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Romantic Lake Geneva Wedding in Wisconsin

From the Bride’s vintage veil to the puppy place cards, this lakeside affair is bursting with heartfelt details. Romantic and sophisticated, Kristina Lorraine Photography captured every detail and it’s waiting for you here!

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Spring
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Resort
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Growing up, my family had fond memories of trips to Lake Geneva; we knew it would be the perfect wedding destination to share with our closest family and friends. After choosing our venue, we learned that Brian’s parents honeymooned at the very same resort. It was truly meant to be!

When Brian and I started to plan our wedding, we wanted to keep the weekend intimate and personal. We set out to include as much of what and who we loved as possible. I chose to walk down the aisle on our wedding day wearing my mother’s veil (the same veil she wore 32 years earlier), along with my maternal grandmother and great-grandmother’s jewelry. We were also fortunate to have our only living grandparent in attendance at the wedding, where we celebrated her 83rd birthday and served her famous cookies along with the family recipe.

Not only were we able to incorporate these relatives, but also our favorite furry family member – our dog, Penny. Penny was instrumental in Brian’s proposal and although she did not attend the wedding, she made an appearance in the form of Penny-shaped place cards.

To make this event even more special (or as Brian says ‘one helluva party’), we enlisted some spectacular vendors. Our unique venue, the Grand Geneva Mountain Top Ski Chalet, was transformed with the most beautiful spring flowers created by Frontier Flowers of Fontana. While flowers bloomed outside, they also hung throughout the venue to create the intimate party we’d dreamed of. The additional decor we selected helped us pull together an elegant and classic environment for our celebration and our band, Soda, kept the dance floor packed all night long!

We feel blessed that we can say we had our perfect wedding. We couldn’t have asked for anything more – thanks mom and dad!

Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Videographer: Gravity | Coordination: Something Blue Lake Geneva | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: Caroline DeVillo | Cake: Grand Geneva | Invitations: Birchcraft | Ceremony Venue: Saint Frances De Sales | Reception Venue: Grand Geneva Resort + Spa Mountain Top Chalet | Shoes: Kate Spade | Ring: Fey & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Makeup: Flawless By Tiffany | Hair: Misano Salon | Band: Soda | Men's Attire: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaids Bathrobes: Target With Monograms By EmbroidMe | Earings: BHLDN | Linens : BBJ | Paper Goods: Paper Street Press | Paper Goods: Pretty Stationery Shop | Photography - Assistance: Megan Yanz | Place Cards: Tiffzippy Custom And Creative Gifts | Rentals: Forever Birdy | Rentals: Lakes Area Rental | Table Numbers : The Paper Walrus

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Grecian Aphrodite-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Gorgeous? Well that doesn’t even begin to describe the achingly beautiful captures from Willow & Stone Photography. Not. even. close. I mean, anytime you mix the talents of Canvas Weddings with the mastery of  Alluring Blooms the results are bound to send anyone into a Pinterest frenzy, and you can get started right here!


From Corinne Van Arsdale of Canvas WeddingsI have always been fascinated by Greek mythology, and particularly with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and pleasure. So many mythological deities have seemingly one-dimensional personality traits or skills — but not Aphrodite. She was said to be beautiful and infinitely desirable, as she was born of a god and the sea, but she was also a warrior, a schemer and a savior. This duality was ultimately the inspiration behind this shoot — Aphrodite is beautiful, soft and graceful, but she is also powerful and strong. We wanted this shoot to celebrate the strength and beauty of women — which is why we chose to place three women at the center of this wedding universe.

While we wanted this shoot to be clearly inspired by Greek mythology, we wanted to avoid designing a “theme” wedding. From the beginning, we wanted to design a wedding environment that evoked the opulence of the mythology in a modern, contemporary way that midwestern brides would want to replicate at their own weddings. For that reason, we avoided putting our models in predictable chiffon, draped gowns, and opted instead for body-skimming formal gowns with lace or jeweled details. We also chose dinnerware and stationery with a slightly modern edge to bring this world into the 21st century.

Once we had our primary inspiration in the character of Aphrodite, we turned to Greek antiquity to gather ideas for our design. First, we needed a location — and we almost immediately settled upon the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, a villa built by a Milwaukee architect in 1923 that is situated right on the shores of Lake Michigan. The villa’s sprawling gardens and Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture were perfect backdrops on which we based our designs.

We took or cues from Renaissance art of Greek mythology when determining our color palette — lush greens, delicate blush, champagnes, ivories and hints of gold. We wanted the colors to evoke the decadence of Greek mythology as well as the obvious reverence for nature in their worship practices. This we achieved by combined lush and bountiful greenery and blooms with light gold leafing in the bouquets, table garland and ceremony arrangements.

All other details, from the lace robe to the dynamic hairstyles, dramatic ceremony draping and the lush draped chairs were inspired by the duality of Aphrodite’s softness and her strength.
This vision of beauty and strength was brought to life with the help of many of Wisconsin’s best wedding artists, including Willow & Stone Photography, Alluring Blooms, Jaxie and Sugar River Stationers. Many, many thanks go to Bloom Bake Shop, The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. A La Crate Vintage Rentals, The Rock Agency, Event Essentials and Sevva Salon for their contributions to this shoot.

Photography: Willow & Stone Photography | Event Design: Canvas Weddings | Floral Design: Alluring Blooms | Wedding Dresses: Brandi's Bridal Galleria | Cake: Bloom Bake Shop | Invitations: Sugar River Stationers | Hair Stylist: Cheryl from Sevva Salon | Accessories: Jaxie | Models: The Rocky Agency | Photoshoot Location: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Event Essentials | Robe: Kohl's | Veil: Brandi's Bridal Galleria

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Rustic Outdoor Autumn Wedding in Wisconsin

I’m not much of a gambler, but after reading this couple’s daring decision of planning an outdoor October ceremony in Wisconsin without a weather plan B, well it got me a little anxious. That is, until I saw the stunning outcome captured by Audre Rae. Graced with gorgeous Daffodil Parker blooms, Canvas Weddings details and gown that demands a second look, you can see it all unfold here!

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Fall
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Park
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Rustic

From Canvas WeddingsMelanie and Dan’s wedding was, from a planner’s perspective, kind of a gamble. They planned their event to be completely outdoors, without any back up shelter plans, in October….in Wisconsin. Their wedding day was chilly, and early in the day there were even hints of snow and rain, but boy — their gambling paid off BIG time — this day was one of the highlights of my wedding season.

Melanie and Dan’s wedding was pure laid-back, outdoorsy sophistication. Both Melanie and Dan’s dogs played prominent roles in the ceremony (one with a bowtie and the other in a floral collar!), guests dined on pizza prepared onsite in a traveling brick oven, their gorgeous harvest tables were draped in decadent greenery garlands, soft café lighting lit the park, the couple shared a champagne toast with their guests during the ceremony, and Melanie carried the most beautiful, wild bouquet I’ve ever seen. All of these elements combined to create a wedding environment that was cozy, warm and oh-so-very-beautiful.

I love when a couple’s wedding feels like an extension of who they are — and this wedding was that, to a tee. Melanie and Dan seemed so at home and so in love on this perfect autumnal, outdoorsy wedding day. I wish with all my heart that all of my couples would create their wedding days this way — creating a space and time where they can be their most true, most happy selves.

From the beautiful Bride… This day did not come easily. All the planning was done from over a state away, while we were in the midst of job searching, applying to grad schools, facilitating a cross-country move, starting new jobs and going back to school. Overall, it was quite a struggle. Then, on the morning of, I woke up and saw that it was snowing. Knowing that we had only planned for an outdoor ceremony and reception (to hell with back up plans, right?), I couldn’t help but laugh. With that laughter, all of the anxiety and stress just washed away, replaced with a sense of calmness and readiness.

Our florist (Daffodil Parker) actually helped me articulate my vision. During one of our first consultations as I stumbled over my words trying to articulate what I was envisioning, Monica assuredly said, “I totally get it. It’s this moody, pacific northwest midsummer night’s dream. I’m so excited for this wedding.” And with that, I, and the rest of my lovely vendors, threw ourselves into a wedding that was a mad concoction of lush and lavish greenery, mouthwatering food, liquor over-flowing the cup, romantic lighting, not-so-mainstream music on the dancefloor and, most of all, lots of laughter and love. It was a wedding that completely embodied Dan and I.

My favorite moment was kind of a large one: our ceremony. From seeing Dan standing at the end of the aisle, to hearing my Grandma say a blessing for us, from my brother, our officiant, telling me to “top that” after Dan read his vows to me (which I did!), to our impromptu game of rock paper scissors because we forgot who was supposed to go first in exchanging the rings and the champagne toast that concluded the ceremony — it was just everything it’s not supposed to be, but absolutely perfect.

Honestly, there is not a moment that goes by where I don’t wish I could go back and just relive this magical day. There is something to be said about being surrounded by all your loved ones and committing yourself to one of your best friends (even if it is a brisk 35 degrees!). Of course, it cannot go unsaid that this day was such a success due to the wonderfully talented vendors.

Photography: Audre Rae Photography | Event Planning: Canvas Weddings | Planner: Canvas Weddings | Floral Design: Daffodil Parker | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Bloom Bake Shop | Invitations: Printable Wisdom | Ceremony Venue: Paoli Mill Terrace & Park | Reception Venue: Paoli Mill Terrace & Park | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Catering: La Fortuna Pizza | Hair & Makeup: The I Do Beauty Crew | Favors: Kate Aspen | Groom's Attire: Mountain Khakis | Groom's Attire: ASOS | DJ & Lighting Design: Milwaukee Airwaves | Photography - Assistance: Jentri Colello | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Event Essentials

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Traditional Lakeside Country Club Wedding

Get ready to get out the tissues! This beautiful wedding film from Loudbyte Cinematography is so sweet and filled with touching moments that will make your heart swell. The Bride’s first look with her father? The sweetest. Coordination from Clementine Custom Events and decor from Kehoe Designs ensured this fete looked as beautiful in person as on film, but don’t take my word for it — watch the film below!

From LoudbyteStephanie + Alex realized their love for each other in high school at the age of 14. After spending nearly their entire lives together, they became husband and wife last September. Stephanie had a first look with her mom and dad at Alex’s parent’s lake house in Wisconsin. What was most touching was her father’s reaction to seeing his daughter, in her wedding gown for the first time. Get ready to shed some tears over their heart-warming story.

Cinematography: Loudbyte | Coordination: Clementine Custom Events | Wedding Venue: Lake Geneva Country Club | Decor: Kehoe Designs

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Romantic Outdoor Wisconsin Wedding

This is the kind of wedding that makes me fall in love with weddings all over again. Traditional in a way that will stand the test of time yet fresh and packed with personality, this gorgeous day captured by Carly McCray Photography will forever be beautiful. And there is even more proof here. 

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Fall
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Golf Course
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Romantic

From Carly McCray PhotographyAnne & Tony live in Chicago and chose to have their early fall wedding in Wisconsin at the unique, incredibly romantic Lake Michigan setting of the Irish Barn at Whistling Straits golf course in Kohler, Wisconsin. It’s not what you think of when you think barn wedding…the Irish barn is actually a fieldstone barn built with the east side open to overlook Lake Michigan and Whistling Straits. It’s breathtaking to say the least, and sentimental to them as a couple, as it’s as it’s where they’d venture off to whenever they wanted to escape the pace of Chicago life.

As Anne told me in their initial inquiry with me, Whistling Straits is the perfect reflection of her and Tony’s personality and style. Tony is an outdoorsman who loves golf and anything wood (Anne’s words!), and Anne is more traditional and enjoys anything that is simply classic. They fell in love with Kohler when they visited on New Year’s Eve years ago, and have made visiting there a tradition every year around the holidays.

They wanted a celebration of their relationship that kept their family and friends close by all day, which Whistling Straits fit perfectly. Honoring their family and friends proved important to the couple…Tony continued the tradition of having his father as his best man, as his father did at his own wedding. Tony also honored his late mother by keeping a picture of both her and Anne inside his cuff links.

The ceremony took place on the terrace right outside the barn, underneath a canopy of hanging vines and overlooking the lake. The reception glowed from the Irish barn into the night, and lit up the sky under a full moon. Tony’s brother even performed an original song for the newlyweds! The entire day made for an elegant yet inviting setting for everyone to relax and enjoy.

Photography: Carly McCray Photography | Videography: Today And Forever Video | Floral Design: The American Club | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: The American Club | Stationery: All She Wrote | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Makeup: Luxe Salon - Chanel Conway | Hair: Sara Jac Burggraf | Calligraphy: Constant Scribe | DJ: Alvin of Fig Media | Officiant: Kathleen Raddatz | String Quartet: Lakeside Strings | Venue: The Irish Barn At Whistling Straits - The American Club | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Belles

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