Elkhart Lake Wedding | Rachel & Chris / by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

osthoff resort winter wedding

Rachel & Chris are one of the most welcoming and down to earth couples we've had the privilege of photographing. They met when they were young teenagers on a swim team, and without knowing, always had a crush on each other. When they both ended up attending the University of Illinois, Rachel & Chris started dating during during freshman year and have been together ever since. Their long-distance relationship endured semesters abroad, deployments to Afghanistan, and moves to New Mexico and Italy – where they currently live! Chris is in the US Air Force, and he & Rachel planned their Wisconsin wedding from afar. 

The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake was a perfect 'winter wonderland' scene for Rachel & Chris on their wedding day. The chilly air came straight from the Arctic Circle this particular Saturday, but no one noticed – smiles and happy tears were on every face in the house! Rachel & Chris' wedding was elegant and classic, with navy & gold laced throughout their celebration. After getting ready in a luminous, light-filled suite, Rachel & Chris shared a beautiful 'first look' before braving the outdoors for a few snowy portraits. Their loving family and wedding party joined them, then it was time to head to Sheboygan for their ceremony at  St. Mark Lutheran Church. They were pronounced husband & wife, hugged every one of their guests, and soaked in a few moments as Newlyweds before heading back to enjoy their reception in a beautiful new addition at The Osthoff! 

Rachel & Chris, thank you for choosing us to photograph your elegant wedding celebration! We're so happy for the two of you and are STILL talking about how every one of your family members + guests was so friendly to us throughout the day. We honestly felt like we were part of your wedding, and cannot thank you enough! 

Love, Kelsy & Butch

Elkhart Lake Wedding Photography captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Rolleiflex 3.5c and Nikon F100 on Portra 400, Portra 800, Ilford XP2, and Ilford 3200 film.

Getting Ready & Wedding Reception: The Osthoff Resort  |  Ceremony: St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sheboygan  |  Makeup Artist: Meg Griffin  |  Hair Stylist: Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort  |  Florist: The Osthoff in Bloom, Victoria  |  Officiant: Rev. Andrew Koschmann  |  Cake Artist: Bettersweet Bakery  |  DJ: Michael Barger  |  Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas, Parker Myers  |  Bride's Jewelry: Her Grandmother's ring  |  Bride's Gown: Enzoani Isla Dress from Crystal Bride, Geneva IL  |  Bride's Veil: Her Mother's  |  Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka  |  Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Crystal Bride  |  Men's Tuxes: Vera Wang from Mens Wearhouse  |  Welcome Bag: Made by Bride's Mom