Today’s Real Wedding Couple comes courtesy of Lawrence Photography and seriously couldn’t be cooler… literally. And if you know Carmen and Justin, then you know how fitting a January wedding in Milwaukee was for them. They both work at Montana State University (Justin is from Wisconsin so the wedding locale worked out great!) & are extremely fond of winter weather and all the activities that come with it. Heck, they even commute to work on their super rad snow bikes! No amount of snow, cold weather, or bitter temperatures would put a damper on their day. If anything, it enhanced it!! They live such an adventurous, spontaneous, healthy, and active lifestyle… giving back just came hand and hand. Their wedding embodied all of the characteristics that make Carmen & Justin the wonderful people that they are! In lieu of a first dance, C & J opted for a Matrimonial Mile with their guests around the Urban Ecology Center. The run was their way of getting all their guests active before celebrating at the reception.
The Urban Ecology Center is an environmental education center located in Milwaukee. This “green” environmental community center was once a vacant tavern at 37th and Pierce. Designed by Uihlein Wilson Architects, the branch will soon open to serve eight schools and grow to serve 22 south side schools who are clamoring for our Neighborhood Environmental Education Project. Gin & Gingers, Montana & Wisconsin craft breweries on site, along side coffee (purchased from farmer and co-op partnerships) from Colectivo, baked goods from Troubadour Bakery, and great conversation filled the venue. They absolutely nailed it!
On top of everything else they incorporated into their Big Day plans… The groom’s ring is a Mokume Gane Ebb and Flow Solstice ring (made from recycled metals and representative of the ebb and flow of nature) and her ring is a YOGO Sapphire from Alara Jewelry (100% recycled precious metals) located in Montana. Fun Fact: The Bride is a food & nutrition professor at Montana State University and the sapphire is local to the Bozeman, Montana region.
Thanks to Lawrence Photography for sharing this gorgeous day with us and fun fact … They also gives back!
‘Aside from being a wedding photographer, I am also a behavior Therapist for children with Autism and every year we donate a portion of our profits to Autism Speaks. I have a HUGE passion for children with autism and love that Autism Speaks goes above and beyond to research Autism, increasing awareness and providing advocacy.’
Vendors: Photography: Lawrence Photography | Hair: Samantha Harden | Makeup: Desiree Byker | Venues: The Iron Horse Hotel & The Urban Ecology Center | Food: Colectivo Coffee & The Troubadour Bakery also drinks by New Glares Brewing | Dress: Anthropologie