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New York Glamour in a Wisconsin Barn Wedding

To infuse a beautiful barn wedding with a bit of New York glamour is to steal hearts left and right and change wedding plans for upcoming barn nuptials, and this couple, along with Cherry Blossom Events, has done just that. Chic from head to toe, the soiree was the perfect marriage of the two seemingly different locales, but as you can plainly see from Paper Antler’s photos, it was an even more perfect marriage for these two sweethearts!


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Fall
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From the stunning bride… The trend in barn weddings for the past couple years has been “shabby chic,” so to speak, with lots of burlap, lace and ball jars. That can be very beautiful, but it wasn’t for us. We met and fell in love in New York, and that has influenced our style and taste. We both went to school in Wisconsin, and that’s also where Nate proposed. We wanted to bring New York glamour to our rustic, Wisconsin venue. We called it, “barn chic.”

We took the time to research vendors, and worked with a lot of wonderful people who love what they do. Our amazing wedding planner, Andrea VandeBerg from Cherry Blossom Events, helped us bring our vision to life. We really wanted this day to be personal, and true to who we are as individuals and together as a couple. We had a close friend get ordained and officiate our ceremony. I designed and printed all of our menus and escort cards at home. My parents cut, stained and painted our card box and direction sign. (Thanks, Mom & Dad!) Part of my wedding gift to my husband-to-be was a surprise whiskey bar. I found the decanters at a vintage flea market and stocked it with some of his favorite whiskeys. I also wore my daily perfume–Prada Candy–on our wedding day.

Even with all of the planning and preparation, nothing could have possibly prepared me for the overwhelming feeling of joy, love and support on that day. It was more than we ever could have imagined, and we are so thankful that we were surrounded by our closest friends and family as we said, “I do.”

Photography: Paper Antler | Planner: Andrea VandeBerg, Cherry Blossom Events | Floral Design: Flora Designs By Jamae | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Creative Confections By Alicia Russell | Hair: Jessica Rieger, Senior Stylist From Charles Ifergan Salon | Tuxes: The Black Tux | Barn: Sugarland | Bridal Earrings: Tejani | Linens: Event Essentials | Macarons: Madison Sweets | Makeup: Barb Zanzig, BZ Artistry | Paper Goods: Paper Piper Designs | Rentals: A La Crate | Wedding Dress Boutique: Vera's House Of Bridals

TEJANI and Watters are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Cherry Blossom Events is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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DIY Winter Wedding

I truly feel like this bride and I are kindred spirits. Just like me, she’s a Midwest girl who believes in the magic of winter, and wed her love on the snowiest of days. But what’s left me loving her even more are all the handmade moments she and her ladies crafted all along the way. Paper Antler perfectly documented every last bit, and we’ve got even more snowy goodness you Simply. Can’t. Miss.

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From the Bride… I’ve always loved winter, and growing up in Wisconsin, some of my favorite memories are of blustery cold days, snowed in at home with a fire burning in the fireplace. I wanted to replicate that cozy feeling – of being so incredibly content and warm despite the frigid weather outdoors – for our friends and family at our December wedding. With that as our foundation, Dan and I decided on two additional goals for our day: first of all, we wanted to throw a good party; secondly, we wanted to infuse a classic, vintage element, including books, books and more books (because what’s a snow day without a pile of good books to read?).

We didn’t have to search long to find our perfect reception venue. When we saw the gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers and neutral tones that played flawlessly into the ivory and metallic color scheme we envisioned, we booked Lake Windsor Golf Club on the spot. To add the element of eras gone by, we collected old books, typewriters, and mismatched items such as teacups, candleholders, gravy boats and serving bowls from flea markets, thrift stores and relatives’ homes. The larger vintage items such as the suitcases, hinged door and chalkboard signs came from an amazing vintage rental company in Madison, A La Crate (I could live in their warehouse!). My favorite decorations were the old photographs of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings displayed with the cakes. They not only added a touch of intimacy, but created priceless opportunities to talk to our family about their weddings and marriages as we planned ours.

A large portion of our day was do-it-yourself and only completed thanks to the love and time of those closest to us. One of my bridesmaids, a brilliantly talented graphic designer, designed our invitations. My mother helped me paint the wooden table numbers gold, create the metallic custom paper signs, and (tirelessly) spent days upon days hot gluing silver and gold tinsel to bamboo skewers to use as stir sticks for the cocktail hour. Dan’s sister, an incredibly talented artist, hand-lettered the beautiful chalkboard designs hung throughout the venue, and my grandmother made the flower girls’ dresses along with my veil. One memory I know I’ll cherish forever was staying up late on the eve of our wedding with my bridesmaids and mother-in-law assembling the centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres.

The one thing we forgot to plan was our exit. As the night wore on, we completely lost track of time, celebrating with our guests until the venue starting locking the doors, and it was only then that we realized we didn’t have a ride home! Dan’s sister gave us a lift, and after all was said and done, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect celebration to start our lives together as husband and wife.

We also want to give a shout out to the kind and talented people we are so grateful to have worked with, such as Jonny and Michelle from Paper Antler, Jennifer and Beth from Lake Windsor, and Pastor Dave and his wife Nancy from Blackhawk Church, and many others. Thank you! It was an absolute dream day for us, and I, for one, felt as if I was curled up in front of a fireplace the entire time.

Photography: Paper Antler | Flowers: Flower Muse (assembled By Bride, Bridesmaids, And Family) | Cake: Carl's Cakes | Ceremony: Blackhawk Church | Reception: Lake Windsor Golf Club | Dj: Juke Box Bandstand | Dress Designer: Robert Bullock | Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals

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Madison Wedding Inspiration from Krakora Studios + Cherry Blossom Events

We know you come to SMP for some serious eye candy in the wedding inspiration department, which is why we fill our pages with some of the best from the best. This shoot was a collaboration from some serious talent… Cherry Blossom Events, Krakora Studios, Daffodil*Parker, just to name a few. It’s the perfect color palette for a summer soiree, and that watermelon is calling my name. See the whole thing here!

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Mill
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Casual

From the designer… This style shoot came together beautifully!  We were inspired by the fresh and crisp, bright colors of summer – especially our favorite combinations of bright coral accented by a muted teal, gold, and ivory.  We collaborated with an amazing team of talented vendors from Madison, WI who are true artists in the field.  One of our favorite spots just a short drive outside of Madison is this beautiful old mill in a small town near the Sugar River.  It serves as an elegant yet understated backdrop for these beautiful models and design.  We are so excited with the outcome – enjoy!

Event Design and Styling: Cherry Blossom Events | Photography: Krakora Studios | Florist: Daffodil*Parker | Stationery: Sugar River Stationers | Cake and Sweets: Bloom Bake Shop | Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Bride and Bridesmaids attire and accessories: Premiere Couture | Flower girl attire: J.Crew | Vintage rentals: a la crate vintage rental | Chair Rentals: Event Essentials | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Hair and Makeup: Rejuvenation Spa | Ceremony Backdrop: Julie VonDerVellen | Venue: Paoli Mill Terrace and Park

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