2021 truly has been off to a great start with the moments I have captured for my clients so far! Jake & Marissa reached out to me last year in June about photographing their wedding at Lake Wissota Golf & Events. After having the initial meeting, I instantly knew how honored I would feel to document their wedding day.
Fast forward to the fall, and I was able to meet up with Jake & Marissa as I was photographing a wedding in the Eau Claire, WI area and we hung out and documented their engagement photos early in the morning on a Sunday. One thing I learned right away is that Marissa & Jake are such down-to-earth individuals with pure hearts of gold. They instantly felt like good friends of mine! Side note: early morning sessions are my new favorite!
February rolled around, and I was beyond excited to travel back to Eau Claire to celebrate these two with their family and friends. The energy was through the roof when myself and my second shooter Alyssa with Photos by Lys showed up to start documenting the day. From the beautiful decorations that Marissa thought out for her table center pieces that included some décor pieces from Sweet Legacy and the beautiful florals from Hive & Hollow, to the romantic venue of Lake Wissota Golf & Events (which huge shout out to the incredible staff who ran the show!) and all of the sweet moments in-between with friends and family, their wedding day was absolutely perfect.
Marissa had an elegant/vintage vibe going on with her hair and makeup done by Spa Beauty Agency. Paired with her stunning wedding gown with gorgeous sleeves that she picked up at Bella Bridal Botique, it seriously brought us all to tears with how she was beaming with so much happiness. Jake was all ready to go when he showed up with his groomsmen. We couldn’t wait for him to see Marissa as she walked down the aisle!
Marissa and her dad did the sweetest first look, which of course had me in tears. Then her and Jake did something creative with doing a first “non-look.” They held hands around a corner without seeing each other. This is a perfect way to get those nerves out and still say hi to your partner before you say your vows!
I have been to many weddings over the past 6+ years and I honestly can say, the dance floor was absolutely FULL the entire night with this crew. The DJ of the night was Justin with Will Nye the DJ Guy and he kept the party going!
Something unique that this group that I have never seen before is a chair dance. Now the significance behind this story goes way back. I’m talking 30 years back with Marissa’s uncle who started this chair dance, all because he was at a wedding and asked a girl to dance and she turned him down. He played it off and acted like he was really wanting to dance with a chair, and he DID. Trust me, way funnier in person, because no guy at that wedding skipped a beat. They all grabbed a chair and got out on the dance floor. I guess it was one of those, “had to be there,” moments, but seriously I could not stop laughing! This wedding is one for the books!
A huge congratulations to Marissa & Jake – thank you for letting me be part of your Lake Wissota Golf wedding day!