Riely and Jordan’s downtown Milwaukee wedding at South Second was just the perfect spring wedding day. From the beautiful getting ready room at the hip and unique Iron Horse Hotel to photos along the lake at the Art Museum to the celebration at South Second, the day was just stunning. But, the best part was the bride and groom full of joy and love as they celebrated the start of their lives as husband and wife surrounded by their family and friends.
I first met Riely and Jordan downtown Chicago for their engagement photos. You can see all of their photos from that chilly session here. We had such a fun time getting to know each other and what stuck out to me the most was how easily these two laugh together. Well, that and Riely’s coat that I keep trying to find in my size online. 🙂 I was so excited when they booked me for their wedding day.
When I arrived to the Iron Horse on their wedding day, the incredible hair and makeup team had everyone almost completely ready! I got started on photographing some of Riely’s details while they finished up with final touches. When it was time for Riely to get into her gown, her mom was right there helping her out. I always love when a mom sees her daughter as a bride. What a sweet moment! Riely’s sister and Jordan’s sisters (he has 4!) were there as well, making sure Riely’s dress and all of her details were just right.
We headed to the Milwaukee Art Museum for Riely and Jordan’s first look. I loved Jordan’s reaction as he saw his bride for the first time. He has the best smile, and I’m pretty sure I saw some water in his eyes as Riely walked toward him. We took all of the photos there at the museum and along the water. Though there was rain in the forecast, it waited until we all got into our cars headed to the venue before it started.
Since the day this couple booked me, I looked forward to shooting at South Second for the first time. I love new venues and could tell my photos online that I was going to love this one. This event venue is nestled in Walker’s Point and makes the perfect wedding venue. I love the historic, industrial vibe of the place and the garage doors would be perfect for some fresh air on a warmer night.
Jordan and Riely shared a sweet ceremony with their closest family and friends with the most beautiful floral installation behind them. I loved the wall behind them created by the florist, which also worked beautifully for decoration behind the head table during the reception time.
To kick off the reception, Riely’s mom gave a heartfelt welcome speech that had many in tears as she talked about Riely and her grandma’s special connection. Dinner was served by Saz’s and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had at a wedding. After dinner, Riely’s little sister gave a sweet speech that had everyone laughing and a left a few with tears in their eyes. Jordan’s dad gave the final speech. I learned a few things about Jordan during this speech, but also some very amusing things about Riely. I just loved how clear it was that Jordan’s family absolutely adores Riely and is thrilled to have her in the family.
Following dinner, Riely and Jordan shared a first dance, followed by a dance with Riely and her brother and then Jordan and his mom. My night finished up shortly after the dance floor opened up and I went home so thankful, once again, for this incredible job.
Riely and Jordan, I am so thankful and blessed to have met you and been a part of your day. I wish you all the best in your marriage and hope to photograph you for many years to come.
Thanks to this incredible vendor team who all worked so hard to make this wedding amazing for Riely and Jordan!
Getting Ready: Iron Horse Hotel
Venue: South Second
Catering: Saz’s Hospitality Group
Planner: Krista Denice with Weddings with a Twist
Videographer: Double Platinum Videography by Chris Siegel
Photography: Karen Shoufler Photography
Floral Design: Jane Kelly Floral
Cake Artist: Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe
HMUA: Team Bride MKE
Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Shop: Vera’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
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