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Native Wisconsinites Mallory and Brad began their relationship as acquaintances. They hung around the same crowd since Mallory’s best friend’s husband played hockey with Brad. He was always the silly, goofy guy who was fun to be around, but Mallory didn’t take him seriously at first. However, one day, a small group of their friends went boating on Pewaukee Lake, and Mallory immediately fell for Brad’s pretty blue eyes the moment he removed his sunglasses. Fast-forward a few years later, the happy couple was blessed with two beautiful children. “Ultimately, we wanted to live this life through all of it and grow with each other as we are renewing our lives together. We desire to share our story with our children and others in all transparency for what it truly is,” Mallory says.
While visiting family in Phoenix, Brad insisted they drive to the Grand Canyon to go hiking. However, it was snowing that day, which made for quite the drive into the mountains. The moment they arrived at the national park, Brad was insistent on embarking on their hike before it got too late. At first, Mallory was hesitant about the trek since the abundance of snow blocked the gorgeous view. As they made their way down, the clouds suddenly disappeared and the sun began peeking through – the most spectacular and unexpected sight both of them had ever seen. As Mallory was taking a selfie with the Grand Canyon in the background, Brad started to kneel. Right as she was asking him to stand up to get in the photo with her, she realized he was proposing. The special moment was absolutely perfect.
Mallory’s wedding dress was a simple gown from LuLu’s. She knew it was “the one” as soon as she put it on. Just like everything else in their planning process, she knew exactly what she wanted.
Mallory and Brad exchanged their vows and said “I do” in a romantic, intimate wedding ceremony at the Paradise Springs Nature Trail, with just the two of them, their pastor, their photographer (Wild Elegance), and witnesses present. It was truly about them, with no distractions and nothing but time to look into each other’s eyes and feel the beauty of nature around them. The service was peaceful, loving, and everything they had dreamed of. “Our story is redeeming, beautiful, and freeing. It was the start of something new to bloom,” Mallory shares. “You deserve the day that you both desire. Sometimes less is better.”