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Zach & Stefanie | A Classic Summer Wedding at Victorian Village Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

August 16, 2017

I don’t think that a couple could dream up a more perfect wedding day. The weather was truly perfection and every single part of Zach and Stefanie’s day went off without a hitch. I really couldn’t believe it, honestly, as we drove away from the day reflecting on how amazing every single aspect was.

Stefanie’s family has several properties in the historic city of Elkhart Lake so coupled with the fact that the city itself is absolutely gorgeous, it only made sense for these two to get married there! Between the lake, the gardens, and the quaint old houses on every corner, we had infinite opportunities for shooting! My favorite spot, however, was the willow tree in Stefanie’s uncle’s backyard — just breathtaking : )

I knew going into the day that Stefanie was going to be a stunning bride but gosh, this girl blew me out of the water! Her gown was absolutely gorgeous and fit her like a glove! I loved the off-the-shoulder sleeves, dainty floral detail work, and the slightly see-through back!! When Zach saw her, he was a puddle of tears (okay, he may have been crying before he even turned around) and I don’t blame him. Stefanie was radiating.

Another thing I expected on the day was tears from these two. In our time getting to know Zach and Stefanie, we have discovered them to be two of the sweetest, kindest, and most caring people we have ever met. They love tenderly and so, so deeply. As I was thinking about their wedding in the days beforehand, I could imagine them both shedding such joyful, heartfelt tears as they were finally uniting together as husband and wife — a day they have both prayed for, prepared for, and looked forward to for so long. There were so many powerful moments throughout the day and throughout the ceremony; I especially loved when their families and bridal parties prayed over them before their announcement as husband and wife for the very first time!

The reception was filled with GORGEOUS floral arrangements, heartfelt (and HILARIOUS!!) toasts, and guests dancing and singing the night away under the tent. As we were getting to leave, I couldn’t help but smile looking into the tent and seeing nearly every guest on the dance floor, singing at the TOP of their lungs to all the songs that the DJ played. A joyous celebration : )

So without further adieu, enjoy some of our favorites from Zach and Stefanie’s wedding!! To the Vanderveldts!!


Some favorites!! This spot and THESE TWO!! <3

Another favorite!!

In love with this floral design by La Tulipe Design!

And now for the most hilarious sequence of speech photos … ; )

He had lots of funny (or should I say, embarrassing) stories to tell! HA!!!

It doesn’t get much better than this!!

Zach’s grandparents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year so Zach and Stefanie got a small replica of their wedding cake made and surprised them with it at the reception <3

A very special shoutout to Zach and Stefanie’s wedding day team!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Victorian Village Resort | Planner: Golden Chic Events | Florist: La Tulipe Design | Cake Artist: Better Sweet Bakery | DJ: Milwaukee Air Waves | Hair Artist: Salon Aura Kohler | Wedding Dress Shop: Romona Keveza Flagship Store, Designer: Romona Keveza | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Miss Ruby Bridal Boutique, Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bari Jay | Menswear: Combatant Gentlemen, Ties: The Tie Bar | Wedding Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Rentals: M&M Rental


  1. Jamie brost

    August 16th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Literally chills. Love these two so much. It was such an honor to stand by their side. Thanks for the amazing pictures Maison and Caleb, you two are truly incredible.

  2. Maison Engel

    August 16th, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    You are SO sweet, Jamie! Thank you SOOOOOOOO much for all your help on Saturday!! You are such a beautiful woman and selfless friend!! Hope we run into each other again sometime! <3

  3. Mike DeQuardo

    August 17th, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Stunning and spectacular !

  4. Maison Engel

    August 18th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thank you, Mike!! It was a stunning and spectacular day!!

  5. Nancy DeQuardo

    August 19th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    The day was beyond what I ever hoped for and imagined. From start to finish, it was flawless. It was as if on the day Stef and Zach chose their wedding date, God called all the angels together and declared, “We’re making this one perfect.” I’m so thankful Stef and Zach were unwilling to settle for anything but the best when it came to their engagement and wedding photographs and found their way to you and Caleb. Your images expertly and perfectly capture the love, joy, and exuberance of the day. Thank you from the bottom of my very full and grateful heart!

  6. Maison Engel

    August 21st, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Nancy!! Thank you SO much for these kind words!! It was TRULY and honor to get to document this season for Zach and Stef and for you!! We LOVED getting to know you and thank and praise God for that perfect day and His divine orchestration!!!! I hope our paths cross again!!!

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