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Romantic and Rustic Photo Shoot at the Baraboo Arts Center

It shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say I love photo shoots. Particularly when they are as stunning as this one from Dani Stephenson. With gorgeous styling, gorgeous light and gorgeous florals from Wild Apples, every image sitting pretty in this gallery will make you swoon and then some.

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From Dani Stephenson PhotographyThis is one of my most favorite projects I have ever done.

Last September I walked into this room (touring for a different event) and inspiration hit me right in the face, I knew I wanted to shoot here and I knew what I wanted it to look like. I need more personal projects like this to feed my creativity.

I wanted classic and romantic with a touch of rustic. I wanted to show you my style and my thoughts and inspiration. I love a barn wedding with burlap and mason jars, but it was important to me to show something different to all of you. I think simplicity is lost at a wedding, I wanted to show that simple and classic is gorgeous and effortless beauty wins.

I gathered some fabulous people to help me put this together and I honestly couldn’t be happier with this project. This is so me and what I am inspired by, it was seamless to put this together because I think it as meant to be, everything fell right into place and it was a gorgeous day.

Photography: Dani Stephenson | Wedding Dresses: Saja | Invitations: Kimberly FitzSimons | Hair Stylist: Holly Roll | Arts Center: Baraboo Arts Center | Floral: Wild Apples | Second Shooter: Krystal Muellenberg | Vintage Rentals: A La Crate

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Wisconsin Glam Vineyard Wedding

Take everything you’ve thought about a vineyard wedding and gently toss that out the window. Because this, my dears, is the vineyard wedding glammed up with chandeliers, macaroons, glitter tablecloths – the works. Munster Rose and Cocoa & Fig were a few vendors behind the pretty and Melissa Oholendt is to thank for the snaps. Sit back and start the swoon party here.

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Summer
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From Munster Rose… Mindy & Thomas knew they wanted a Midwest wedding and began searching for a venue that would not only provide a beautiful destination for their guests, but also an experience that would allow them to feel like they were enjoying an extended stay with their closest friends. They considered close to a dozen different places but fell in love with the natural yet refined elegance of Villa Bellezza, a vineyard in Pepin, Wisconsin on the beautiful, historic Highway 61.

Mindy and Thomas chose a lovely palate of blush, taupe, and soft golds to complement the high wood beams of the vaulted ceiling and curls of the wrought iron railings. When trying to decide what style they wanted, they knew they wanted sophisticated, but not contrived. They desired for the decor to match the natural feel of the vineyard, but also match their classic, and slightly eclectic taste. Beginning with the incredible iron and reclaimed wood arbor that Mindy’s father handcrafted and ending with a decadent dessert table, every detail of their wedding was specifically chosen to be both aesthetically pleasing and a personal, thoughtful experience for their guests.

As guests entered the Villa for the ceremony, sun and a lush backdrop of the vineyard for the Ceremony greeted them. The to-be-weds were led down the aisle by their wedding party, their sweet dog Tucker, and their adorable nephew/ring bearer Kooper. Standing under the twelve-foot tall arbor that literally dripped with grapevines & lush floral decor and was crowned with a crystal chandelier, Mindy and Thomas promised each other their hearts forever. And in a meaningful touch, the stunning chandelier will hang in their newly built home to remind them of their vows and the beautiful start to their marriage.

After the ceremony, guests entered the Tuscan-style Winery where they found high vaulted ceilings and beautiful woodwork. A martini luge, carved to match the model of the plane Mindy and Thomas fly together in their careers as pilots, was waiting for guests as the entered the Tower room for an energetic Cocktail Hour. Fun was had by all the guests at the hand-built photo wall backdrop, that Mindy’s dad also created, that allowed guests to take photos on their phones and upload the images to the wedding app, Wedding Party App, for the bride & groom to view while on their honeymoon.

For the aesthetic of the dinner & dancing portion of the night, Mindy & Thomas chose to incorporate vintage decor that they sourced themselves, such as an antique art easel for the escort cards as well as an assortment of the hand-picked family china for the head table. These pieces were mixed in with modern touches such as sequin linens and DIY shimmering table numbers to create a playful, yet elegant touch to the decor. Complementing the taupe satin linens at the guest tables were bright and loose floral designs that included giant dinner plate dahlias that Jackie, their florist, grew at her own home.

Soft touches of pink and gold throughout the space were also seen in their custom stationary, designed by Mindy’s Maid of Honor and put together by Mindy, as well as their expansive dessert table where guests were encouraged to taste test a variety of sweets. The table featured miniature dessert shooters, macarons, mini tarts, and a light pink cake with gold fondant detailing, all displayed on a variety of gold and white cake stands, and surrounded by hand-crafted gold and glitter confetti. Guests dined on salmon and filets while they drank wine crafted at Villa Bellezza.

There were many special moments that they recall about the day, but their favorite moment included sneaking away for a few stolen minutes to the Bridal Suite to (literally) collapse on the floor and revel in all that had just taken place. With the ceremony behind them and a wonderfully long night of dancing and mingling ahead of them, they stole away to recount how they felt as they first saw each other that day from opposite ends of the aisle, to excitedly share their favorite parts of the day to that point, and reenergize for the fun evening yet to come.

After gathering themselves up to make their Grand Entrance into the Reception Hall they took a quick moment to view the scene from the balcony. They watched as their guests rose to their feet, champagne in hand, to grey the newlyweds as they danced their way into their reception to the song “Safe & Sound” by Capital Cities. It truly was a night of toasts, love, and memories they’ll always treasure.

Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Catering: Deco Catering | Calligraphy: Reneé Polcher | Groom's Attire: Heimies Haberdashery | Bridal Salon: Bridals By Lori | Cake & Dessert: Cocoa & Fig | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa Bellezza | Design/Planning: Kirsten Fischer Of FAB Event Design | Groom's Watch: Breitling Watches | Lighting & DJ: Instant Request | Linen: La Tavola | Makeup: Muse | Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Romantic Springtime Wedding Inspiration

Thanks to Erin Connelly Events and Yazy Jo your Wednesday morning is about to look a whole lot prettier. You see, these two teamed up for an inspiration shoot set at one of the dreamiest estates you’ve ever seen, and the results? Something straight from a storybook. Sit tight my dears, because if you think this is good, just want ’til you get your hands on the gallery.

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From Erin Connelly EventsWhen I first set eyes on this beautiful Georgian Estate in River Hills, Wisconsin, I thought I’d be a perfect location for a wedding! The main home was built in 1929 by the nationally renowned architect, Fitzhugh Scott. The surroundings are equally as lovely. The landscape starts with terraced steps drawing you into acres of breathtaking manicured lawns, the pool rests to the side and the scent of the long dreamy double row of peony bushes draw you to the pond and dock. It reminded me of a bygone era. I couldn’t wait to get started on the shoot!

I wanted my inspiration shoot to reflect that romantic setting and to compliment the lovely estate. Since the peonies were ready to bloom on the property it was only natural to use soft pinks, greens and shades of red to tie in the brick of the manor. It was truly such a highlight to see my planning, styling and flower arrangements come to life. Equally as exciting, I found an amazing team of vendors who made my vision come true.

Yazy Jo is the talented photographer who captured the play of light, the peaceful setting, that elegant world I was looking for, she really was a pleasure to work with. Alison and Theresa (hair and makeup team) worked their magic, were very kind and couldn’t have been more helpful. And the models were nothing but delightful. It was the icing on the cake to find Kendell and Jane who own the Festive Frog. Not only are they both wonderful, they have a great eye. From their beautiful vintage plates, glasses and bar tables, to the stunning and delicate Delphine Manivet dress, it certainly was an unforgettable afternoon.

Photography: Yazy Jo | Floral Design: Erin Connelly Events | Cake: Cake And Bake | Shoes: BHLDN | Rings: Vintage | Hair: Alison Levenick, Flawless Face Aesthetics | Calligraphy: The Blooming Quill | Grooms Attire: Models | Bar Carts, Glassware, Barware, Plates, Silverware, Flower Vases,: The Festive Frog | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Dining Table + Chairs: Tablescapes | Event Planning And Styling: Erin Connelly Events | Headpiece: BHLDN | Logo On Invitation: Tucker & Louise | Makeup: Theresa Balistreri At Clean Modern Pretty Makeup | Models: Adrianne And Tony From Modelogic (Midwest) | Private Estate: Indian Creek Manor | Purse: BHLDN | Robe: BHLDN | Wedding Dress, Lace Top, Veil: Delphine Manivet

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