You know how couples often exchange sweetest gifts the morning of the wedding? Well, this Groom took things one step further and surprised his Bride with probably the cutest gift EVER – a collar for the new family puppy they’d pick out together as newlyweds. It’s a wedding day surprise we can 100% get behind, but it’s only the beginning. More beautiful moments captured by The McCartneys right here.
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From The McCartneys Photography… With a soft color palette and modern lines in mind, Elise and Tyler designed the wedding of their dreams with lots of help from Elise’s Mom, and an amazing team of creatives! The Milwaukee Art Museum absolutely blew us away with its grand beauty and refreshing walls of white.
But more importantly, we were lucky to capture this fun, at ease couple’s wedding day. Elise and Tyler are not only a gorgeous bride and groom, but an amazing couple to be surrounded by. The happiness they emitted was never-ending from the moment we arrived to our hugs goodbye, and you could see in their eyes that they were SO grateful for all of the friends and family who traveled to celebrate with them on their wedding day!
Elise and her ladies were pampered with final makeup and hair touches, then Elise slipped into her beautiful Anna Maier~Ulla-Maija wedding gown (and stunning Manolo’s!). We were even able to tag along as Elise’s maid of honor delivered a special boudoir session wedding gift to her groom. From the look on Tyler’s face, our guess is that he was quite surprised!
The first look took place in a galleria completely overflowing with gorgeous light and white walls and floors everywhere you looked! Our hearts may have skipped a beat when Elise opened Tyler’s gift to her – a brand new collar so they can pick out their first puppy and start growing their newly formed family of two! From that moment on, their smiles were painted on and we had a BLAST with their very charismatic wedding party! Inside the museum and out, Elise and Tyler and their stylish wedding party (donning Burberry and Adrianna Pappell) looked amazing, and we were thankful to have lots of portrait time with them!
The entire wedding day was set in the Milwaukee Art Museum, but the transformation that took place from the moment the ceremony ended until their reception tables were glowing with candlelight was incredible!! Guests were whisked into another galleria for cocktail hour and an amazing guitarist serenaded everyone as they enjoyed Wisconsin treats and beverages. From a gorgeous ceremony white washed in radiant light and gorgeous florals to a reception celebration with linens, colorful up-lighting, centerpieces and never-ending thoughtful details that filled their reception, all of the friends and family of Elise and Tyler were in for a real treat!
From the Bride… I had ALWAYS envisioned having my wedding in my hometown at the Milwaukee Art Museum and so Tyler knew there was not much room for discussion :) We did not look at any other venues and in fact, choosing the venue was one of the easiest decisions that we made related to the wedding. We LOVED the modern architecture, location, lighting and white color scheme.
We did not want to overpower the beauty of the Milwaukee Art Museum and so we chose a simple elegant aesthetic. We used neutral and champagne colors (with a hint of sparkles, of course!), autumn flowers and lots of candles for decoration. For the wedding, we wrote our own ceremony words and vows, and incorporated poems and music that had been important to us in our lives.
We created wedding favors made up of local caramels wrapped in monogrammed “C” boxes and tied with ribbons. With my mother/wedding planner extraordinaire and some wonderful family friends, I had a “craft brunch” (complete with mimosas) to help put everything together. Most of the supplies came from Michaels and we went so many times that my mother has vowed never to step foot in another Michaels again!
Our favorite moment of the wedding day was the special and private first look that we shared. Seeing each other in advance of the walk down the aisle calmed our nerves. This was also when my groom presented a dog collar as a token of his readiness to bring a wheaten terrier fur child into our loving family! Thanks so much for capturing the joy of this moment, McCartneys!
If I were to share a piece of advice with future prides, it would be: ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY the entire wedding planning process and try not to let the daunting nature of some tasks overwhelm you. Oh, and do not forget to plan the most awesome honeymoon :)
Photography: The McCartneys Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Mother of The Bride, Jean Simbro | Floral Design: Michael Huebner | Invitations: Broadway Paper | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell Via Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Cafe Calatrava | Makeup Artist: Diane Yokes | Hair Stylist: Robert Schneider | DJ: Sound By Design | Groomsmen's Ties: Burberry | Officiant: Judge Jeff Kremers | Wedding Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum | Additional Paper Goods: Coqui Design | Bride's Dress: Anna Maier, Ulla-Maija | Bride's Earrings: Gemma Collection | Bride's Headband: Halo & Co. Crystal Headband, Nordstrom | Cake Artist: The Cake Lady | Groom's Tuxedo: J. Crew | Guitarist: Joe Wray | Up-Lighting: Sound By Design | Wedding Rings: Bachendorf's