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Classic Military Wedding at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel

So girls. I think you’re going to kind of love this wedding. Because the “there is just something sexy about a man in uniform” theory definitely applies. Add to that a girl fit to be a princess, a stunning ballroom backdrop and oh, maybe some of the prettiest pics – shot by The McCartneys – I’ve ever seen and bam. Love gone wild.

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Winter
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Ballroom

From the bride, Jess…When we were planning our wedding, we tried to always keep in the forefront of our minds that we wanted the day to be true to us as a couple. We wanted our wedding to be beautiful, formal but not stuffy, fun, and joyful. It was also important to us to throw a great party for our guests!

We also wanted to showcase the military aspect of the wedding — having our sword detail participate as much as possible was very important!

Without really explicitly talking about it, I think Dom and I had the same vision for our wedding. We wanted the day to be traditional and classic, but wanted to throw in some personality. It ended up being exactly what we wanted…I felt like an absolute princess, straight out of a fairy tale. I think in the end all that really mattered was that we were finally marrying each other, and finally had the opportunity to start living our lives together. The fact that everything and everyone came together in such a beautiful way made the day that much more special and magical.

We did a little bit of DIY, and had a lot of fun with it! I ordered the Save the Dates on Etsy, but had a couple friends over one night and we hand-sewed a thread from Milwaukee to wherever the guest was living to personalize them a bit. I designed the invitations (and had them printed by an incredible family owned letterpress in northern WI) as well as the menu cards. My parents and uncle made the card box for us, and my parents also made our table numbers. We made a customized calendar for our guest book (now we have everyone’s birthdays!). We also framed a bunch of old family photos to put on display – a touch that was very important to us as we wanted to honor the people in our lives that help to bring us to that day!

The parts that stick out in my mind the most, were walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Dom for the first time, the entire ceremony (we had so much more fun that we thought we would and were so, incredibly impressed with our priest), the hours of time that we had alone together between the ceremony and reception to just reflect on the day and the night ahead, standing on our little balcony watching guests enter the room (and feeling like a princess, once again!), and our first dance. I guess that is the whole day, but those are the moments that play in my mind as the ‘highlight reel’!

If I were to share advice with future brides, I would say.

1. Have fun with it, and don’t take it too seriously! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, but stay true to your choices and opinions and don’t second guess yourself once you make a decision. There are so many options out there, you could drive yourself insane!

2. Make sure that you keep in perspective what the wedding is all about – the love that you have for the person you are going to marry – the wedding is just the gateway to your new life together, which ultimately is WAY more important!

3. Do things together — even though Dom was deployed for 6 months of our engagement, we still make decisions together, which was really important.

4. If you’re going on a honeymoon right after the wedding — don’t leave the honeymoon planning to the last minute (it gets a little stressful!!)

We had the most incredible day of our lives, in every way. We still can’t stop talking about it!!

Photography: The McCartneys Photography | Videographer: Turning Point Productions | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Wedding Dress: The Plumed Serpent | Floral Design: Impressions By Esther Flemming | Cake: Rick's Bakery | Invitations: Superior Letterpress Company | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of St. John The Evangelist | Reception Venue: The Pfister Hotel | Bride's Shoes: Ferragamo Pumps | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Event Planning: Evenement Planning | Makeup Artist: Jean Carney | Hair Stylist: Maria At The Pfister Well Spa+Salon | Calligraphy: InkyDinkyDo | Band: David Rothstein | Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse - Vera Wang | Bride's Bracelet: Nicole Miller | Bride's Earrings: Henri Bendel | Linens: BBJ Linen | Up-Lighting: ACA Entertainment | Wedding Rings: Rhapsody In Gold In Nashville, TN

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Sweet, Whimsical Wedding on Lake Geneva

The heart and soul of the weddings that we choose for Style Me Pretty is pretty simple. Love. The kind that doesn’t dictate the lavishness or the DIY or the expense of your wedding. Just love, pure and simple. And this couple had that in the bag. And so much more. With images by Momoko Photography, this little number will most certainly make you smile. Click here for more!

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Summer
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Garden Venue
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Whimsical

From the bride…Rory and I decided that the most important goal of our wedding was to create an amazing celebration for our family and friends to dance the night away! We LOVE music, and our relationship started by going to music festivals and to see our favorite bands together. We wanted to create the feeling you get seeing your favorite band at our wedding reception and for everyone to feel like part of the festivities. The day of the wedding was chilly for the end of July, but in the end it was perfect for dancing with the doors open, providing natural air conditioning for our dance party.

We got engaged at Yerkes Observatory, and we thought the building was too beautiful to not return to take pictures the day of the wedding. Ideally, we would have gotten married there, but they do not allow receptions to take place on the grounds. We wanted to make sure the ceremony and reception took place in one location, and when we found Horticultural Hall, I knew it was perfect. The courtyard felt like a lush secret garden and created a lovely intimate ceremony space. The additional contributions from family and friends, like my mom & sister making the place card/plant tags and my reception sash, my friend Kaitlin making “Smores Pops” for everyone, and Rory and I making little details for the guest tables, using my mom’s antique bottle collection for budvases on tables, my friends at The Flower Firm making my gorgeous floral designs, it all made the whole day feel like a giant hug!

Photography: Momoko Photography | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Floral Design: The Flower Firm | Invitations: Leah Shanholtz | Necklace: Randolph Street Market | Hair: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | DJ: Angie Ma | Couple's Shots: Yerke's Observatory | Heart Shaped Fans: Rory O'Donnell (Groom) | Reception And Ceremony: Horticultural Hall | Rock From Ceremony: Dave's Rock Shop | Veil: Sara Gabriel

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Elegant Dusk Wedding Ideas

When you’re planning your wedding, and you really want it to ooze the romance, dusk is it. Is there anything more romantic that that fleeting moment between daylight and night sky? (No.) You simply must layer on the love with candles and candles and candles and bring along m three studio to capture it all. Then it will be perfect.


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Summer
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Villa
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Romantic

From the photographer… This beautiful styled shoot is from an Italian Villa that rests on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI (Villa Terrace). Our concept was for the wedding to be at dusk – such a beautiful and magical time of day, and also so fleeting. We conceived of a small intimate wedding where guests entered the villa and made a wish in the courtyard on behalf of the couple. They then walked into the main house, passing thru eucalyptus vines with their placecards scattered among them. It was then down into the garden for a ceremony lovingly ensconced in one of the arched arbors with hanging candles and bent wood chairs. The celebration was topped off with a intimate dinner at a long feasting table on the terrace.

Florist: Frontier Flowers Of Fontana | Stationery: Monograham Paper | Catering: Zilli Hospitality Group | Hair: Nhung Nguyen | Dress, Earrings, Hair Pins, Chair Banners: BHLDN | Invitations : "Spence" By Smock | Linens: Table Toppers | Makeup: Natural Radiance | Photograher: M Three Studio Photography | Rentals (Chairs, Tables, Cafe Lights): Lakes Area Rental | Stylist: A Styled Event | Suit: Harley's For Men | Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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