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This Classic Meets Romantic Affair is the Definition of Pretty

Saying “I do” in classic fashion is never a bad thing, and when these two sweeties tied the knot in their traditional meets romantic affair, it was everything you want your wedding day to be. Think gorgeous details, a beautiful locale and moment after moment of HAPPY. Oh, and the bride’s amazing hair? It’s beyond. See it all captured perfectly by the talented Kristina Lorraine in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… It all began on a hot and humid day back in July 2012, fittingly, at a Chicago street fest a few beers deep. It started innocently enough, Kurt’s friend knew mine, which started the introductions. This led to an afternoon of a few awkward flirtations and a whole lot of Bud Light. Kurt claims that he had asked for my number that day, but this part of the story is still a little hazy. It took three months and the magic of Facebook to reunite us (we’re a shy duo).

We had our first date at a romantic local establishment (Kirkwood in Lincoln Park), and again keeping with the theme, learned more about each other over a few adult beverages. The next few years were spent meeting each other’s wonderful friends and family (Kurt was welcomed with party hats and boas and thankfully my introduction was a lot more tame), a few weekend getaways, moving in together to our cozy Roscoe apartment, and a little bit of heartache. All of which showed us that we can pretty much handle anything that is thrown our way. Our story shows that love can be found at any corner even when you least expect it. Even the corner of Lincoln and Montana!

Our wedding vibe can be described in three words: light, romantic and antique-y. This made the most sense due to our casual venue and our laid-back personalities. We went to a countless number of good will stores and a few antique rental spots to make our look complete! Our theme for the wedding was “love” (unique right??) which we were able to incorporate all over our venue. Starting from the drink we loved, to Polaroids of the people we loved (in lieu of a guest book), to centerpieces with displays of Kurt and my favorite things. It really turned out to be a perfect day of love!!

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Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Event Planning: Graceful Events | Floral Design: Trellis | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Invitations: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew | Reception Venue: The Abbey Resort and Spa | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Sonia Roselli | Cocktail Cruise: Lake Geneva Cruise Line | Dessert: Holey Moley | Photography - Assistance: Mugan Films | Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals

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When They Couldn’t Find Their Dream Garden, They Found a Way to Create It

For this floral loving couple, it only made sense to plan a big day overflowing with lush blooms and loved ones. But when they couldn’t find their dream garden venue, they decided to ‘bring the garden to the guests’. Captured by Maison Meredith Photography, this is one celebration that’s colorful yet totally chic. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Ever since I was a little girl I loved flowers. Ideally, our wedding would have been set in a garden filled with big blooms and lush greens. However, it was very important to Reece and me that all of our friends and family be able to attend. We decided to get married as close to our hometown as possible. Being from rural Wisconsin provides some challenges to finding a conveniently located garden, so we decided to bring the garden to our guests!

We achieved our garden vision by filling both the ceremony and reception with as many florals as possible without being overwhelming. We chose a tent for our reception site to help to make the wedding feel a little bit more like it was set in a garden. We also love the outdoors, and a tent reception was the perfect way to have the outdoor feel combined with a safe haven from Mother Nature, if needed.

We chose our colors based on the colors we love using in our daily life. Reece’s favorite color is gray, and he wears shades of blue often. Both Reece and his groomsmen wore a navy blue tuxedo, and we used gray and silver as accent colors. I tend to lean towards wearing neutrals with a pop of color or a standout accessory. I wore an ivory and silver gown with a bold earring and flowing hairpiece. I chose latte for my girls and paired the gown with an ornate earring.

My favorite moment of the day was our ceremony when we finally became husband and wife and then were able to spend the rest of the day together celebrating with our guests. The day was absolutely amazing and filled with more joy and love than we could have ever expected. I have to credit the amazing team of vendors I worked with for helping to make the day go as smooth as possible. If I could give brides-to-be any advice, it would be to hire vendors that have both done weddings that are in line with what you are envisioning and you trust to do work you will absolutely love.

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Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Cinematography: MatKat Productions | Event Planning: sash&bow | Floral Design: Buds 'n Bloom | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Main Grain Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Mark Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: White Tent Facility at Waupaca Ale House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Collection | Makeup: Anagen 11 | Hair: ASH. A Boutique Salon. | DJ: DJ S | Ceremony Music: Ivory Winds | Bridal Boutique: Victorian Bridal

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The Perfect Pastel Wedding

I’m not going to lie to you, resort weddings are kind of our jam. Take this stunning celebration from Natashia Nicole Photography as proof. Because the design details? Totally chic. And the love between this sweet pair? Absolutely adorable. See it all for yourself in The Vault!

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From Natashia Nicole PhotographyAllison & Eric were married on an beautiful day in early June 2016 at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Allison & Eric reside in Colorado, and traveled to Wisconsin for their wedding. Allison grew up spending summers at Holiday Acres with her family, and the first place Eric ever met her family was at the resort; it holds many precious memories for her and Eric. It only made sense to have the wedding at a place that has brought so much love and joy to their family for many years.

Holiday Acres is nestled far back in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, situated on the ever beautiful Lake Thompson. Holiday Acres has been a vacation destination for over 60 years. For accommodations, it boasts multiple vacation homes, a lodge with guest rooms, and a wide variety of one to four bedroom cabins. Summer activities include horseback riding; rentals of boats, jet skis, canoes, and kayaks; outdoor sports, fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. It is truly a dream resort for those who love being in the outdoors.

The ceremony took place outdoors, overlooking the lake in the late afternoon. The arch they were married under was made of birch, and blended beautifully with the tall pines surrounding the ceremony site. Allison’s bridesmaid’s wore stunning knee length sage green gowns, while the men wore gray suit pants with white button downs and the coolest suspenders! The florals were absolutely stunning. They were wild yet elegant; neutral with small pops of color. Their ceremony was one of the most emotional I have ever been lucky enough to witness. Sometimes at weddings, you can literally feel all the love around you from everyone in attendance, and this was definitely one of those times. It’s a feeling unlike any other.

The reception was held in a beautiful tent on the grounds. Allison & Eric decorated with amazing vintage touches, and little bits of their lives together. They both love skiing and love to travel, so they incorporated small elements of their adventures into their decor. Their naked cake was absolutely stunning, and pulled together their decor beautifully. We were able to sneak away after dinner to get some amazing golden hour shots of just the two of them.

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Photography: Natashia Nicole Photography | Cinematography: Justin Kauffman | Floral Design: Triggs | Cake: Trigs | DJ: Pat McKillen | Venue: Holiday Acres Resort