When couples plan their wedding, sometimes it’s stressful. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. But sometimes… your names are Allison and Kyle and it’s nothing but excitement, joy and apparent appreciation of each other. Throughout their engagement, these two have been so onto of things, so fun and always remembering why they’re walking down the aisle.
From our first Skype meeting to goodbye on their wedding night, they’ve been so kind and full of energy. Allison’s energy leading up to and especially on the day of the wedding was radiating. Emails leading up to their wedding day, she expressed how excited she was. We were surprised when we entered her suite on the day-of, she was ultra calm getting her hair and make-up done. She said many times “I just want to take this all in and relax.” As brides should! All this bride needed was her groom. The First-Look was emotional for both Kyle and Allison. But after that, the party was on: sparkles, confetti, hats, horns, Bucky Badger, glitter. It was such an awesome wedding to be a part of!
Early on, Allison and Kyle also expressed their interest in an Unplugged ceremony. As photographers, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Allison told us she wanted to see guests faces instead of their camera or phone. Selfishly as wedding photographers, these are dream words. It’s very often photographs get ruined by guests stepping out into the aisle at that perfect, non-recreatable moment. Not having to worry about this was seriously awesome. Future couples: this is highly recommended!
Take a peek at Allison and Kyle’s New Years Eve celebration:
Milwaukee New Years Eve Wedding
Vendors and all the sweet, little details
Photographers: TJ + Shannon Uttke // TJ Uttke Photography
Engaged: December 31, 2013
Wedding hastag: #AsPeschelNewYear
Wedding Planner: Lindsay Green // Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony, Reception + caterer: Marriott Downtown // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Allisons engagement ring: Powers Jewelers // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Allisons wedding ring: belonged to her great grandmother
Kyles ring: Powers Jewelers // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Crystal veil: Borrowed from Matron of Honor, Ashley Lackey Salvador.
Hair comb: M2 Boutique // Chicago, Illinois
Pearl and diamond bow bracelet: Gift from Aunt Doreen
Blush earrings: ShikDesigns
Shoes: Kate Spade (A surprise gift from the groom!)
Suits: Black by Vera Wang at Men’s Warehouse
Hair stylist: Latasha Thompson & coworkers // DryBar // Chicago, Illinois
Makeup artist: Neda Stevic // Shady Lady // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Save the Dates: Designed by Allison + Kyle
Flowers: The Flower Garden // Hartland, Wisconsin
Singers: (Three of Allisons bridesmaids) Stacey Moore, Bethany Weis, and Jamie Holzli
Piano/strings: Ron Arden and the Allegro Quartet // Chicago, Illinois
“Did I Make the Most of Loving You?” (Downton Abbey Theme Song) by John Lunn
“For Auld Lange Syne” by Robert Burns
“Clocks” by Coldplay
“Canon in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel
“We Had Today” by Rachel Portman
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
“Home” by Phillip Phillips
“I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman
“Seasons of Love” from Rent
Kyle designed the entire wedding website by himself! (www.lackeypeschel.com)
Allison’s godmother personally calligraphied all of the wedding invitations.
Allison’s Mom/Joe made marquee letters which were amazing decor pieces and now hang in our home!
Reception Music + lighting: Milwaukee Airwaves // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Desserts: Yo Mama! Fro Yo
Simma’s Cheesecake // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
First Dance: Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Father-Daughter Dance: Allison and her bridesmaid Bethany sang/recorded a cover of Barbara Streisand/Judy Garland’s “Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again” as a surprise gift for her Dad.
Mother-Son Dance: Rely on Me – Jason Mraz
What was their favorite part of the day?
“We both agree our favorite part was the first look. I was taking forever to get ready, per usual. By the time I was finally ready, I ran to Kyle in the freezing cold because I couldn’t wait to hug him and enjoy our day together. My tears were freezing to my face, but I didn’t care because I was so happy! Another favorite moment, looking out at all of our guests during the ceremony. Everyone was covered in love and sparkles and we could feel their support and happiness surrounding us.”
Allison and Kyle’s advice for future couples:
“DO sweat the small stuff in advance (you want your day to be as flawless as it can be!) but on the day of, let go and enjoy. And hire a wedding planner!
– Wear a pink wedding dress and get married on the coldest day of the year. OK not really, those are just MY examples of having the guts to wear/do/eat/plan what you truly want for your wedding – even if it’s non-traditional or unexpected. Have confidence in your decisions and try not to ask for (too many) opinions along the way.
-Find time to relax alone before things get started. We departed immediately from the ceremony to our suite where we had a minute to eat something, have a drink, and gush to each other about how special the ceremony was! Stay together the whole night to enjoy your big day together.
-Have an unplugged ceremony. What a joy to walk down the aisle to see people’s eyes instead of their iPhones!
-It’s not all about you. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just YOUR day as a bride/groom. It’s a day about your family/friends. Do your best to spot opportunities to let everyone bring their talents and wishes to your big day in a meaningful way. (Thanks for convincing us to have a cake, Mom!)
Oops that’s more than 3 so I’ll add one more: Listen to your vendors instructions, they can make your day run seamlessly!”
MILWAUKEE NEW YEARS EVE WEDDING