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Elegant + Glamorous Milkwaukee Ballroom Wedding

Traditional elegance and subtle drama (in the form of incredible decor lighting done by a family friend!) was the name of the game for this beautiful Bride and Groom who got just what they wished from their incredible team at Tailored Engagements. SMP fave, m three studio, was there to capture all the pretty, and lucky for us, we’ve got the full gallery of glamour right here!

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From The Bride…Bryan and I really wanted a wedding that wasn’t trendy and reflected our personal aesthetic – clean, elegant, unfussy, but classically beautiful and subtly dramatic. (Thirty years from now, we wanted to look back and think “what a gorgeous day!” not “oh, no, what did we make our bridesmaids wear!”) For inspiration in style, we looked to the old-world charm of our breathtaking venue, and also some of our favorite color combinations – the cool, deep navy of the night sky, glittering metallics, and the striking simplicity of white-on-white florals. What took it to another level was the high-drama lighting, which was really our only decor and was a favor provided by a fantastic firm out of Chicago (my dad is a lighting designer and called in a favor with a few friends).

What made us happiest about our wedding was that by making a few strategic choices, we were able to really splurge on what we felt was important and would make our wedding an event that we ourselves would want to attend (we can admit that at this point in our lives, we’d been to enough friends’ weddings to have a short list of ‘must-haves!). We scrimped where we could – even though in the end it didn’t feel like scrimping. We sent digital save-the-dates instead of paper, eschewed goody bags, rented jewelry (Rent the Runway) and bridesmaid dresses (Little Borrowed Dress), my shoes were ones I already owned, my dress was from the clearance rack albeit impeccably tailored. We wrote our invites, menu cards and programs ourselves via a template on Wedding Paper Divas. That meant we could afford several rounds of amazing food and drinks, the best photographer, a fantastic multi-piece band, live ceremony music, and a fabulous wedding planner, that in the end were the most important parts to the day. As we planned, we found that neither of us were obsessed about details and neither of us could craft or DIY to save our lives – so we were more than happy to leave that all to professionals!

It paid off, I think! Our friends and family said it was the best wedding they’d been to (they’re biased), and we were able to throw a celebration that brought together all closest to us who were part of our lives. And in 30 years, we have gorgeous photos to look back on!

Photography: m three studio | Wedding Planner: Tailored Engagements | Floral Design: Friend Of The Family | Cake: Sweet Perfections | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Milwaukee Athletic Club | Reception Venue: : Milwaukee Athletic Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Hair & Makeup: Lovely Salon | Band: Velocity | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Ceremony Music: Lakeside Strings | Bride's Gown: Mikaella | Draping: Barking Pony | Lighting Design: Design Lab Chicago

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NFL Player & His Bride’s Traditional Wisconsin Wedding

When the Groom (Green Bay Packers’ Bryan Bulaga) proposes with a sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin slingbacks, you know the wedding is going to be a stylish occasion—especially when each bridesmaid is gifted a pair of red-soled beauties (how jealous are you?!)! Combine serious style with beautiful photography from Lexia Frank, and it’s safe to say this wedding was definitely a win. Take a look through the gallery for all the high-scoring details.  

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From the beautiful bride… It all started traveling back from Bryan’s hometown, Crystal Lake, Illinois. He was acting strange, continuing to check the GPS estimated time of arrival, which was odd since we make this drive quite often and we know exactly how long it takes.  By the time we got home, I ran into the house first, little did I know Bryan was right behind me.  When I turned the corner from our garage, on our kitchen table sat a pair of Christian Louboutins that were covered in Swarovski crystals. At first instinct I thought he had bought me the shoes I had always said I wanted to wear on my wedding day, as a “here are your shoes but no ring yet.”  Until I got closer to the table did I notice the note that he had written, which said: “My beautiful bride will be wearing red soles on her wedding day that is of course if…” When I turned around he was on one knee.

Our wedding day was beautiful beyond belief.  Not many brides can say that their wedding was even more perfect than what they dreamed of as a young girl. Our vision for the wedding was elegant and classic, with some bling, which our wedding planner David Caruso and Dynamic Events accomplished on all aspects. Since classic and elegant was how we envisioned our wedding day, to help add to that we did a few special things for our wedding party.  For the groomsmen we had custom suits made, we chose a classic style from Tom James.  As for the bridesmaids, we gave each of them their own pair of Christian Louboutins, each was a classic statement that we wanted to add to our day and we wanted to make our wedding party feel special and elegant.  Another special element was my bouquet.  I wanted to incorporate a special item of my Great Grandmothers who passed away four years ago.  While going through her jewelry box, I found an elephant charm that she wore on a necklace which had both her name and my great grandfather’s name.  The charm was a beautiful pastel yellow and the elephant’s trunk was up, which is considered good luck, so I decided it would be perfect to attach to my bouquet.

The day went beyond smoothly, I believe in part to the hard work of our wedding planner and on part to the mindset Bryan and I took to planning the wedding.  We made sure not to stress the small stuff.  Bryan allowed me to do most of the planning alongside David and Dynamic Events, he was not into all of the details but when it came to the reception that was very important for him.  He wanted to make sure our guest got enough food to eat and enough to drink, which I believe we accomplished with flying colors. Down to the three meal choices our guests were able to choose from, to the open bar all night.  Not to mention the late night cupcakes that where all based on some of our favorite drinks.  Such as margarita cupcakes that were soaked in tequila, caramel turtle cupcakes soaked in beer and mudslide cupcakes that were soaked in baileys.  We also had late night sliders and, a Wisconsin classic, cheese curds.  Along with all of the food and drinks our guest danced the night away, which we ended up adding an hour to the night last minute, because we just were not ready for the night to end. If I had any advice for brides it would be to slow down and take in the day, it goes by so fast and you will not want to miss a second of it. Also, be sure to allow your groom to take part in the planning, they may not want to be involved  in the girly side of things, but if it is something they really want let them have it, the day is about you both; you will not regret it in the long run.

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Event Styling: Canopies Events With Distinction | Floral Design: Dahlia Blooms | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Of Assisi Parish | Reception Venue: Hilton Milwaukee City Center | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Lighting: Double Platinum DJ Service | DJ: Double Platinum DJ Service | Cake and Cupcakes: Cakes by Erin Salerno | Event Coordination and Design: Dynamic Events by David Caruso | Fabric Design : Barking Pony Studios | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | Linen Rentals: BBJ table fashions

Modern Wisconsin Art Center Wedding

Don’t color-happy brides seem to have all the fun? Take this lovely Wisconsin wedding for example, with its cheery pops of blue and yellow that look crisp and elegant. Cherry Blossom Events worked its magic, with help from talents like Daffodil Parker, Stitely Orchestra and The Traveling Photo Booth, to make it an unforgettable event, and thanks to the talented Paper Antler you can see all the details right here.

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From the Bride… Andy and I were friends before we fell in love, and all along the way, we both have grown into who we are thanks to all the support we’ve had from each other, but also our dear friends and family. We wanted to make our wedding reflect our deep gratitude for this love and support we have been so lucky to have in our lives, growing up and growing together.

Our mantra throughout the planning process was about reminding ourselves why we were throwing this shindig in the first place and our saving grace in getting our vision to bloom was Sarah and her wonderful team at Cherry Blossom Events.

I had always dreamed of opening my own line of stationery using those old fashioned alphabet beads. We took on the save-the-dates ourselves and Sarah took them to a mom-and-pop copy-shop to be printed and we hand-sewed each card with the beads and slapped a Wisconsin Badgers sticker on the envelope to seal each one closed. I designed the formal invitations, which were then transformed into a full stationery suite by the beautiful work of Sugar River Stationers.

Our wedding weekend was coined a “destination wedding” since both our extended families would be coming to Madison, Wisconsin from out of town. That was an invitation to show off the city we love to call home.

The day we got married was a classic blue-skied Madison day. While we got ready at the hotel, Andy’s father arrived with his usual smile and a gorgeous cheese tray from Fromagination. We then met up with Andy and the groomsmen on Lakeshore Path, and the dreamy Terrace just behind the Wisconsin Memorial Union, for photos. Finally, we were whisked off to the main event at the Overture Center for the Arts.

Cherry Blossom and the Overture Center team had transformed our space there into a perfect balance of comfortable and relaxed beauty with crisp and elegant lines and colors. Striking harvest tables from A La Crate were scattered throughout, intermixed with white rounds, all with milk glass vases scattered about. My step-mom and her friends found the vases antiquing just for this occasion. Pops of the lush flowers by Erin at Daffodil Parker brightened things up even more. Erin also designed my bouquet, and helped include my two grandmothers by weaving in their handkerchiefs.

We were married on the stage but it felt like we were under the stars. This part is hard to describe because it all went so quickly, but it all just felt magical. After a special moment with all of our parents, and a Swedish proverb in honor of Andy’s family, each of our close friends read us a wish for our future in this world. We felt so humbled all over again to be surrounded by so much love and support.

And then… Andy broke the glass, we were married, and the rest of the festivities began! The band kept everyone dancing all night, and it still felt like we were under the stars. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to have Paper Antler there for most of the weekend to capture these moments for us to savor forever.

Photography: Paper Antler | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Floral Design: Daffodil Parker | Cake: Bloom Bake Shop | Stationery: Sugar River Stationers | Stationery: The Bride | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Makeup: Kenzie's Kuts | Calligraphy: The Blooming Quill | Favors: Fromagination | Venue: Overture Center For The Arts | Chair Rentals: Lakes Area Rentals | Event Planning and Coordination: Cherry Blossom Events | Glass Rental: Classic Party Rentals | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linens | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Reception Entertainment: Stitely Orchestra | Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals

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Bravo TV’s Tara Clack’s Rustic Wisconsin Wedding

We first met Tara as she searched for true love on Bravo’s 100 Days Of Summer and we can officially say she got her happy ending with this fabulously rustic fall wedding. She paid homage to her family’s love of northern Wisconsin with canoes, antlers and one absolutely delicious sounding “field and stream” dining station and Lexia Frank snapped every second; see it all, from first kiss to fireworks, right here!

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From Lexia Frank… Below you’ll find a description of the day from Tara’s point of view, as well as information on all the vendors used. Tara’s Bravo TV show “100 Days Of Summer” centers around her getting engaged, which is aptly timed. A few of my favorite touches during the lovely event were the moccasins that were given to the bridesmaids, and gorgeous northern-inspired bouquets and hop-inspired floral hanging above each table and down the pillars of the tent. During the cocktail hour huge birch canoes were filled with seafood, and guests enjoyed an epic fireworks display over the lake at night.

From The Bride… I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and memorable wedding day! We chose Chippewa Retreat and Resort in northern Wisconsin because it is on the chain of lakes where my parents and extended family have lake homes. My family has been going up there each summer since I was a little girl and I have wanted my wedding there for as long as I can remember. We chose early fall for our wedding and designed the decor for the reception to go with a rustic, yet classy “Northwoods” theme. I was very lucky that my sister, Brittany, is an interior designer who was able to help our florist come up with a look that embodied the theme we were striving for.

The day started with yoga on the pier, which definitely helped to calm my nerves. We took our photos prior to the ceremony at my parent’s cabin near the pond and lake. My now husband and I love to fish so my favorite photos were near the fishing boat with our dog, She-Ra. However, if I had to chose, I think my favorite part of the evening was the cocktail hour. The bridal party arrived from the church in a pontoon and when we pulled up, the reception setting was breathtaking. There was a rowboat full of seafood, a guitarist playing country music and my favorite drink, a moscow mule, in mason jars with birch-like straws. There were also canoes filled with beer and the double sided fireplace going for smores. My husband and I both went to UW-Madison so we had an ice sculpture with a “W” and also pine cones to tie in to the theme. We tried to use a lot of antlers, animal hides, chalkboards and driftwood to give it a true northern Wisconsin feel. We even had some driftwood pieces there that I had dremeled our last names in, sanded and stained years ago and decorated with fishing lures, hooks, etc.

The dinner was stations which also played on the Northwoods destination. A few Wisconsin favorites included a “field and stream” section with baked walleye, along with beef tenderloin and a pork roast. There were multiple side options but a few crowd favorites included a four cheese mac-n-cheese side dish and a creamed spinach dish.

For dessert, we had five types of pies, all displayed on various sized wood slabs along with some other desserts in mason jars. Finally, we offered an extensive candy buffet, all with a green and brown color scheme. We ended the night with a band followed by a DJ. The bridesmaids all changed into brown Minnetonka moccasins, while I put on a white pair to finish dancing the night away!

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and evening! From the moment I woke to the moment I retired to our honeymoon cabin, I enjoyed each and every moment. My advice for those planning a wedding is to enjoy each moment and take it all in. Design a wedding and decor that fits your personality so you can sit back in awe when the day is finally upon you!

Photography: Lexia Frank | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Event Planning: D'arcy Theiler | Floral Design: Rachel Omundson Three Branches Floral Design | Catering: Dawn Psenicka | Makeup: Jacinda Marie | Hair: B.suite | Band: Sorry For Partying | Wedding Venue: Chippewa Retreat And Resort | Chairs & Tables: Elegant Presentations | Desserts: Bee Delish Custom Cakes | Ice Sculpture/Luge: Solid Ice Displays | Linens: La Tavola | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals

Preppy Striped Kate Spade DIY Wedding

There are certain couples you can just tell had fun planning their wedding, and this charming duo is no exception. With the bold stripes, crisp black-and-white color scheme, and glittering gold accents, this fun Milwaukee wedding would make Kate Spade proud. Feast your eyes on all the darling details from this festive fete in the gallery.

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From Lisa Mathewson… Kirstin and Chris wanted their wedding day to truly reflect their style. Comfy, casual, yet stylish and fun! Kirstin incorporated fun stripes into the wedding theme with accompanying gold as a sparkly accent. Her wedding dress said it all! Flowy, soft and feminine yet comfortable. Kirstin wore stunning Kate Spade flats that set the tone for the day’s events. Their venue selection topped of the day with the fun, industrial space. The Milwaukee Public Market is a year-round indoor market of speciality shops and stores catering to the young, hip, crowd in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward. Set on the Milwaukee River, the Public Market boosts some of the best eats in the city!

Photography: Lisa Mathewson | Wedding Dress: Ann Taylor | Invitations: Reply By Design | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Milwaukee Public Market | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Milwaukee Public Market

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Romantic Terrace Wedding Overlooking Lake Michigan

Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by the most beautiful daffodil*parker florals, these law school loves set their sights on forever. From the gorgeous green palette to the stunning reception, one look at the photos from Heather Cook Elliott Photography and you’ll be dreaming of this lakeside loveliness for days. It’s all waiting for you here!

From Heather Cook Elliott Photography It’s an age-old saying, but one that bears repeating when it comes to these two: There is more to Katie & Ben than meets the eye.

They met in law school and quietly, slowly bonded over study sessions and coffee breaks and, I imagine, long philosophical discussions about everything under the sun. I get the sense that fairness, equality, justice and compassion are what interests them most about the profession they’ve chosen and, I think, what interests them most about one another. They are both incredibly thoughtful, careful people (ok, Katie is a bit of beautiful klutz as everyone who knows her can attest, but in love she takes great care) and together they form a sort of powerful force for good and happiness.

Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by the most beautiful florals I’ve ever photographed, their wedding day seemed to reflect this. There was joy in everything they did and joy is what I feel when I look back at their photos. I think I’ve written too much already when really, all one needs to see are the photos to know I’m telling the truth.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: daffodil*parker | Wedding Dress: Zita's Bridal Salon | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Reception Venue: Pilot House At Pier Wisconsin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Miss Ruby | Catering: Bartolottas | Bluegrass Band: Above The Town | Bridesmaid's Jewelery : For The Maids | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Topper: CinnamonBirds | Flower Cleanup And Sharing: Petals For Patients | Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank | Makeup And Hair: Blush | Reception Band: Maggie Speaks | Save The Dates: Red Cloud Boutique | Wedding Signage And Menus: CreativePapier | Wooden State Guest Books: Gracegraffiti

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