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.
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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
There are certain couples you can just tell had fun planning their wedding, and this charming duo is no exception. With the bold stripes, crisp black-and-white color scheme, and glittering gold accents, this fun Milwaukee wedding would make Kate Spade proud. Feast your eyes on all the darling details from this festive fete in the gallery.
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From Lisa Mathewson… Kirstin and Chris wanted their wedding day to truly reflect their style. Comfy, casual, yet stylish and fun! Kirstin incorporated fun stripes into the wedding theme with accompanying gold as a sparkly accent. Her wedding dress said it all! Flowy, soft and feminine yet comfortable. Kirstin wore stunning Kate Spade flats that set the tone for the day’s events. Their venue selection topped of the day with the fun, industrial space. The Milwaukee Public Market is a year-round indoor market of speciality shops and stores catering to the young, hip, crowd in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward. Set on the Milwaukee River, the Public Market boosts some of the best eats in the city!
Photography: Lisa Mathewson | Wedding Dress: Ann Taylor | Invitations: Reply By Design | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Milwaukee Public Market | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Milwaukee Public Market
Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by the most beautiful daffodil*parker florals, these law school loves set their sights on forever. From the gorgeous green palette to the stunning reception, one look at the photos from Heather Cook Elliott Photography and you’ll be dreaming of this lakeside loveliness for days. It’s all waiting for you here!
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From Heather Cook Elliott Photography… It’s an age-old saying, but one that bears repeating when it comes to these two: There is more to Katie & Ben than meets the eye.
They met in law school and quietly, slowly bonded over study sessions and coffee breaks and, I imagine, long philosophical discussions about everything under the sun. I get the sense that fairness, equality, justice and compassion are what interests them most about the profession they’ve chosen and, I think, what interests them most about one another. They are both incredibly thoughtful, careful people (ok, Katie is a bit of beautiful klutz as everyone who knows her can attest, but in love she takes great care) and together they form a sort of powerful force for good and happiness.
Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by the most beautiful florals I’ve ever photographed, their wedding day seemed to reflect this. There was joy in everything they did and joy is what I feel when I look back at their photos. I think I’ve written too much already when really, all one needs to see are the photos to know I’m telling the truth.
Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: daffodil*parker | Wedding Dress: Zita's Bridal Salon | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Reception Venue: Pilot House At Pier Wisconsin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Miss Ruby | Catering: Bartolottas | Bluegrass Band: Above The Town | Bridesmaid's Jewelery : For The Maids | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Topper: CinnamonBirds | Flower Cleanup And Sharing: Petals For Patients | Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank | Makeup And Hair: Blush | Reception Band: Maggie Speaks | Save The Dates: Red Cloud Boutique | Wedding Signage And Menus: CreativePapier | Wooden State Guest Books: Gracegraffiti
What do you get when you combine a dash of southern charm and a boatload of pretty Fresh Design blooms? I’ll tell you, pure preppy perfection. Case in point? This lovely garden inspired affair overflowing with pretty. From their watercolored crest to the postcard guest book, every detail is darling and Heather Cook Elliott Photography captured it to share, right here!
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From Heather Cook Elliott Photography… Sarah & Hans’ engagement session found them wandering about a delightful city park in Chicago close to where they live. Among the trails and the flowers and the gardens they told Emily about how they met and how Hans asked Sarah to be his wife. Fast forward a few months and that garden feel was with them again on their wedding day a bit further north in Wisconsin close to Sarah’s family.
At the Milwaukee Country Club they skillfully designed a wedding day made incredibly intimate, sweetly playful and totally them by their delightful inclusion of critters, critters everywhere. They are kind of a signature of Sarah, who leaves them behind to say I love you to family and friends after visits long and short. A likely partial list of animals I spy throughout this submission are puppies, a mouse, otters, bees, and oodles of alligators – a sweet gesture in honor of the time she and Hans have spent at her grandfather’s (alligator friendly) South Carolina property outside of Charleston.
There is a bit of Southern charm to this thoroughly Mid-Western wedding and I can’t be complimentary enough about the dress Sarah chose, their willingness to mix and match here and there, and to incorporate so much of themselves in their details (Sarah watercolored their crest and drew their post card “guest book” as well as the maps included with guest welcome gifts), not to mention the gorgeous setting of the Club paired with its well-heeled china and silver place settings.
Their wedding wasn’t small or in a garden but that’s how it felt – like an intimate garden party among friends, and it was exactly what Sarah and Hans hoped it would be.
Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Fresh Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's | Invitations: Fabrick Design | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Ellie Thompson Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Blush | Hair: Erik Of Norway | Calligraphy: The Blooming Quill | Band: The Dan Hayes Orchestra | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Proper Cloth | Bridesmaid's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cigar Box: The Smilin Bride | Country Club: Milwaukee Country Club | Flower Girls' Dress: Nordstrom | Tent: Canopies
Now this is a wedding weekend I can really get on board with. Think a fun-filled rehearsal dinner followed by a glamorous, candlelit wedding, all with a fabulous beer garden theme. It’s luxe red, blue and gold hues meets gorgeous florals (gorgeous) from Belle Fiori meets an entire gallery of beautiful images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography. Click here for all of the pretty.
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From Heather Cook Elliott Photography… Stephanie and Jay are my kind of people. They love coffee dates and lakeside walks, European beer gardens and travel, family traditions and did I mention beer? They live in Minnesota but traveled to her home state of Wisconsin for an October wedding that reflected a fair amount of those loves and its an understatement to write that we were thrilled to get to photograph it.
People in the midwest take their heritage seriously and this wedding proves it – both were born and raised in the midwest, but Stephanie’s family is solidly German, while Jay’s is all Scottish and they designed a wedding to celebrate both sides – blending cultural traditions with midwestern classics to create a wedding weekend that managed to be both glamorous and cozy, upscale and down-home; all about the drinks, the flowers and the love.
The original inspiration for most of their design ideas was to host the weekend in a beer garden – think floating lights and florals dripping from the ceiling and you have the right idea. To that end, the weekend started with a groom’s dinner at Best Place, a rathskeller type space that used to be the boardroom for executives at the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. Stephanie wore a dried flower crown for the evening in keeping with an old German tradition and their beer was served in glass boots from Mader’s, a local 100+ year old German restaurant.
The next day they revisited Pabst Brewery for stunning portraits on the campus before hosting guests at the Historic Pritzlaff where an area that used to be loading docks was transformed with dripping candles and florals to be their European style beer garden. On this day the flower girls wore the flower crown and Stephanie a bold Lazaro dress with gorgeous ruffles and a glam topknot. At the reception they offered guests a Milwaukee favorite – brandy old fashioneds – and the Scottish side changed into kilts (and the mother of the groom donned a tartan sash!). Stephanie even changed out of her sparkly Jimmy Choos and slipped into a tartan clad pair of shoes that I adored. Overall, the color palette was a surprise – teal and rust colors with pops of purple and lots of green – but I love how those deep fall colors suggested the change to kilts that was to come.
With gold details, lots of candle light and garlands galore on wooden tables the effect was perfect and beautiful and very Stephanie and Jay.
Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Belle Fiori | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Cake And Bake | Invitations: Coqui Design/Coqui Praperie & Gifts Boutique | Reception Venue: Historic Pritzlaff | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Chef Jack's | Hair & Makeup: BLUSH Beauty | Lighting: Majic Productions | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Kilts: MacGregor And MacDuff | Linens: BBJ | Photography - Assistance: Caca' Santoro | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Best Place At Pabst Brewery | Rentals: A La Crate | Rigging: Barking Pony | Save The Date Coaster: Dick And Jane Letterpress | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Dress Shop: GiGi Of Mequon
At first glance, you might mistake this slice of elegance from Lexia Frank Photography and Tailored Engagements for an affair set at an authentic Italian villa. That’s just how gorgeous The Villa Terrace in Milwaukee is—and a successful win-win for the beautiful Bride and Groom who craved a destination wedding packed with family. Drenched in the prettiest shade of boysenberry, it’s a beauty all-around.
From Lexia Frank Photography…Kelly and Alessandro found the perfect place to marry. It was close to home for ailing relatives, but it felt like we were all transported to Italy, where all of the groom’s family resides. The villa terrace is an exact replica of a villa in Italy, so Kelly and Alessandro got the destination wedding they wanted, while also being able to celebrate with the entire family.
The ceremony took place on the terrace overlooking the water, and guests enjoyed a pre-ceremony cocktail hour in the courtyard. After the ceremony guests were welcomed down in the villa’s gardens where Italian style antipasti were served, children played soccer, and an incredible balloon artist created whimsical creations for the wedding’s youngest guests (and some of the bride and groom as well!). Later in the evening, children were ushered into their own private wedding ‘party’ while the adults were happy to dine together and listen to the live italian opera singer serenade the evening. It was a perfect day, and could not have been more lovely!
Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Event Planning: Amanda Felsmen Of Tailored Engagements | Florist: Marius Bell | Cake: The Cake Lady | Caterer: Lee John's | Bartending: Zilli Hospitality Group | Beauty: Neroli | Rentals: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Canopies | Villa: The Villa Terrace