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Art Museum Wedding in Milwaukee

You know how couples often exchange sweetest gifts the morning of the wedding? Well, this Groom took things one step further and surprised his Bride with probably the cutest gift EVER – a collar for the new family puppy they’d pick out together as newlyweds. It’s a wedding day surprise we can 100% get behind, but it’s only the beginning. More beautiful moments captured by The McCartneys right here.


From The McCartneys Photography… With a soft color palette and modern lines in mind, Elise and Tyler designed the wedding of their dreams with lots of help from Elise’s Mom, and an amazing team of creatives! The Milwaukee Art Museum absolutely blew us away with its grand beauty and refreshing walls of white.

But more importantly, we were lucky to capture this fun, at ease couple’s wedding day. Elise and Tyler are not only a gorgeous bride and groom, but an amazing couple to be surrounded by. The happiness they emitted was never-ending from the moment we arrived to our hugs goodbye, and you could see in their eyes that they were SO grateful for all of the friends and family who traveled to celebrate with them on their wedding day!

Elise and her ladies were pampered with final makeup and hair touches, then Elise slipped into her beautiful Anna Maier~Ulla-Maija wedding gown (and stunning Manolo’s!). We were even able to tag along as Elise’s maid of honor delivered a special boudoir session wedding gift to her groom. From the look on Tyler’s face, our guess is that he was quite surprised!

The first look took place in a galleria completely overflowing with gorgeous light and white walls and floors everywhere you looked! Our hearts may have skipped a beat when Elise opened Tyler’s gift to her – a brand new collar so they can pick out their first puppy and start growing their newly formed family of two! From that moment on, their smiles were painted on and we had a BLAST with their very charismatic wedding party! Inside the museum and out, Elise and Tyler and their stylish wedding party (donning Burberry and Adrianna Pappell) looked amazing, and we were thankful to have lots of portrait time with them!

The entire wedding day was set in the Milwaukee Art Museum, but the transformation that took place from the moment the ceremony ended until their reception tables were glowing with candlelight was incredible!! Guests were whisked into another galleria for cocktail hour and an amazing guitarist serenaded everyone as they enjoyed Wisconsin treats and beverages. From a gorgeous ceremony white washed in radiant light and gorgeous florals to a reception celebration with linens, colorful up-lighting, centerpieces and never-ending thoughtful details that filled their reception, all of the friends and family of Elise and Tyler were in for a real treat!

From the Bride… I had ALWAYS envisioned having my wedding in my hometown at the Milwaukee Art Museum and so Tyler knew there was not much room for discussion :) We did not look at any other venues and in fact, choosing the venue was one of the easiest decisions that we made related to the wedding. We LOVED the modern architecture, location, lighting and white color scheme.

We did not want to overpower the beauty of the Milwaukee Art Museum and so we chose a simple elegant aesthetic. We used neutral and champagne colors (with a hint of sparkles, of course!), autumn flowers and lots of candles for decoration. For the wedding, we wrote our own ceremony words and vows, and incorporated poems and music that had been important to us in our lives.

We created wedding favors made up of local caramels wrapped in monogrammed “C” boxes and tied with ribbons. With my mother/wedding planner extraordinaire and some wonderful family friends, I had a “craft brunch” (complete with mimosas) to help put everything together. Most of the supplies came from Michaels and we went so many times that my mother has vowed never to step foot in another Michaels again!

Our favorite moment of the wedding day was the special and private first look that we shared. Seeing each other in advance of the walk down the aisle calmed our nerves. This was also when my groom presented a dog collar as a token of his readiness to bring a wheaten terrier fur child into our loving family! Thanks so much for capturing the joy of this moment, McCartneys!

If I were to share a piece of advice with future prides, it would be: ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY the entire wedding planning process and try not to let the daunting nature of some tasks overwhelm you. Oh, and do not forget to plan the most awesome honeymoon :)

Photography: The McCartneys Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Mother of The Bride, Jean Simbro | Floral Design: Michael Huebner | Invitations: Broadway Paper | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell Via Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Cafe Calatrava | Makeup Artist: Diane Yokes | Hair Stylist: Robert Schneider | DJ: Sound By Design | Groomsmen's Ties: Burberry | Officiant: Judge Jeff Kremers | Wedding Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum | Additional Paper Goods: Coqui Design | Bride's Dress: Anna Maier, Ulla-Maija | Bride's Earrings: Gemma Collection | Bride's Headband: Halo & Co. Crystal Headband, Nordstrom | Cake Artist: The Cake Lady | Groom's Tuxedo: J. Crew | Guitarist: Joe Wray | Up-Lighting: Sound By Design | Wedding Rings: Bachendorf's

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Romantic Bridal Hair Inspiration + Tutorial

Here at SMP, we’re never one to turn down a good dose of beauty tricks. So, when this pretty tutorial landed in our laps, we were eager take notes and bask in the beauty. It’s a dose of gorgeous locks that are sure to have you testing out a few fabulous styles. Scan the slideshow for terrific tips by Aliza Rae Photography and Gina of Wide Eyed Beauty below!

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From Aliza Rae PhotographyThis bridal hair and makeup inspiration shoot was a collaborative effort with Wide Eyed Beauty, AnnKat Jewelry Designs, and MinkMaids. Gina and Maggie are the masterminds of beauty behind Wide Eyed Beauty, and I was so thrilled to be able to capture the romantic wedding day looks that they created. AnnKat made the most stunning bridal jewelry collection that speaks to the most bohemian and even traditional of brides. Of course, MinkMaids lovely dresses accompanied this bridal inspiration shoot, giving depth and variety for every bride and bridesmaid look.

From Gina of Wide Eyed Beauty… These days bridal hair styles are heading in more of the “anything goes” route. If you have ever looked at Anthropologie or J.Crew’s wedding editorials and thought you would love to try that perfectly imperfect whimsical hair but don’t know how, I can give you a few simple steps to creating that kind of look at home.

I recommend starting with clean damp hair. Lots of the products used for this type of look actually create that “dirty” feel for you, and too much oil or product build up in the hair before you start can ruin this look. Texturizing sprays and dry shampoos have made their way to the top of popular products. I have a couple favorites that I depend on.


  • Bobby pins (the color of your own hair)
  • Back combing brush, and a regular brush
  • Curling Iron (1” to 1.5” depending on hair length)
  • 2-3 large Velcro rollers
  • Hair dryer
  • Strong hold hairspray / (unscented spray)
  • Optional: A pretty vintage inspired hair comb, or even fresh flowers

Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bridal Slip: Jane Woolrich | Custom Wedding And Bridesmaid Dress Designer: MinkMaids | Film Scans: Indie Film Lab | Hair And Make-up Artists: Wide Eyed Beauty | Jewelry Designer: AnnKat Jewelry Designs

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Pop of Spring: A floral workshop

Flowers are not a particular strong suite for me even though I love em, love em. If you’re in the same boat, this floral workshop is right up your alley. Crafted by Mint & Lovely Studios along with floral maven, Belle Fiori, and photographs by Jenna Kutcher, it’s an afternoon spent getting crafty with blooms. And as an awesome takeaway, we have a floral recipe for crafting your very own centerpiece below!

The inspiration to host this event stemmed from our mantra of ‘consuming less and experiencing more’. We wanted to create a unique and stunning event that inspired women to begin creating more in their lives and we feel our Pop of Spring floral workshop did just that!

Everyone gathered at a fantastic locally owned store, Hot Pop, in the historic third ward district of Milwaukee. The talented and always joyful Jenna Kutcher documented the day with her gorgeous photography. After checking in, each guest selected their apron with their initial embroidered on it and used it to reserve their seat in the workshop area. The attendees sipped on shrub cocktails handcrafted by the master bartenders at Onesto and snacked on sweet treats from Yield Bakehouse.

Owner Emily, of Belle Fiori, enlisted the help of her amazing and talented team who walked each guest through the basics of flower arranging. The creations included ranunculus, peonies, roses, tulips and even a clementine for an added unexpected element. All of the blooms were nestled in contemporary white hobnail jars.

Everyone headed home with a fantastic arrangement and a custom tote bag that included a ton of great goodies from small business we adore. Custom zippered pouches from Deerly Made housed a floral shears as well as recipe cards for additional arrangements each person could recreate on their own at home. Gold earrings from Woodbury Lane, hand poured candles from Big White Yeti and spring scented soap from Fern + Nettle had the women smiling with delight. Each guest took notes with Letter C Design’s gold stamped notebooks and pencils. To top it all off, each person took home a gorgeous hand printed towel from Parris Chic Boutique as well as adorable greeting cards from Emily Balsley Illustration.


Pop of Spring: A Floral Recipe

  • Vessel: 4” hobnail jar
  • 2 green roses
  • 2 orange carnations
  • 1 blue mountain thistle
  • 1 orange spray rose
  • 1 mini green hydrangea
  • 1 pink lisianthus
  • 2 peach hypericum berry
  • 3 coral ranunculus
  • 2 white alstromeria
  • pittosporum and variegated oregonia as foliage

Photography: Jenna Kutcher | Event Styling: Mint & Lovely Studios | Floral Design: Belle Fiori | Venue: Hot Pop | Anchor Necklace: GlamMKE | Candle Favor: Big White Yeti | Desserts: Yield Bakehouse | Drinks: Onesto | Earring Favor: Woodbury Lane | Event Styling + Coordinating Of Event: Mint & Lovely Studios | Gem Planter: Janelle Gramling | Greeting Card Favor: Emily Balsley Illustration | Notebook + Pencil Favor: Letter C Design | Retail Store: Hot Pop | Soap Favor: Fern + Nettle | Table + Chair Rental: Lakes Area Rentals | Tea Towel: Parris Chic Boutique | Zippered Pouch: Deerly Made

Elegant + Glamorous Milkwaukee Ballroom Wedding

Traditional elegance and subtle drama (in the form of incredible decor lighting done by a family friend!) was the name of the game for this beautiful Bride and Groom who got just what they wished from their incredible team at Tailored Engagements. SMP fave, m three studio, was there to capture all the pretty, and lucky for us, we’ve got the full gallery of glamour right here!


From The Bride…Bryan and I really wanted a wedding that wasn’t trendy and reflected our personal aesthetic – clean, elegant, unfussy, but classically beautiful and subtly dramatic. (Thirty years from now, we wanted to look back and think “what a gorgeous day!” not “oh, no, what did we make our bridesmaids wear!”) For inspiration in style, we looked to the old-world charm of our breathtaking venue, and also some of our favorite color combinations – the cool, deep navy of the night sky, glittering metallics, and the striking simplicity of white-on-white florals. What took it to another level was the high-drama lighting, which was really our only decor and was a favor provided by a fantastic firm out of Chicago (my dad is a lighting designer and called in a favor with a few friends).

What made us happiest about our wedding was that by making a few strategic choices, we were able to really splurge on what we felt was important and would make our wedding an event that we ourselves would want to attend (we can admit that at this point in our lives, we’d been to enough friends’ weddings to have a short list of ‘must-haves!). We scrimped where we could – even though in the end it didn’t feel like scrimping. We sent digital save-the-dates instead of paper, eschewed goody bags, rented jewelry (Rent the Runway) and bridesmaid dresses (Little Borrowed Dress), my shoes were ones I already owned, my dress was from the clearance rack albeit impeccably tailored. We wrote our invites, menu cards and programs ourselves via a template on Wedding Paper Divas. That meant we could afford several rounds of amazing food and drinks, the best photographer, a fantastic multi-piece band, live ceremony music, and a fabulous wedding planner, that in the end were the most important parts to the day. As we planned, we found that neither of us were obsessed about details and neither of us could craft or DIY to save our lives – so we were more than happy to leave that all to professionals!

It paid off, I think! Our friends and family said it was the best wedding they’d been to (they’re biased), and we were able to throw a celebration that brought together all closest to us who were part of our lives. And in 30 years, we have gorgeous photos to look back on!

Photography: m three studio | Wedding Planner: Tailored Engagements | Floral Design: Friend Of The Family | Cake: Sweet Perfections | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Milwaukee Athletic Club | Reception Venue: : Milwaukee Athletic Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Hair & Makeup: Lovely Salon | Band: Velocity | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Ceremony Music: Lakeside Strings | Bride's Gown: Mikaella | Draping: Barking Pony | Lighting Design: Design Lab Chicago

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NFL Player & His Bride’s Traditional Wisconsin Wedding

When the Groom (Green Bay Packers’ Bryan Bulaga) proposes with a sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin slingbacks, you know the wedding is going to be a stylish occasion—especially when each bridesmaid is gifted a pair of red-soled beauties (how jealous are you?!)! Combine serious style with beautiful photography from Lexia Frank, and it’s safe to say this wedding was definitely a win. Take a look through the gallery for all the high-scoring details.  

From the beautiful bride… It all started traveling back from Bryan’s hometown, Crystal Lake, Illinois. He was acting strange, continuing to check the GPS estimated time of arrival, which was odd since we make this drive quite often and we know exactly how long it takes.  By the time we got home, I ran into the house first, little did I know Bryan was right behind me.  When I turned the corner from our garage, on our kitchen table sat a pair of Christian Louboutins that were covered in Swarovski crystals. At first instinct I thought he had bought me the shoes I had always said I wanted to wear on my wedding day, as a “here are your shoes but no ring yet.”  Until I got closer to the table did I notice the note that he had written, which said: “My beautiful bride will be wearing red soles on her wedding day that is of course if…” When I turned around he was on one knee.

Our wedding day was beautiful beyond belief.  Not many brides can say that their wedding was even more perfect than what they dreamed of as a young girl. Our vision for the wedding was elegant and classic, with some bling, which our wedding planner David Caruso and Dynamic Events accomplished on all aspects. Since classic and elegant was how we envisioned our wedding day, to help add to that we did a few special things for our wedding party.  For the groomsmen we had custom suits made, we chose a classic style from Tom James.  As for the bridesmaids, we gave each of them their own pair of Christian Louboutins, each was a classic statement that we wanted to add to our day and we wanted to make our wedding party feel special and elegant.  Another special element was my bouquet.  I wanted to incorporate a special item of my Great Grandmothers who passed away four years ago.  While going through her jewelry box, I found an elephant charm that she wore on a necklace which had both her name and my great grandfather’s name.  The charm was a beautiful pastel yellow and the elephant’s trunk was up, which is considered good luck, so I decided it would be perfect to attach to my bouquet.

The day went beyond smoothly, I believe in part to the hard work of our wedding planner and on part to the mindset Bryan and I took to planning the wedding.  We made sure not to stress the small stuff.  Bryan allowed me to do most of the planning alongside David and Dynamic Events, he was not into all of the details but when it came to the reception that was very important for him.  He wanted to make sure our guest got enough food to eat and enough to drink, which I believe we accomplished with flying colors. Down to the three meal choices our guests were able to choose from, to the open bar all night.  Not to mention the late night cupcakes that where all based on some of our favorite drinks.  Such as margarita cupcakes that were soaked in tequila, caramel turtle cupcakes soaked in beer and mudslide cupcakes that were soaked in baileys.  We also had late night sliders and, a Wisconsin classic, cheese curds.  Along with all of the food and drinks our guest danced the night away, which we ended up adding an hour to the night last minute, because we just were not ready for the night to end. If I had any advice for brides it would be to slow down and take in the day, it goes by so fast and you will not want to miss a second of it. Also, be sure to allow your groom to take part in the planning, they may not want to be involved  in the girly side of things, but if it is something they really want let them have it, the day is about you both; you will not regret it in the long run.

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Event Styling: Canopies Events With Distinction | Floral Design: Dahlia Blooms | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Of Assisi Parish | Reception Venue: Hilton Milwaukee City Center | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Lighting: Double Platinum DJ Service | DJ: Double Platinum DJ Service | Cake and Cupcakes: Cakes by Erin Salerno | Event Coordination and Design: Dynamic Events by David Caruso | Fabric Design : Barking Pony Studios | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | Linen Rentals: BBJ table fashions