Whether their ceremony was a footloose and fuss-free outdoor barbecue, a traditional and regal upscale urban affair, or a modern lakeside music and art showcase, three real-life couples demonstrate there’s more than one way to celebrate in a distinctly Milwaukee style.
A no-frills couple, Kathy and Danny simply wanted to enjoy the moment, the outdoors and each other on their wedding day. Kathy is a geriatric psychiatrist who was in med school in Milwaukee in 2008. That’s when she met Danny, an ecotourism outfitter and whitewater raft guide. They live in Seattle now, however married at Danny’s uncle and aunt’s country house outside of Oconomowoc. The couple arrived in Wisconsin one week before the nuptials having lined up only the tent, BBQ and photographer — Kat Schleicher’s Ellagraph Studios, the one expense the couple insisted on.
Everything else was cobbled together, with friends and family serving as volunteers. They strung lights and fluttering banners through the trees, scattered quilts on the ground and made tissue-paper flowers. An intimate and low-key late-afternoon celebration welcomed about 70 guests. They played lawn games and feasted on fresh-baked Elegant Farmer pies before kicking off their shoes to dance in the grass. Danny’s best friend played the guitar and brewed two different kegs of beer himself, and the setting sun infused the photographs with a golden glow.