Ceremony starting at Schlitz Audubon Society

About 3 days a week I arrive at a coffee shop before dawn. The cafe is always empty when I get there, aside from Matt, who has already started brewing coffee and making the scones for the day. Nearly every Tuesday for the last 3 years we’ve worked the morning shift together. In the week leading up to his wedding, we opened the shop together three days in a row. It was so great to share in the excitement and anticipation of their big day together for the days leading up. We always capture our weddings from a friends’ perspective, but this time we were a friend that has been waiting years for these two to get married. I don’t think they could have planned a more beautiful day.

Matt and Kelly got married at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The Schlitz has 185 acres of land to enjoy, some of it being along Lake Michigan. We were able to explore the grounds for a couple hours before the ceremony, and hang out on the beach together. We took pictures, hiked the tower, joked and chatted, and the day flew by. Part of what’s special about getting married at the Audubon Center is couples have the option of having bird of prey out for their guests to see up close. Matt and Kelly enthusiastically agreed they wanted to have the birds, so they were out during cocktail hour. As you’ll see, there were a variety of birds there with their handlers; a bald eagle, great horned owl, saw-whet owl, red tailed hawk, and barred owl. Once in a while the birds would get a little nervous and try to take off, which made for some pretty fun moments and pictures.
The day went off without a hitch, and we were quite honored to be able to capture such a beautiful event for our friends. Matt and Kelly, thank you for sharing your day with us, it was beautiful.

Profile of bride after hair getting doneFriends approving bride's makeupBride laughing and orange bouquetLaughing maid of jonor at Schlitz Audubon SocietyBoutonnieres in boxMother's hands buttoning back of wedding dressBridesmaid helping with dressMother putting on bride's necklaceGroom getting ready and crongrats textGroom buttoning up his tuxGroom helping his brotherIMG_3709Groom waiting for brideGroom's first lookBride and groom hugging after first lookMatt & Kelly side by sideclimbing the stairscandid of brothersView of treetops and Lake MichiganLooking down at brideLooking down at the wedding partyGroomsmen candidBride laughing over the shoulderGirl doing a jigdriftwood teepeecouple near beachBride looks at groomBride and groom on rocking chairsMatt laughingGrandma taking a photoCandid of laughing grannySmiling guestsbasket of papersbride waitingflutesFather and bride waiting
Parents hug kidsCeremony beginsBridesmaids getting tearylaughing officiantWalk down the aisleafter the ceremony barred owl at Schlitz AudubonRed tailed hawk scares bride and groom
Guests taking pgotos of the birds at Schlitz Audubon SocietyLittle owlmother of the bride laughing
Guests admiring bald eagle at Schlitz Audubon Society in MilwaukeeEagle portrait at Schlitz Audubon Society in Milwaukee, WisconsinEagle screeching at groomEagle scares bride at Schlitz Audubon Society weddingCalmer eagleGreat Horned Owl at Schlitz Audubon Society Milwaukee weddingorange boutonnière Serious portrait of groomProfile of bride
Matt and Kelly kissing
Matt and KellyCheers from bride and groom