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NFL Player & Amazing Race Contestant Tie the Knot

Black tie with a glittery twist, this glammed-up fête from Kristina Lorraine lands in touchdown territory. You may recognize the tuxedo clad groom, Green Bay Packer’s player Brett Goode and groomsman Aaron Rogers, but all eyes were on his Amazing Race bride, Monica Cayce. Planned in less than a month (you read right!) every detail from the cocktail cruise to the lush Frontier Flowers of Fontana, make the gallery a truly perfect place to be.

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From the beautiful Bride… I knew I had a huge task at hand when my fiance (Brett Goode, long snapper for the Green Bay Packers), and I decided to get married on his by-week, less than a month away from our engagement.

We chose the idyllic destination of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, about 2.5 hours away from Green Bay. I knew I would need quite a bit of help to pull this off, but I was up for the challenge. I enlisted the help of florist, and wedding genius, Renee Cerny of Frontier Flowers of Fontana. Using a mix of blush, sage green, metallics, soft neutrals, and modern and rustic elements, she tied in our Arkansas roots. There were also unique touches like chic antlers mixed in with hanging amaranths and lush flowers. It was also very important for me to incorporate a lot of rose gold elements to pay homage to my engagement ring.

We kept the wedding small and intimate, with only close friends and family being in attendance. Our ceremony was perched lake side in a gorgeous Sperry tent at Abbey Spring Yacht Club in Fontana. It was then transformed into the reception space, while the guests enjoyed a sunset cruise on a gorgeous, classic, steam yacht, from the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. We wanted our guests to have a fun getaway, and share in our love for one another and our friends and family.

Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Styling: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: Gigi Of Mequon - Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Discoveries | Ceremony Venue: Abbey Springs Yacht Club | Reception Venue: Abbey Springs Yacht Club | Makeup: Jessica DeGrasse - Mac Makeup, San Francisco | Hair: Clear Waters Salon & Day Spa | Entertainment: Big Al Wetzel Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Mens Warehouse - Vera Wang | Cocktail Cruise: Lake Geneva Cruise Line | Rentals: Lakes Area Rental | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Tablescapes

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Sweet, Whimsical Wedding on Lake Geneva

The heart and soul of the weddings that we choose for Style Me Pretty is pretty simple. Love. The kind that doesn’t dictate the lavishness or the DIY or the expense of your wedding. Just love, pure and simple. And this couple had that in the bag. And so much more. With images by Momoko Photography, this little number will most certainly make you smile. Click here for more!

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From the bride…Rory and I decided that the most important goal of our wedding was to create an amazing celebration for our family and friends to dance the night away! We LOVE music, and our relationship started by going to music festivals and to see our favorite bands together. We wanted to create the feeling you get seeing your favorite band at our wedding reception and for everyone to feel like part of the festivities. The day of the wedding was chilly for the end of July, but in the end it was perfect for dancing with the doors open, providing natural air conditioning for our dance party.

We got engaged at Yerkes Observatory, and we thought the building was too beautiful to not return to take pictures the day of the wedding. Ideally, we would have gotten married there, but they do not allow receptions to take place on the grounds. We wanted to make sure the ceremony and reception took place in one location, and when we found Horticultural Hall, I knew it was perfect. The courtyard felt like a lush secret garden and created a lovely intimate ceremony space. The additional contributions from family and friends, like my mom & sister making the place card/plant tags and my reception sash, my friend Kaitlin making “Smores Pops” for everyone, and Rory and I making little details for the guest tables, using my mom’s antique bottle collection for budvases on tables, my friends at The Flower Firm making my gorgeous floral designs, it all made the whole day feel like a giant hug!

Photography: Momoko Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Firm | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Leah Shanholtz | Necklace: Randolph Street Market | Hair: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | DJ: Angie Ma | Couple's Shots: Yerke's Observatory | Heart Shaped Fans: Rory O'Donnell (Groom) | Reception And Ceremony: Horticultural Hall | Rock From Ceremony: Dave's Rock Shop | Veil: Sara Gabriel

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Grand Geneva Resort Wedding

You may have never been, but let me assure you Wisconsin is one great place to be. It’s home to some seriously stunning lakes, about a million great breweries, the Green Bay Packers, and this cozy fall wedding from Carly McCray Photography. And while I may not have convinced you to make the Midwest trek just yet, one look at the stunning gallery and you’ll be ready to hop the next flight – promise!

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From Carly McCray Photography… Melanie + Chris’ warm, Wisconsin fall wedding in Lake Geneva was one part nautical-goodness mixed with about three parts Wisconsin fall colors, abundant rustic elegance and a ski chalet with the most beautiful wood beams!

Living near Washington D.C., Melanie and Chris chose Melanie’s hometown of Lake Geneva as their perfect Wisconsin fall day wedding backdrop. They exchanged their ‘I dos’ in Melanie’s childhood church…where she wore her mother’s long, gorgeous veil…and celebrated that night where she spent many chilly winters skiing at the Grand Geneva Mountain Top Ski Chalet! They filled the day with their own handmade touches including save the dates with a custom Wisconsin print, handmade wooden table numbers, rustic wood signs, pennants, take-home mason jar favors, chalkboard signs, and more.

Tables overflowed with fall pears nestled in silver vessels and full fall arrangements, and were surrounded with rustic wood chairs and golden afternoon sunset light bouncing off the beams + red brick floor! Lovers of good food and beer, Melanie + Chris incorporated this into their dinner menu of three favorite dishes paired with three favorite beers! Their puppies even came along for portraits, two girls appropriately named Barley and Hops.

Photography: Carly McCray Photography | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Bittner's Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Grand Geneva Resort + Spa Mountain Top Chalet | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Liljenquist & Beckstead | Wedding Bands: Gorman Jewelers | DJ: Cage and Aquarium Productions | Bride's Clutch: Davie & Chiyo | Custom Wisconsin Print: Near & Dear Designs | Rustic Chairs: Lakes Area Rental | Wedding Dress Shop: Ellie's Bridal Boutique

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Lake Geneva Wedding from Jacqui Cole Photography

If you need a little something to put the pretty in your Friday, you’ve come to the right place. Because this wedding from Jacqui Cole Photography is simply as lovely as they come. With gorgeous florals from Frontier Flowers – Fontana, a color palette to die for, and one stunning couple – it’s the perfect way to ease into the weekend in style. See it all here.

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From the Bride… Throughout our five years of being together, David and I have faced many obstacles along the way. Many of these obstacles stood in the way of us moving forward with our lives and ultimately tying the knot. When May 25th finally came I knew nothing could get in the way of what we had waited so long for. For a colder than average May day, the clouds and cool weather made for the most romantic setting. We loved our lakeside ceremony that was personalized just for us, our flowers that had a vintage spring feel and our spectacular tower of cupcakes that were a big hit. Most of all we loved the moments we had alone together that no one else could feel what we were feeling. Our family and friends were there when we read our personalized vows and our first dance was just magical. But when we saw each other for the first time by the beautiful lake, those are our moments and memories alone together. It was about David and me and our journey together. Realizing in those exact moments that everything that lead us to this particular day had all been worth the wait.

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: San Patrick | Cake: Sugar Jones | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides by Demetrios | Men's Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: The Abbey Resort and Spa

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Lake Geneva Wedding from m three studio

This wedding gives me a serious case of the warm fuzzies. I can’t pinpoint exactly what about it is so special, but in my vast experience as a wedding blogger, I’ve come to learn that usually means the whole affair is the special part. Everything from the flowers to the setting to the laughter and love is extra heartwarming, especially when captured by m three studio. Molly always knows how to capture the essence of the warm and fuzzies, which is why this gallery is one of my favorites!

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From the beautiful bride … Mike and I first met in junior high, but it wasn’t until our mid 20′s that we reconnected and started dating. Unfortunately, shortly after we started dating, Mike was relocated to Milwaukee, which was about an hour and a half away from the suburb of Chicago where I lived. We continued dating long distance, only seeing each other on the weekends, but after quite some time, we decided that we wanted to be together every day and started searching for our first home in a suburb of Milwaukee. Mike proposed to me on the fifth anniversary of our first date, with a surprise, romantic dinner in the home we had built together. Getting married was an easy decision for Mike and I. We already felt married and we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Having a wedding?! Now that was a different story!

Mike and I were thrilled about hosting a party for all of our favorite people, but we did not even know where to start. We knew we liked the idea of a destination wedding and spending the whole weekend with our closest friends and family; however, we wanted it to be within driving distance for everyone. We decided that the Grande Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, would be the perfect location. The Grand Geneva Resort was a very special place to Mike and I and we knew the Mountain Top Chalet would serve as the perfect backdrop to our non-traditional wedding ceremony and reception.

Once we had the date and location, choosing our vendors was surprisingly easy. We were able to book our dream photographer, Molly Michel of m three studio. Molly was able to recommended our DJ, Sound by Design. With the Grand Geneva taking care of the catering, bartending and cake, the only thing left to book was our florist.

My mom and I planned to spend a girls weekend, meeting with several florists in the Lake Geneva area. Luckily, our first appointment was with Renee Cerny, owner for Frontier Flowers of Fontana. Renee seemed to completely grasp the floral design I had created in my head and didn’t squirm when I said that I did not want traditional flowers, but more textural elements, including artichokes and lotus pods. After we left our meeting with Renee, we cancelled all of our other appointments because I knew she was going to be the one to bring my vision to life!

Now came the little details, which was the fun part! My mom and I were able to spend so much time together, from researching lanterns to working with an graphic designer to custom design our invitations and name cards. My Dad built the flower boxes for the centerpieces and I hand made our table numbers. My mom decorated 100 jars that held the candles that lined the stairs and outdoor patio. All of these personal touches made the wedding that much more special to Mike and I. Walking into the ceremony and seeing everyone’s hard work come together, took my breath away. It was far more beautiful than what I had pictured it in my mind.

Most importantly, Mike and I wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love and life, among our closest family and friends. When we talk about our favorite part of our wedding (besides all of the laughing, drinking and dancing, of course), we both agree that it was when our officiate addressed our guests and reminded them that they were all an irreplaceable part our yesterdays, our today and our tomorrows. Our hope was that they would know it was through all of their unconditional love and support, that this unforgettable day had become a reality.

Photography: m three studio | Florist: Frontier Flowers | Venue: Grand Geneva Resort, Mountain Top Chalet | Caterer & Cake: Grand Geneva Resort | Invitation: Lani Parker | DJ: Sound by Design | Bride’s Dress: Symphony Bridal | Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole | Hair & Makeup: Clear Waters Salon & Day Spa

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