Jessica & Geoff

are getting married

September 17th, 2016

About Us

Geoff Shell

Geoff is an artist, musician and creative director who runs Geoff Shell, Inc. – a privately held corporation that does business as Modal Media Group, Geoff Shell Music and Rad Universe. He co-wrote a musical entitled Clara And The Beef that chronicles the life of Clara Peller, the “Where’s The Beef?” lady from the famous 80s TV commercial. He has been described by the Chicago Tribune as ‘a thoughtful and talented musician.’

Geoff’s passions include: curating music for Kaydence, laughing, art projects, classical and jazz piano, composing and arranging, playing 8-bit/16-bit era video games, watching obscure movies on VHS, editing music videos, producing synthwave music, collecting records and cassette tapes, expanding illustration skills, studying typography, Judaism, Buddhism, productivity, creative process, traveling with the family and making Kaydence laugh.

Jessica Harris

Jessica is a mental health counselor specializing in art therapy and yoga. She founded Sage Willow to provide a holistic experience through therapeutic services-- promoting individual wellness through the use of expressive arts, cognitive-behavioral techniques, yoga and mindfulness practices to facilitate restoration and life satisfaction for children, adolescents and adults.

Jessica's passions include: spending quality time with friends and family, classic rock and jam band concerts, wildlife and nature adventures, yoga, fairytales and angels, Carl Jung analysis, painting, crocheting, writing, crafting, reading historical fiction, Buddhism and Judaism, French Impressionism art, rollerblading, biking, hiking, pizza and warm chocolate chip cookies, making Kaydence give gummy giggles 🙂

Events & Parties

Wedding Ceremony
September 17th, 2016

Our wedding ceremony will take place on the lawn of Baker House in front of the lake in downtown Lake Geneva at 3:00pm

327 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Wedding Reception
September 17th, 2016

Our wedding reception will take place at the historic Maxwell Mansion just a short walk from Baker House immediately following the ceremony.

421 Baker St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

After Hours
September 17th, 2016

We'll be hanging out in downtown Lake Geneva after our big day. Come join us for more late night fun at Hogs & Kisses.

149 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Dress attire will be “cocktail”


Mention “Harris/Shell Wedding” when making reservations

The Cove

111 Center Street
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
262-249-9460 (option #1)

~ Short walking distance to wedding venues.

10 Anchor Rooms (up to 4 people)
Kitchen, whirlpool bath, fireplace

$179+, two night minimum
(+ $12 per day resort fee)

Wedding party rate until August 1st

Harbor Shores

300 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 53147

~ Short walking distance to wedding venues.

20 Lakeview Rooms (up to 4 people)
Face the lake with balcony

Friday: $169+tax
Saturday: $179+tax

Wedding party rate until August 16th

* If you would like to check-in early any time after 1pm on Saturday the 17th, please call ahead to Harbor Shores at 262-248-9181 after 11:30am on the 17th to inform the hotel and confirm early arrival.

Seven Oaks

682 Wells Street
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

~ .5 miles / 10 minute walk from wedding venues.

2 cottages (2-bedroom) for $349 + tax
–can sleep 4 adults each
6 cottages (1-bedroom) for $249 + tax
Continental breakfast each morning
Cheese & wine on arrival

2 night min.; 21+ age
Wedding party rate until July 31st

Lazy Cloud

Bed & Breakfast
N2025 North Lakeshore Drive
Fontana, Wisconsin 53125

This is a favorite place of ours where we took our first trip.

~ 8 miles / 15 minute drive from wedding venues.

All suites $235
Wine & chocolates included
Extended continental breakfast

No blocks on hold. Book early.

Our Love Story

How We Met

We were teenagers and it was 1995. Both from Deerfield, Illinois, we were each attending a mutual friend's bat mitzvah party. We danced and discovered we each had a crush on each other. Geoff remembers a pink barrette Jessica had in her hair. Jessica thought Geoff looked like Kurt Cobain. It was the first of many moments the two of our lives would intersect.

First Date

It was May 24th, 2010. We went to Scarlet Bar in Chicago for a special screening of a short film Geoff had scored. We played movie trivia and won some fun prizes. We then went out to dinner at Bistro Campagne for French cuisine. Shortly after our first date, we went out of town for our first weekend getaway as a couple. We stayed at what would become one of our favorite places near Lake Geneva, the Lazy Cloud Bed & Breakfast in Fontana, Wisconsin.


It was May 24th, 2015: our 5-year anniversary. We were vacationing in Lake Geneva and were staying at Lazy Cloud Bed & Breakfast. While driving from Fontana to downtown Lake Geneva, Geoff spontaneously pulled over for an impromptu ``photo op`` next to the lake. After bringing Jessica to an ideal spot, Geoff setup his GoPro on a rock, secretly set it to video record, and then leaned over to Jessica while still on one knee. She said yes!

Most Important People

Dorian Weinzimmer
Best man

Dorian and Geoff have been friends since 1994 when they were both in middle school. Dorian is the director of Chicago Rot and works with electronic music artist, Pretty Lights.

Samantha Harris Gudea
Matron of Honor

Samantha is Jessica's younger sister and lifelong best friend. She is also the world's greatest Auntie (according to Kaydence). She is very excited to be a part of Jessica and Geoff's special day!

Noah Plotkin

Noah and Geoff have been friends since 2008 when they played in the first of many bands together. Noah is the founder and music director of Life Rhythms, Inc.

Janine Urbaszewski
Maid of Honor

Janine and Jessica met during their freshman year at Deerfield High School and have remained friends ever since!! They bonded over their love for alternative/punk rock, and to this day, they still enjoy seeing live music together.

Denny Gudea

Denny is going to be Geoff's brother-in-law. They first met in 2011 when they were visiting Lake Tahoe. Denny is the founder of elektron software.

Jenny Levin

Lindsay Grockis Franklin

Michelle Facchini

Christina Zerwer-Gaafar

Christina and Jessica became fast friends bonding over Bridesmaid's duties for a common friend's wedding. Kindred spirits who enjoy arts and crafts, exercise, and sunshine, this was a friendship that was meant to be! Christina is honored and delighted to stand by Jessica's side on this most special day.


Wedding Photofusion

Thanks to Ryan Bensheimer and Ideal Impressions for capturing our special day! This video was shot and edited on 9-17-16 and was screened for all of our guests during dinner.

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Lake Geneva Hot Spots

Some of Jessica and Geoff's favorite places to visit in Lake Geneva. Check out these fun restaurants, shops and treat stops while enjoying your stay in town.

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Best Man Message

Dorian Weinzimmer here, and I think I have something that sums up the long and storied (and legendary, in my opinion) friendship between Geoffrey and myself -

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Gift Registries

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