Ila + Greg’s Wedding. Middleton, Wisconsin.

It is official:  My blog is so behind that my clients are getting their final products before ever seeing their wedding featured here on the once-current blog.  Sad!  Okay, so I promise that I’ll use the next two weeks to catch up.  No, really.  I do.  Promise.

So who’s up now?  Oh, such a lovely couple!  Ila & Greg had a gorgeous, fun-filled wedding day in Middleton.  I’ve had such a great time getting to know these two!  They’ve really been a blast to work with, from the beginning to the engagement session to the very end.  Since both the bride & groom got ready in hotels close to one another, I was able to hang out with Greg & his awesome entourage for a bit before heading over to meet Ila.  You could tell that nobody was nervous and everyone was prepared to have an amazing day!  Despite this serious moment that Greg had while fixing his tie…

Ila’s style is simple & unique, with just enough glitz.  Her shoes were perfect!

When Ila saw this shot, she said “Who knew the Staybridge Suites was so contemporary?”  He he.

The beautiful bride!

With a late afternoon ceremony on the schedule, Ila & Greg chose to see one another before the actual wedding.  Greg had such a sweet & genuine smile on his face when he saw Ila in her beautiful wedding attire!

The Capitol Brewery was awesome enough to let us in for a few shots.  Who doesn’t love a bride on a bar?!

I LOVE coincidences, and we ran into a great one.  When we arrived at the Capitol Brewery for the couple’s first look, we had no idea that there would be a big festival going on.  Turns out, the festival was for juvenile diabetes.  The coincidence?  Ila is all too familiar with this cause, as she’s a diabetic herself.  Word got out that she had a pocket sewn into her gown for her insulin pump, and this little girl’s mom asked if Ila would show it to her.  This little girl was adorably thrilled to see Ila enjoying a wonderful wedding day despite her pesky pal, diabetes!  Here they are, showing off their insulin pumps together.  This seriously brought tears to my eyes, and Greg & Ila thought it was just the coolest thing.

Just down the street from the craziness of the fair, we found some unique spots for bride & groom portraits.  I love it when my couples get an hour or so to themselves…just the two of them and their fab photographers, of course. 

Aaaaw, they make such an adorable couple!

In lieu of the traditional cake, Greg & Ila had a dessert buffet (YUM) and opted for bride & groom cupcakes from BLOOM Bake Shop, which is right down the street from their reception venue.  I had never been to BLOOM, but it is so adorable inside!  I couldn’t believe that the yummy cupcake we got to try was all-organic.  We used their storefront area to re-create a shot from the couple’s engagement session

  How’d we do?

Yummy raspberry cupcakes!

I loved Ila’s details.  This white flower hair piece was soooooo perfect on her, and her purse was made by her aunt!  Isn’t it cute?  And check out the bracelets…  Yeah, those are her “something borrowed.”  From whom, you may wonder?  Why, from ME!  Ha ha.  It made me feel all warm & fuzzy to be even more a part of this special day, even in that tiny way!

Middleton’s University Avenue area has all kinds of spots, including….drumroll….train tracks!

Some of the best WI wildlife grows in the most unexpected places…  Like next to train tracks and off the sides of highways.

The wedding party met us at this point for some group shots.

These girls had the best time clowning around for the camera!

And so did the boys…

One of Ila’s requested shots was a photograph of her tattoo with her strapless gown.  We took several, but I loved this one…

After a good round of portraits, the wedding party broke out one of the wedding gifts…  A nice bottle of scotch. 

  Mid-afternoon on a beautiful July Saturday seems like a perfect time for a toast under blue skies.  Cheers!

Before long, it was time for the big event.  We headed over to Forrestal’s Gallery in Middleton – a beautiful & unique spot for a wedding ceremony AND reception all in one!

The officiant was a friend, and you could tell there was a special connection.  The ceremony was personalized and fun.

Following suit from the pre-wedding celebrations, the wedding party went right to the bar for a post-wedding toast!  And no, this wasn’t an indication of the entire evening.  Just a little fun here and there!!

I haven’t seen quite a color palate like this before, but I must say I found it stunning.  And I just loved the fact that they incorporated THISTLES into the arrangement!

The reception was kicked off by a round of speeches that were both heartfelt & entertaining.

Ila’s dad’s speech takes the cake, though…

Because he has difficulty speaking he recruited Ila’s brother to read each part after him to ensure that everyone understood.  After each short paragraph, he would patiently wait for his son to re-read the words.  He introduced himself, and then “explained” that when Greg had asked him if he could marry Ila…he had actually said “no.”  The crowd did not need to hear the translation before they all began cracking up:

He then joked that Greg was so happy when he thought the answer was yes, that he had decided that anyone who loved Ila that much deserved to marry her.  <3  I can’t even write this, two months later, without getting teary!  Cupcakes make it all better, though!

I loved their rings.  They had custom-designed rings created with hints of blue.  What a great “something blue!”  This little bird’s nest adorned the rail of the gazebo where they said their vows.  When I asked Ila what it was for, she simply replied that she had wanted a bird’s nest somewhere at the wedding.  See?  You can have anything you want at your wedding!  Just because!  I love it!

And then they danced…

And then we snuck out of the reception and walked to the fire station on University Avenue.  Great spot for a quick nighttime portrait session!

Greg & Ila opted for this year’s portrait studio-style “Photo Booth” option.  I can’t help but crack up as I scroll through all of their great portrait studio shots, but here are just a sampling!  Erin from Studio Tulane (formerly Phat Foot Photo) did an absolutely ROCKIN’ job assisting throughout the day and running this fabulous photo booth.  THANK YOU ERIN!

And finally…  Ila had told me that one of the shots she wanted was of her brother dancing.  I had absolutely NO idea what a show I was in for!  This guy is like a cross between Michael Jackson and Usher.  Appropriately, he danced to Usher’s “Yeah.”  Not kidding…  I would pay to see this performance again!!

To Ila & Greg, thank you.  Thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer, and for waiting so very long for your blog post, too!  I hope you’re enjoying all of your wedding images, and I really hope that you know how much I enjoyed being there for your wedding day!

For details about hiring Red Gecko Studio as the photographer for your upcoming wedding, please use the Contact section of this blog! Red Gecko Studio proudly serves weddings and special events in Madison, Milwaukee, and southeastern Wisconsin. Travel to any other location in the world can always be arranged,so don€™t hesitate to ask about coverage for your destination wedding! Thanks for visiting, and please take a moment to leave your thoughts as a comment!

October 19, 2010 - 9:03 pm

Lisa Kretschmann - I love the dress and detail shots!

October 17, 2010 - 7:10 pm

cammie - What great photos, this looks like it was a very beautiful AND fun wedding!! Love the shot by the firehouse especially!
Cammie

October 17, 2010 - 7:10 pm

cammie - What great photos, this looks like it was a very beautiful AND fun wedding!! Love the shot by the firehouse especially!
Cammie

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