meghan lee harris

You know those moments in life that are SO beautiful as they are happening, and you just wish you could freeze time and stay a little longer in them? Lexie and Jason’s wedding day was filled with these sweet little fleeting moments. Everyone let the love pour through, wearing their hearts on their sleeves and it was just so refreshing and wonderful to witness. Lexie and her dad’s sweet first look, Jason’s emotion as he read his handwritten vows, a sweet celebratory embrace from Mom, a sentimental toast from Grandpa, and their first dance to the song “Let’s Be Still” in a room filled with their closest people — I seriously get chills you guys. “Romantic” doesn’t even cut it. No tears came without laughter, and their day was so candid and FUN yet emotional and raw. One of my favorites & I feel so honored to be the one to freeze these moments to last through time.

I have to quick shoutout all the special personal touches included throughout their day. They held a tree planting ceremony and said “I do” in the woods of St. James Farm Forest Preserve, under an arbor that Lexie’s dad built himself. Grandma’s signature strawberry rhubarb jam served as take-home favors, and Lexie’s dad continued his handy skills to help make the donut wall that went hand-in-hand with their brunch wedding. Their cousin officiated and his wife arranged all the florals (and nailed it!). And as a nod to her Italian roots, Lexie passed out Bombonieres – a traditional Italian wedding favor to each woman in the family. From start to finish their day was so incredibly personalized and genuine, there’s no doubt how special Lexie and Jason are not only to eachother but to all the people around them!

We walked in as strangers but felt so embraced by all the love of this day. Thank you Lexie and Jason for inviting us in and making us feel like family. I’ll end it with one of my favorite quotes that Lexie’s grandpa used in his toast to the new bride and groom:

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Without further ado, here is their preview! And thank you to all the contributors (full vendor list below)! Enjoy!

Wedding Dress: Eva’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson / Hair Jewelry: Etsy Bridal Star Shop / HMU: Julia Elsouso / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eva’s Bridal / Florist: Kaylee Klein Arrangements / Dessert: DeEtta’s Bakery / Caterer: Arrowhead Golf Club / Jeweler: Alto Bello / Menswear: Men’s Warehouse

August 8, 2019

Lexie + Jason | Intimate Brunch Wedding | St. James Farm Forest Preserve | Warrenville IL

You know those moments in life that are SO beautiful as they are happening, and you just wish you could freeze time and stay a little longer in them? Lexie and Jason’s wedding day was filled with these sweet little fleeting moments. Everyone let the love pour through, wearing their hearts on their sleeves and […]

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I’m so excited to finally share Amber & Ryan’s wedding day preview with you all! They got married on a beautiful sunny day at The Lageret – an old tobacco warehouse turned dreamy wedding venue. It was so fun getting glimpses of their wedding day details throughout their year of planning. Amber’s flowy skirt & veil gave me serious photo inspiration and I knew it was going to pair so beautifully with their dusty blue theme. I loved that they kept florals simple and soft with ivory peonies, and decorated their venue with vintage pieces from A La Crate – never disappoints! They added in a cozy fireplace adorned with greenery to serve as the backdrop to their candlelit ceremony. And let’s not forget the Brandy old fashioneds signature drinks, tribute to Amber’s Grandma’s favorite beverage of choice (also an adorable theme of their engagement session last summer).

Since meeting them for their engagement session I instantly knew they had something special. The way they interact is so incredibly natural, effortless, romantic – all of which perfectly reflected the mood of their wedding day. They got engaged in Mexico and returned there for a tropical honeymoon getaway. Scroll to the end for the list of vendors and leave a congrats to the newlyweds on their happily ever after!

VENDOR LOVE:

Venue: The Lageret / Wedding Dress: Amelishan  Bridal / Accessories: Bella Belle shoes, La Gartier, Earrings – BHLDN / Hair: Samantha Mickleson / Makeup: Elise Niess, Callie Hauser / Bridesmaids Dresses: Amelishan Bridal / Event Planner: Gina Ennis of Romantic Moments Events / Day of Coordinator: Danielle Oler Weddings / Florist: Fiori Di Sole / Dessert: Daniels Catering / DJ: C’EST LA VIE / Videographer: Lights Camera Jackson / Caterer: Daniels Catering / Invites: Paperless Post / Table numbers – Elizabeth E Design /Decor: A La Crate Rentals / Jeweler: Kesslers / Menswear: Nedrebos

August 2, 2019

Amber + Ryan – Whimsical Warehouse Wedding at The Lageret – Stoughton, WI

I’m so excited to finally share Amber & Ryan’s wedding day preview with you all! They got married on a beautiful sunny day at The Lageret – an old tobacco warehouse turned dreamy wedding venue. It was so fun getting glimpses of their wedding day details throughout their year of planning. Amber’s flowy skirt & […]

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Fatima & Ali are this amazing couple that found me on Instagram. They had held a small wedding on the other side of the lake just a month prior, and I’m so happy they reached out to me to get them some outdoor wedding portraits. We headed to the shores of Lake Michigan and Fatima stepped out of the car in the most beautiful gown/veil (required three assistants!) At one point we were on the trail and a little boy looked onwards, eyes wide open and goes “Is that a princess?!?” I left feeling so inspired by everything, including the beautiful burgandy bouquet Fatima put together and I loved that they even brought their invitations and little details for me to photograph! You know I’m all about those details!! I only had an hour with them but could have photographed them forever, I literally get chills seeing the photos of them walking out into the stone pier (almost underwater). So excited to share this one with the world, leave them a sweet comment below!

 

July 2, 2019

Fatima + Ali | Breathtaking Lake Michigan Wedding Shoot | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fatima & Ali are this amazing couple that found me on Instagram. They had held a small wedding on the other side of the lake just a month prior, and I’m so happy they reached out to me to get them some outdoor wedding portraits. We headed to the shores of Lake Michigan and Fatima […]

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Kelsie & Jason got married on their 10 year anniversary and not only did they plan an incredible wedding, but they are this totally caring, compassionate, genuine couple. From meeting on the soccer field, to long distance dating (including many love letters back and forth) to recently living in Madison with their german shepherd pup Teddy.  They are the real deal, and their love for eachother, their family, their friends, all the Cuuuute little children that made up their day, was evident. The day was such great vibes and I loved seeing the JOY in their smiles all day long. Reading their handwritten letters, their intimate first look, exchanging their personal vows to one another, but also the simple way Jason can make Kelsie smile just by smiling at her.

Of course I have to talk about the details of this day, I was simply blown away by every little aspect. Kelsie’s lace sleeve dress. The Lageret venue they chose, which is an old tobacco warehouse that oozes with romance and charm. Then add in all the lush florals by Jamae… the whimsy asymmetrical greenery that greeted guests as they entered the ceremony space, and the hanging installation to frame Kelsie & Jason as they said “I do!”  It was all so insanely beautiful. I also LOVED that they repurposed their main florals to use as their sweetheart table for dinner (psst, brides – you don’t need florals everywhere, stick to the main points guests will see and repurpose repurpose repurpose!) Kelsie is a talented wedding planner with Elevate Events, so needless to say I knew going into this day that it was going to be stunning, not to mention she hired yet another amazing wedding planner Deanna with Olive Branch Events Co! I’m now a huge fan of wedding planners after working with these two. I really ought to write up a whole separate blog for why it’s so incredibly beneficial to hire a wedding planner or even a day of coordinator. I loved how Kelsie was able to plan plan plan but then on her wedding day, she was able to show up, not as a planner, but as a BRIDE. Throwing all care to the wind and fully enjoying the beautiful day and years worth of anticipation, hand in hand with Jason!!

Kelsie & Jason, we adored getting to know you this past year and are so honored to have been a part of your happily ever after! Leave a congrats for the new Mr & Mrs and scroll to the end for the amazing list of vendors!

VENDOR LOVE:

Photography: Meghan Lee Harris // Videography: Mollica Films // Venue: The Lageret // Event Planner: Olive Branch Events Co. //Florist: Flora by Jamae // Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria // Makeup: Makeup by Nina // Hair: Brittny Blair // Rentals: La Tavola Linen , Velvet Rentals // Seating Chart: The Crafty Peach // DJ: DJ by Brenden //  Transportation: Badger Bus // Catering: Blue Plate Catering // Favors/Gifts: The Cookie Jar // Cake/Dessert: Craig’s Cake Shop // Jeweler: James Allen // Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Invitations: Colleen Manner (personal friend)

 

June 29, 2019

Kelsie + Jason’s Stunning Wedding at The Lageret | Stoughton, Wisconsin

Kelsie & Jason got married on their 10 year anniversary and not only did they plan an incredible wedding, but they are this totally caring, compassionate, genuine couple. From meeting on the soccer field, to long distance dating (including many love letters back and forth) to recently living in Madison with their german shepherd pup […]

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Amber & Ryan are getting married tomorrow! I was looking back through their engagement session in preparation for their wedding tomorrow and got back ALL the feels. They originally weren’t signed up to do an engagement session with me but I’m so happy they decided to add one on – it became one of my favorite sessions to date! These two are just so effortless in front of the camera, and then add in the beautiful garden backdrops at Allen Centennial Gardens and the glowiest sunset… I have so many favorites!

I love connecting with my couples prior to the wedding day, it allows me to show up to the wedding already feeling like BFFs! Amber was such a gem of a bride to work with, not only did she leave me a sweet review BEFORE their wedding day, but took the time to write me throughout the planning process. Keeping me in the loop with their plans, sneak peeks of the DRESS!, continuously telling me how excited they were, and to just check in with OUR lives during our travels! They have hearts of pure gold.

They have a fun, easy love. The kind of love where you just prefer staying in on a Friday night with each other and their pup, making homemade cocktails and binging fav Netflix shows – PS: how cute is their idea to bring Brandy Old Fashioned’s to their session with me? 3 cherries for Amber, 1 for Ryan 😉 They were actually Amber’s Grandmother’s favorite cocktail (GREAT choice grandma!) and they’ll also be making an appearance at the wedding as their signature drink. When described what made them fall in love Amber wrote “We have such a fun relationship and I know even after the hardest days I can come home to Ryan and share laughs. And of course that Ryan plays with my hair”  –> okay YES to the hair playin’. Girls, you know a man is a standup guy if he is willing to play with your hair every night 😛

Amber & Ryan, you have been a dream to work with & I am SO excited for the big round 2 tomorrow! Cheers to the almost Mr & Mrs!!!

June 6, 2019

Amber + Ryan | Romantic Garden Engagement Session | Allen Centennial Garden | Madison, Wisconsin

Amber & Ryan are getting married tomorrow! I was looking back through their engagement session in preparation for their wedding tomorrow and got back ALL the feels. They originally weren’t signed up to do an engagement session with me but I’m so happy they decided to add one on – it became one of my […]

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