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Published: Martha Stewart Weddings by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

Where do we begin? Perhaps with how lucky we are to have been the photographers for Libby & Allen! They might actually hold the record for couple on our calendar for the longest amount of time. They booked us about two years before their wedding actually happened! Needless to say we looked forward to their wedding day for a LONG time. And wow did they plan the ULTIMATE wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum. You can read all about it in Libby's own words on Martha Stewart Weddings, but these two had their FIRST DATE at the Milwaukee Art Museum, got ENGAGED there, and even had their WEDDING at the Milwaukee Art Museum! True romantics!

Which brings us to their feature on Martha Stewart Weddings website. AHHHHH!!!! Since we dove full-time our photography business 7 years ago, seeing our work featured on Martha has been a big goal of ours. And it's Libby & Allen's personalized, charming style that sparked Martha Stewart's interest!! We could gush on and on about their details, but please, do yourself a favor and head over to Martha's site and take a look for yourself. We'll never forget the reply we received from an editor minutes after submitting this wedding: "How Fun!" AHHH! Pinch us!!

Libby & Allen, we love you two to pieces and are so happy your wedding will inspire countless brides & grooms! Thank you for inviting us into your amazing celebration!

Love, Kelsy & Butch

PS: After viewing Libby & Allen's feature on Martha Stewart Weddings, take a peek at their entire wedding day here!

Milwaukee Art Museum Wedding | Libby & Allen by Kelsy & Butch McCartney

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Oh how much we adore these two! We've had Libby & Allen's wedding day on our calendar for over TWO years! From the moment Libby got in touch with us about being her and Allen's wedding photographers we knew we were going to fall in love with them! Their story is adorable, and seeing them together is even more adorable! 

Even though we had talked, emailed & snapped each other endlessly, the first time we actually met in person was their engagement session along the Mississippi River near Prescott, Wisconsin. Put simply, they are SO easy to photograph. They're best friends and their love for one another was bursting in front of our cameras. From then on, their wedding day at the Milwaukee Art Museum could not get here soon enough!

The white canvas of the museum complimented Libby & Allen's sense of amazing style beautifully. And seriously, those Louboutins were meant to be worn in that venue and on Libby's  feet! The Art Museum holds special meaning to Libby & Allen as that's where they went on their first date and on the day Allen proposed. Since they became engaged, the two of them collected vintage tea pots for their centerpieces to be filled with lilacs and spring blooms by Libby's Aunt. And did we mention Libby's mom, Kris, created the most gorgeous table linens as well as the bridesmaid dresses and Libby's sparkly reception dress & veil! 

As if we didn't have enough beauty on their wedding day, mother nature rolled in the perfect shade of fog that was thick enough to get lost in the sea of white! It was as if it was Libby, Allen, & their family and friends had the museum all to themselves and downtown Milwaukee was nowhere to be found (or seen)!

Libby & Allen, we adore you two, wish you were our neighbors, and are bursting with happiness that you now call each other husband & wife! Thank you for trusting us to document your marriage that was years-in-the-planning! Our hearts are full when we look at your photographs and how HAPPY the two of you were on your perfect day in Milwaukee :)

Love, Kelsy & Butch

Milwaukee Art Museum photos captured on film with Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Nikon F100 with Fuji Pro 400H, Ilford 3200 and TriX 400; developed & scanned by Fast Foto & Digital.

Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum  |  Hair & Makeup: Beth Haroldson, Bella Beau Salon/Spa  |  Florist: Bride’s Aunt, Beth Baumann  |  Donuts: Holey Moley  |  DJ: Sound by Design  |  Invitations: The Polka Dotted Bee  |  Rings: Kesslers Diamonds  |  Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box  |  Programs, Menus: friend, Lynda  |  Bride's Gown: from Posh Bridal, designed by Casablanca Bridal  |  Bride's Veil & Reception Dress: made by Bride's Mom, Kris  |  Bride's headpiece: Nina from Che Bella Bridal  |  Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin, from Neiman Marcus  |  Bridesmaid Dresses: made by Bride's Mom, Kris  |  Groomsmen Attire: Shirts & Ties from J.Crew  |  Archway & Monogram: Made by Bride & Groom


milwaukee-art-museum-wedding-001 With a soft color palette and modern lines in mind, Elise & Tyler designed the wedding of their dreams with lots of help from Elise's Mom, Jean, and an amazing team of creatives! The Milwaukee Art Museum absolutely blew us away with its grand beauty and refreshing walls of white. But more importantly, we were two very lucky photographers as we captured this fun and at ease couple's wedding day. Elise and Tyler are not only a gorgeous bride and groom, but an amazing couple to be surrounded by. The happiness they emitted was never-ending from the moment we arrived to our hugs goodbye and you could see in their eyes that they were so grateful for all of the friends and family who traveled to celebrate with them on their wedding day!

Our day with Elise & Tyler began with the ladies getting final makeup & hair touches and Elise slipping into her beautiful wedding gown (and stunning Manolo's!) in their own getting ready suite at the museum. We were even able to tag along as Elise's maid of honor delivered a special wedding day gift to her groom. From the look on Tyler's face, our guess is that he liked it. :)

The first look took place in a galleria completely overflowing with gorgeous light and white walls & floors everywhere you looked! Our hearts may have skipped a beat when Elise opened Tyler's gift to her - a brand new collar so they can pick out their first puppy and start growing their newly formed family of two! From that moment on, their smiles were painted on and we had a BLAST with their very charismatic wedding party! Inside the museum & out, Elise & Tyler and their stylish wedding party looked amazing and we were thankful to have lots of portrait time with them!

The entire wedding day was set in the Milwaukee Art Museum, but the transformation that took place from the moment the ceremony ended until their reception tables were glowing with candlelight was incredible!! Guests were whisked into another galleria for cocktail hour and an amazing guitarist serenaded everyone as they enjoyed Wisconsin treats and beverages. From a gorgeous ceremony white washed in radiant light and gorgeous florals to a reception celebration with linens, colorful up-lighting, centerpieces and never-ending thoughtful details that filled their reception, all of the friends and family of Elise & Tyler were in for a real treat!

We've been bursting at the seams to share Elise & Tyler's wedding photographs with the world! With think they are such wonderful people, and were an absolute JOY to photograph! Thank you two so much for trusting us to document your wedding day!

Love, Kelsy & Butch


All images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67, Hasselblad 500cm and Nikkormat 35mm on Fuji 400H, TriX 400 and Delta 3200.

Ceremony & Reception: Milwaukee Art Museum | Wedding Coordinator: Jean Simbro, Mother of the Bride | Flowers: Michael Huebner | Hair Stylist: Rob Schneider | Makeup Artist: Diane Yokes | Cake Artist: The Cake Lady | DJ & Uplighting: Sound by Design | Catering: Cafe Caltrava | Paper Products: Broadway Paper (Kate) and Coqui Design (Elizabeth) | Bridal Gown: by Anna Maier~Ulla-Maija from Saks Fifth Avenue | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaid Dresses: by Adrianna Papell from Bella Bridesmaid | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Judge Jeff Kremers | Guitarist: Joe Wray