Lovlies, we have quite the treat for you today. It starts with this Wisconsin soiree which somehow manages to be elegant and chic and casual and warm all at once, and it ends with yet another dose of Heather Cook Elliott Photography this afternoon. Yep, you heard me. Two beautiful weddings that our lady Heather captured phenomenally, because we’re big fans. First up, we’ve got love on a lake.
From the photographer… Maria & Dave have a magnetism about them that draws everybody in – into conversation, into laughter, into their lives, into something special. Their wedding day was a testament to that magnetism – and to how full their lives are now and how impossibly full they will grow to be. On a sunny day in June they met on a dock, in the wind and said I love you. I can’t wait to marry you. That wind played with Maria’s veil and their favorite people laughed and cheered them on (as did many boaters motoring by during the lake side ceremony) and they just sort of melted into a perfect day to say I Do.
I adore their easy style that is at once down home and rustic, but a bit refined and frilly. Maria DIY’d many things and basically thought of everything to keep guests happy. I’ve never seen so many children at a wedding – 30 or more – who played with their kid entertainment treat bags and begged for pictures with Maria & Dave. I caught a glimpse of two cousins playing at wedding (the “groom” opted to wear a Spider Man mask) after dinner and more smiles than I could count in every direction I looked. Maria carried a dragonfly pin on her bouquet to memorialize a beloved cousin of Dave’s who died of cancer too young at 16 and her earrings were her grandmother’s – the family matriarch, loved and revered and recently passed. But the atmosphere was jovial and sweet and celebratory – both of Maria & Dave, but also of the family members that had made them who they are today.
When it was time to dance Maria and Dave shared a sensual, sweet, totally romantic moment where I think everyone in attendance saw what real love looks like when it decides to dance. I have a feeling Maria & Dave dance together a lot, just the two of them, alone in a room full of people.
Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Venue: Golden Mast Inn | Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal from Amelishan | Shoes: Katie & Kelly from DSW | Garters: Lucy Bridal Boutique | Suspenders: Mars Distributing Co. | Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groomsmen attire: Banana Republic | Florals: Fox Brothers Floral | Cake: Cakes While U Wait | Table runners: Judith from Fox Brother’s Floral | Here come the bride sign: Made by Bride | Kids clothes: Gap & jcp | Place cards: Made by Bride | Eat, Drink sign: Made by Bride | Invites and programs: Made by Bride | Groom’s cuff links: Gift from friend | Earrings: Vintage | DJ: Rhythm in Motion | Treat Bags: Whisker Graphics & Michaels | Heart name tags on treat bags: Michaels | Blue Ball Jars: Flea Markets & Family owned | Mail Box: Ace Hardware, Distressed/dolled up by Bride