Love and Faith Conquer All at Gesu Church

Here’s a scene about love and faith that I need to set.

Elizabeth is walking toward her groom, John, for their first look. It’s that magical moment when the couple sees each other for the first time before the official wedding ceremony. She glides along in the dappled shadows and light of the Joan of Arc Chapel on the ground of Marquette University, where these two met.

John is all nerves, fidgety hands and feet. Smiling then serious. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

There’s a tap on his shoulder, and he turns to his bride. She is stunning. Layers of tulle float around her, gathered at her tiny waist with a satin bow. Long dark hair gathered in an elegant updo with romantic tendrils framing her face. John’s face lights up, and the two hug.

There’s laughter, a few tears, gushing compliments for each other. Both sheepishly share that they are nervous. Which leads to more hugs and more support. The love between these two radiates. Deep and strong.

Elizabeth and John have been through a lot, including the rigors of dental school. Their relationship has been tested as mightily as one can be. So it’s no wonder they seem eager to make it official.

Faith strengthens

But it was the very next moment that made this first look so special.

John asks a simple question: Are you ready to pray?

The two clasp hands, lean in, touching foreheads. The faintest of whispers come from their lips, in perfect unison, said hundreds if not thousands of times together. A quiet, faithful moment to truly launch their wedding day.

Love and faith. Elizabeth and John. Two sides of the same coin.

We loved sharing Elizabeth and John’s day, which officially started with a glorious Mass at the Church of the Gesu. The church’s stunning architecture never fails to fill the souls of all who cross its threshold with awe and light.

It was then off for photos with the amazing Maison and Caleb of Maison Meredith Photography, who were a dream to team up with. Check out their blog and images from the wedding here.

The last stop of the day was the Pulaski Inn on Milwaukee’s south side. This charming event space has an Old World style that seemed the perfect location for Elizabeth and John to host family and friends. We can’t wait to share the hilarious and sweet toasts that John’s siblings gave, but you’ll see a hint of his sister’s in the Sneak Peek.

When dusk arrived, it was time to light up the night sky with sparklers for a moment of fun and illumination. We hope you enjoy this Sneak Peek as we continue to edit their full wedding film!




Videography: Sweet Pea Cinema

Photography: Maison Meredith Photography

Ceremony venue: Church of the Gesu

Reception venue: The Pulaski Inn

Officiant: Fr. Jospeh Shimek

Florist: Alfa Flower Shop

Cake: Simma’s Bakery

Bride’s gown: Stella York from Bon Bon Belle

Check out our reviews! Want to see another Gesu wedding? Click watch Elizabeth and Zach’s awesome wedding day