Matt & Laura | A Private Residence Ceremony & Wisconsin Brewing Company Reception

Matt & Laura were wed in Verona on the farm that has been in their family for over 100 years, a gorgeous landscape holding one of the tallest points in Madison and overlooking the state Capitol. During their engagement session (which took place in the exact spot where there ceremony was!), I remember walking away thinking “Dang, I just want to be friends with these people and hang out every weekend!”. It’s no secret that I cry at 99% of the weddings that I shoot but this wedding was different. As I stood in a puddle of tears during the ceremony, I couldn’t help but feel immensely blessed to be in the presence of such overwhelming love.

Matt is SUCH a “lover” — he loves life, he loves family, he loves his friends, and most importantly he loves Laura more than life itself. This man loves HARD — I have never seen such passion in another person’s heart where you can FEEL the love radiating off his fingertips and into whoever he touches. What perhaps is even more spectacular is the way that Matt looks at Laura. As you sift through these photos, take note of the adoration on Matt’s face because he truly cherishes this woman in the most amazing way. Every single bride deserves to be looked at the way Matt gazed at Laura on their wedding day… I will never forget it.

During the reception, we snuck away for sunset photographs and I stopped shooting after a few minutes to ask them what their favorite part of the day had been so far. Laura’s response: “Being married. That’s all we’ve been waiting for” which was quickly followed up by Matt’s response: “I’ve been waiting so long to call her my wife. I can’t believe it… I can’t believe how lucky I am.”. THIS right here — this is why I shoot weddings. This overwhelming power of love, partnership, devotion, and respect. Couples who put aside the frills of a wedding day to focus on the true meaning of marriage.

Matt & Laura, I was so honored to witness your wedding day from behind the lens. Congratulations on this beautiful new chapter & I can’t wait to see the love that follows you through the rest of your lives together! xo

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My favorite first-look photos – Matt’s reaction is so sweet!!!

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Just glowing over here!!! Love the smiles on these.

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Matt seriously looked at Laura like this the entire day.

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