Laid Back and Natural Milwaukee Wedding at Surg On The Water - Rayme + Matt


Rayme + Matt

Milwaukee Riverfront Wedding

The fun part of being Married in Milwaukee is the wild variety in locations + settings in a such a close proximity. We can definitely hit a lot of different “sets” in a short amount of time and I am always location scouting for the next best nook of this city. I truly believe the locations we choose shoot at should help tell your story, they should represent you and feel like you. I also believe the details of a wedding day can truly enhance the experience. And I’m not saying going over the top on decor or crazy embellishments -- I mean if that’s how you are then go for it! But rather the elements you choose to incorporate into your day should be significant.

Hands down this might be one of my favorite wedding galleries in terms of unity in variety. Everything about Rayme + Matt’s day felt like it was meant to be there. Although the wedding was downtown at Surg on The Water, they still wanted to incorporate natural elements and see a little bit of nature infused into their day. The clean + green + florals, the wood elements in the decor, the sentimental touches from loved ones, the locations we shot at -- it all flowed together seamlessly. We started getting ready at Residence Inn at Marriott. They shared a first look on the River walk and we played on the grand staircase for a moody portraits. We all gathered on the bus and made our way to the lake and enjoyed photos in the trees + bluff + sun at South Shore park. It was important to both of them to have some photos in nature since they both value + appreciate the outdoors. We eventually made it back to the venue for a simple + sincere ceremony in front of a handmade macrame backdrop courtesy of Rayme’s mother. Followed by an upbeat cocktail hour on the patio, the teariest speeches, and a wild night of drinks + dancing and late night cigars. We did find some downtime amidst the party and I snuck them both away for sunset photos around the river. The light was dreamy and delivered a wonderful golden hour. These are some of my favorite moments of the day, the quiet + soft where couples can actually soak it the monumental-ness of the day.

12 years. Talk about building a foundation. If there’s anything to learn from these two it’s that time is the best thing to give each other. One of their best friends talked about it during speeches, and I fully agree. We can talk about who does what and you buy this- but when it comes down to relationships and being genuine, time is truly the best gift. You’re only here for so long, might as well devote it to those that want to devote to you.

The Hylinski’s my friends.

All my love,



Getting Ready + First Look: Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee

Venue: Surg On The Water

Hair & makeup: Style by R

Gown Designer + Retailer: Maggie Sottero / White Dress Boutique

Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal

Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Jane Kelly Floral

Day of Coordinator: Nicole O’Leary

DJ: Sound by Design

Caterer: Surg Group

Wedding Cake: Rachel Searl (Surg Pastry Chef)

Transportation: Partridge Family Bus