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Rustic Meets Elegant Turner Hall Wedding

I have to agree with Britta Marie Photography on this one: these two are awesome.  They’re obviously gorgeous, obviously fun and dance like NO ONE is watching.  I love them.  And their elegant meets rustic Milwaukee wedding?  Well, it’s what dreams are made of with one moment after another of pure, unadulterated bliss.  Check it out right here.

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Summer
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From Britta Marie Photography… The only thought that went through my head as I edited this wedding was that I needed to find a way for those who were not there, or who do not know this couple, to understand how incredible this day was.

I got to the hotel that I was to meet Kate (the bride) at for getting ready photos. I got all checked in to my room and did a little exploring around the neighborhood to check out the photo locations she had suggested for the first look and portraits (Milwaukee is an awesome city, by the way). When I got back to the hotel I went to Kate’s room and what I found was the most calm and collected bride I have ever seen. She kept saying to all in the room over and over that “this is the best day ever!” and she meant it with her whole heart. The day was, in my mind, flawless. There was no scurrying around, everything was on time, there were no heated tempers or worrying over the fact that someone else’s wedding was being set up in the location we had chosen for photos, or that it was the first hot and humid day we had had all summer. No. There was only joy on the minds of this bride and groom, and those around them.

The entire day was filled with the most intense (happy) emotion. The first look was filled with tears and “I love yous” from both the bride and the groom. The ceremony, officiated by Kate’s mom, was just as heart felt. As Kate and her dad were walking down the aisle, I turned to grab a quick shot of Dan, waiting for his bride, and what I saw was a tear-filled groom with his arm around the Mother of the Bride (yup, I totally lost it when I saw that). Every moment of this day had purpose and had celebrating these two in mind.

And Kate and Dan are not your average couple. Besides being ridiculously good looking, photogenic, and tall – these two collectively have the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met. I saw the joy in their eyes as they greeted each and every guest and the way they looked at each other on the dance floor made it seem like there was no one else around (I know, it sounds cliche, but look at some of these “open dance” photos. ITS SO TRUE!). They love each other and the people around them with so much passion that it is impossible to be around them and not feel like you are in the presence of two of your favorite people ever.

This day will go down and a wedding I will never forget. I can only hope that these images will allow those who were not there, to live through some of the magic that happened, and that those where were fortunate enough to witness this day in person are brought back to one of the happiest days of their lives.

Photography: Britta Hundertmark | Floral Design: Bloom | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Caterer: Bubb's BBQ | Band: We, Unity Candle | Groom's Attire: Michael Smith | Ceremony / Reception: Turner Hall Ballroom | Hotel: Hilton Milwaukee

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Botticelli-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Back in college, I sort of prided myself on being an art history buff. And when one summer program took me to the city of Florence, studying the greats like Botticelli, you better believe that love of Italian Renaissance stuck with me. *Enter* this Primavera-inspired shoot put together by the fabulous Kate Weinstein PhotoA Splendid Occasion and Layers Of Loveliness. They teamed up for their own dreamy bridal interpretation, and if you ask me? Well, they hit the nail on the head.

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Fall
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Villa
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From Kate Weinstein PhotoThe Villa Terrace is a beautiful Italian-style venue and art museum located in the heart of Milwaukee. For this shoot, we wanted to design something that fit the classical style of the venue but we also wanted to keep it simple; the Villa Terrace is already beautifully designed as it is so it doesn’t require much additional decoration. Our color and mood inspiration for the shoot was Botticelli’s moody and ethereal painting “Primavera.”

Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo | Hair And Makeup: Dana Welch | Art Museum: The Villa Terrace | Florals: A Splendid Occasion | Gowns: Lee-Lim | Jewelry + Styling : Lizzibeth | Model: Kelsea McCulloch | Paper + Styling: Layers Of Loveliness

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Elegant, Rustic Summer Warehouse Wedding at Historic Pritzlaff

I need to profess my love for this wedding, and yet I don’t know where to start. The ceremony backdrop will make your mouth drop right to your desk, the reception is elegant with a fabulous mix of urban and rustic (complete with full size trees), and this couple just couldn’t be more adorable if they tried. It will only take one look at these gorgeous images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography to see why I can’t stop gushing – and you can join me in the swoonfest here

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyLindsey & Tim’s wedding day was beautifully styled and made for general photographic awesomeness, but despite the fact that this gallery is full of photographs of all their lovely details, I must write that their wedding day was really and truly about love – the love they share for one another, the love they’ve been blessed to grow up with and the love they’ll have for their future family. Tim & Lindsey met in medical school at Mayo and are starting careers at a prestigious institution out east so yes, they have really good resumes, but at their wedding Tim & Lindsey’s big, happy hearts were what anyone noticed and everyone cared about most. All day they exuded a joyfulness that touched everyone around them, that threatened constantly to well up and over into tears, that made everyone present grateful to be a part of such a day. But Lindsey & Tim didn’t just absorb well-wishes – they continuously gave them back (as I suspect is the norm in their everyday lives) and delighted guests with, delicious foods, sights to be seen, games to be played, dances to be danced and even a meteor shower to be enjoyed. And they said Thank You in a most memorable way. After the toasts and dinners had been enjoyed Lindsey and Tim stood proudly in front of all their guests and told everyone about how lucky and blessed they are to have amazing families, parents and friends. Their parents, they said in particular, had formed them, modeling healthy marriages and lives well lived such that Lindsey and Tim have no doubt that they too will have a happy marriage. And as her dad teared up, Lindsey confirmed what everyone instinctively feels about the two of them – they are ready and excited to make each other the ultimate priority and build lives worth celebrating together. She simply said “mom, dad: we got this.”

And a note about their style – Lindsey & Tim adore their urban warehouse venue but wanted to bring a bit of rustic Wisconsin loveliness to the whole thing. They selected barn tables and soft florals plus live full sized trees (!) to soften the venue’s concrete, timber and brick architecture while mix and match linens and glass chargers dressed up their different shaped dinner tables. They custom upholstered lounge furniture and candle lit as much as possible, adding puzzles, bean bag toss and a band to keep the fun quotient high. Their paper was simply to die for – letterpressed and totally customized to share more details about their old, new, borrow and blue, as well as their gift of education to a needy child in lieu of favors. Their vows were screen printed on large swaths of fabric and hung first in the ceremony space and then as a backdrop to a dance floor lounge – very chic, very urban but still somehow romantic and rustic.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Marius Bell Floral & Events | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Brookfield Wedding Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Angela Nuran | Wedding Bands: Lake Country Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Lee John's | Hair & Makeup: WELL Spa | Calligraphy: Blooming Quill | Band: Spoken Four | Accoustic Guitar: Jim Perona | Barn Tables & Stage: Canopies Events | Bridal Store: Gigi Of Mequon | Bride's Jewelry: Diamond Designs | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Givenchy | Chargers: Arena Americas | Custom Decor, Accessories And Staging: Fabulous Pieces | Day Of Coordination: Classic Coordination | Hanging Vows: Olympus Sign & Banner | Lighting & Sound: Majic Productions | Linens: BBJ Linen | Paper: Monograham | Trees: Minors Nursery | Trolley: DMI Limousine | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Historic Pritzlaff | Venue Coordinator: Cori Coffman

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