Villa Filomena Wedding, Milwaukee Wedding Photographer, Derek + Sara

“Classic,” “big,” “moments” are three words that describe Derek and Sara’s Villa Filomena wedding in Milwaukee on July 2.

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A multi-talented artist herself, Sara did a lot for her own wedding, from fresh flower bouquets to two vocal performances at the reception.

Gorgeous photos began with bride preparations at St. John’s Cathedral on the Square, also the ceremony location. The groom got ready at Knickerbocker on the Lake. We had bridal party portraits at Lake Park. And we finished up bride and groom portraits at Villa Filomena.

One of my favorite moments was when Sara, also a singer, closed the dance party with “The Last Dance.” Tooooo many moments to possibly include here!

Erin and Tina at Villa Filomena worked hard despite the heat to make sure everything ran well. And it did, from dinner to the live music provided by Noyz Boyz and Girlz, a peppy live band from Milwaukee. Chef Jack Catering provided the delicious meal. If you’re looking for wedding villas with charm and character, make Villa Filomena a priority.

It was easy to see how much Derek and Sara love each other. They’ll have  beautiful portraits of that to cherish. I had so much fun at their Villa Filomena wedding. Thanks so much for having me!

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Derek holds Sara’s bouquet as she gathers her dress to head back to the bus from Lake Park in Milwaukee.


Joel Nisleit is a classic, romantic Milwaukee wedding photographer with a flair for glam. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.

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