First looks are my favorite part of any wedding. But when the bride and groom plan a secluded first look at sunrise, it makes for a moment that’s seriously special. Woodnote Photography captured a layer of intimacy and emotion that only the best photographers can do. And the words from the groom? Well, they’re enough to bring a girl to tears. “When I saw Jessica in the field for the first time that morning, I was very overwhelmed with love, joy, and peace.  I instantly broke out in tears as my anxiousness left me and my bride was by my side.” Grab yourself a tissue and join me for the full wedding right here.

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From Woodnote PhotographyThese two met at a Bible Study, and became friends.  Jessica was training for triathlons, (have I mentioned that she’s already completed an Iron Man?!  The girl is a legend..), so eventually they started doing workouts together.  Robert thought things were going pretty well, so he asked if Jessica would like to go out, and she flat out said no!  (But did apologize to Robert if she had led him on…)  Robert explained, “After taking such a blow, I fell behind the scenes for a while only to reappear months later to spend more time with her biking or running. I eventually worked up the courage again (over a year later) to see if she would like to get to know each other again and to my delight she said, Sure…  Since then weve been two peas in a pod.”  (And as the photographers who have gotten to spend time with Jessica + Robert together, we can absolutely testify to the fact that these two are absolutely in love, and completely meant for each other!)

Jessica + Robert got married on a Sunday morning in May, and started their ceremony with a tea bar — greeting their guests as they arrived, and handing them a freshly baked scone in a bag that was labeled with their wedding program.  Immediately following the ceremony, a lovely brunch was served at their reception, which ended up meaning that the best time for Jessica + Robert’s portraits was … at sunrise.  When I first wrote the email to them, suggesting the wild + crazy idea, I thought, “well.. they might just laugh in my face” … but then they reminded me that they’re both athletes who are constantly training for big events, and so they’re used to getting up ludicrously early.  (Hooray!)  Let’s face it.  The lighting at sunrise just can’t be beat.  Not to mention the incredible poetic beauty of seeing your love for the first time on your wedding day, all alone, watching the sunrise together.  

Robert’s way of retelling his memory of the first look is beyond beautiful, “When I saw Jessica in the field for the first time that morning, I was very overwhelmed with love, joy, and peace.  I instantly broke out in tears as my anxiousness left me and my bride was by my side.”

After the first look and portraits with the maid of honor + best man, there was time to go out for a delightful breakfast together at Andrew’s Restaurant inside the Delafield Hotel!  It was such an incredible morning, with a nice little relaxed break in between photos + the ceremony to spend time together, and relax, too.  From our perspective, it was completely worth the 4am wakeup call, and Jessica + Robert say it was, too!  They told us, “We both thoroughly loved seeing each other for the sunrise pictures.  It calmed so many nerves, and was a great moment with each other. We also loved getting breakfast right after pictures at Andrews Restaurant with the bridal party and Caroline and Jayden.”

Without further ado, we’re quite excited to share these images with you all today.  But before we go, here’s a final word of advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding from Jessica + Robert:  “Short engagements! Ours was under 4 months and it was a DIY wedding!  You can do it!”

Photography: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography | Event + Floral Design + Styling: Jonathan Diel | Stationery + Paper: Michelle Neu, Maid of Honor | Ceremony Venue: Lapham Peak | Reception Venue: Oconomowoc Lake Club | Officiant: Josh Watson | Ceremony Music: Joseph + Bella Patenode | Wedding Favors: Loose Leaf Tea from Rishi | Cake: Waterhouse Bakery | Hair: Friend of Bride, Christine Andrus | Makeup: Mother of the Bride | Bride’s Jewellery: Family Heirlooms | Groom’s Suit: Bar III | Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Best Man Suit: Calvin Klein