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Andy + Sarah's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Wedding

Laura Zastrow

sarah and andy are two of the kindest human beings on the planet. their pension for beautiful aesthetics and their fun group were also such a treat! plus big points for putting up with ninety-degree heat and a photographer with a bit of a stomach bug (ahem, me!) and still being so beautiful and chill while doing so.

s+a: thank you for the opportunity to capture your day! we feel honored to have been a part of the first ever discovery center wedding ceremony!

shoutouts to the people+vendors who made this day what it was:

venue: wisconsin institutes for discovery at the university of wisconsin
other photo locations: allen centential gardens + wisconsin historical society
florist: momentum floral
bride's gown: vera's house of bridals
tuxes: nedrebos
hair+makeup: midwest beauty house - alice ezrow
rings: tq diamonds
transportation: gallant knight limousine
dj: josh l. of  kuhl entertainment

and last but not least:

madison wedding photography by ben and laura of laura zastrow photography

Stephanie + Johan's North Shore Golf Club Wedding

Laura Zastrow

stephanie and johan are my jam.

we skyped a few days before their wedding and they gave me a thumbs-up on my new snapback hat. (thanks, guys.) i got hugs all around when they arrived for getting ready photos.

johan was singing chainsmokers under his breath as i rode with him in the golf cart to their first look location. he told me everyone had been asking him if he was nervous and he wondered if it was ok that he wasn't.

family had flown in from sweden, where johan moved from before starting college at st. norberts.

i asked stephanie if johan would cry when she walked down the aisle, to which she laughed, saying in their six years together, she had never seen him cry. (spoiler: the cryers are never the ones you'd expect.)

to being your "serenity" on your wedding day (what kind words from you, s, as it was my pleasure); spending time on the dance floor with the both of you; to getting to know your dear families, both from different parts of the globe (even you, eric!); to talking politics with swedes and canadians until the last song, and then regrouping for don't stop believing; and to your thoughtful text the morning after your wedding. i don't say it lightly when i tell you that you were some of my favorite people to work with in 2016.

mad props to the vendors who made this day what it was:

venue: north shore golf club
florist: house of flowers
bride's gown: bliss bridal
bridesmaids' dresses: elaine's bridal
tuxes: bill paul ltd.
hair+makeup: epic — a modern salon
rings: roger and hollands
transportation: prestige limo
wedding coordinator: ablush weddings and events
officiant: mike damro
dj: advanced entertainment
cake: cakescapes by jen

Stephanie+Johan's St. Norbert College Engagement Photos

Laura Zastrow

johan and stephanie.

he's from sweden. she's from the states.

he plays and coaches hockey. she couldn't care less about sports.

they met the first day of class at st. norbert's college years ago, and now they're getting married. 

and so i took the hike up to de pere, wisconsin on a warm-yet-snowy january saturday, drank some coffee at luna cafe (which is where, s+j told me, the packers' wives hang out pre-game), helped johan clean a fair amount of spilled coffee out of his shirt, pinged inappropriate jokes back and forth with the groom while the bride laughed, and had a hell of a time.

and that is that. june cannot come soon enough and i am over the moon to be a part of these stellar human beings' wedding day.