Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jess & Mike- Married!

And now for the couple I've been dying to introduce you too.... 

You see Jessica and Mike together are adorable... as in ADORABLE. Seriously you can't help but love them. Jess has this smile that encapsulates her entire face and the way Mike looks at her when she unleashes that smile.. magic. just magic  Leading up to the wedding these two were thousands of miles apart.. Mike in New Hampshire and Jess here in Madison. Perhaps it's the distance, perhaps it's just the way they always are together? Whatever the reason for their magnetism it was evident the very first time we met... and I knew I loved them - together. If Jess had asked me to stand up in their wedding on that first meeting my answer would have been an emphatic YES. ;) You just can't help but to be sucked in by their love. 

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their day. Much love you two!! And Mike.. if the job offer ever comes around to return to Madison take it. We're going to seriously miss you two around here. 

The tall Jess was stunning... :) 
Mike was looking pretty suave too... Love a man in a suit.  

They had the BEST wedding party!

AHHH.. you two are so cute together!


There is just something about the way lights can decorate a room... 

Jess & her dad... just love these father daughter moments! 

This was such a great party! Jess & Mike were so concerned about their guests having a good time
to the point that they even broke into an impromptu dance routine during their first dance. I 
personally think their worry was for naut.. I mean do they look like they are having a bad time?  

LOVE... favorite!

What was the most memorable part of your day?
Mike- Jess for the first time on our wedding day.
Jess- Too many to count, but a highlight was having my dad perform “I Loved Her First” by HeartLand.

What is your funniest memory from your wedding day?
Jess- I got nervous during the first dance because I thought it was boring the guests, so I encouraged Mike to break into some “improv” dance moves with me.

Any advice you’d share for future couples getting married?
There’s no right or wrong way to do a wedding. Be creative and plan it based on who you are as a couple.

Would you change anything about your day if you could?
Nope! We just wish the day lasted longer.

What songs did you use for your:
First Dance - Better Man by James Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance - Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Mother/Son Dance - What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Grand March - Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO

Where did you go (or are you going) for your Honeymoon?
Montreal, Quebec.

How did you two meet?
 We met in a statistics class in graduate school.

How long have you been dating?
Over 4 years!

Who were your Vendors?
Florist – Daffodil Parker
Cake Baker – Scott’s Pastries
DJ or Band – Isthmus DJ
Reception Site – Overture Center, Promenade Hall
Ceremony Site – Overture Center, Promenade Terrace

Any great vendor experiences to share? We were impressed with the professionalism of all our vendors, but felt particularly lucky to have Jennifer as our photographer. Aside from being an excellent photographer, she’s also a great person to spend time with.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Natalie and Ryan- Married!

When I get the opportunity to work with a bride and groom who have lots of great and original ideas it's kind of like winning the jackpot! That's exactly how I feel about Natalie & Ryan. Natalie is one of the most organized and sentimental individuals I've ever met. So I knew right from the start when she approached me with all of her winning ideas that this was going to be a lot of fun. 
  Natalie & Ryan it was such a joy to be a part of your wedding day. The two of you are so genuinely perfect for one another I can't even imagine what you were ever like before. Keep that love and respect for one another always. I can't wait to see all the amazing places your lives take you.....

Congratulations again!


Ahhh.... Natalie you are stunning!

Ryan.. your not to shabby yourself!


Ryan was such a great sport about any ideas Natalie or I had! LOVE this image!

Favorite... simply perfection

You two make me love being in love even more....

See what I mean about being organized... Natalie was color coordinated right down to their signature drink!

One of the best choreographed dances I've ever seen. Kudos!

What was the most memorable part of your day?

Natalie- Everything was memorable…getting ready in the morning with my bridesmaids, seeing Ryan for our “first look,” singing “Call Me Maybe” at the top of our lungs on the party limo with our bridal party, praying with my dad before walking down the aisle, walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Ryan tear up, Dan (Ryan’s dad) conduct our ceremony, saying our vows, my cousin Terri singing “Love Never Fails,” driving around Lake Windsor on our “getaway golf cart” after the ceremony with just me, Ry, and our photographers, my dad’s speech before dinner, Molly’s MOH speech, Brad’s Best Man speech, our first dance-it was choreographed but we just had fun with it, dance with my Dad (in the dress that was my mom and grandma’s), watching Ryan dance with his mom and with Kerry Schomburg in honor of our friend Ross, singing the Purdue fight song, dancing and singing Zeta songs with my sorority sisters, celebrating with our friends and family all day and dancing all night, singing songs while my sister played the piano at the end of the night after the DJ packed up…we didn’t want to leave! I loved everything!
Ryan- Seeing the smile on Natalie’s face when she walked down the aisle with her dad.

What is your funniest memory from your wedding day?

Natalie- There was a bug in our unity wine. I tried to discretely warn Ryan, but he didn’t hear me…I’m pretty sure he drank the bug.
Ryan- Some of our good friends told us to take in moments throughout the day…Natalie proceeded to stop everyone in the middle of many “moments” (approximately 4,280) to make everyone “take in the moment.” 

Any advice you’d share for future couples getting married?

Natalie- Have fun and enjoy every moment of your special day!
Ryan- Take time throughout the day to appreciate all your friends and family who are there to celebrate with you!

Would you change anything about your day if you could?

Natalie- Absolutely not! At the end of the day, we were married, and that’s what mattered the most.
Ryan- Not a thing!

What songs did you use for your:
First Dance – Everlasting Love (Natalie Cole)

Father/Daughter Dance- Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)

Mother/Son Dance- All To You  (DJ Keo)

Grand March- Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO)

Where did you go (or are you going) for your Honeymoon?
Maui! It was incredible!

How did you two meet?
Playing co-ed softball at Purdue March of 2007 (Ryan refers to this as our “softball glory days!”)

How long have you been dating?
5 years this November!

5 words to describe your bride: loving, beautiful, funny, passionate, spontaneous

5 words to describe your groom: fun loving, caring, handsome, athletic, intelligent

Who were your Vendors?
Florist– my dear friend and bridesmaid, Rachel Ryan

Cake BakerCarl’sCakes

DJ or BandJukeBox Bandstand

Videographer– Bryan Sentiere & Alex Bonk

Reception SiteLake Windsor Golf Club

Ceremony SiteLake Windsor Golf Club

Any great vendor experiences you wanted to share?
They were all absolutely amazing!!!! We had nothing but positive experiences with all of them.