Do fairy tales come true? I’ll give you a resounding yes, because that’s exactly how the wedding of Lisa and Jeff unfolded earlier this month, with a ceremony at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee followed by a candle-lit reception at Terrace 167 in Hubertus, practically in the shadow of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill.
These two put their strong Catholic faith at the fore, and having bookends of basilicas was icing on the cake. Holy Hill has a special place in their love story, as it was the place these two met for their first date, both ready to open their hearts after years of searching for the right partner in life.
Enchantment was evident throughout the day, starting with Lisa’s ethereal blue dress, made by French Knot Courture, which a nod to the bride’s adorable past when she played the lead role in a grade school production of “Snow White.” We’ve witnessed magic before at weddings, but the spell between these two is incredibly strong, so much so that Jeff moved from his native New York to frozen Wisconsin to be with his love.
After a deeply moving ceremony at the Basilica of St. Josaphat, guests moved to Terrace 167, a new venue on the outskirts of Milwaukee that offers a quick jump to the grounds of Holy Hill for photos while guests enjoyed happy hour. We have to give Lisa, Jeff and their entire wedding party serious props because they kept smiling through the bitter cold that was about minus 9 degrees during portrait and video sessions outside.
Glowing candles and glittering decor welcomed the bridal party back to the reception, where the couple began the celebration with a tender foot-washing ritual that signified their humility to each other. We loved the advice that Ashley, Lisa’s cousin, gave during her toast. She held aloft a small plaque she had made with a triangle, representing Lisa, Jeff and God. She said if the couple were to try to come together along the bottom line, they would be two far apart, but if they both drew closer to got their two vertical lines would meet at the top. So sweet!
We can’t say enough about these two and their big day, and we hope you enjoy their Sneak Peek while we finish off their full project down the road.
The Fairy Tale Team
Videography: Sweet Pea Cinema
Drone footage: Patrick Blasius
Photography: Buck Deitz Photography
Venue: Terrace 167
Ceremony: Basilica of St. Josaphat
Dress: French Knot Couture
Bridesmaids’ attire: Blush Fashion
Bride’s hair: Hair By Smash
Flowers: Gary Newman Designs
Veil: One Blushing Bride