Neely and Matt

Milwaukee, Wisconsin



Photographer | Stephanie-Koppa Photographer | @stephaniekoppa

Venue | Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum | @villaterracemuseum

From the Photographer

This engagement session was everything. I’ll keep it short and sweet – I think that the photos do all the explaining for me. This couple is so naturally playful and snuggly it was an absolute dream to photograph them.


Neely and Matt are currently living in Raleigh, NC where Matt grew up, and Neely is originally from WI. They are planning a Milwaukee wedding next June at The Pfister. I’m so glad they were able to bring their pup Ollie with for their engagement photos! She is such a good girl and she loved the camera. We started our session at McKinley Marina, where an employee at Milwaukee Yacht Club was kind enough to lend us a key and lets us shoot on the docks. We then went up to Villa Terrace, which was as beautiful as ever. We were a bit worried about being able to use the grounds as they were setting up for an event, but we were able to sneak in a couple epic Villa photos. We then went over to the river and the Third Ward for the last couple shots. I think their engagement session captured what summer in Milwaukee is all about – and I can’t wait til their wedding next summer!

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

We met on the dating app, Bumble in Raleigh, NC. We had both just moved there and were interested in meeting new people. Matt picked me up for our first date, we went to a small plates restaurants and a bar-arcade.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

We both love to travel, cook, be outdoors, play with our puppy and spend quality time with our friends and family. We’re both highly motivated with lofty goals so we love to challenge each other to be the best version of ourselves.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

I knew Matt was the one during our first vacation to Holden Beach, NC together. It was an incredibly relaxing weekend and I remember thinking I could see bringing out kids here one day.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

It was a complete surprise! It was at an Earth Wind and Fire concert in downtown Raleigh. My younger sister was in town visiting and Matt coordinated with her to take the pictures of him down on one knee.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

Matt picked out a solitaire diamond with white gold band with pave diamonds along the band. I love it!


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

Yes! We have our date and venue. We’re getting married at the Pfister hotel in downtown Milwaukee on 6/27/2020!