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DIY Filled Milwaukee Wedding

I love a good love story and this one touches on love, weddings and generations past. In the 1940′s, at this very spot, the Bride’s grandparents met and fell in love. Now fast-forward 70+ years and a granddaughter and her beloved are saying “I Do”. It’s the stuff that movies are made of but it’s all real life and a beautiful one at that captured by Ann & Kam Photography. See so much more of this heartfelt celebration right here.

 

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From Dawn, the Bride… On the day of our wedding, I felt more peaceful than I ever could have anticipated and certainly more serenity than I had experienced in the two years prior. There were no fears associated job changes, relocating to a new state (times two), or major wedding planning disasters. We knew planning a wedding was work, but we had many more other bumps and surprises than we were sometimes prepared for. We had weathered through it and I was calm because everything felt right and it felt good. Life was great!

Bobby and I met in New York City, moved to Chicago together, and finally settled in Milwaukee where I grew up. The location of our ceremony and reception were very important to us. We wanted spaces that had architectural character of the NYC, as well as the charm and beauty of the Midwest. Our hearts were full when we discovered that our chosen reception venue was where my grandparents met in the late 1940’s.

Formerly a whole sale and retail hardware store from 1857-1957, Pritzlaff is now a symbol of love and commitment from one generation to another. I think the pictures of the Villa Terrace are easy to convince anyone of its inherent allure, so that was another easy choice!

For our big day, Bobby and I spent a lot of time on the details because it would mean that much more to us knowing they were homemade by our family, friends and us. Bobby created a beautiful sidewalk sign, my mother-in-law and her husband made homemade strawberry jam, my grandmother and bridesmaids helped make the boutonnieres and photo booth props, doilies were donated by friends and aunts, my dad made wooden crates, and I religiously collected vintage items to pull it all together. I also designed the stationary, most of the signs, and table settings. It was a lot of work, but I honestly loved it. When Bobby gave a short speech at the reception, he said “our wedding is like the suberbowl of pinterest.” Guilty! I spent hours on blogs and Pinterest ooking for vintage chic inspiration.

The entire day was magical. It was happy, emotional, fun, and loving. We had a first look and we are both so glad we did. It was one of my favorite moments. A wave of emotions came over us and it was such an intense, rich feeling! I also loved taking my grandparents upstairs of Pritzlaff for some special photos. It was like memories flooded my grandpa and I felt so lucky to hear him relive their past together. I hope our love is 73 years strong (and counting). Best wishes to all of you in the planning stage. Hire a planner, if you can ;) Our budget didn’t allow it, but I so wish it had!

Flowers: Flowers by Faye | Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cupcakes: Milwaukee Cupcake Company | Ceremony Venue: Villa Terrace | Reception Venue: Pritzlaff | Catering: Zilli Hospitality Group | DJ: Smoov Music | Photography & Cinematography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

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Classic Milwaukee Wedding at Villa Terrace

If you can get past the stunning Bride, or the gorgeous Bridesmaid dresses, or the layers of amber colored vases tucked inside this affair, you’ll see all of those sums coming together to create a truly elegant whole. It’s a wedding with an old world feel all captured by Aliza Rae Photography and you can see so much more right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… We didn’t exactly have a theme for our wedding – the venues that we chose had so much personality that I wanted them to shine. The ceremony site, Villa Terrace, has a beautiful garden and courtyard which inspired me to incorporate that idea into the floral arrangements and bouquets. Throughout our engagement I had collected all of the amber vases, mostly from different antique stores and flea markets in the Milwaukee area. My Mom and Aunt, both who live in Michigan, also contributed to the collection of vases as they found them. I had an amazing florist who worked with the vases and my vision of organic seasonal arrangements – she made everything better and more beautiful than I could have imagined!
I tried to do as much DIY as I could, from the table numbers and escort cards, to the advice hearts and the invitations- we tried to pinch pennies in as many places as possible, so I taught myself calligraphy to address the invitations that we used Photoshop to make and then printed at home- I learned a lot in the process!
From the get-go I knew that I wanted my girls to wear different dresses. To make sure that they still went together, I decided on gold and then found a handful of dresses online from which they could choose, it was actually a very simple process! They looked so beautiful together and I was happy that each of their personalities and style could come through. For the boys we decided to forgo traditional boutonnières in favor of unique pocket squares. I made them myself and pre-folded them a few days ahead of time so that they didn’t have to struggle with them the day of; I think they looked really great!
Nick and I decided to write our own vows, we wanted the ceremony to be very personal and heartfelt and I think we achieved that. I think each of our vows complimented the other so well and the ceremony was my favorite part of the wedding- which says a lot because our reception was a blast! We danced all night and had such a good time with all of our family and friends- most of who came from our home state of Michigan. We had a fairly small wedding- 85 people, but it was the perfect amount to be able to talk to and enjoy everyone. It was the best wedding I could have ever imagined, especially now that I am married to the man of my dreams!

Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Floral Design: Stems Cut Flowers | Reception: The Pfister Hotel | Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg | Make-up: Wells Spa | Officiant: Kevin Oelke | Bridal Gown: Mori Lee | Wedding Ceremony: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Snowy Old World Wedding Inspiration

I have to admit – I have been seriously craving summer.  But this gorgeous shoot from the lovely state of Wisconsin?  It has me remembering just why winter is so very, very awesome.  A sweet combination of snowy weather, crazy gorgeous colors and a team of talented vendors (think Kate WeinsteinSugar River Stationers and Laura Timmer), it’s the prettiest way ever to spend your Thursday.  See it all here.

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From Kate Weinstein Photo… I am excited to share our Snowy Old World Wedding inspiration shoot with you!

Here in Wisconsin, one thing is almost always certain: if it’s winter, we will have snow on the ground. Towards the end of winter, Wisconsinites tend to tire of snow, but all that white really can be a beautiful complement to a bride’s dress and a winter wedding. I wanted the colors of this shoot to play off the white snow and the blue of Milwaukee’s frozen Lake Michigan, and this muted dusty blue, white, and mauve color palette would be perfect for a snowy and romantic winter wedding.

When I think Old World, I think timeless, European-style elegance, and that feeling was the inspiration for this shoot. BHLDN provided their elegant Cypress gown, luxuriously paired with their Effie fur topper. Lizzibeth contributed the jewels to accent the dress worn by our model Katelyn Kosinski, with hair and makeup by Laura Timmer. The Home Market in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward provided the table, table settings, and many of the props seen in the shoot. Sugar River Stationers created the invitation suite, and the flowers were a mix of hellebores (one of the few flowers that bloom in snow!), ranunculus, spray roses, garden roses, tulips, and privet berry.

Thank you so much for considering this submission, and please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information! Stay warm! xo

Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo | Flowers: Kate Weinstein | Dress: BHLDN | Stationery: Sugar River Stationers | Jewelry: Lizzibeth | Hair And Makeup: Laura Timmer | Model: Katelyn Kosinski | Table, Table Settings, Couch, Interior: The Home Market

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