A Wisconsin Wedding With German Flair

If you wanted to honor your heritage into your special day, you can learn a thing or two from these cuties. Austin and Mike’s Wisconsin wedding included incorporated their German heritage through fun and thoughtful details. Favorites include letterpress invitations by Shipwright & Co. featuring a German beer stein, Gabriel’s Horns String Quartet playing Eidelweiss from the Sound of Music at the ceremony (read the special meaning behind this choice, below!), and a polka band performance. Kate Weinstein captured the festivities, which are all waiting for you right here!


Despite growing up only one mile apart and having many mutual friends, Mike and Austin didn’t actually meet until they were classmates in medical school. Mike remembers looking across the anatomy lab at Austin and thinking she was pretty cute. The rest was history!

Austin and Mike’s wedding day was a celebration of love and family, with many nods to their home state of Wisconsin and their German heritage. Their letterpress invitations featured a German beer stein, and Mike’s tie pin was also a beer stein. During the ceremony, the Eidelweiss song from the Sound of Music was played, which is meaningful to the couple for many reasons, but most importantly, when Mike proposed, he gave Austin a ring in a music box that played that song. Immediately following the ceremony, a polka band led everyone to the cocktail hour. At dinner, guests were given bars of cheese as favors to take home. Courtney Joy and Sweven created the breathtaking florals in shades of peach, orange, and pink. Shipwright and Co. created the invitation suite. The Marv Wunder Polka Band started the evening’s entertainment, followed by Milwaukee Airwaves as DJ. It was a day of joy, laughter, and happily ever after!

Photography: Kate Weinstein | Floral Design: Sweven | Floral Design: Courtney Joy Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet Tooth | Invitations: Shipwright & Co. | Shoes: BHLDN | Jewelry: BHLDN | Jewelry: Sara Gabriel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Needle & Thread | Catering: Chef Jack's | Hair + Makeup: Andriana Lazic and Mindy from Steven Edwards Color Group | DJ: Milwaukee Airwaves | Ceremony Music: Gabriel's Horns | Venue: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center | Bridal Boutique: Brickhouse Bridal | Cheese Favors: Fromagination | Groom's Tux: Indochino | Menus: Sarah Gill | Paper Goods: Minutemaid Press | Photography Assistance: Kate Romenesko Photography | Polka Band: Marv Wunder | Programs: Paperless Post | Rentals: Canopies Events with Distinction | Stickers: Minted