When you think of Thanksgiving, you usually think of turkey, food coma, football and shopping (at least, that’s what I typically think of). Emily and Lee, on the other hand, think of throwing one helluva wedding party. For their special day, they chose to have the ceremony at Monona Terrace and the reception at the Concourse Hotel. In between, we had some time to stop by the Overture Center for some pictures. The whole day went by about as smoothly as I’ve ever seen and was fun the whole time.
One thing I love about weddings is hearing all the stories that build up to the wedding itself. For Emily and Lee, there was a story behind everything — from the story of how they met, to their wedding rings, to the stories that will be told about their wedding day (ask Lee about tying a bow tie). Every story comes with a backdrop of love and friendship. These are the stories of our lives and I’m honored that I can be there to capture them.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that they has the Chris Sarlas Orchestra perform during the reception. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band at a previous wedding and they are absolutely fabulous. If you ever have the opportunity to see them perform, you will be in for a treat.
No wedding ever goes according to plan. When you go to plan your wedding, accept that fact and you’ll have the best time of your life. This wedding was no exception. First, we had a week of gorgeous weather only to get snowed on the night before (nearly 3 inches on the ground!). Second, the church was a photographer’s dream with abundant natural light, yet the priest wouldn’t let us in the same time zone as the couple during the ceremony. Third, the church decided to keep their 4:00pm mass instead of switching to the usual 5:00pm mass, leaving us with less time for pictures after the ceremony. Fourth, well, you get the idea, right?
This is how weddings go and you learn to roll with the punches. What I love about Rachael and Chris is that they didn’t let any of these distractions get in the way of having a good time. Sure it was cold outside, but they charged right out there for a great series of pictures.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the crazy series of pictures of the groomsmen reenacting a combination of Fight Club and West Side Story. I laugh every time I look at those pictures, and I think you will too. Scroll down for some pure awesome.