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Elegant, Rustic Summer Warehouse Wedding at Historic Pritzlaff

I need to profess my love for this wedding, and yet I don’t know where to start. The ceremony backdrop will make your mouth drop right to your desk, the reception is elegant with a fabulous mix of urban and rustic (complete with full size trees), and this couple just couldn’t be more adorable if they tried. It will only take one look at these gorgeous images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography to see why I can’t stop gushing – and you can join me in the swoonfest here

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyLindsey & Tim’s wedding day was beautifully styled and made for general photographic awesomeness, but despite the fact that this gallery is full of photographs of all their lovely details, I must write that their wedding day was really and truly about love – the love they share for one another, the love they’ve been blessed to grow up with and the love they’ll have for their future family. Tim & Lindsey met in medical school at Mayo and are starting careers at a prestigious institution out east so yes, they have really good resumes, but at their wedding Tim & Lindsey’s big, happy hearts were what anyone noticed and everyone cared about most. All day they exuded a joyfulness that touched everyone around them, that threatened constantly to well up and over into tears, that made everyone present grateful to be a part of such a day. But Lindsey & Tim didn’t just absorb well-wishes – they continuously gave them back (as I suspect is the norm in their everyday lives) and delighted guests with, delicious foods, sights to be seen, games to be played, dances to be danced and even a meteor shower to be enjoyed. And they said Thank You in a most memorable way. After the toasts and dinners had been enjoyed Lindsey and Tim stood proudly in front of all their guests and told everyone about how lucky and blessed they are to have amazing families, parents and friends. Their parents, they said in particular, had formed them, modeling healthy marriages and lives well lived such that Lindsey and Tim have no doubt that they too will have a happy marriage. And as her dad teared up, Lindsey confirmed what everyone instinctively feels about the two of them – they are ready and excited to make each other the ultimate priority and build lives worth celebrating together. She simply said “mom, dad: we got this.”

And a note about their style – Lindsey & Tim adore their urban warehouse venue but wanted to bring a bit of rustic Wisconsin loveliness to the whole thing. They selected barn tables and soft florals plus live full sized trees (!) to soften the venue’s concrete, timber and brick architecture while mix and match linens and glass chargers dressed up their different shaped dinner tables. They custom upholstered lounge furniture and candle lit as much as possible, adding puzzles, bean bag toss and a band to keep the fun quotient high. Their paper was simply to die for – letterpressed and totally customized to share more details about their old, new, borrow and blue, as well as their gift of education to a needy child in lieu of favors. Their vows were screen printed on large swaths of fabric and hung first in the ceremony space and then as a backdrop to a dance floor lounge – very chic, very urban but still somehow romantic and rustic.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Marius Bell Floral & Events | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Brookfield Wedding Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Angela Nuran | Wedding Bands: Lake Country Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Lee John's | Hair & Makeup: WELL Spa | Calligraphy: Blooming Quill | Band: Spoken Four | Accoustic Guitar: Jim Perona | Barn Tables & Stage: Canopies Events | Bridal Store: Gigi Of Mequon | Bride's Jewelry: Diamond Designs | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Givenchy | Chargers: Arena Americas | Custom Decor, Accessories And Staging: Fabulous Pieces | Day Of Coordination: Classic Coordination | Hanging Vows: Olympus Sign & Banner | Lighting & Sound: Majic Productions | Linens: BBJ Linen | Paper: Monograham | Trees: Minors Nursery | Trolley: DMI Limousine | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Historic Pritzlaff | Venue Coordinator: Cori Coffman

Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Heather Cook Elliott Photography, BBJ, JLM Couture, Inc and Jim Perona Guitar, Inc are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Romantic Wisconsin Wedding at Lake Park Bistro

I have a tendency to gush about things (rightfully so, I suppose, since I do spend my days knee deep in pretty), but if there ever was a wedding worthy of a serious gush-fest, this beauty captured by Leo And Jenny Photography would be it. Perfectly planned by this gorgeous Bride’s sister, every detail is not just beautiful, but filled with love – leaving me head over heels for this gallery.

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From The Bride…Josh and I both graduated from Notre Dame, but we didn’t meet on campus. Ironically, we met in Ann Arbor at the Notre Dame/Michigan football game. We’d both be lying if we said there weren’t instant sparks. Four years later, Josh proposed while visiting me in my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a dock on Lake Michigan. I was so surprised and excited, I thought I was going to pass out and fall into the water!

We knew we wanted our wedding to be romantic and beautiful, but also wanted to throw an awesome party for all of our friends and family. I had always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding, and when we discovered that Lake Park Bistro, one of our favorite restaurants in the city and the place we celebrated our engagement, did tented weddings, we were sold.

With the venue set in a tent at Lake Park Bistro overlooking Lake Michigan, truly the rest wouldn’t have gotten done without my sister/MOH/wedding planner/coordinator, Amanda. With her eye for aesthetics and style that I will never understand, she planned the most perfect day that Josh and I could ever have imagined. From the cocktail hour on a staircase that looked down on the lake, to the sea of blush flowers that greeted guests in the tent, to the rocking band that kept the dance floor packed all night and Leo and Jenny that captured it all, our wedding was our definition of perfect. We feel so blessed, and only wish we could go back and do it again!!

Photography: Leo And Jenny Photography | Wedding Planner: The Bride Consultant | Floral Design: Impressions By Esther Flemming | Wedding Gown: Bliss Bridal | Wedding Cake: Truffles | Ceremony Venue: St. Hedwig's | Reception Venue: Lake Park Bistro | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Make Up: Diane Yokes | Hair: Robert Schneider Salon | Band: Deja Vu | Grooms Attire: Suit Supply | Bride's Pre-Wedding Preperation: Iron Horse Hotel | Cocktail Music: Shorewood High School String Quartet | Day Of Coordinator: Whitney Sleiter | Groom's Pre-Wedding Activity: Paintball Dave's | Groomsmen Attire: Formerly Modern Tuxedo | Paper Products: Paper Envy | Wedding Rings: Treiber And Straub

Jenny Yoo is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Jenny Yoo is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Today we’re thanking our lucky stars for WASIO photography, the sole reason your Saturday is about to take a giant step up from normal to extraordinary.  I’m talking an entire portfolio of jaw-droppingly gorgeous images from one of the most talented photography teams you will ever meet.  How’s that for the perfect weekend?  Dive into all of the pretty (+ a discount and giveaway) below!

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