Kathy & Michael’s Elegant Country Wedding | Mayville, Horicon Marsh & Brownsville

//Kathy & Michael’s Elegant Country Wedding | Mayville, Horicon Marsh & Brownsville

Kathy & Michael’s Elegant Country Wedding | Mayville, Horicon Marsh & Brownsville

When I met Kathy and Michael for their engagement pictures, they told me the story about how they met. Kathy had a strong premonition she was going to meet somebody special that week.  And when she was introduced to Michael while out with friends in Cedarburg, the two hit it off right away.  So much that at the end of the night, Michael asked if she would go with him to a wedding he was attending the next day.  Crazy, right?  Well, she said yes!  And here were are today, coming up on their 6th month anniversary as husband and wife!

These two are just so sweet and so in love, I was very excited to photograph their May wedding!  But to say Kathy & Michael’s day was filled with nothing but joy, wouldn’t be the truth.  Kathy’s father sadly passed away just months before their wedding date.  So we all knew parts of this day were going to be difficult and painful.  But I was truly amazed by Kathy’s strength and poise, and Michael’s love and compassion for her, as these two faced one of the most amazing yet bittersweet days of their lives, together…

The vendors that made Kathy & Michael’s wedding day possible:
Ceremony Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville, Wisconsin
Reception Location: Brownsville Community Club in Brownsville, Wisconsin
Catering: Sue’s Country Catering in Lomira, Wisconsin
Florist: The Village Flower Shop in Mayville, Wisconsin
DJ: Midwest Sound in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Bride’s Stylist: Impressions of Mayville in Mayville, Wisconsin
Second Photographer: Kristel Stephany

bride and groom getting ready for mayville wisconsin wedding

The energy was palpable as the wedding party got ready at the church and guests started arriving for the ceremony. At this point it was mostly excitement and anticipation!

getting ready for the wedding ceremony to start

But emotion overcame everybody in the church as we waited for Kathy to walk down the aisle.

emotional groom waiting for bride to walk down aisle during wedding ceremony

I think it started with Michael…and before I knew it, everyone seemed to be getting a little choked up.  Even Grandpa was struggling to hold back.  And there I was trying so hard NOT to cry so I could stay in focus and capture it all!

family reacting to groom at front of altar

And when the doors at the back of the church finally opened for Kathy, a collective gasp came over the church…

bride walks down the aisle

brides walk down the aisle

groom waiting for his bride at front of the altar

photo of entire church from the back

candid wedding ceremony photographs

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exchange of rings during mayville wisconsin wedding ceremony

lighting the unity candle

lighting the unity candle during their wedding ceremony

bride and groom kissing at end of mayville wisconsin wedding ceremony

mayville wisconsin wedding ceremony

bride and groom exiting their mayville church after the ceremony

After wrapping up at their beautiful church, our first stop for wedding party portraits was the Horicon Marsh overlook.

wedding party photographs at the horicon marsh overlook

wedding pictures at the horicon marsh overlook

horicon marsh overlook bride and groom kissing

Then we stopped at Ledge Park where we used the entrance – a beautiful long drive lined with trees – for some fun and candid wedding party pictures.

wedding party pictures at ledgeview park wisconsin

candid walking wedding party pictures

bridesmaids and groomsmen pose for wedding party photos

And the last location was the most special spot to Kathy and Michael.  They had been on walks here many times, and Michael had even carved their initials into one of the trees at this park, the spot where he would later propose to her!

bride and groom take portraits at their favorite park

brides veil blowing in the wind during wedding portraits

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candid wedding photography near horicon marsh

Over at their reception, guests were arriving and getting the party started!  Kathy and Michael did a beautiful job with their simple and elegant country themed decor.

elegant country themed wedding reception

elegant country wedding cake

first dance at brownville wisconsin wedding reception

the couple's first dance

kiss at the end of their first dance as husband and wife

groom dancing with his mom at the reception

Kathy’s uncle stood in for her father during the father-daughter dance.  My heart ached for Kathy, who I’m sure wanted her Dad physically there more than anything in this moment.

bride dancing with her uncle

After all of those emotional dances, it was time for the newlyweds to get some fresh air outside.  I always like inviting the couples I photograph out for a breather.  I think Kathy really needed this time alone with Michael. And I was happy to capture a few of these quiet moments between the two of them…

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bride and groom picture at the end of the night

Congratulations Kathy and Michael!  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the two of you and seeing the special kind of love you share : )