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!
All the sweet details
Photography: TJ & Shannon of Uttke Photography & Design
Wedding Planning: Peter and Stephen at Black Swan
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