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Luxurious Boho Warehouse Wedding Inspiration

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From Elevate EventsElevate Event’s first styled shoot, entitled ‘Boho-Luxe in Love,” was inspired by the venue it was shot at, The Lageret. The Lageret is a vast, organic and industrial warehouse located in the heart of a small town in south-central Wisconsin. Originally home to eight different businesses, it is now a wide open space with enough room to host a separate ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, all in the same building!

We wanted to feed off the industrial vibe of the Lageret, so we chose to keep the stylistic touches of our shoot casual yet refined, colorful but full of greenery, and chic yet cool. As such, “Boho-Luxe in Love” was born.

Boho-Luxe in Love is set in the summer, but we chose to stay away from the traditional saturated and rich color palette and instead chose a light blue color scheme with lots of greenery, white and pops of orangey-red in the nectarines and flowers.

To set the vibe of the dinner table, we chose a farmhouse table from Event Essentials to juxtapose the brick and modern touches of the warehouse, but also a mix of industrial, country and victorian-plush chairs to give the table setting a relaxed vibe.

For the table-top, we gave a nod to our “boho” inspiration by incorporating goblets in both clear and blue glass, mis-matched vintage plates, and loose floral arrangements. To add to our “luxe” theme, however, we incorporated rich, copper metals, classic crystal stemware and luxurious steel blue napkins. We also loved the look of copper candles and copper candle holders all over a lace linen to give it a subdued, vintage undertone. For our final pop, we added the name cards and menus done by Andra Delores Design and a nectarine on top for an added pop of bright red and freshness.

More boho elements such as a persian rug and wooden birdcage anchored our ceremony space, with luxurious candles and a hand-painted mirror by A La Crate rounding out the decor. The true feature of this space, however, was the antique chandelier filled with greenery (gorgeously designed by Flora By Jamae), which served as the altar and focal point in the room.

Our bride, Amy, was dressed in a custom two-piece gown by Monirose Bespoke Gowns. She wore a exquisite floral crown and carried a laid-back bouquet full of greenery with pops of gold ribbon. We even threw in a few dogs for the shoot to add to the cuteness and laid-back vibe!

In keeping with the theme of copper, we chose the classic “Moscow Mule” as the couple’s signature drink, especially since it is so tasty and refreshing in the summertime. To personalize the dessert offerings, we incorporated an assortment of French-inspired desserts from Madison’s local patisserie. Not only are the assorted desserts a smart option to accommodate the tastes of many, they also make great conversation starters and add a touch of uniqueness to the event.

When planning the decor for your wedding, we believe one sure-fire way to add a sense of luxury is by mixing different patterns and layering different elements. Don’t be too worried that your wedding will feel “busy,” mixing colors and patterns may seem daunting, but as long as your color palette is relatively subdued, the mixed patterns will add visual interest and make your decor feel cohesive and inspired. We chose to mix persian rugs with lace, satin with metal, and ikat patterns in the invitations next to copper and vintage china – and the result was spectacular! Enjoy features from “Boho Luxe in Love.”

Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Event Planning: Elevate Events | Floral Design: Flora By Jamae | Wedding Dress: Monirose-Bespoke Gowns | Cake: MSCo Patisserie | Stationery: Andra Delores Design | Reception Venue, Warehouse: The Lageret | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Event Essentials

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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.

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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.

Materials

  • 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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Sun-Drenched Wisconsin Engagement

An engagement session, in an ideal world, should capture not only the personalities of the individual bride and groom, but also their personality as a couple. This sunny session, captured by Molly Jo Zornow, just does that. Though I’ve never met this gorgeous couple, I can tell just from looking at the photos that I want to be their friend. Fun, down-to-earth, and a little goofy, this couple’s personality is evident in each and every beautiful image.

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From Molly Jo ZornowDerek and Lucy admit that there is never a dull moment in their relationship. They are always traveling, eating new foods, cooking, going on walks and having coffee on the weekends together. Lucy loves craft nights and Derek loves golf, on the outside, making them two very different people! But, their hearts are the same and they are all in. They share the same goals, values, love for family and their hometown. Their session was sun drenched, golden, stylish and flooded with excitement over their engagement, not to mention, they are crazy stylish. A pair not afraid to mix prints and let their personalities shine!

Photography: Molly Jo Zornow | Brimmed Hat: Target | Crop Top: Forever 21 | Floral Dress: Forever 21 | Navy Patterned Shirt: H&M | Plaid Shirt: American Eagle | Skirt: Dance & Marvel

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

Traditional + Elegant Madison Wedding

One look at this gorgeous wedding, and you’d never guess it took place during the Golden Age of Hollywood, not present-day in Madison, Wisconsin. With art deco flair, a classic black-and-white color palette with touches of blush gold for some extra glitz and glamour, and stunning botanicals from daffodil*parker, this fête is picture perfect thanks to m three studio photography. Take a trip back in time and admire all the luxurious details here.

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From M Three StudioFor Ashley & Tim’s wedding, they brought it all home to Ashley’s native Madison (the couple currently resides in Phoenix with their boxer puppy Rudy). They also brought several hand-painted chalkboards by the bride herself. Art Deco and Vintage served as inspiration for a black and white wedding softened by milk glass, antique gold, pastel and filly florals and a splash of bling. The day was peppered with fun surprises too, like mini cream puffs (a Wisconsin tradition) for dessert, a vintage car for transport, a wedding crest featuring their Boxer pup (drawn by the bride!) and Ashley’s bright red nails.

From the Bride… Tim and I are both have kind of a classic style and wanted our wedding to reflect that. I am really inspired by old Hollywood glamour and knew that I wanted to incorporate elements that subtly represented that era. Our wedding was in Madison, Wisconsin but we live in Phoenix. When we went to look at venues, The Madison Club had a perfect vibe and really represented what we were looking for with beautiful chandeliers and sweeping staircases – even an art deco bar that had great patio space. Some of the elements seemed to really fall in place after we determined our venue. I was convinced I wanted a fit and flare or mermaid gown but when we went dress shopping, I found a dress that just really caught my eye and after trying on a few other dresses, I knew it was the right one. Between the venue and the dress a real style was coming together. I can’t tell you the number of people who asked what my wedding colors were and the confusion the was apparent when I said “neutral colors – like black, blush tones and gold”. Apparently black isn’t a wedding color. But that palette worked really well with everything and really supported the classic feel of our day.

I grew up just outside Madison and Tim and I both love downtown Madison. Many of our guests were coming from out of town so we knew that the Capital Square was a fantastic backdrop surrounded by a lot of hotels, restaurants and things to see and do. After we booked our reception venue, we found Grace Episcopal Church within walking distance and knew that provided the perfect look and feel that we wanted as well as convenience for our guests. it would also allow us to take photos at the capital before the reception. After those details were nailed down, my top priority was hiring a photographer. The first several that I called were booked and I started to panic and booked the first photographer that was available. His shots were beautiful but as I looked more and more at his work it didn’t really match our aesthetic and what I was hoping for for our wedding. Thankfully, I found Molly at m three studios shortly thereafter and after a quick phone call and looking through past weddings that she had done, I knew that she was the right fit. This was such an important element for me – I had bought a sample dress and put together many of the details of the wedding myself but I knew that photography was something I wasn’t willing to compromise. For us, Molly was really a partner and helped us through the process of planning so much. It was one thing I knew I never had to worry about and our pictures turned out beautifully. Luckily, Molly had worked with our videographer, One Fine Day Productions before, which also helped everything run smoothly day of. Having a vendor or a couple of vendors you really trust is so important because they were able to help recommend things we hadn’t thought of and even other vendors, like our florist, Daffodil Parker.

I did a lot of DIY and planning on my own. I work in marketing and like to think I’m somewhat creative so for me this was something that I really enjoyed and I thought it really elevated our wedding and was something I was really proud of. I designed our programs, menus and place cards as well as a “family crest” that included boxer dogs (as a nod to our beloved boxer Rudy who was not able to be part of our day). I also designed and hand lettered chalkboards for the place card table and photo booth. My family and I had scoured flea markets and antique stores to find the hobnail milk glass, mercury glass and mirrored trays that were used as centerpieces and throughout the reception. Our florist put together the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres but the flowers for our centerpieces came from my mother’s garden. She cut them the morning of the wedding and we put them in the vases a few hours before the wedding started. This allowed us to splurge more on the flowers that were going to be front and center. I had taken on several DIY projects for our Mexican Fiesta themed rehearsal dinner the night before as well (including chalkboards and making 30 mini-piñatas that my family was gracious enough to help with as I realized that I had maybe taken on too much). I think the important part of DIY is to make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself. I had originally intended to make two more chalkboards for the reception but since we were traveling and everything needed to be done in Madison, I had a lot to do the week leading up to the wedding and decided to reduce some of the chalkboards and other small elements to give myself a break. Luckily they were small details that no one noticed and everything came together perfectly.

I’m sure there were things that weren’t perfect but as far as I’m concerned it was the best day. I had put a lot into planning everything and hadn’t hired a planner or day of coordinator because I had so much trust in our vendors and I think everything came together exactly how I had hoped. It was a day that was truly ours – from our unconventional first dance song to our shared secrets during dinner. Wisconsin weather in July can be fickle. It can be incredibly humid or stormy and in the week leading up to the wedding and the week after, it was both. But somehow, on our wedding day the weather was absolutely perfect. A lot of things seemed to fall into place like that – when we were taking photos at the capital, there was almost no one around and even later in the evening, when we stepped outside to take some night photos, the streets were so quiet that our videographer encouraged us to dance in the middle of the road with the capital in the background. With so many things going on, we had forgotten about it until we got our wedding video back but it’s one of my favorite moments from the day. Everything just really seemed to fall into place.

For me, I think finding vendors that are experienced goes a long way. Both our photographer and videographer were experienced in just about anything that came up. At one point my bustle wouldn’t hold and Molly and her assistant climbed under my dress to pin it up. The morning of the wedding, our florist texted me a picture of the bouquets and one of the flowers that was supposed to be a blush pink was much brighter and based on a brief conversation she told me she would take care of it and the bouquets were perfect! I think there are a lot of things that can stress a bride out if she lets them but finding people that you trust to work with that you know will do whatever they can to help, really helped me to not worry about some of these smaller things that were going wrong. And everything turned out great! I would also suggest that brides think of alternatives to some of the things that they want that might be out of their budget. We discovered that there was an advantage with our venue for having our rehearsal there as well in a different space that ended up allowing us to have a totally custom menu and ambiance because we saved money on the room rental. I had wanted to rent a classic car but it ended up being so expensive for just a couple of hours that I couldn’t justify it. A friend of my brothers happened to have a car that he was willing to let us use at no charge. It ended up being a great part of some of our photos and I’m so happy that it came together. Our wedding really felt like a labor of love and we incorporated personal details whenever we could – like the boxer family crest on the fan programs at the ceremony, my grandmother’s veil was used to create a gorgeous pattern on the bottom of my bouquet, my aunt played some of my favorite classical songs as I walked down the aisle, my uncle, who is a pastor, married us. It felt very personal and very connected to who we are and I think that’s why the day felt so magical. We still get compliments on what a great wedding it was!

Molly and Ashley from m three studios and Amy and her team from One Fine Day Productions were fantastic. They really captured the joy and happiness of our day. I had a friend who saw our wedding video comment that she didn’t even realize we had videographers – which is quite an accomplishment as there were 3 of them floating around. We also really appreciated working with Emily at The Madison Club. She was really thorough on everything and created a great peace of mind that everything was going to go according to plan. I really couldn’t be happier with how that all came together. We loved all of our wedding vendors!

There are so many things that stick out from our day. Getting to and walking into the church is probably the most vivid. I had so much going on in the morning and was hanging out with the girls and my mom and setting a few last things up at the reception venue which was too conveniently located next to the hotel. My dad and I headed to the church in the classic car we had borrowed and it was the first time I started to get nervous. The processional had started when we get there so that Tim wouldn’t see me and after a poorly timed bathroom trip (thanks Dad!) the anticipation had really built. I was so nervous and excited and when I heard my aunt start to play Pachabel’s Cannon the whole thing became very real in the best way. All of the hard work and the stress was worth it and I was going to marry my best friend. The whole day was very true to who we are and I couldn’t imagine it going any better!

Photography: M Three Studio | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Floral Design: daffodil*parker | Cake: The Madison Club | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Makeup: Bella Makeup Artistry | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: The Madison Club | Bride's Earrings: Ben-Amun | Bride's Gown: Victor Harper

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