We’re back with a big heaping, second scoop of Heather Cook Elliott Photography, and this afternoon she’s teamed up with Tailored Engagements on a wedding that is every bit as beautiful as it is romantic. From the bridesmaids in pink, to the linens from BBJ, to the couple themselves, every bit of this day was perfect.
From the photographer… Christine & Todd already have a long & winding love story that starts with them becoming best friends in college at Marquette in Milwaukee. It took awhile for them to realize that best-friendship would equal partnership, but once it hit home it really hit home. For the last several years they have lived in his hometown of Chicago where Christine worked downtown and Todd commuted an incredible 70 miles to work and back to her because where she is is where he needs to be. Todd played final four basketball at Marquette, professionally in Europe and is taking the lead in spiriting the two of them off on a new adventure as he recently accepted a new coaching position at a university. And Christine is happy to accompany him, even though it might mean passing the bar in a new state.
Christine & Todd, together and individually, are quite possibly the nicest people I have ever met. They both have huge hearts and know – really know – the meaning of family and its importance. Christine’s sister recently found out she has cancer and was undergoing treatment soon before the wedding. Thankfully she was up to the task of being a matron of honor despite the treatment and was by Christine’s side throughout the day. Todd’s birth and adopted family held him up throughout the wedding, as well, as Todd & Christine formed their own loving, time and trial tested family. I
have to write just a bit about the styling of the day as I was consistently struck by how beautiful, tasteful, delicate and inspired everything was from shoes to flowers, to treats, to music and of course to the gorgeous florals. I loved Christine’s two belts, Todd’s classically embroidered cuffs and I could shoot a pink and gold wedding with the stunning architectural backdrop that is the Milwaukee Art Museum every day of the week. My favorite part of the day was when Christine & Todd took a few moments alone amongst the “ribs” of the MAM’s architecture. He lifted her up onto a ledge and moved close to her. She kicked off her Jimmy Choos and just breathed him in. It was magical – just like their story and their love.
Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Stylist & Planner: Tailored Engagements | Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist | Reception: Milwaukee Art Museum | Florist: La Tulipe | Band: Peter Hennes Orchestra | DJ: Ray Gooden | Table Numbers: Z Create Design | Trolley: Badger | Hair: Ann Weber and team from The Parlor | Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia and team (And Katy, American Cancer Society Certified Makeup Artists for bride’s sister Sara) | Cake: Drea at Sendiks Whitefish Bay | Linens: BBJ | Chairs: Canopies | Bride and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale | Bride’s Ceremony Belt: Anne Barge | Junior Bridesmaid Dress and MOH hat/scarf: Becky’s Custom Sewing, Bayview, WI | Wedding programs and signage: Sister of the Bride’s Friend + Sister of the Bride | Place cards: Blooming Quill | Groom’s gift: Watch by Burberry | Bride’s gift: Pearl bracelet by Tiffany | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo