Julie & Kweku's Milwaukee engagement

Julie & Kweku's Milwaukee Engagement


Julie & Kweku’s Milwaukee engagement

A Walgreens bag containing orange juice, cough drops and Sudafed proved to Julie, who had a bad cold, that her UW-Madison classmate Kweku was a super-sweet guy. Years later, on Julie’s birthday, Kweku gave her another Walgreens bag. This time, the Sudafed was missing, and in its place, an engagement ring.

Though the couple planned to marry in Saxeville, in central Wisconsin, they stayed local for their engagement photos. “We are both from Milwaukee, so having our engagement shoot here was important,” says Julie. For their springtime session, the couple visited spots that gave their photos a vibrant city vibe, including the public library—“to remind us of our college days when we met,” she says—and the art museum, “a beautiful Milwaukee structure.”

“It felt really weird to have someone taking pictures of me and my fiancé to get the ‘shot,’ but Jeff made us feel really comfortable,” Julie says of their engagement and wedding photographer, Jeff Lazewski of Gravidee Photography. “I think that’s how we got so many cool shots. Jeff even inspired Kweku to get into photography!”

On July 7, the couple celebrated a multicultural lakeside wedding. “I am Indian, and Kweku’s dad is from Ghana and his mom is an African-American from Mississippi, so we wanted to ‘fuse’ all these cultures in one!” explains Julie, who says the attire, ceremonies, music and food included Indian, Ghanaian and Southern elements. And it worked: “The party lasted late into the night!”

Photographs by Gravidee Photography


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By the end of high school, Ellie Martin Cliffe was completely enamored of journalism, so she chose the most logical college major possible: anthropology. Disappointed by the minimal emphasis on writing and editing, she changed tracks and earned a comm degree from Carroll College. Ellie has since tackled many facets of the field including books, magazines and the Web at places like The Knot and Reader's Digest. She now works full time in book publishing, and is thrilled to get her wedding fix with WedInMilwaukee.com. When she isn’t wielding her (red) pen, Ellie can be found in the garden, at any concert that showcases a fiddle, playing pub trivia or in the kitchen. She and her husband live in Riverwest with their hedgehog, Guinness, and grapefruit tree, Sprout.

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