Amanda and Steve had a gorgeous ceremony at Gesu Church, followed by a stunning pink reception at Potawatomi Casino. The couple values family and invited them to play important roles throughout the day. Amanda’s brothers walked her down the aisle with her lovely brooch bouquet (handmade by her family, along with the other flowers), as Steve tried to keep his cool behind the watery eyes. They also incorporated elements of Amanda’s birthplace and heritage into the ceremony so beautifully. The minister spoke a portion of the ceremony in Spanish, while bonding their everlasting love with a Guatemalan lasso.
We left Gesu Church and headed for fun portraits with the wedding party at Joan of Arc chapel and the Marquette University grounds. The bridal party was so fun, from the ring bearer photobombing his dad to the silly expressions and poses they gave me for the photos. I also loved the moments my assistant (and amazing husband) and I spent with Amanda and Steve, capturing their love and giddiness towards one another.
I cannot say enough great things about Potawatomi Casino. It was my first time photographing at the venue and I was blown away when I entered the room. Gorgeous pink! Plus the food and red velvet cake were AMAZING! My husband raved about the food for several days. Amanda also surprised Steve with a groom’s cake designed as a record of their love. Family continued to play an important role at the reception, starting with her Grandpa’s memory plants. Her brother Ryan gave an amazing toast, leaving the guests laughing and crying. Ryan saved his “Life’s a Beach” hat from his trip to Guatemala with his mom when Amanda was adopted as a baby. Who does that? That’s so amazing and his speech was so touching with memories of his trip and meeting his baby sister for the first time. Amanda’s counsin Andy (from the Love Monkeys) also performed their first dance song.
This wedding was serendipitous! Amanda is related to a good friend of mine and I had been hearing about the couple and their Potawatomi Casino wedding plans for months. They booked their wedding photography with Cream City Weddings, who I help out a few times a year. I was telling my friend that I signed on to photograph a wedding at Potawatomi Casino in May and it just clicked. We both realized that I would be photographing Amanda and Steve’s wedding. It was wonderful to spend time with their families and put faces to the names I had been hearing about. It was such an amazing day and experience. I wish Amanda and Steve an amazing future together.
I love that a random family walked past Amanda and the little girl turned back to look at her. So sweet.
I love when I can capture the reaction of family and friends during the first dance.