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Elegant European Villa Wedding Inspiration

You know an inspo is going to be G-O-O-D when the photographer says they were inspired by marble, but better yet, the fact that this european inspired Villa is actually in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Shocked? Well, get ready to see the gallery because the good doesn’t stop there. With Roots Of Life Photography behind the lens this is one gallery you won’t want to miss. See it all in THE VAULT!

From Roots Of Life PhotographyFor some time now, I have been dreaming up this editorial concept in my head. My initial inspiration came from all the marble I began seeing in home decor, photo backdrops on social media, and recently, making its way into wedding and event design. For this styled editorial shoot, I wanted to incorporate marble decor as well as varying shades of blue and grey. This palette would work beautifully for a fall or winter bride who is looking to incorporate a bolder color (sapphire, for example) while sticking to other lighter and more muted shades within the same color palette. We imagined a couple who may have traveled or studied abroad in Europe who want to incorporate those design aesthetics into their special day.

When I found Villa Terrace in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I KNEW it was the perfect venue for our shoot. The lush portico and sweeping vistas on the property are utter perfection. The atmosphere of the venue has an upscale, European feel. I wanted to bring out these elements in a refined and classic way, and I used a team of exceptional vendors to bring my vision to life.

Our beautiful model Sheyanne wore a simple but show-stopping Alyssa Kristin gown with the most perfect bluish-grey tulle skirt. Accessories from Left Bank Jewelry showcased the gown while adding a little oomph to the overall look. The engagement ring & diamond earrings by Susie Saltzman, displayed in a custom monogrammed blue velvet Mrs. Box, added another classic detail to our shoot.

The charcuterie table would offer wedding guests a European-style assortment of delicious meats, cheeses, bread & fruits to nosh on while waiting for the reception to begin. We wanted the presentation of this table to feel casual, elegant, and bountiful, so we used a marble Williams Sanoma platter and silver bowls, platters & stands from Nimble Well, filled to the brim with goodies. The dinner menu, written by Emily Rose Ink on a marble slab and displayed at this table, would provide a preview of the delicacies to come.

Our naturally designed tablescape complemented the space and showcased the blue and grey color palette. The grey BBJ linens & rustic Halls chairs set the tone for our look, and Vintage Place Settings contributed their “Blue Royale” china to outfit our table. The sapphire glass goblets from Nimble Well added a pop of color that highlighted the deep blue of the place settings, while place cards and calligraphy by Emily Rose Ink picked up on details from the china pattern. We wanted to provide a contrast to the classic, timeless feel of the vintage china and glassware by adding an unexpected modern detail for the table runner, so our event coordinator sourced marble shards from a local quarry for a stunning cracked marble table runner. Clusters of grapes and dried olives provided an effortless finishing touch.

The team wanted to further showcase the venue by utilizing the unique nooks & crannies throughout the property as vignettes for our wedding elements. One such vignette was the space we used for our “sweets table,” where we wanted to incorporate European-style desserts. Bennisons Bakery created a stunning ombre macaron tower and petit fours with chocolate fleur-de-lis seals, in addition to a gorgeous marble fondant cake decorated with olive branches and eucalyptus. We added marble candlesticks and an accent of artichokes and pears to complete this vignette.

I wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the venue by going with an organic, loosely designed approach to floral design. Lovely from May Floral provided us with incredible arrangements that complemented the theme and feel of the shoot. The neutral color palette and asymmetrical centerpieces elevated all the other details, from the tablescape and the sweets display to the bridal gown and stationery.

From Emily Rose Ink... Because I always like to design with a story in mind, I was really inspired by the vintage Blue Willow china set that we used for the table setting, which I imagined our bride might have inherited from her mother or grandmother. The china features two doves and beautiful flowers and foliage, so I took inspiration from the imagery on the plates to develop the design of the crest, pattern, and borders. I kept the design monochromatic and elegant to highlight the romantic, ethereal aesthetic of the shoot while still picking up the deeper blue of the china pattern. The blue garland pattern was woven throughout the day-of paper goods on the signature cocktail sign and the favor sign as well. I wrote the menu in silver calligraphy on a large slab of marble, which hopefully could serve as inspiration for brides looking for unique ways to display their wedding menu.”

Abby Giffin of Heirloom Event Co was integral to the shoot, executing my vision with gusto. She sourced the marble from the quarry, booked the venue, models and vendors, and kept us on schedule throughout the day. She has a gift for bringing clients’ visions to life and coordinating details with efficiency and a smile.

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Photography: Roots Of Life Photography | Coordinator: Heirloom Event Co | Floral Design: May Floral | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Bakery: Bennisons Bakery | Shoes: Angela Nuran | Jewelry: The Left Bank Bridal Finery | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Joanna B Artistry | Invitations + Calligraphy: Emily Rose Ink | Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum | Chairs: Halls Rental | Glassware, Silverware, Tableware, Serving Ware : Nimble Well | Linens: BBJ | Marble Serving Platter, Napkin Ring Holders, Candle Sticks: William Sonoma | Place Settings: Vintage Place Settings | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Elegant + Intimate Outdoor Backyard Wedding in Wisconsin

This Bride is all types of beautiful, but her gown? S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. It’s so out of this world gorge that our words can’t do it justice. And if you think this gown is good, just wait until you hear Andrew and Cassi’s story. Brace yourself – he has loved her since the 6th grade. If that doesn’t turn you into a ball of mush then the captures by the talented Kate Weinstein Photo certainly will. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From Kate Weinstein PhotoHe’s loved her since the 6th grade,” was the theme of the wedding toasts on Cassi + Andrew’s wedding day. The two have been best friends since elementary school, and while Andrew realized his love for Cassi early on (the 6th grade to be exact!), it wasn’t until after college that Cassi finally realized that Andrew was the man for her.

They chose the 4th of July for their wedding date, because since middle school, it’s been their favorite holiday to spend together. The day was set at Andrew’s parent’s home just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and their ceremony was set up overlooking the Wisconsin countryside, laced with white flowers by Fresh Design. String music for the ceremony was performed by Tatiana Migliaccio and accompaniments.

Cassi wore a gorgeous illusion neckline dress by Pronovias, and her bridesmaids wore dusty blue Joanna August dresses. Jen Ganson planned the wedding day to perfection, North Star Bistro catered a family-style dinner, and Fresh Design created the bouquets, table arrangements, and adorned the tables with greenery. The reception took place under a Sperry Tent, and Lakes Area rentals provided the long tables and the french country chairs. Sweet Perfections made a simple and lovely cake and MaeMae & Co. designed the paper goods and invitation suite, including a custom crest with Cassi and Andrew’s initials.

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Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo | Event Planning: Dare to Dream Weddings | Floral Design: freshdesign | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sweet Perfections | Invitations: Mae Mae Paperie | Catering: North Star Bistro | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Tatiana Migliaccio | Venue: At Home | Bridesmaid Dress Brand: Joanna August | Bridesmaids' Dress Shop: Bella Bridesmaid | Calligraphy On Escort Cards: Love Letter Calligraphy | Escort Cards: Mint & Lovely Studios | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Linen Rentals: Arena Americas | Rentals: Lakes Area Rental | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Valet: Keeh's Valet

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Milwaukee Wedding Draped in Romantic Fog

You might not dream of fog on your wedding day, but let me assure you beauties, foggy I do’s are wedding gold. The pretty proof? Sits right here in THE VAULT, thanks to Untamed Heart Photography and their wildly good way with the lens. Top it off with a Reem Acra dress from Gabriella New York and it’s all over. More this way!

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From Untamed Heart PhotographyWhen you picture an August wedding, you don’t think of thick fog and rain, but when all was said and done, it couldn’t have been more memorable. Arielle got to stand under the chuppah her father made for her, and marry the man that God made for her. It was a beautiful day!

From The Bride…Adam and I met in Milwaukee, where we both grew up, at the marriage of good friends. It turns out that though we’d never met as kids, we had a bunch of friends in common, had attended the same synagogue, and likely some of the same concerts as teenagers. Four months after we met, Adam moved to New York to be with me.

Funnily enough, we met our fabulous wedding planner at that same wedding! We loved the feel of that wedding so much, we contacted Jessica Arendas of Lourdes & Lorraine. She was instrumental in helping us make our wedding vision a reality. I vaguely knew that I wanted lots of greenery and foliage (inspired in part by the “tree house” art installation in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden where we got engaged), rustic simplicity, and a chic feel – what Jessica called “undone elegance.” We were instantly on the same page. She went above and beyond to help us design custom paper goods with Magnificent Milestones in Chicago, order furniture, work with the band – truly doing almost everything, necessitated by an a la carte warehouse space like the Pritzlaff Building in Milwaukee.

The result: farm tables, mercury votive candles, and a bridal bouquet of white Garden Roses, peach/champagne Stock, café au lait Dahlia, Dusty Miller, Seeded Eucalyptus, Scabiosa Pods, and Sword Fern fronds. The “barely there” cake by Miss Molly, the chiffon skirt and intricately beaded bodice on my Reem Acra dress – it all felt, indeed, effortlessly fabulous. To top it all off, the unseasonably cool and misty late August day was captured with sensitivity by Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart. I wanted photos that would feel romantic and timeless, and I knew she was it when I found her on Style Me Pretty. People: run, don’t walk, to book her! The film photos in particular are treasures.

Finally, the personal touches contributed by artistic family members made the wedding extra special. My sister painted a watercolor portrait of Adam and me for the Save the Date. My Dad, a metal sculptor, welded the chuppah, and my stepmother Nina, a fabric artist, quilted a chuppah cover of branches and leaves to recall our tree house engagement. It was an incredible day that we’ll never forget – and still quite surreal that it’s over!

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Event Planning: Lourdes & Lorraine Design | Floral Design: Belle Fiori, Ltd. | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Cake: Miss Molly's Pastries | Invitations: Magnificent Milestones | Catering: Zilli Hospitality Group | Lighting: Majic Productions | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Pritzlaff | Accomodations: Iron Horse Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Drape: Barking Pony | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Photography - Assistance: Elizabeth Haase | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals

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