We are Christine & Justin!
Wisconsin Elopement Photographers who believe your wedding day & photographs should be filled with your personalities!
This stunning Grain Exchange Wedding in Milwaukee stole the show! Margaret and Matt went from planning a New Years’ Eve Wedding to a Spring Wedding in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Covid may have put a little kink in their plans. I do admit the weather was AMAZING on the day of their wedding! Which helped create an even more epic wedding party and couple photos!
This wedding was all style with black dresses and black velvet suit coats! Along with modern bow-ties and her stunning bridal gown! The classic colors made the bouquets simply pop!
For photos we went down by the lake to showcase the city this couple loves so much! Along with the beautiful views of Milwaukee we got a killer view of the Art Museum!
Let’s get to know this amazing couple and their day!
Margaret and Matt met at the Arrogant Frog, bar in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, in spring of 2015. They both ended up at the bar through mutual friends in a big group to watch the Blackhawks game.
Neither of them knew anyone else in the group other than the friends they arrived with. They ended up standing next to each other while watching the game, struck up a conversation, Matt offered to buy Margaret a drink and the rest was history!
Matt took Margaret to the Lincoln Park Zoo, pretending we were there to entertain Margaret’s niece! (Thank you for the help from Margaret’s sister and sister-in-law, she really had no idea).
After walking around the zoo for a couple of hours, Matt subtly coerced Margaret to the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, where he proposed under the arch. After the proposal, Matt surprised Margaret with family and friends at the Arrogant Frog for celebratory drinks where they first met.
Anyone who knows him can attest to the fact he is pretty close to Mr. Perfect. Extremely handsome, successful, polite, funny, smart, responsible, and an all-around great person.
But, if I had to pick what I love most, he is extremely motivated, committed, and refuses to fail. I witnessed this early on in our relationship when he was studying for the CFA. The exam spans three years as it is an exam administered in three levels.
Matt got the email informing him his years of studying paid off, and he passed the 3rd level. That was when I realized he takes this committed and non-failure mentality to all meaningful aspects of his life, and if we get married down the road, it will be forever, and failure is not an option. That is when I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with him!
Margaret has the most vivacious personality and consistently puts a smile on my face every time I see her. She brightens every room she enters and is beyond friendly and welcoming to everyone she meets.
Her enthusiasm and sincerity can turn a simple “how was your day?” into an exciting story. And, between her sarcastic humor and quick wit, she can always make me smile in the most innocuous of settings. Margaret is the kind of person everyone loves to be around and I am so lucky to be the person who gets to be with her forever.
Matt and Margaret’s perfect Sunday together would start with them waking up and taking their perfect Chow Chow, Betty, for a walk while going to get coffee at their favorite little coffee shop down the street, Starbucks. They make eggs while listening to some music.
Eventually, they venture over to their safe place, Costco. When they’re done shopping, and on their way out, Matt buys a 100% Pure Beef Kirkland hot dog and drinks for $1.50, and they’re on their way home. If they’re feeling ambitious, they go for a run or go to the gym to get in a Sunday sweat. Then later, they order a lot of sushi and watch an episode of the latest series they’ve started.
“Doing it twice!” (kidding)
Matt and Margaret really enjoyed the initial parts of the planning process. Choosing the venue was probably the most fun for them. The Grain Exchange is so stunning they immediately knew when they walked into the room it was going to be the wedding perfect venue.
Matt and Margaret were hoping to greet family and friends coming into town early at the hotel bar following the rehearsal dinner, but were disappointed to learn earlier at check in, the bar wouldn’t be open at all that night.
They took it as a sign they should make a point to go to bed early and prepare for the big day. When they came back to the hotel, following the rehearsal dinner, they were greeted with loud, “Hello, there!” coming from the hotel bar.
They see Margaret’s extended family enjoying themselves at the bar with their drinks of choice pulled out from fully-stocked coolers. Word got out to the rest of the wedding guests, and by the end of the night, the “closed” bar was filled with at least 50 happy patrons.
It was such a memorable, happy, and hilarious way to be reunited with family and friends we haven’t seen in over a year. So happy we chose to get out of Chicago for the weekend and celebrate in Wisconsin, gotta love Milwaukee!
Wedding invitation assembly was already a time-consuming process but due to rescheduling the wedding from New Year’s Eve to May, they essentially had to give their invitations a facelift. Fortunately, they were able to salvage them and repurpose them with new information but wow was it time-consuming.
Since they were officially married on our original wedding date of New Year’s Eve, they brought their favorite pictures from their NYE wedding and pictures of their parents on their wedding day and placed them on the table for guests to see when picking up name cards.
Prioritize what you want early in the wedding planning process and book those expenses first. We knew we absolutely wanted a live band, therefore, we booked the band right away.
It’s easy for expenses to get out of hand quickly. However, if you book priorities first, it guarantees you won’t run out of budget for the most important things.
Christine and Justin were wonderful! They made us feel so comfortable and were very efficient with the shots. We didn’t feel there was any time wasted on poses we didn’t want to do and all the poses could make for a perfect picture, which was really important since it was pretty cold out. The locations they chose were really beautiful and I’m so excited to see all the photos!
Milwaukee Wedding Photographer – Natural Intuition Photography
Milwaukee Wedding Venue – The Grain Exchange
Wedding Attire – David’s Bridal, Alice and Ivory and the Black Tux
Floral – Fay’s Florals
Wedding Cake – Simmas Bakery