Christa + Joe: Two clans unite at Gesu and Pier Wisconsin

Family is everything to Christa and Joe, whose marriage in August brought together two vast and great clans, the Connors and the Armelis.About 400 guests — predominantly family members of each clan — helped the newlyweds celebrate their beautiful wedding ceremony at the Church of Gesu on Marquette University‘s campus followed by a spectacular reception at Pier Wisconsin by Bartolotta Catering.While several people toastedĀ the newlyweds, we were particularly moved by remarks by one of Christa’s four brothers, Shane.Not only did he give his new brother-in-law a ration of familial hazing, Shane summed up what many had said before and after: That Joe and Christa match each other perfectly. They’re smart, fun-loving, have their priorities in sync, and they both put a priority on family and close friends.So, we couldn’t resist setting his words as the foundation for Christa and Joe’s sneak peek.Gosh, there’s so much more to see yet: incredible photo sessions with Matt Mason Photography, a wild trolley ride and Sweet Pea’s first recording of a Sicilian coin dance. But all of that will come with their longer film. And if you’re interested inĀ some of the wedding professionals who helped them pull off so much beauty, check out the resources below.We wish the newlyweds a fantastic future and many blessings!Cheers,Cindy

The team

Ceremony: Church of the Gesu, Marquette University CampusOfficiant: Father Patrick Dorsey, SJReception: Pier Wisconsin by Bartolotta CateringCatering manager: Julie GerberPhotography: Matt Mason PhotographyHair and makeup: Neroli, downtown MilwaukeeMen’s grooming: Groom for MenBride’s dress (designer and retailer): Lazaro, GiGi’s of MequonGroom’s tux (designer and retailer): Ermenegildo Zegna, Harleys for MenBridesmaid’s dresses: Watters, Pearls PlaceBridesmaid’s cages (netting hair pieces): Made by the brideTransportation (trolley): Spring City TrolleyReception lighting: Acme Production ResourcesLinens: BBJ LinensCake: Cakes by Erin SalernoBand: North Coast Orchestra