙂

I love when a venue can host both the ceremony and reception. Jane and John were married by a longtime friend along the Milwaukee River on a perfect August afternoon. Friends contributed with various readings and musical talents (seriously – they are talented!), and the officiant did a fabulous job keeping everyone on their toes. Jane wore a sash hand-stitched by her mother, including a single blue bead as her something blue. One of the most memorable parts of the ceremony was when Jane’s father stood up from his wheelchair to walk his daughter down the aisle. He had recently survived a bicycle accident, and in this moment received an emotional standing ovation. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye on the lawn!

After golden hour portraits Jane and John joined cocktail hour in the new beer garden on premises, and finally the reception. Friends and family said many beautiful words, gave hugs, and everyone present thoroughly enjoyed each others’ company. There was something about the positive energy in the room I’ll never forget.

Jane and John: you have lots of wonderful people in your lives! I’m so grateful to have captured these moments for you. Wishing you nothing but happiness in your future together 🙂

Venue: Hubbard Park Lodge/Dress: BHLDN (Hitherto)/Bride’s sash: handmade by her mother/Suit: Jos. A. Bank/Florals: Urban Sense/Invitation: customized from Vistaprint/Dessert: Simma’s Bakery/Polka Band: Tom Brusky Band