Karsten + Alison // Oconomowoc Wedding

Being an older brother is tough. You have to rough ‘em up just enough, but not enough to leave a bruise that mom will see, and keep them on their Volleyball game constantly, or else they’ll spoil your high school “legacy”. Then, if you’re lucky, you get to watch them fall in love with the girl of their dreams (which you have to razz them about), and one day be asked to capture the happiest day of their lives on camera.

Tough, but an honour, the entire way through. My younger brother Karsten wed his gorgeous wife Alison in the idyllic Wisconsin lake country, where Ali grew up. Though the town is small, Ali has never been anything but larger than life, and her personality shone through every detail of their wedding day.

The bride and her ‘maids readied themselves at Ali’s stunning family home, where they enjoyed a peaceful morning of reflection and anticipation. It was here that I caught one of my all-time favourite portraits: Ali, asked by the videographer to speak about why she loves Karsten, wiping a single tear off her face, her expression one of purest joy.

The church ceremony didn’t leave a dry eye in the house, and neither did the weather; we were blessed with a good ol’ fashioned prairie deluge, which may have shortened our portrait session, but definitely didn’t damper any spirits.

Guests mingled at the historic Oconomowoc Lake Club before settling down to an intimate, cosy dinner in the Commodore dining room. Ali’s artistic flair adorned every detail: from the pressed flower table numbers and floral table runners to the impeccable calligraphy. Afterward, the really party got started, kicked off by a one-of-a-kind father-daughter dance. It was around that time that I had to set down my own camera and resume my duties as older brother- out on the dance floor.

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Vendors who helped make this Oconomowoc Lake Club wedding happen:

Videographer // Justin Lovett

Florist // Belle Fiori

Hair // Michelle Mayer

Dress // Hayley Paige

Ceremony Venue // St. Mary’s Church, Dousman

Reception Venue // Oconomowoc Lake Club

Photographer // Mathias Fast Photography


Thanks for stopping by! If you are planning your own wedding at the Oconomowoc Lake Club or any other unique venue in lake country, Wisconsin I’d love to hear from you. I am currently booking 2017 and 2018 local and destination weddings.

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