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Folk Inspired Styled Shoot in Madison, WI at The Livingston Inn

You know what the day after a long holiday weekend calls for? A big ol’ dose of pretty to inspire the rest of your week, and thanks to April Violet Photography it’s coming right up. Designed to perfection by Cherry Blossom Events with flowers from Madison Wedding Flowers - this gallery is filled to the brim with folk-inspired goodness. See more here

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From Cherry Blossom EventsThis wedding styled shoot was inspired by earthy tones and organic elements with touches of folk design. Subtle elegant touches brought a sense of wedding charm to the mix, and played off the folk art style in the stationery pieces as well as the clothing and overall color palette. The brass candlesticks and formality of the menu and napkin fold brought an elegant feel to the casualness of the style. Melding together the playfulness of a chalkboard runner with the whimsical floral added layers to the table design. All of the greenery in the floral as well as the different textured flowers in pastel colors with hints of dark foliage gave the table an earthy and organic sense and blended the look together. The mini tartlets were a perfect dessert for this and added beautifully to the raw, natural feel. The interior and exterior of the Livingston Inn provided the perfect setting for the natural style. It’s gothic revival architecture with it’s simple, yet stately furniture pieces were a great back ground for this look. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed working with this wonderfully talented group of vendors.

Photography: April Violet Photography | Videography: Treehouse Media | Flowers: Madison Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monirose Bespoke | Stationery: Sugar River Stationers | Hair And Makeup: Alice Ezrow | Grooms Attire: Nicholas Schmidt USA | Chalkboard Runner Design: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Coordination And Design: Cherry Blossom Events | Desserts: Bloom Bake Shop | The Livingston Inn: The Livingston Inn | Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals

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Cozy Engagement Session with Saffron Avenue

A savored morning complete with breakfast in bed and sweet kisses – I am absolutely smitten with our SMP blogger bride Saffron Avenue and her e-sesh captured by Jenna Leigh. Not to mention the autumn picnic fueled with wine and cheese that followed. One glimpse of the cozy gallery and you will be longing for a Sunday morning with your special someone, I guarantee it.

From Saffron Avenue… Surprisingly enough my fiance and I were actually not going to get any engagement photos taken. We both are very camera shy and also did not have it in our wedding budget. After collaborating with Jenna Leigh on a couple past blogger bride shoots (and becoming friends) I realized that it is worth every penny and could be a lot of fun.

After setting a date, I had to come up with a unique idea for our little shoot. I thought about having it at a tennis court (where we fell in love), dressing up to the nines and creating a sultry mid-century shoot, or just keeping it simple.

That’s when I realized that we should keep it personal and really capture who we are. Since I still wanted it to be unique I thought a lifestyle shoot would be perfect for us. We both work from home and are such homebodies that we started the shoot at home, in our bedroom, drinking coffee and eating pastries.

After finishing our coffee we got dressed up and had a cozy little picnic in the park, which included a bit of wine and cheese! I don’t think we could have picked a perfect Fall day in Wisconsin, the sun was shining, the weather was perfect, and the leaves were falling.

We couldn’t thank Jenna enough for capturing who we are perfectly. Cheers to the final 6 months of planning and enjoying every last bit of it!

Photography: Photos By Jenna Leigh | Venue: Private Residence

Wisconsin Farm Wedding

The most memorable weddings, in my opinion, are fabulous and fun and this upbeat farm affair is both. Coordinated by Canvas Weddings and filled with blooms by Alluring Blooms the couples’ special touches made the day extra lovely – like favors of local honey and the mini escort card canoes – and with a fabulous photographer like Paige Green  on the guest list we can relive every gleeful moment here.

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From planner Corinne Van Arsdale of Canvas WeddingsThere is a word in the Yiddish language that comes to mind whenever I think of Keri and Ricker and their wedding day: bashert. Bashert means “destiny,” or meant to be, and is commonly used in reference to one’s soulmate. Not only are Keri and Ricker the utter definition of “meant to be,” (they both referred to each other as “my totes bestie” in their vows), but I sort of feel like my role in their wedding was fated.

I met Keri when I was still living in Chicago. I was working at BHLDN-Chicago, and a recently-engaged Keri and her now-mother-in-law were in town for the weekend for a wedding, and decided to drop in to the store to try on some wedding dresses, and I was assigned to handle their walk-in appointment. Needless to say, we got along swimmingly, and after some chatting, I discovered they were from Madison — where I was going to be moving in a few short months. Long story short, Keri and Ricker were the first Madison couple to hire me for their wedding, and my love story with Madison weddings began to unfold.

Keri & Ricker are just special, and I’m so grateful that they’ve become near and dear friends, because I know for certain I would have missed their joy, quirky silliness and their spirit had we stopped spending time together post-wedding. Every inch of this day was sweet, open and pure joy — just like them. The weekend kicked off with a “Welcome to Madison” party at the Madison Children’s Museum that included a Friday Fish Fry, beer on the roof and a performance by an improve troupe. The “farm-fresh” wedding day was held on the groom’s family farm and included a sweet ceremony on the lawn, a sparkling water bar, plenty of hand-made details, delicious cuisine, an epic rain storm and dancing all night to live music.

From The Couple…Aside from throwing a celebration that sincerely reflected our joyful life together, we wanted the events to convey a sense of place. We’d both lived in some amazing locations independently of one another – San Francisco, Denver, Bolivia, Chicago, Central Pennsylvania – and we met in Lake Tahoe where neither of us resided. So, it made sense to us to really highlight Madison as the place where we settled down to begin our life together.

The playful vibe of the museum captured our aesthetic perfectly for the welcome party & rehearsal dinner. We decorated the tables with “still life” collected at local thrift stores. Everything from kitschy Wisconsin souvenirs to Viewmaster reels of UW-Madison of to Packer helmets doubled as centerpieces and floral containers.

We knew we wanted to hold the ceremony and reception on the family farm where Ricker’s parents were married. The property has been in the family since the early 1950s, having passed from his grandparents to his parents. The farm provided the ideal setting for a wedding redolent of pastoral life. The wooden tables dressed in lace and burlap, the horses, the flowers in vintage vegetable cans and delicious, simple arrangements and the Swedish folk-art stage backdrop were just some of the elements we used to call attention to the Norwegian and German farmhouse roots of the area.

If we could make it personal, we did. Rings, earrings, dresses, ties, veils, suits and paper goods were all custom designed for us. Perhaps most importantly, we built the ceremony from the ground up. First we sat down to discuss what was important to us in our future as a married couple. Adventure, laughter, friendship, love, gratitude and family stood out and these principles became readings (and a song) that anchored our ceremony. We enlisted Ricker’s brother-in-law’s father to officiate. He had performed these duties for his own daughter’s wedding and melted our hearts. He was an obvious choice. Our vows were personally written and from the heart, and we sealed the deal with a kiss that ignited actual fireworks detonated by two groomsmen. Delighted yet surprised, my grandmother nearly fell off of her chair!

Ricker and I are each other’s best friends. We certainly take our commitment seriously but never forget to have fun together. Whether we’re singing made-up songs in the kitchen to our lab pup Monty, or hiking in Costa Rica, there’s no other person we would rather be with. And we hope that everyone left our wedding weekend feeling as happy, lively and in love as we did.

Photography: Paige Green Photography | Event Planning: Canvas Weddings | Floral Design: Alluring Blooms | Wedding Dress: Monirose - Bespoke Gowns | Cake: Bloom Bake Shop | Invitations: Hannah Luree Odland | Ceremony Venue: Wilamar Farm (Private Family Residence) | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alexandra Grecco (Bespoke) | Hair: Nicole Stevens, Fritz & Associates | Band: Platinum Band | Grooms Attire: Sam’s Tailor (Bespoke) | Officiant: Friend Of The Family | Brides Jewelry: Lauren Wolf Jewelry | Catering + Bar Service: Chez Vous Catering | Groomsmen Attire: Express Mens | Paper Goods (trivial Pursuit, Programs, Escort Cards, Save-the-: Bride DIY | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Event Essentials | Shuttles: Gallant Knight Limo | Sunday Brunch: Madison Concourse Hotel | Welcome Party Bar Service: Roman Candle | Welcome Party Catering: Bluephies | Welcome Party Guitarist: Hannah Odland | Welcome Party Improv: Monkey Business Institute | Welcome Party Piano: Gregory Wahlberg | Welcome To Madison Party: Madison Children's Museum

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