Stunning Laid Back Wedding at Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Y’all I have been wanting to photograph at Villa Terrace Museum Milwaukee Wedding for a VERY long time! I have a public bucket list, and a private one – and Villa Terrace has been on it since I found out it existed! This place is stunning! It is like being transformed to another country! Justin and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to photograph their wedding here! Allie and Jacob are two of the most laid back people! I know I know, you hear me say this a lot! But, I mean it – our couples are so freaking awesome!
Allie and Jacob had their intimate wedding ceremony looking over Lake Michigan on a low humid day in Milwaukee Wisconsin! A day we all thought we would be melting! But, nope luck held out for us and it was AMAZING! They had a few quiet moments together for their first look where they choose to read each other letters they wrote. I love when couples do this – it is a moment of the day that is just theirs! A few moments before the madness of the day!
Allie got dressed in a bright room that had amazing soft light!
She put on a gown that had so many soft layers that were just calling to be danced in! Her bridesmaids had on pink dresses that were custom to each gal. Letting your girls pick out their own dresses mean they will enjoy the day so much better! Gone are the days of trying to make your ladies in waiting ugly! YAY! The men were in classic suites with tie and suspenders!
Hear about their day in their own words!
How did you meet?
Tinder lol but on our first date we realized his younger sister and I had known each other for years. She and I went to middle and high school (even played soccer together) AND went to the same college together to study elementary education. Jacob and I had been in marching band together in high school as well but had never met. He played trumpet and I was in the colorguard. It seems we just never crossed paths until after we went off to college, came home, and randomly matched online.
How did Jacob propose? (oh WAIT!)
SHE DID! It was the morning before Jake’s favorite soccer time was playing. We had plans to go to brunch and watch the game together. While getting ready, Allie put her Liverpool jersey on and was waiting for Jacob to come back in the room. Football clubs have a big history of singing songs during their games and Liverpool’s most popular song includes a line that says “you’ll never walk alone”. When Jacob came back in the room, Allie said “if you marry me, you’ll never walk alone”. He, of course, said yes.
Allie, what do you love most about Jacob?
Jacob is my best friend. He is funny, curious, and kind. He cares for other people and we share a passion for social justice. I feel comfortable with him. We just get each other.
Jacob, what do you love most about Allie!?
Spending time together. Everything is good when I’m with her, and I love how comfortable we feel.
What would your perfect Sunday be like together!?
It really depends, but we’re happy as long as we were together! Cheesy we know, but it’s true. We enjoy hiking, seeing movies, going to a museum, sleeping in and sharing time together with our morning coffee, brunching, watching the Packers in the fall (and playing one another in fantasy football!), going on brewery tours, walking our dogs, playing video games, the list goes on. Sometimes we just see where the day takes us!
What memory stands out most from your wedding day?
It was just SO FUN. We have fun with each other every day, in little ways and in big. Our wedding was the perfect coming together of the fun in our lives with the people most important to us. We truly just had a huge celebration of that. Coming into the wedding day, we both just hoped that we and our family and friends would have a good time and from what we can tell that’s exactly what happened.
What was the best part about planning your wedding day!?
The excitement of building up to the day. There were so many fun parts to the process that as we went along we could see everything coming together more and more.
In your own words describe your day from the night before your wedding to waking up on your first day as MR & MRS!
We had a fantastic rehearsal dinner with our closest friends and family at the Wisconsin Club. We were able to connect with many people knowing that the coming day would be busy and fast. There was a bottle of wine waiting for us when we returned to our hotel room which was a nice bonus to the start of the weekend. We decided to stay together that night and wake up together the morning of our wedding. It was fun to wake up and be like “OMG it’s our wedding day!!”
After that, however, we spent a lot of time apart which is probably fairly typical of any wedding day. We each went off with our half of the wedding party and did what we needed to prepare for the ceremony. It was so exciting as we came closer and closer to seeing one another at our first look. We both felt a sense of calming once we were finally able to see and talk with one another before everything really started. Just the idea of walking out in front of all our family and friends makes us both nervous so we had some jitters as we both actually did just that. It helped to be able to hold onto one another (literally) during the ceremony.
We planned with our officiant to not have too long of a ceremony but still wanted it to feel authentic to us, and she did an AMAZING job. Her words told our story and captured so much of who we truly are and why we love each other, we felt honored to have been able to be married by Judith.
Everything after the declaration of marriage seemed to be one giant celebration (and party) which was just what we wanted. We had amazing food (Lee John’s is incredible), jumped from one conversations to another (we wish we had more time with everyone that night), and had a BLAST dancing with one another, with our wedding party, with our family and our friends.
We were exhausted by the time last call came. Sunday we had brunch with our families and out of town guests at Jacob’s parents house. It was nice to have another chance to talk with some of our friends and family we may have been pulled away from at the wedding. We hung out for a while, but our plane to Croatia left that night so we were on our way to the airport in Chicago by 3!
What was the greatest challenge in planning your wedding? What did you feel least prepared for? What could you have done without?
Decisions, decisions, decisions! Everyone we worked with throughout the process truly meant well and wanted to help us. There were times, however, when there were choices to be made that we weren’t sure we even had an opinion on. It was helpful to talk with one another and others who had recently gone through the same process. We also tried to keep in mind what was most important to us as individuals and as a couple rather than what’s said to be most important online.
What personal touches did you add to make your day special to you two!?
We decided to write and share our vows with one another as a part of our first look. This gave us an opportunity to share and be vulnerable with one another without being completely vulnerable in front of everyone. I think it was invaluable to have that time together prior to the ceremony and reception where we truly could focus on one another and our relationship before stepping out in front of our family and friends.
If you wrote your own vows, would you mind sharing them?
We have decided to keep our personal vows between one another. However, we did have vows that our officiant prepared for us to share during the ceremony:
I, Jacob, promise you, Allie, to be faithful, supportive and loyal and to give you my companionship and love throughout all the changes of our lives. I will treasure you as my companion. I vow to bring you happiness, celebrating the joys of life with you, supporting your dreams, and walking beside you, offering courage and strength, through all endeavors. From this day forward, I will be proud to be your husband and your best friend. (as give rings): Where and when you are, there and then I am.
I, Allie, promise you, Jacob, to be faithful, supportive and loyal and to give you my companionship and love throughout all the changes of our lives. I will treasure you as my companion. I vow to bring you happiness, celebrating the joys of life with you supporting your dreams, and walking beside you, offering courage and strength, through all endeavors. From this day forward, I will be proud to be your wife, and your best friend. (as give rings): Where and when you are, there and then I am. 🙂
What are you looking forward to most in your future together?
As cliche as it sounds, we are honestly one another’s best friend. Other than in name (and legality), not a ton has changed since we’ve gotten married. The life we’ve begun and continue to build with one another is what is most exciting. Sharing the happiness of life as well as having someone to confide in when we struggle is a connection I think we all yearn for, and we are so lucky to have found the exact person we want to do this with all day, every day. Building a life and family together is what we are and will continue to do, and we just take one day at a time. What is it they say.. the joy is in the journey. We want to enjoy our lives and to help others as much as we can.
What advice do you have for future couples planning their wedding day!?
Remember what your care about and make it about you. If you don’t want to do something on the “check list”, don’t. If there’s something you know you’ll want there, get it. I think our biggest takeaway from our wedding was the fun we had. We had great people, great food, and great music. What more do you need?
How do you feel about your experience with Natural Intuition Photography?
Easy to talk to, personable, comfortable, happy, chill, reassuring, good people. We’re beyond happy we were able to work together on such an important day.
Rad Vendors that helped make the Wedding Day so awesome!
BRIDES SHOES | Cole Haan
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | David’s Bridal
GROOMS & GROOMSMAN SUITS | Men’s Wearehouse
FLORAL | Courtney Joy Floral
SIGNS | Simply Autumn’s Home
HAIR & MAKE UP | Neroli Spa Third Ward
CATERING | Lee John’s
DJ | Double Platinum
OFFICIANT | Judith Kubish
Milwaukee Wedding Photographer | Natural Intuition Photography
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