It was fate that we met, really, truly it was. A few years back, I was being the supportive wife I am and helping Drew out at a wine tasting at one of our favorite local eateries when I met Elise. I was instantly smitten with this beautiful blonde girl who had the amazing Aussie accent. We got to chatting and spent the evening sharing stories and hugs. By the end of it, we were friends. Fast forward a few months later and Elise shares the exciting news that her and Cody had gotten engaged. We celebrated over messages and got all excited for the wedding planning process. Elise and Cody have a story worth sharing, the kind that sounds like it came from a romance novel and being a part of their wedding day was nothing short of a highlight for me.
Cody and Elise started talking when they were 15 years old. She was in Australia, he in Wisconsin. They were taking part of a pen pal project for school and got connected through a friend. Years of letters and messages turned into a long flight across the world to meet and the rest is history (well, sort of… the rest includes a lot of trips between Australia and Wisconsin and a lot of long distance love.) It was an absolute honor to be celebrating among the Aussies and Americans in one giant gathering that celebrated two amazing families as they became one. I willed myself to pick up on their accent as the evening went on and the dance floor filled up. This one, this one means a lot to me. I am so thankful I met Elise at that wine tasting years ago, it’s proof that wine is the answer to every question, and that God connects people in the most incredible ways. Now, I just need an excuse to get to Australia to visit these two newlyweds. Ahem, bridesmaids, I’m open for your wedding date – whenever that may be!
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Preparation Site: Rented Lake Home – Elkhart Lake, WI // Church: St. John Lutheran Church // Reception: Black Swan Banquet Hall – Grafton, WI // Dress: Henry Roth // Bridesmaid Dresses: Macys and Various Vendors // Suits: Mens Wearhouse // Make up and Hair Artist: Anagen Eleven // Videographer: George Street Video // DJ: Midwest Sound // Florals: Farmers Market // Second Shooter: Eric Schwanke