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Danielle & Mike | A Black Swan Milwaukee Wedding

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Dani & Mike are married!

Dani & Mike’s winter wedding was absolutely perfect. First of all, the weather cooperated! It was sunny with mild temperatures. For December, you couldn’t ask for more.  Now, if only the sun stayed up past 4:15PM in the afternoon.

When couples get married after Daylight Savings time, we highly highly encourage a First Look. This isn’t just a professional recommendation! TJ and I didn’t do a First Look and it’s our #1 regret. Danielle & Mike’s wedding ceremony was at 4:30PM. By the time it was over, the sun was low. Real low… like in bed, low. So, we did a First Look earlier in the afternoon, photographed the wedding party and even family portraits!

Danielle & Mike ended up saying this was their favorite part of the day. Dani said,

We were both SO nervous knowing we were going to be standing up reciting our own vows in front of 200 people. Seeing each other before the ceremony calmed all of our fears and allowed us truly start taking in the magic of our special day…. Doing the first look also allowed us to spend more of our day together which we were so grateful for!”

Sometimes we feel like a broken record, but First Looks really are the best.

Another “best”…. Dani’s advice to future couples:

“Pick vendors and details that represent you as a couple. Some of the best compliments we got were about the personal details of the day that we chose to reflect our styles as individuals and as a couple…the location, the vibe, the decor, the food, the cheese board (thank you Larry’s Market in Brown Deer!), the single malt scotch bar…

Also, if your parents  played a large roll in the day – don’t forget to thank them specifically if you decide to give a toast – we we’re nervous for that too and can’t remember if we did (our only regret of the day – one last shout out to our parents Jerry, Mark & Carol!), but seriously our day wouldn’t have been possible without all of the help we received from our family and friends – it takes a village!”

Congratulations Dani & Mike!

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All the sweet details

Photography: TJ & Shannon of Uttke Photography & Design

Wedding Planning: Peter and Stephen at Black Swan

Dani’s Dress: Bella Blue Bridal   |  Made in Love

Dani’s Dress topper: White Dress Bridal Boutique  |  Theia

Mike’s Suit: Black Tux

Hair Stylist: Rachel Zembrowski with Erik of Norway

Makeup Artist: Kelly Schubel with Lustrous Beauty Studio

Floral bouquets: SWEVEN

Reception floral: Annie Maletzke/Amy Groh from Carlin Sales

Ceremony Music: Dream City Strings

DJ and Lighting: Sound by Design

Catering: From Scratch

Dessert: Simma’s

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