I chose elegant ... fun ... and stunning as adjectives to describe the Stevens Point wedding of Brooke Hartwig to Mark O'Keefe because those were the words that kept coming to mind as I photographed them on July 16 in 2016. The bride's gown, veil, and jewelry and those images of her with her bridesmaids and her mother ... simply elegant.
The groom didn't get to see his bride until she walked up the aisle, but the father's "first look" at his daughter in her wedding dress brought tears to the eyes of everyone watching.
The bridesmaids were fun in their coordinating flannel shirts (can we say "attitude" ladies?) ... and elegant without them.
The groomsmen were a fun bunch, too ... and a little horsing around always makes for fun shots!
Then it was the moment everyone was waiting for ... when Tony walked his little girl down the aisle and presented her to Mark, her husband to be. Lives changed. Hearts expanded. And two became one.
The architecture and details at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in Stevens Point were stunning. What a beautiful church ... perfect for a beautiful wedding day in every way!
Then it was onto the party bus for some fun! This group was full of laughter ... although the drinks in their hands and some attempts at dancing using that pole may have had something to do with that!
We traveled to scenic Iverson Park where we had a lot of laughs and created some fun images, including one softball image Brooke did just for her Dad ... and some stunning images, too. The walking paths and bridges there are a photographer's dream ... and a dream-come-true for images of the bride and groom!
One of my favorite images is Mark dipping Brooke. A groomsmen inadvertently photo-bombed this shot, and I could have removed him from the photo in post-production, but the couple and I decided it was actually more fun to leave him in the image!
We were granted access to some of the most beautiful areas of the golf course at Sentry World in Stevens Point ... again, stunning is my word of the day.
Cutting the cake, the bride cutting it up with her girls "Hodag style," and lots of kissing meant there were opportunities for fun photos even during the dinner. Speeches, clinking glasses, and laughter brought both sides of the new O'Keefe family and all of their friends together in one common purpose: to celebrate in style.
Details, details, details!
Time for the first dance as husband and wife ... elegant!
The venue's architecture made for some stunning images ... but what could be more beautiful than romantic images in the moonlight? I hope these two will be as blissfully happy 50 years from now as they were on this, the evening of their wedding day. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Brooke O'Keefe!!
Brooke and Mark recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary. The story of their love lives on ... in the images of their wedding day, and in the love they show each other every day of their married lives together!