Amy and Brian were married on June 25 with a ceremony at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a ceremony at a private residence in Independence WI. Congratulations, lovebirds! Amy and Brian not only trusted us with photographing their special day but also with their videography. With Jeff as my second shooter and Jenelle on video, we had all creative angles covered.
The church had been recently renovated and this wedding had the honor of being the very first since they had reopened. The murals on the ceilings were awe-inspiring. The artwork carried all the way up the soaring ceilings. It really is an amazing place for a ceremony.
Amy and the ladies got their hair and makeup done at a local salon and then had the finishing touches in one of the rooms of the church basement. When her father came down the stairs to see her for the very first time in her gown, it was such an emotional moment. Both Mom and Dad teared up as he saw his little girl in her beautiful veil and gown.
We did portraits of the groomsmen and bridesmaids in the church. Brian was joined by his groomsmen; Kevin, Steve and Kory with Best Man, Mike. Amy was joined by her bridesmaids; Lisa-Marie, Laura and Jocelyn with Maid of Honor, Kandice. We kept the guys and girls separated so the bride and groom didn’t see each other before the ceremony. They wanted to preserve that moment of setting eyes on one another when Amy made her entrance walking down the aisle.
It was certainly worth the wait, as Brian’s emotions were barely contained when Amy walked in. His face was a blend of excitement and awe. Amy was escorted down the aisle by both her mother and father. The bride and groom were surrounded by family and friends. The priest who presided over their ceremony was retired, but since he had been such a big part of Amy’s life growing up in the church, he came out of retirement for this special occasion. It was such a meaningful gesture for Amy and her family.
The day had been scorching hot… that heavy, humid kind of day where the air just hangs: sweltering and stagnant. But during the ceremony, a huge storm rolled through and rain poured down. The storm swept through quickly and took the oppressive heat with it! When the ceremony had concluded, the clouds and humidity lifted to show a perfect, sunny day. They say rain on a wedding day is good luck… but it’s even better luck when there’s rain only during the indoor ceremony!
After the ceremony, the bride’s brother surprised the couple with a gift of a limo from Cody Limousines as transportation. After the bridal party took some fun, celebratory pictures, everyone piled into the limo and headed off to the reception.
The reception took place at the bride’s family farm, but you would never know it was a private residence with the way it was decorated. The ceilings were draped with elegant white fabric and lights, including a stunning crystal chandelier. There were also huge fountains used as decoration. It was the essence of classic simplicity.
The reception was truly amazing. Not only was it hosted at a private residence, but the bride’s mother prepared the meal! It was even served by family friends. It really was a memorable touch. Entertainment was provided by Sean of Carlson Entertainment and he got everyone out on the floor and dancing. For an added element of memorable fun, the bride and groom also had The Joy Booth set up an on location photo booth. Everyone took turns creating memories.
Amy had said that she really wanted the day to be memorable. And from the very first moments until the very last pictures out in the field as the sun set, I can truly say that it was. Amy, Brian, thank you for having Andrew Samplawski Photo and Video as a part of your wonderful wedding day. I hope you have a very happy anniversary.