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Romantic Wisconsin Wedding at Lake Park Bistro

I have a tendency to gush about things (rightfully so, I suppose, since I do spend my days knee deep in pretty), but if there ever was a wedding worthy of a serious gush-fest, this beauty captured by Leo And Jenny Photography would be it. Perfectly planned by this gorgeous Bride’s sister, every detail is not just beautiful, but filled with love – leaving me head over heels for this gallery.

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From The Bride…Josh and I both graduated from Notre Dame, but we didn’t meet on campus. Ironically, we met in Ann Arbor at the Notre Dame/Michigan football game. We’d both be lying if we said there weren’t instant sparks. Four years later, Josh proposed while visiting me in my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a dock on Lake Michigan. I was so surprised and excited, I thought I was going to pass out and fall into the water!

We knew we wanted our wedding to be romantic and beautiful, but also wanted to throw an awesome party for all of our friends and family. I had always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding, and when we discovered that Lake Park Bistro, one of our favorite restaurants in the city and the place we celebrated our engagement, did tented weddings, we were sold.

With the venue set in a tent at Lake Park Bistro overlooking Lake Michigan, truly the rest wouldn’t have gotten done without my sister/MOH/wedding planner/coordinator, Amanda. With her eye for aesthetics and style that I will never understand, she planned the most perfect day that Josh and I could ever have imagined. From the cocktail hour on a staircase that looked down on the lake, to the sea of blush flowers that greeted guests in the tent, to the rocking band that kept the dance floor packed all night and Leo and Jenny that captured it all, our wedding was our definition of perfect. We feel so blessed, and only wish we could go back and do it again!!

Photography: Leo And Jenny Photography | Wedding Planner: The Bride Consultant | Floral Design: Impressions By Esther Flemming | Wedding Gown: Bliss Bridal | Wedding Cake: Truffles | Ceremony Venue: St. Hedwig's | Reception Venue: Lake Park Bistro | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Make Up: Diane Yokes | Hair: Robert Schneider Salon | Band: Deja Vu | Grooms Attire: Suit Supply | Bride's Pre-Wedding Preperation: Iron Horse Hotel | Cocktail Music: Shorewood High School String Quartet | Day Of Coordinator: Whitney Sleiter | Groom's Pre-Wedding Activity: Paintball Dave's | Groomsmen Attire: Formerly Modern Tuxedo | Paper Products: Paper Envy | Wedding Rings: Treiber And Straub

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Romantic Candlelit Evening Wedding

If I could dream up my idea of the perfect indoor wedding, it would look like this Milwaukee affair to a T. Think a gorgeous, loft-style space covered in candles and infused with romance like you wouldn’t believe. Of course, the amazing Woodnote Photography and Robert Ingraham made it all the more stunning, and you can visit the gallery and read this couple’s serendipitous love story below!

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From the Bride… Jon and I met on August 9, 2006 at a well-known Milwaukee pub. It was on a random Wednesday night and we were both there separately with friends. All of a sudden, someone bumped into me and I turned around quickly to just say a meaningless “sorry” and the red head that bumped into me said “Ow! That really hurt.” I smiled and laughed at his sarcasm and we started talking from that moment.

We realized how much our lives were aligned starting with the fact that Jon was equally as obsessed with the idea of leaving the Midwest and starting his life in New York City as I was. That evening, I knew I found the man I was going to marry. I told my mom the next morning, “I’ll never kiss another man again,” only we hadn’t even set our first date yet let alone had a kiss. It was perfect and to this day I have a ring (that I now wear stacked with my wedding band) that has a number nine on it to always keep that day (well, really night) in my mind. The night I met Jon was, hands down, the best night of my life.

From the Groom… I have to admit, I was opposed to having a first look. I had never heard of people doing that before and it sounded strange to see Miranda before she walked down the aisle. Now, I get it and I loved it. Seeing her in that amazing dress for the first time was incredibly moving. I was completely blown away with how beautiful she looked. The tears flowed out of my eyes instantly.

Photography: Caroline + Jayden Of Woodnote Photography | Videographer: Robert Ingraham | Planner: Megan Potter At Dare To Dream | Dress: Marchesa | Tux: J.Crew | Ceremony + Reception: The Pritzlaff

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DIY Filled Milwaukee Wedding

I love a good love story and this one touches on love, weddings and generations past. In the 1940′s, at this very spot, the Bride’s grandparents met and fell in love. Now fast-forward 70+ years and a granddaughter and her beloved are saying “I Do”. It’s the stuff that movies are made of but it’s all real life and a beautiful one at that captured by Ann & Kam Photography. See so much more of this heartfelt celebration right here.

 

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From Dawn, the Bride… On the day of our wedding, I felt more peaceful than I ever could have anticipated and certainly more serenity than I had experienced in the two years prior. There were no fears associated job changes, relocating to a new state (times two), or major wedding planning disasters. We knew planning a wedding was work, but we had many more other bumps and surprises than we were sometimes prepared for. We had weathered through it and I was calm because everything felt right and it felt good. Life was great!

Bobby and I met in New York City, moved to Chicago together, and finally settled in Milwaukee where I grew up. The location of our ceremony and reception were very important to us. We wanted spaces that had architectural character of the NYC, as well as the charm and beauty of the Midwest. Our hearts were full when we discovered that our chosen reception venue was where my grandparents met in the late 1940’s.

Formerly a whole sale and retail hardware store from 1857-1957, Pritzlaff is now a symbol of love and commitment from one generation to another. I think the pictures of the Villa Terrace are easy to convince anyone of its inherent allure, so that was another easy choice!

For our big day, Bobby and I spent a lot of time on the details because it would mean that much more to us knowing they were homemade by our family, friends and us. Bobby created a beautiful sidewalk sign, my mother-in-law and her husband made homemade strawberry jam, my grandmother and bridesmaids helped make the boutonnieres and photo booth props, doilies were donated by friends and aunts, my dad made wooden crates, and I religiously collected vintage items to pull it all together. I also designed the stationary, most of the signs, and table settings. It was a lot of work, but I honestly loved it. When Bobby gave a short speech at the reception, he said “our wedding is like the suberbowl of pinterest.” Guilty! I spent hours on blogs and Pinterest ooking for vintage chic inspiration.

The entire day was magical. It was happy, emotional, fun, and loving. We had a first look and we are both so glad we did. It was one of my favorite moments. A wave of emotions came over us and it was such an intense, rich feeling! I also loved taking my grandparents upstairs of Pritzlaff for some special photos. It was like memories flooded my grandpa and I felt so lucky to hear him relive their past together. I hope our love is 73 years strong (and counting). Best wishes to all of you in the planning stage. Hire a planner, if you can ;) Our budget didn’t allow it, but I so wish it had!

Flowers: Flowers by Faye | Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cupcakes: Milwaukee Cupcake Company | Ceremony Venue: Villa Terrace | Reception Venue: Pritzlaff | Catering: Zilli Hospitality Group | DJ: Smoov Music | Photography & Cinematography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

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