Okay y’all, The Abbey Resort Lake Geneva Wedding is coming at ya, and it’s a great one! From start to finish, Lauren & Will’s day was filled with beautiful, thoughtful details, SO much laughter, and all the love. This post is almost double the amount of photos I normally include, but, sorry not sorry 😉 Too many good candids, I couldn’t choose!!
I first met Lauren & Will at Lighthouse Beach in Evanston for their adorable early fall engagement session. From the get go we had so much to chat and laugh about, and they were very into letting me experiment & have fun during the session- jackpot! It was a session that made me so excited for the wedding, and luckily it wasn’t too far away from there!
The next May, we all met up at the stunning Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, just over the Illinois border. I had been to Lake Geneva a few times, but had never shot a wedding here so I was very excited to shoot in this beautiful little lakeside town. They gave me so much time in the morning for detail photos, which I love! This meant I got to create some real art for them to remember their day by, which is always the best. Then we jumped into the rest of getting ready photos- how cute are all of Lauren’s bridesmaids?? We had so much fun getting shots of them all hanging out and getting Lauren into her stunning dress. Some of my favorite moments in the morning were with Lauren & her mom & dad- have you seen a cuter father/daughter first look? I just loved all of the happy emotions throughout the entire day.
We then met outside their rooms for Lauren & Will’s emotional first look. When a groom tears up during this, I know it’s a sign for great photos to come. It was a rainy day so we didn’t get to fully explore the grounds of The Abbey, but it didn’t really matter because everyone was so much fun and up for different poses with and without umbrellas that we got quite the variety of couple & wedding party photos all in one spot! I don’t think I’ll ever get over Lauren’s smile and laugh in all of these shots, so sweet and pure happiness on her face 🙂
Next up: ceremony time! I’m so glad we ended up getting to do the ceremony outside, despite the rainy day! The floral arrangement they did on the gazebo was stunning, and the overall look of the ceremony space was a perfect backdrop for their I-do’s. Then they had an elegant outdoor cocktail hour, during which we snuck away for some surprise sunset photos of the couple and some of my favorite wedding party shots I’ve ever taken (hello perfect champagne pop!). The reception space was a pure dream (I love a tented wedding reception!) and I could have taken photos of the florals and decor all night.
Finally, we ended this beautiful day with so many sweet speeches, champagne toasts, heartwarming first dances, and a live band for a dance party. I loooove a live band at a reception- I think it just adds an extra special touch to the party, and definitely keeps people on their feet all night long! Lauren & Will had a last dance at the end of the night, and then left at midnight to a flower petal toss right outside the tent. Overall this day was just the best- so many good candids, an incredible amount of joy, and just all the love. So take a scroll through The Abbey Resort Lake Geneva Wedding and get to the end- I promise it’s worth it for so many cute & delightful photos of this amazing couple & their people <3