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DIY Campground Wedding in Wisconsin

I love wedding videos — you get to see the vows, speeches, dancing and really feel the love that surrounds a couple on their big day.  All this, and you still get to catch all the pretty little details. This wedding at the bride’s family’s campground, Camp Brigadoon, in Northwest Wisconsin is full of DIY details and, of course, fun. Just take a peek at the video from Joe Pollock Films for all the adventure and ardor.


From the Bride… In order to save money, but have the wedding of our dreams, my family, my now Husband and I together with all of our hard work, created nothing short of a fairy tale. Held on a lot next to my parents Campground where I grew up, on a beautiful 75 degrees and sunny day, everything came together. Everyone that meant the most to Matt and I was there to watch as we committed our lives together by Matts brother in law Steve, with a personal ceremony that had lots of tears and laughter. With incredible food, drinks and music, our guests helped us to celebrate the night away. Our biggest priority (beyond marrying each other of course) was to have the wedding that we wanted, which meant throwing the best party we could for all of the people we love. It was a bit non-traditional, but with the support of our families, it was exactly how we had wanted. Blush, gold, cream and accents of navy were highlighted throughout, and most all of the decor was the nature around us or something I had DIY’d during our 8 month engagement. As we live in San Francisco, the week before our wedding we were able to tie up all loose ends working 10 to 12 hours straight through. We are so blessed to have such amazing family and friends to help make all of our dreams a reality.

Photography: Kimberly Williams | Videographer: Joe Pollock | Flowers: Global Rose | Wedding Dress: Allure Romance | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Catering: Jeno Herman | Hair: Katie Besser And Janna Langeberg | Backyard: Camp Brigadoon | Bar: Parkside Bar & Grill | Rentals: Briggs Tent & Party Rental

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Bliss Weddings & Events + A Discount

As a former Windy City resident, I’ve been following (and swooning over) stunning events and weddings crafted by Bliss Weddings & Events since forever. With over 20 years of experience in luxury event planning, floral design + interior design, the creative geniuses behind Bliss will make sure your big day is totally unique and perfectly planned from start to finish!

Made up of a group of uber-talented planners and designers, the Bliss Weddings & Events team is as stylish as they are creative and fun! And that, my dears, comes shining through in each and every one of the high-end events they design and orchestrate. With a focus on personalizing every event with impeccable style, clever touches and creativity, not a detail is left behind. Guiding couples through the sometimes overwhelming process, Bliss will design every last detail of your event, from florals to lighting to paper goods. Chock full of inventive ideas and contemporary charm, a cookie-cutter event is simply not an option when working with Bliss.

Offering both full planning as well as month-of planning by their fabulous Month-Of Mavens, the Bliss team helps couples create streamlined and specialized events that will have your guests in awe. SMPers, the Bliss Belles and Beau are simply the answer to your event design + planning worries! Ready to get started on your big day? Now’s the time, because Bliss is offering $150 off  contracted month-of planning packages! Simply mention SMP in your email inquiry to redeem discount. 

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Lakeside Al Fresco Wedding in the Midwest

Nothing says Summer quite like a lakeside affair. And this beauty designed by Gracious Events checks off all the lake essentials: a weathered dock, refreshing beverages complete with cute straws and summery tablescapes perfect for dining al fresco. It’s my warm-weathered party dreams realized and you can see the whole shindig captured by M Three Studio  right here. Now tell me you aren’t sold on Team Lake.

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From the Bride…A short engagement was the best wedding decision that Wes and I made. It was a quiet Sunday morning in May when he chose to sneak up on me with a ring, and we were married a quick three months later in August — on a clear, warm afternoon in Wisconsin.

The thing about having three months to plan a wedding is that it really makes you, as a couple, focus on what’s most important to you. We knew from the start that our top two priorities were family and location. And as it happens, my parent’s lake home was the perfect spot. I’d been dreaming of getting married in the back yard there and it was a great middle point for our friends and family coming in from all over the country.

I wouldn’t say that I’m necessarily a whimsical or romantic type of person in my every day life but that’s exactly the vibe that I wanted for our day. All soft lines, candles and as many flowers as possible. The floral arbor for the ceremony was at the top of my wish list. We also decided on a color scheme of teal, gold and cream.

I should mention that for the first month, I was planning the wedding from Austin, TX where Wes and I call home. It was difficult feeling like I was making all these big decisions from 1200 miles away but luckily, I have an incredibly nice boss who let me work remotely for the final two months. But while I was far away from Texas, we didn’t want it to be too far from the wedding. One small way that we included it was to have only TX and WI beer at the reception.

To be honest, we didn’t do very much DIY. Although one project I did tackle with my mom was wedding day pictures of family members to hang at the reception. We both come from close-knit families and look to our parents and grandparents for guidance as a couple. I collected the six different portraits and we framed them in a cream mat. We then had the calligrapher write the names and date in gold. It was really fun to see the different poses, dresses and expressions. Wes’s maternal grandparents look like movie stars!

My dress was a happy accident. Two weeks after we got engaged I flew into Chicago to meet my mom, Wes’s mom, my sisters and a best friend — we had one day in the city to find my dress. I didn’t have an exact idea in mind of what I wanted. I took about 10 dresses back with me to try on. There were a few that I liked and thought would be safe bets. But I tried on the last dress and I knew it was it. I felt so great in it! It looked unique and made me feel romantic.

Of course not everything was perfect in the process, and I experience stressful days or sleepless nights just like every other bride. But I can confidently say that our wedding did reflect us as a couple and let us celebrate how we wanted to with our friends and family that day. Planning a wedding in three months is crazy, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

From M Three Studio Photography…Maggie & Wes were married in a lakeside ceremony at her parent’s vacation home in Wisconsin. With a focus on family and showing off their treasured Wisconsin retreat, the Austin-based couple had all their favorites on hand and peppered the day with light-hearted moments and an easy-breezy attitude that only exists on cool summer nights.

The day was filled with light, aqua touches, and all the best a Wisconsin summer has to offer: brown bag pie, drinks around the pool, dinner under the stars (and twinkle lights), and an old-time polka band (complete with lederhosen) to dance the night away to. Beers from Texas and Wisconsin, their favorite Southern dishes, family wedding photos from couples past on display, aqua-soled shoes for the groom, and a visit from their cutie poodle are just a few of my personal favorites.

Photography: M Three Studio | Event Design: Gracious Events | Floral Design: Gracious Events | Stationery: Monograham | Ceremony: Private Residence | Reception: Delafield Fish Hatchery | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Gracious Events | Hair & Makeup: Anton's Salon | Lighting: Sound By Design | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bride's Gown: Lazaro | Groomsmen Suits: Tommy Hilfiger

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