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Classic Wedding at Pritzlaff

This wedding is proof that elegance and simplicity never go out of style – at least in our book. And it’s proof that when you mesh a classic color palette, romantic details and a restored warehouse reception venue – you’re left with a day that’s both untraditional and timeless all wrapped into one. Anna Page is to thank for the oh-so-pretty photos, and you can feast your eyes on every moment right over here.

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Summer
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Ballroom

From the Bride… Charlie and I have known each other since middle school, I even had a crush on him then; but he was more focused on sports than girls. So it wasn’t until the summer of our junior year of high school that our relationship began. My parents invited Charlie’s family up to our lake home in Elkhart Lake, WI. It was a day of boating, sun activities and enjoying meals…but Charlie and I managed to spend almost the entire day getting to know each other down at the beach. Fast forward 8 years, and on that same beach 4th of July weekend, Charlie proposed.

We both knew from the start that we wanted something unique for our wedding; which is why when we first stepped foot into the Historic Pritzlaff building nestled in the Milwaukee’s Third Ward we instantly fell in love with this venue. We loved that this restored warehouse, adorning infamous Milwaukee Cream City brick, was a blank slate and a space we could truly make our own. The Pritzlaff is so unique and provided the vintage, rustic and urban feel we were looking for.

Our wedding day was perfect – it was a beautiful and breezy summer day. Downtown Milwaukee was bustling with 4th of July Weekend festivities and we were surrounded by an abundance of our family and friends.

Our bridal party looked amazing. The bridesmaids were outfitted in soft blush chiffon J. Crew dresses that were flowy and feminine. The dresses were accented with nude heels and Stella and Dot earrings. The guys were outrageously handsome in Vera Wang Black Tuxedos with crisp white shirts and shiny black patent leather shoes. All the attendants looked elegant yet comfortable for a day of radiance and dancing!

Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Old Saint Mary Church in downtown Milwaukee. It was the same church where Charlie’s parents were married 27 years ago. We were so blessed to have my childhood priest and dear family friend as the celebrant. He gave the message that marriage was a lot like dancing and that it will be unique to each of us. He encouraged us and all our guests to dance their way through life. Our guests took his message to heart and we all danced the night away – Charlie and I were thrilled to see the dance floor packed the entire night!

One of my favorite memories from our wedding day was our first look. We were overwhelmed with excitement and emotion and Anna Page captured it perfectly. It brings tears to my eyes just reminiscing about sharing that moment with Charlie. Both sets of our parents just happened to witness this exact moment side-by-side. Again, Anna captured their expressive looks of love and contentment. This memory will forever be etched in my mind

Many people told me to take some time during the wedding day to reflect and live in the moment. We did just that. While guests were being seated we quickly escaped to the rooftop of the Pritzlaff building and enjoyed some of the best views of the city both of us call home. It was a beautiful and peaceful moment and one that I will always treasure.

We worked with Shully’s Cuisine to create one of the most spectacular meals we have ever had. Dinners in our households were an experience and that is what we wanted for our wedding. The evening started off with a fabulous outdoor cocktail hour with a spread of various meats, Wisconsin cheeses and oyster shooters (my dad’s favorite!). Our Tuscan themed dinner cuisine was served family style creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere for all. The dishes were served in waves, starting with a fresh Italian summer salad followed by roasted pork loin, shrimp arrabbiata, chicken marsala, sweet summer pea risotto and roasted vegetable pasta stacks. Guests were able to have it all! Not to mention our decadent red velvet cake by The Cake Lady, served alongside an array of petite desserts. For a late night treat we served an assortment of pizza from our favorite college pizza place – Ian’s Pizza.

Our wedding day was better than I could have ever imagined. We are so thankful for the vendors who helped make our wedding day perfect and are so blessed to have shared this day with the people we love most.

Photography: Anna Page Photography | Cake: The Cake Lady | Ceremony: Old St. Mary's Church | Reception Venue: Pritzlaff | Brides shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Shully's | Hair: Erik of Norway Downtown Milwaukee | DJ: Sound by Design | Bow ties: Calvin Klein | Bridal Party Transportation: Badger Bus | Brides Earrings : Stella and Dot | Brides Gown: Palazzo Bridal | Florist : Impressions by Esther Flemming | Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos : Men's Wearhouse | Linens: BBJ | Photobooth: Beyond the Booth

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. BBJ is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.

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Milwaukee Wedding from Heather Cook Elliott Photography

With the raising trend of Gatsby in wedding decor, I’ve come to really, really love the Art Deco feel. It’s a new favorite for sure, but it wasn’t until I saw this modern deco wedding… an updated version of what we would have seen 80 years ago… that I really jumped in with both feet. This bride is a beautiful genius and she rocked her mother’s wedding gown (with a few modern updates, of course). Heather Cook Elliott Photography captured the big day that has stolen my heart, never to give it back.

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Fall
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Country Club
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Vintage

From the photographer… Laura & Tom are musicians, or at least were when they met in the band at Northwestern, but it wasn’t just a taste for good music that struck me on their wedding day, but rather a taste for good everything. They live and work in Chicago – Tom as an actor and Laura as Jack (Jill) of all trades at a startup – and they love their life in Lincoln Square. So of course they brought some of their new home town sensibility with them when designing their wedding in Laura’s home state of Wisconsin.

They are old souls and love the nostalgia of eras gone by so they wanted their wedding day to be very much a mixture between old and new, an updated version of what one might have seen at a wedding in the 20s and 30s. Laura wore her mother’s wedding gown, redesigned but still reminiscent of her mom’s silhouette and their venue – The Wisconsin Club – is a a glorious relic of an older age. Tom sported a pocket watch and all the ladies wore pearls, but hints of modernity struck me, too. Laura’s black sash and hints of neon green and purple chevrons peeped out here and there. They further mixed modern sensibility and design with old world charm in everything from the wispy, romantic flowers to nostalgic art deco wedding invitations.

The Bridesmaids were dressed in J.Crew chic simplicity and the petite wedding party meandered from the wedding cake architecture of the Wisconsin Club to the grand Church of the Gesu where Laura’s cousin presided over their union. In the crisp air of a looming midwestern autumn Laura & Tom headed to the River that reminds them so much of Chicago’s great water way and then back to the Club where tables were named for L Stops. More little surprises worth mentioning: Laura embroidered messages to bridesmaids in their gifted clutches and Laura & Tom performed a choreographed first dance (with lifts!) They served tasty cobblers and pies in lieu of cake and they simply did things the way they wanted – in good taste, in good fun, in good everything.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Flowers: Bloom Floral and Event Design | Reception Venue: The Wisconsin Club | Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Chris Ploetz | Hair & Makeup: Ashley Vest | Hair & Makeup: Anne Marie Weinert | Band: North Coast Orchestra | Suits: Suit Supply Chicago | Ties: The Tie Bar | Clutches: Mod Dot Textiles | Cufflinks: Waxwing | Earrings: Moira K. Lime | Table Numbers: TCMcG Photography (Groom)

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Milwaukee Wedding from Heather Cook Elliott Photography

We’re back with a big heaping, second scoop of Heather Cook Elliott Photography, and this afternoon she’s teamed up with Tailored Engagements on a wedding that is every bit as beautiful as it is romantic. From the bridesmaids in pink, to the linens from BBJ, to the couple themselves, every bit of this day was perfect.

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Summer
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Art Venue
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Romantic

From the photographer… Christine & Todd already have a long & winding love story that starts with them becoming best friends in college at Marquette in Milwaukee. It took awhile for them to realize that best-friendship would equal partnership, but once it hit home it really hit home. For the last several years they have lived in his hometown of Chicago where Christine worked downtown and Todd commuted an incredible 70 miles to work and back to her because where she is is where he needs to be. Todd played final four basketball at Marquette, professionally in Europe and is taking the lead in spiriting the two of them off on a new adventure as he recently accepted a new coaching position at a university. And Christine is happy to accompany him, even though it might mean passing the bar in a new state.

Christine & Todd, together and individually, are quite possibly the nicest people I have ever met. They both have huge hearts and know – really know – the meaning of family and its importance. Christine’s sister recently found out she has cancer and was undergoing treatment soon before the wedding. Thankfully she was up to the task of being a matron of honor despite the treatment and was by Christine’s side throughout the day. Todd’s birth and adopted family held him up throughout the wedding, as well, as Todd & Christine formed their own loving, time and trial tested family. I

have to write just a bit about the styling of the day as I was consistently struck by how beautiful, tasteful, delicate and inspired everything was from shoes to flowers, to treats, to music and of course to the gorgeous florals. I loved Christine’s two belts, Todd’s classically embroidered cuffs and I could shoot a pink and gold wedding with the stunning architectural backdrop that is the Milwaukee Art Museum every day of the week. My favorite part of the day was when Christine & Todd took a few moments alone amongst the “ribs” of the MAM’s architecture. He lifted her up onto a ledge and moved close to her. She kicked off her Jimmy Choos and just breathed him in. It was magical – just like their story and their love.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Stylist & Planner: Tailored Engagements | Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist | Reception: Milwaukee Art Museum | Florist: La Tulipe | Band: Peter Hennes Orchestra | DJ: Ray Gooden | Table Numbers: Z Create Design | Trolley: Badger | Hair: Ann Weber and team from The Parlor | Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia and team (And Katy, American Cancer Society Certified Makeup Artists for bride’s sister Sara) | Cake: Drea at Sendiks Whitefish Bay | Linens: BBJ | Chairs: Canopies | Bride and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale | Bride’s Ceremony Belt: Anne Barge | Junior Bridesmaid Dress and MOH hat/scarf: Becky’s Custom Sewing, Bayview, WI | Wedding programs and signage: Sister of the Bride’s Friend + Sister of the Bride | Place cards: Blooming Quill | Groom’s gift: Watch by Burberry | Bride’s gift: Pearl bracelet by Tiffany | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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