Engagement Photos in Downtown Milwaukee | Sarah + Ryan


Sarah and Ryan celebrated their engagement with photos in a few of my favorite spots in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Sarah and Ryan met at her best friend’s cookout. Sarah immediately fell head over heels in love with Ryan’s homemade hummus! It took her a little longer to feel that way about Ryan, lol.

Sarah calls Ryan my anchor because during the beginning of the pandemic he is really good at keeping her grounded and not getting too much in her own head. Ryan calls Sarah, his lighthouse because she pulls them through all of the hard stuff they have had to deal with.

Sarah describes herself as the mothering type. She likes to make sure that everything is as it should be and that everyone is having a good time. She can also be VERY protective of the people she loves, and is a good listener. Ryan’s vote of one of her best qualities.

Ryan is a big “goofball”. He’s got a million and one dad jokes and puns that will have you rolling your eyes and trying not to giggle. He is a great friend, a great brother, and a great son. He can be the life of the party or he can be sitting quietly on the side having a great conversation. He gives the best hugs after a long hard day. Even though he’ll say he’s not a good singer, Sarah loves to hear him jamming out to his music while he’s got his headphones on. He is an AMAZING cook and he and Sarah’s dad have started brewing their own beer together!

Together Sarah and Ryan love cuddling with their puppy on the couch They also co-op video games and cook together. Ryan cooks and Sarah opens the wine and provides entertaining conversation! The couple loves to take nice long walks and fantasize about their lives together. They also try to run all of the puppy energy out of their dog together, sing loudly in the car, and take each other out on date nights. They love making each other laugh!


Ryan’s family has moved a LOT over the years and right before Thanksgiving 2021, they were moving from a small ski town in Western New York back to Wisconsin (since Ryan and Sarah had bought a house here last summer). The couple flew out to help them load up the last of their things on the moving truck and then drive back with them. On the first morning, they were there Ryan wanted to go to the ski hill in town to “see it one last time” (in hindsight Sarah now thinks it is silly that she wasn’t even the least bit suspicious).

They got to the ski hill and decided to walk around a bit since it was a nice morning. Ryan stopped them and said something along the lines of “oh the lighting is really good, we should take some pictures!” They took a few selfies and then he said “Here, let me take one of you by yourself”, followed by “turn around so I can get a picture from behind, it’ll look cool with the light.”

While Sarah was turned around she heard him start to sing our song and snapped around and immediately started to cry. He said some very sweet words and Sarah said “yes, of course!” then, once she had a few more minutes of freaking out, they took one final picture of us looking blissfully happy and headed back to the car to start to tell everyone!


Sarah and Ryan are planning their November wedding at the gorgeous Pabst Best Place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are excited to include family and friends to celebrate the start of their marriage!



Hi! I am Ali Bergen, a wedding and portrait photographer specializing in timeless and joy-filled imagery. I photograph weddings and portraits in Milwaukee, Hartford and all around the great state of Wisconsin.

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