Real Wedding | Chris & Heather

I’m seriously pumped to share this wedding with you guys today. These gorgeous photos were captured by Jeremy Lawson Photography. Chris and Heather are a super cool couple, and they’re wedding took place at the lovely Wandawega Lake Resort, and was chalk full of vintage DIY details to love.

Here’s some background on the couple from the groom (love when grooms are involved!):

I’ve been an actor and amateur photographer for many years in chicago and was trying to figure out how to make a go of a photography career. Heather graduated from art school and was teaching art in chicago public schools and trying to establish herself as a professional photographer. We met when a mutual friend of ours directed me in a play (called ‘Pornozombies’!) and asked heather to shoot the press photos.  We went to a haunted house and the sparks were ignited.
Our first dates were, in fact, photography dates where we would pick someplace cool (the garfield park conservatory, the south shore beach houses), take our cameras and shoot between covert make-out sessions.
Shortly after we started dating, we started our two photography businesses shooting what we love; me headshots for actors and her, ladies in pinup style and now we run both together.
We got engaged while in san francisco for my best friends’s wedding. I got down on a knee halfway across the Golden Gate bridge at sunset and she said, ‘yes’ (obviously, right?)

We knew we wanted to get married outside, but were having a hard time finding a venue in chicago that was: 1) what we wanted, 2) what we could afford, and 3) available for our fall wedding. Just as we were figuring we would have to get married a year later than we were planning or in another season, a client of heather’s who was also wedding planning mentioned Camp Wandawega so we went for a look and both knew that we had found the place. With its vintage styling and classic lake resort feel, we basically booked it on the spot.
Heather was mostly involved with doing-it-herself (with lots of help from her girlfriends and some from me) but we designed our invitations, favor baskets for guests staying at the camp, flowers and table decorations. I was more in charge of putting together playlists and together we booked the awesome chicago band, the hoyle brothers.


Processional: Instrumental version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.
Cocktail reception:
Bobby Darin – A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
Bobby Darin – I’m Beginning To See The Light
Chet Baker – But Not For Me
Chet Baker – There Will Never Be Another You
Chet Baker – I Fall In Love Too Easily
Chet Baker – Look For That Silver Lining
Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost
Chet Baker – That Old Feeling
Dean Martin – Just In Time
Dean Martin – Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You
Karrin Allyson – O Pato
Kurt Elling -I Feel So Smoochie
Kurt Elling – The Best Things Happen When You Dance
Madeleine Peyroux – Dance mMe To The End Of Love
Madeleine Peyroux – Don’t Wait Too Long
Madeleine Peyroux – Careless Love
Madeleine Peyroux – La Vie En Rose
Madeleine Peyroux – Dreamland
Madeleine Peyroux – Don’t Cry Baby
The Most Serene Republic – Ageless Beauty
Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
Norah Jones – Feelin’ The Same Way
Susannah Mc Corkle – The Waters Of March
For dinner music, we wanted to embrace the vintage feel of the location and our style/theme so we played songs from the 1930’s. Here are some from the list:
Fred Astaire – Cheek To Cheek
Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On The Ritz
Jack Hylton – Happy Days Are Here Again
Al Donahue – Jeepers Creepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – Boogie Woogie
Ella Fitzgerald – A Tisket, A Tasket
Frankie Trumbauer – Blue Moon
Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees – Brother Can You Spare A Dime
Bing Crosby – The Way You Look Tonight
Ruth Etting – 10 Cents A Dance
Marlene Dietrich – Falling In Love Again
Louis Armstrong – All Of Me
Ethel Waters – Stormy Weather
Ivie Anderson – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Louis Armstrong – When You’re Smiling
Frances Langford – I’m In The Mood For Love
Ozzie Nelson – Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Fred Astaire – Nice Work If You Can Get It
The Boswell Sisters – The Object Of My Affection
Benny Goodman – Moonglow
Bing Crosby – Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Jack Cooper – Me And My Girl
After dinner, obviously the band played. If you haven’t checked out the Hoyle Brothers, they play mostly honky-tonk style country songs and we just let them do their thing, but there were a couple of notable exceptions. Heather and I hadn’t planned a first dance and were prepared to go with out one, but her maid of honor and best friend, Kelly Lamont, is a terrific singer and currently part of the national touring company, ‘Million Dollar Quartet’. She arranged with the band to call us out on the dance floor as she belted out the Etta James standard, ‘At Last.’ Thankfully, I had a few dancing skills (my first job after college was as a ballroom dance instructor for Arthur Murray’s) and led my bride through the song with grace (I think).
After the band came back from their break, I made a few announcements before taking the mic to sing a song myself. No one, not even my best man knew i had planned it, but I dedicated and sang the Elvis song ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ to my wife.

Photography : Jeremy Lawson

Ceremony & Reception: Wandawega Lake Resort, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Make-Up: Julia Hamilton

Band: The Hoyle Brothers

Congratulations on an incredible wedding Chris and Heather!! Wishing you the best in your marriage!

Katie @ Lovebird Productions - February 17, 2012 - 10:40 pm

I am seriously in love with this couple! From their style to their fun personalities, they are amazing! Such a great feature :)

Laura - February 17, 2012 - 11:52 pm

These are adorible!

Elizabeth | Bridal Musings - February 20, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Awesome! What a stylish and fun couple. Also, that antler chandelier is rather cool too.

bree [capitolromance] - February 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

omg colleen! this wedding is SO rad – i love all the vintagey details (those pendant mason jar lights!!), the bride’s style and their entire love/wedding story! also love the photography – seems to fit this couple’s vibe, perfectly!

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - February 20, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Love it! They look so happy :-)

Rhiannon Nicole - February 21, 2012 - 12:57 am

WHOA! Now that’s a rad wedding alright. I love the brides hair :)

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