The E-Pic Saga (See What I Did There?): Part 2

One thing I forgot to mention that I crafted in preparation for the engagement session was our date banner!


Personal pic

So now that you’ve seen all the junk I made for the pics, it’s time to show you the actual pics themselves! We decided to have the engagement session in Milwaukee, since that’s where Mr. Unicycle and I met, fell in love, and spent the first three and a half years of our relationship. Jenn said she would love to do a shoot there—score! There were a few locations I knew I wanted to hit up:

  1. Marquette’s campus: It’s picturesque, as most college campuses are, it’s where we met, and it’s what people expect from an engagement session.
  2. The lakefront: it’s also picturesque, and it’s where Mr. Unicycle proposed!
  3. The Milwaukee Art Museum: It’s basically a photographer’s dream, as it’s filled with tons of natural light, features beautiful architecture, and is basically all white.
  4. The 3rd/5th Ward: I’m a sucker for urban shots of decrepit storefronts, peeling paint, and brick walls with oozing mortar, and I think Jenn is, too.

Jenn actually researched photo ops online beforehand and sent me these inspiration pics:


Image via Jamie Swanson Photography

See? Oozing mortar.


Image via

We were on a mission to find these tracks…but we failed.

Being an overzealous Bridezeeeella, I decided to make a little map of our locations to share with Jenn.


Screenshot from Google Maps / MS Paint job by yours truly

OK, NOW I’m ready to show you some hot pics! We started at the art museum, where Jenn captured these beauties.

(All of the following pics by Jennifer Shaffer Photography)













Next up, we hit Veteran’s Park, which is like Milwaukee’s version of Central Park, I guess. It’s where people fly kites, ride bikes, and propose to their girlfriends.


The exact spot where he proposed!!!



“Just sittin’ on a picnic table. It’s what I do best.”




This could have been our save-the-date pic…but it wasn’t!

After that we headed to Marquette University, which is where we went for undergrad. We actually saw another couple with another (no doubt less talented) photographer there:


Oldest building in the country



One of us just told a poop joke.



Full disclosure: I hate hate hate my face in this picture, but I love that it’s in front of the physics building where we met!




After Marquette, Jenn lost her car keys, so we took a break while she looked for them. She finally asked us to help her look, and she said if we found them we’d get a free (FREE!!!) wedding album. The sentence was barely out of her mouth when Mr. Unicycle found the keys, so now we get a free (FREE!!!) wedding album. (And Jenn didn’t have to sleep on Mr. Unicycle’s couch that night, either.) After those shenanigans, we headed to the 3rd/5th Ward to get some artsy-fartsy urban shots.


My favorite part of this pic is the guy in the window. Ha!


I made Mr. Unicycle drink out of a heart straw, and now I’m blogging the evidence. What a bitch I am.





I smell a save-the-date winner!

All of the pics taken at the end of the day are pretty terrible—not because of Jenn, but because I was sweaty, my makeup was all but gone, my hair looked like I’d curled it instead of straightened it, and I was just tired of posing. My feet also had bloody blisters on them from those shoes. So I won’t show you those! We ended up taking Jenn out to dinner afterward to thank her for coming all the way out to Milwaukee and spending so much time with us. She really went above and beyond what I expected from a wedding photographer and, on top of that, she made us both feel comfortable (and look amazing) in front of the camera—even in the kissy shots.

Are you in love with your photographer? Where did you/would you have your engagement pics taken?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
A Candied Shower
Time for Some Eatz
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  1. Member
    SunnySquirrel 519 posts, Busy bee @ 10:43 am

    You two are so cute! I am a Marquette grad as well! Love all the photos around Milwaukee and at Marquette, such pretty pictures.

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    knvprincess143 1036 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:57 am

    <3 Your Pictures!!!

    I think you are the cutest fricking thing ever!

    I may be developing a bride crush :/

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    Mandy, Guest @ 11:03 am

    I love all of your pictures! I work at MU so it’s fun to see your pictures there. :) I also am a sucker for pictures of pretty people in front of decrepit walls and buildings. Kudos to your awesome photographer and your free (free!) wedding book!

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    aznini 54 posts, Worker bee @ 11:31 am

    i love all the little details!

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    Buttons, Guest @ 11:38 am

    I could look at that kissing picture all day.

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    auggiefrog 4288 posts, Honey bee @ 11:52 am

    Love the Mke pics! They look great!

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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 12:53 pm

    So cute!

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    Running Elley 5610 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:01 pm

    Those are ADORABLE!!! Love them :)

  9. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:16 pm

    Such great pictures! I love the heart straws :) I still can’t get over the fact that you made that adorable dress!!

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    CupcakeKelly 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:23 pm

    I CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTENESS!!!!! You are so adorable! And your photog is seriously awesome.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:58 pm

    So cute, I love your outfit!

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    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 4:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are BEYOND great! I can’t even pic a favorite because there are so many good ones. You look seriously adorable :)

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    NerdLove11 203 posts, Helper bee @ 9:44 pm

    You guys look adorable!!

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    silvergal56, Guest @ 7:27 am

    Omg I am in LOVE with your pictures… i think i am going to show some to my photographer for our engagement photos to show her the type of feel i’m going for!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:46 am

    Love, love, LOVE your engagement pictures, Miss Uni! They are fabulous! And I still can’t believe you made your dress and hair flowers. Seriously envious over your amazing skills. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:32 pm

    These are amazing; so dreamy and beautiful!

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:56 am

    Love, love, love these photos! You guys look too cute in ALL of them!

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:15 am

    OMG, I wondered if the shoes would be painful! But OMG these pictures are sooooo gorgeous! You are so beautiful! What a cute face! And Mr. U, bless his heart for sipping through the hearty straw. I love what these men do for us. :) Your photographer is amazing!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:00 pm

    OMG, freaking cute, y’all. And I love that headband, and the dress, and the photos, and the bunting banner.

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 12:50 pm

    @SunnySquirrel: MU represent! What year?

    @knvprincess143: aww thanks, I’m blushing! hahaha

    @Mrs. Funnel Cake: the shoes actually weren’t that painful, but we walked a TON which gave me blisters. But they weren’t painful on my joints or anything.

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    penguin_girl_0413 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:56 am

    I LOVE your Marquette Pictures!! I went to MU for undergrad as well!!! So cool to see MU in your pictures!!! :) I graduated in 2009. LOVE using MU, and the Physics building pic is awesome too!!!

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    soutache, Guest @ 2:19 am

    Fantastic points altogether, you just received a logo new reader. What would you recommend about your put up that you just made some days in the past? Any sure?

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