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Romantic Terrace Wedding Overlooking Lake Michigan

Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by the most beautiful daffodil*parker florals, these law school loves set their sights on forever. From the gorgeous green palette to the stunning reception, one look at the photos from Heather Cook Elliott Photography and you’ll be dreaming of this lakeside loveliness for days. It’s all waiting for you here!

From Heather Cook Elliott Photography It’s an age-old saying, but one that bears repeating when it comes to these two: There is more to Katie & Ben than meets the eye.

They met in law school and quietly, slowly bonded over study sessions and coffee breaks and, I imagine, long philosophical discussions about everything under the sun. I get the sense that fairness, equality, justice and compassion are what interests them most about the profession they’ve chosen and, I think, what interests them most about one another. They are both incredibly thoughtful, careful people (ok, Katie is a bit of beautiful klutz as everyone who knows her can attest, but in love she takes great care) and together they form a sort of powerful force for good and happiness.

Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by the most beautiful florals I’ve ever photographed, their wedding day seemed to reflect this. There was joy in everything they did and joy is what I feel when I look back at their photos. I think I’ve written too much already when really, all one needs to see are the photos to know I’m telling the truth.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: daffodil*parker | Wedding Dress: Zita's Bridal Salon | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Reception Venue: Pilot House At Pier Wisconsin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Miss Ruby | Catering: Bartolottas | Bluegrass Band: Above The Town | Bridesmaid's Jewelery : For The Maids | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Topper: CinnamonBirds | Flower Cleanup And Sharing: Petals For Patients | Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank | Makeup And Hair: Blush | Reception Band: Maggie Speaks | Save The Dates: Red Cloud Boutique | Wedding Signage And Menus: CreativePapier | Wooden State Guest Books: Gracegraffiti

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Preppy Wisconsin Garden Wedding

What do you get when you combine a dash of southern charm and a boatload of pretty Fresh Design blooms? I’ll tell you, pure preppy perfection. Case in point? This lovely garden inspired affair overflowing with pretty. From their watercolored crest to the postcard guest book, every detail is darling and Heather Cook Elliott Photography captured it to share, right here!

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographySarah & Hans’ engagement session found them wandering about a delightful city park in Chicago close to where they live. Among the trails and the flowers and the gardens they told Emily about how they met and how Hans asked Sarah to be his wife. Fast forward a few months and that garden feel was with them again on their wedding day a bit further north in Wisconsin close to Sarah’s family.

At the Milwaukee Country Club they skillfully designed a wedding day made incredibly intimate, sweetly playful and totally them by their delightful inclusion of critters, critters everywhere. They are kind of a signature of Sarah, who leaves them behind to say I love you to family and friends after visits long and short. A likely partial list of animals I spy throughout this submission are puppies, a mouse, otters, bees, and oodles of alligators – a sweet gesture in honor of the time she and Hans have spent at her grandfather’s (alligator friendly) South Carolina property outside of Charleston.

There is a bit of Southern charm to this thoroughly Mid-Western wedding and I can’t be complimentary enough about the dress Sarah chose, their willingness to mix and match here and there, and to incorporate so much of themselves in their details (Sarah watercolored their crest and drew their post card “guest book” as well as the maps included with guest welcome gifts), not to mention the gorgeous setting of the Club paired with its well-heeled china and silver place settings.

Their wedding wasn’t small or in a garden but that’s how it felt – like an intimate garden party among friends, and it was exactly what Sarah and Hans hoped it would be.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Fresh Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's | Invitations: Fabrick Design | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Ellie Thompson Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Blush | Hair: Erik Of Norway | Calligraphy: The Blooming Quill | Band: The Dan Hayes Orchestra | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Proper Cloth | Bridesmaid's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cigar Box: The Smilin Bride | Country Club: Milwaukee Country Club | Flower Girls' Dress: Nordstrom | Tent: Canopies

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Glamorous Beer Garden Inspired Wedding

Now this is a wedding weekend I can really get on board with. Think a fun-filled rehearsal dinner followed by a glamorous, candlelit wedding, all with a fabulous beer garden theme. It’s luxe red, blue and gold hues meets gorgeous florals (gorgeous) from Belle Fiori meets an entire gallery of beautiful images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography.  Click here for all of the pretty.

From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyStephanie and Jay are my kind of people. They love coffee dates and lakeside walks, European beer gardens and travel, family traditions and did I mention beer? They live in Minnesota but traveled to her home state of Wisconsin for an October wedding that reflected a fair amount of those loves and its an understatement to write that we were thrilled to get to photograph it.

People in the midwest take their heritage seriously and this wedding proves it – both were born and raised in the midwest, but Stephanie’s family is solidly German, while Jay’s is all Scottish and they designed a wedding to celebrate both sides – blending cultural traditions with midwestern classics to create a wedding weekend that managed to be both glamorous and cozy, upscale and down-home; all about the drinks, the flowers and the love.

The original inspiration for most of their design ideas was to host the weekend in a beer garden – think floating lights and florals dripping from the ceiling and you have the right idea. To that end, the weekend started with a groom’s dinner at Best Place, a rathskeller type space that used to be the boardroom for executives at the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. Stephanie wore a dried flower crown for the evening in keeping with an old German tradition and their beer was served in glass boots from Mader’s, a local 100+ year old German restaurant.

The next day they revisited Pabst Brewery for stunning portraits on the campus before hosting guests at the Historic Pritzlaff where an area that used to be loading docks was transformed with dripping candles and florals to be their European style beer garden. On this day the flower girls wore the flower crown and Stephanie a bold Lazaro dress with gorgeous ruffles and a glam topknot. At the reception they offered guests a Milwaukee favorite – brandy old fashioneds – and the Scottish side changed into kilts (and the mother of the groom donned a tartan sash!). Stephanie even changed out of her sparkly Jimmy Choos and slipped into a tartan clad pair of shoes that I adored. Overall, the color palette was a surprise – teal and rust colors with pops of purple and lots of green – but I love how those deep fall colors suggested the change to kilts that was to come.

With gold details, lots of candle light and garlands galore on wooden tables the effect was perfect and beautiful and very Stephanie and Jay.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Belle Fiori | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Cake And Bake | Invitations: Coqui Design/Coqui Praperie & Gifts Boutique | Reception Venue: Historic Pritzlaff | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Chef Jack's | Hair & Makeup: BLUSH Beauty | Lighting: Majic Productions | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Kilts: MacGregor And MacDuff | Linens: BBJ | Photography - Assistance: Caca' Santoro | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Best Place At Pabst Brewery | Rentals: A La Crate | Rigging: Barking Pony | Save The Date Coaster: Dick And Jane Letterpress | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Dress Shop: GiGi Of Mequon

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Elegant Boysenberry Wedding at The Villa Terrace

At first glance, you might mistake this slice of elegance from Lexia Frank Photography and Tailored Engagements for an affair set at an authentic Italian villa. That’s just how gorgeous The Villa Terrace in Milwaukee is—and a successful win-win for the beautiful Bride and Groom who craved a destination wedding packed with family. Drenched in the prettiest shade of boysenberry, it’s a beauty all-around.

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From Lexia Frank PhotographyKelly and Alessandro found the perfect place to marry. It was close to home for ailing relatives, but it felt like we were all transported to Italy, where all of the groom’s family resides. The villa terrace is an exact replica of a villa in Italy, so Kelly and Alessandro got the destination wedding they wanted, while also being able to celebrate with the entire family.

The ceremony took place on the terrace overlooking the water, and guests enjoyed a pre-ceremony cocktail hour in the courtyard. After the ceremony guests were welcomed down in the villa’s gardens where Italian style antipasti were served, children played soccer, and an incredible balloon artist created whimsical creations for the wedding’s youngest guests (and some of the bride and groom as well!). Later in the evening, children were ushered into their own private wedding ‘party’ while the adults were happy to dine together and listen to the live italian opera singer serenade the evening. It was a perfect day, and could not have been more lovely!

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Event Planning: Amanda Felsmen Of Tailored Engagements | Florist: Marius Bell | Cake: The Cake Lady | Caterer: Lee John's | Bartending: Zilli Hospitality Group | Beauty: Neroli | Rentals: Canopies | Rentals: BBJ Linens | Villa: The Villa Terrace

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Farm to Table Inspiration

Farm to table style inspiration is always a good thing, but add a team of Milwaukee’s finest vendors to the mix and it’s an entirely new level of amazing.  But I guess that’s what happens when Britt Taylor, Events To A TMiranda K Levy and Rachel R Lee (just to name a few) combine their creative talents to craft a shoot that is all at once rustic, modern and fabulous.  See it all right here. 

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From Britt Taylor… Britt Taylor Photography and Tiara with Events to a T came together with Milwaukee’s most creative vendors to achieve this modern day feast. The goal was to create a relaxed sense of togetherness with a heavy emphasis on beautiful organic textures and simple elegance. One of the main focal pieces is the farm to table style dining which is showcased beautifully by the craft style cascading banner menu designed by PaperWhites.

The decor lends itself perfectly to creating a relaxed atmosphere; the paint chipped farm house chairs add a fantastic texture while joining the grand wooden feast style table all provided by Relics Vintage Rentals. This style of dinning allows for guest to feel incredibly relaxed and engaged with the intimacy of the celebration. With the visual focus remaining on the feast we wanted to incorporate natural elements that would be an alternative to traditional florals. The use of moss and hand picked Wisconsin grown foliage enhance the visual splendor.

We loved the modern design of Project Runway alum Miranda K. Levy’s Bridal gown. The high neckline and cropped waist create a really chic fashion forward look while the beautiful choice of satin retain a timeless elegance. Rachel Lee developed a romantic natural hair and makeup look by emphasizing our brides lashes with individual lash extensions and keeping her palette to all neutrals with a pinky nude lip. She finished this polished look with the perfect amount of cheek luminizer to create a etherial glow. Our bride’s look was perfected by the custom jeweled caplet by Elan Couture. We love the idea the bride jewelry can be incredibly unexpected and completely exciting. Her cathedral veil from Miss Ruby’s Boutique was adorned with an Wisconsin grown sprig.

Our Groom keep his fashions simple, comfortable and sophisticated by mixing patterns and adding an extra detail of texture with his leather adorned suspenders. we enjoyed creating an event that both Bride and Groom can feel very inspired by and can easily achieve by mixing different textures, patterns and keeping the color palette to a muted minimum.

Photography: Britt Taylor | Event Planning: Events To A T | Wedding Dress: Miranda K Levy | Jewelry: Elan Couture | Venue: Lindsay Building | Bridal Accessories: Miss Ruby Boutique | Invitations/ Paper Goods: Paperwhites LLC | Stylist- Hair & Makeup: Rachel R Lee | Vintage Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals