Infusing a whole lot of personality into her big day was a number one priority for this gorgeous bride-to-be.  One that she and her handsome groom happily took on with some fab DIY details, an amazing flea market find and centerpieces constructed by none other than her step-father.  If that isn’t adding your special touch to every last moment, then I don’t know what is.  Oh, and the bride’s heartwarming tributes to her grandparents?  Beyond lovely.  See every moment captured by Emilia Jane Photography right here.

From the Bride… We wanted the day to reflect both of our personalities (which could have been challenging since we’re different in a lot of ways). We made the giant marquee letters and the signs together the week before the wedding and that was wonderful. We don’t get to work together on projects very often since we have such different careers, but this ended up being this great pre-wedding bonding experience. And I was so proud of him when I walked into the venue because it really looked exactly how I pictured it and he was able to just do that.

Other things that I loved were the rug we stood on (I bought it at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena after scouring the internet for what I wanted. I went with a very good friend of mine who couldn’t make it to the wedding and she helped me barter. I love that it’s a memory of a great day with her and also that we’ll have the rug that we stood on while we promised to spend our lives together.), Jamie’s tie clip (with the rug’s coordinates), and the centerpieces made by my stepdad (he really nailed them). Also, I had read in a book that my grandparent’s had kept when I was a baby that what they wanted to see most in my future was me at my wedding. I kept thinking about that when I was planning. That they wouldn’t be there was unexpectedly emotional. So, I tried to create my grandparents’ presence as much as I could. We had pictures of them on or around their wedding day, I wore my grandmother’s necklace and a pair of earrings my grandpa had given to my mom, and carried a purse made from my grandmother’s wedding dress. I actually think their goals for me changed over time because they were also very excited about my education, but ultimately, I did feel like they were a part of the day.

Wedding Photography: Emilia Jane Photography / Wedding Venue: Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Floral Design: Phil Cleland from Chicago Specialty Gardens / Caterer: Ball n’ Biscuit / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye “Honeychurch” via Lovely / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew

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