Dalton & Lauren | A Villa Terrace Ceremony & Pfister Hotel Wedding Reception in Milwaukee

There is a spectacular wedding on the blog today — spectacular in every sense of the word. The first thing you’ll probably notice about this wedding is the incredible venue where Lauren & Dalton said “I do”. The second you step through the towering iron gates, Villa Terrace in Milwaukee transports you to another country reminiscent of an Italian estate. Soaring archways, intricate gardens, and a stairway to heaven are only a few of the highlights you’ll experience when you step inside (not to mention that the courtyard overlooks the lake). Yes indeed, the Villa Terrace is perhaps one of the most beautiful venues in Wisconsin but that particular part of the story is easy to tell through photos. The part I really want to focus on today is the real beauty that lies within the relationship that Lauren & Dalton have built.

Being raised in a close-knit family, I think I have a special appreciation for couples who cherish not only their spouse but also the families they are marrying. As I spent time with both Lauren & Daltons family, I could immediately tell that these two families were THRILLED about the union that was about to take place. In the bridal suite, both moms embraced and held hands as Lauren got ready — their joy was undeniable!!! At the ceremony, Dalton’s Dad watched as Lauren came down the aisle and his eyes danced with happiness the entire time. During toasts, Lauren’s father spoke about how excited her was to have a son-in-law like Dalton and the exact moment he knew he loved Dalton as a son. Minutes later, Dalton’s brother had the room in tears because he was so thankful for the relationship he shared with both his brother and his new sister. Time and time again, the room echoed over not only the bride & groom but the union of FAMILY. Family unites this couple & the support that surrounded them was an incredible thing to witness!

I also have to take a minute to acknowledge the wedding party (oh hey new friends!) because they were quite possibly the most genuine & joy filled group I’ve ever worked with! Not only do the bridesmaids that surround Lauren adore her, they ADORE Dalton & the love they share — and same thing with the groomsmen! The friends that this couple has surrounded themselves with are the most supportive bunch you could ask for. Watching the emotions roll across each face of the wedding party as Dalton & Lauren pledged their lives to each other was such a telling moment… these friends are the lifelong kind.

While yes, I love to photograph beautiful venues and wedding details ALL DAY (and then some) my true passion comes from photographing couples who have a bigger story to tell. Couples who focus on a marriage that is more beautiful than their wedding day and couples who spread the light they have to give into the world for others to share. Lauren & Dalton, your wedding was a dream but the real every-day-life you two have built together is even sweeter than a dream. Enjoy your photos! Xo

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How sweet are these girls that surround Lauren?!

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All time favorite! Lauren, you walked straight out of a magazine!

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I had to include this picture of Dalton’s Dad when he saw the bridesmaids for the first time – he just stopped & stared, it was so sweet!!!

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I loved their families praying over the couple during the ceremony!

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Obsessed with this photo of you two. I hope it hangs on your walls for years to come!

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Another favorite!

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