It’s no secret that our style leans towards the glittery and girly but that’s not to say we can’t fully get on board with a 40th birthday bash with not an ounce of pink in sight. When it came to planning her husband’s party, Lauren of Ryder Sloan Events, pulled out all the stops. The result is a masculine meets elegant dinner party in Brew City with a trio of cakes that you’ll want to devour. See it all captured by Laurelyn Savannah right here!

When it came time to start planning my husband’s 40th birthday party, we threw around a lot of ideas, Miami, Cabo, Vegas, etc. But ultimately, we really wanted to bring everyone together in his hometown of Milwaukee. This meant that his friends and family could both be included.

I first reached out to Aerialist Press, a local letterpress studio where we currently live in San Francisco to create a beautiful but masculine invitation suite to get everyone excited to visit Brew City. And while we made a whole weekend of it with activities each day, Saturday night was the big party. We rented out Braise Culinary School’s private event space and rooftop garden (where they forage much of their food from). For example, the honey flavored birthday cake was made using fresh honey from their beehive.

As a wedding planner, I couldn’t stop at just that and tried to bring in some beautiful decor without going too feminine! Flower and Bee made lovely loose table garlands accented with succulents and local flowers. And as a custom touch, we rented vintage cocktail glasses and brass candlestick holders from Relic Vintage Rentals in which I used three different shades of gray tapers. I also had TAP Plastics here in SF cut gray acrylic squares for me to write 42 custom copper calligraphed menus which also acted as place cards for each guest.

We were lucky to have Laurelyn Savannah document the memorable night and we even snuck away early in the night to get a few Christmas card worthy shots of just the two of us

Photography: Laurelyn Savannah Photography | Photography: Laurelyn Savannah Photography | Event Design: Ryder Sloan Events​ | Event Planning: Ryder Sloan Events​ | Floral Design: Flower & Bee | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Reception Venue: Braise Restaurant & Culinary School | Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals

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