Blake + Avalon | Egg Harbor, Wisconsin | June 10th, 2017
I have been waiting a long time to blog this wedding, one of my favorites I’ve ever done. I connected with Avalon through doing her little sister, Tigerlily’s senior photos in fall of 2016, for which she tagged along. I remember that day was chilly and windy and at one point, Tigerlily’s hair was blowing in her face and I said “Let it happen. That’s life. It’s not perfect.” I believe that was the moment we all forged a bond that lead me to shooting not only one family wedding but two—but I’m getting ahead of myself, that’s another blog!
Avalon and Blake have such a sweet story and definitely march to the beat of their own drum. They met in college and connected at first as roommates. The two joked with me during their engagement session (that went viral, btw) that she had him doing her laundry before they ever even kissed. They are the definition of best friends that found so much more in each other and being around them, their energy and joy is just contagious.
The couple had planned a wedding for September in Burlington, Iowa. As the day approached, Blake and Avalon realized that the wedding they were planning was spiraling in a direction that simply wasn’t “them”. They decided they couldn’t wait to marry each other in their own way so they canceled their September plans, and, along with their close family and friends escaped to gorgeous Door County Wisconsin in June. Lucky for me, they said ‘come along!’ The day began with the couple exchanging gifts at a local coffee shop before continuing at their unique, quirky venue, Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor where the two were wed amongst many happy tears by the groom’s grandfather. The family affair continued with Disney themed songs sung the Avalon’s 3 sisters, surprise gifts by the bridesmaids, emotional speeches, surprise dances, food and laughter. I snuck them out for some sunset photos and Avalon and Blake shared their “first dance” as Mr. and Mrs. on the water as the sun sank and in that moment, I could sense that the feeling was “Yes. This was right. This is us.”
I just loved how simple this gang kept it. No DJ, no MC just one cousin or sister after another getting on a mic and picking some jams. It felt like best kind of party with a few nice outfits thrown in. Which is kind of my ideal scene. Another favorite part of the night for me was when the bride's dad made a speech and explained that he and his wife had produced a wine for each year their daughters were born. Avalon's vintage was called "Golden" and was given to her and her new husband as a gift at the end of the tearful speech and yes, I bawled my EYES out!
I could go on and on but I am just going to let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy, and congrats again, Mr. + Mrs. Brooks!