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This Winter Wedding is the Definition of Cozy

When the bride happens to be none other than Kelly or Jane Kelly Floral, you better believe a gorgeous wedding will follow. Especially when that wedding is set in the middle of a Wisconsin winter wonderland. Complete with elegant draping, a candle lined aisle, fresh greens, and the coziest fireplace – this gallery by Uttke Photography & Design will leave you longing for snowy days in a serious way.

From the bride… Kelly and Matt, owners of Jane Kelly Floral, Inc. planned their own wedding in a beautiful winter landscape in Wisconsin on January, 28. They have a love for winter and brought all of the cozy winter details into their wedding day, not to mention a statement of floral. They were ecstatic to have a fresh coat of snow just a few days before their wedding which made for gorgeous portraits.

Their vision was to create an experience for all of their guests that attended the wedding. It was an evening ceremony that had fire pits, candles and lanterns lit as you approached the Chandelier Ballroom. The ceremony was held in an intimate room that had a beautiful brick fireplace that was softened with draping fabric and candles lining the aisle. The showstopper of the ceremony was their beloved pup, Lucy who happily walked down the aisle with Matt.

The evening of celebration continued with guests roasting s’mores at the outdoor fire pits and indulging in food stations that had everything from smoked salmon to roasted grape and goat cheese crostini’s. Kelly wanted the guests to feel cozy and therefore brought the grand scale of the octagonal shaped ballroom down by building drapery and floral structures for guests to be seated under. It was a subtle feel of bringing the outdoors in for an enchanted winter evening. Kelly and Matt shared their first meal as Mr. and Mrs. seated among their immediate family at the center of the room with a canopy of candles and foliage garlands overhead.

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Photography: Uttke Photography & Design | Floral Design: Jane Kelly Floral, Inc. | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Catering: Chandelier Ballroom | Hair & Makeup: Style by R | Bridal Shop: Amelishan | DJ & Lighting: Milwaukee Airwaves | Linens: Windy City Linens | Pipes & Draping: Bliss Events | Table & Props: Vintique Rental

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Making a Rainy Day Wedding Look Downright Gorgeous

From a chance meeting at a local watering hole to a celebration on a 300 acre family home, this wedding is proof that meeting the love of your life can happen just about anywhere; even in a bar. This rainy lakeside affair is both elegant and easy breezy with coordination by Something Blue Lake Geneva, lots of pretty florals by Frontier Flowers and Kristina Lorraine capturing it all to perfection. Sneak a peek at the full day, including fun shots from a downpour in the middle of the ceremony, right here.

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Summer
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Tented
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Classic

From the bride… There might be nothing more cliche than a guy and a girl meeting in a bar, but Brandon and Tessa wouldn’t have it any other way. Tessa had moved back home to Chicago in 2011 after a stint living in Argentina and decided to waitress for awhile before making her next move. An ordinary football Sunday turned into one of the most important days of her life, when she was finally introduced to that cute boy from down the street who always came in to have a drink or dinner with his friends. After years of dating in Chicago, Brandon proposed to Tessa on their fourth anniversary after a romantic dinner and drinks overlooking Chicago’s skyline. He designed her engagement ring with the help of one of their mutual friends, incorporating the center stone from her mother’s engagement ring.

The wedding location was easy. Tessa’s father’s home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was a natural choice — the 300 acre, former farm was always the site of family gatherings and occasions, previously hosting two other family weddings. The lush greenery and tranquil lake was perfect for a rustic, yet elegant wedding. Tessa and Brandon both love personal touches at weddings, and focused on making their wedding unique and special to them.

Little did they know how memorable their wedding would be. After some early morning rain, the sky had cleared to reveal a cloudless, sunny day — perfect for an outdoor ceremony overlooking the lake. About 15 minutes into the ceremony, with Brandon in the middle of his vows, a singular cloud provided a sudden summer storm, bringing the wedding to a brief intermission while guests took shelter under the veranda and the bridal party ducked into the nearby garage. After the brief storm passed, the couple resumed the ceremony outside, only to have it produce a stunning pink sunset.

The bridesmaids wore a mix of blush and sage dresses in different styles, while the groomsmen sported grey, custom suits. The bride chose a lace Anna Meir gown from a boutique in Chicago and the groom wore a navy Banana Republic suit. Guests were then led to a tented reception. When they searched for their place at dinner, place cards indicated the name of a restaurant that was meaningful over the time of Brandon and Tessa’s relationship, including the name of the bar where they met.

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Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Coordination: Something Blue Lake Geneva | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Ceremony Venue: Private Estate | Reception Venue: Private Estate | Shoes: BHLDN | Rings: J. Gorman Fine Jewelry | Hair: Mindy City Hair | Men's Attire: Banana Republic | Bridesmaids' Dresses (Blush): Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses (Sage): Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Photography - Assistance: Megan Yanz Photography | Rentals: Canopies Events with Distinction

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This Bride Recreated Her Grandmother’s Wedding from 1942

For as long as I can remember, I had dreamt of getting married on the front lawn of my grandmother’s lake house like she did in 1942,” the bride, Stephanie said. With the perfect autumn day styled in a sea of jewel tones, Stephanie married her love Tyler in the exact spot her grandmother wed decades earlier and the result was a celebration rich in meaningful moments. Kristina Lorraine photographed and you can watch the entire event unfold below.

From the Bride… For as long as I can remember, I had dreamt of getting married on the front lawn of my grandmother’s lake house like she did in 1942. Everything she did was perfection, and we were very close- I was even her caregiver during the last two years of her life.

Little did I know that the void I felt in my heart from her passing would be filled a few short months later when I met the love of my life. Tyler was everything I had ever wanted in a husband and best friend. We fell for each other fast. In “when you know, you know” fashion, he proposed after 8 months in an apple orchard on a beautiful September day. We knew right away that we wanted a Fall wedding at the lake!

Burgundy is one of my favorite colors, and that’s where the planning began. I tried not to limit myself to any one style, but incorporate all of the things I loved. Gilded geometric shapes, ethereal tulle bridesmaid dresses, floral EVERYWHERE, long dining tables with brass candle sticks. What resulted could be called modern bohemian. The rich fall colors at our atypical-country club venue worked beautifully with the design elements.

I quickly put together a dream team of vendors from photographer, to florist, to the cake, who totally just “got me” and brought my vision to life! My husband was great about letting me take the reigns on decor decisions as I’m an interior design student, but when I needed a hand with a project or a quick opinion- he was immensely helpful. Not only was he on board with a ceremony on the front lawn, but he surprised me with a speech at dinner that included a letter he asked my grandfather to write before he passed away last spring. There was not one dry eye in the dining room. With that speech he let me know that he understood, respected, and would strive to someday have the strong family bond we shared.

Everything on wedding day was more perfect than I could have ever imagined, and I am the luckiest girl on the PLANET to be married to such a wonderful, thoughtful man.

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Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Videography: Fausto Anthony | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Julie Michelle Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Big Foot Country Club | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | Men's Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Mens Attire: Asos | Officiant: Marcia Boyer | Cake Plates, Card Box, Ring Holder: BHLDN | Cake Servers: Anthropologie | Custom Cups for Ceremony: Sip Sip Hooray | Custom Napkins: Memorable Wedding | Head Table Acrylic Names : Fran Johnson House | Paper Goods : Jennifer Skarda | Photography - Assistance: Megan Yanz | Photography - Assistance: Sonya Kammes | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: BBJ | Rentals : Forever Birdy | Table Numbers: Ribbon Press CA | Wooden Signs : Paper and Pine Co.

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