Crimson Milwaukee Wedding

DIY Weddings

Looking over these images sent over by Anna Page Photography, it’s easy to see where our eyes were first drawn to: that amazing crimson accordion pinwheel backdrop. It’s no surprise that the bride and groom are graphic designers, given that they had their hands in all the day’s DIY details. We’re also pretty fond of the silhouette cake toppers, featuring famous pairings and couples from pop culture.

bride and groom veil

bride and groom laughingjenny packham gown

gold wedding rings

red bridesmaids dresses

From the bride, Megan: The pinwheels and all other decorations were made by JP and me, my sisters, and my closest friend Sarah. As graphic designers we love the tactile nature of paper and made all of our decorations aside from the flowers out of it. The cake toppers were an idea I had that JP perfected. JP made 20 cake toppers of different famous couples.

bride and groom outdoors

red bridal bouquetsred wedding shoes

silver beaded purse

Our wedding was sentimental and joyous. Our wedding color scheme was various shades and hues of red. Our DIY projects included:
-We made tons of red pinwheels that decorated the chairs at the reception and made a huge focal wall behind the bridal parties table.
-We made our invitations, save the dates and programs.
-We sewed a booklet for each guest that served as the place card. Inside each booklet we wrote a message to the guest. We knew we wouldn’t get to talk to everyone during the day so we wanted to write them each a note thanking them.
-Jp made all the cake toppers!
-I made my garter


bride and groom indoors

bride with long veil

red pinwheel backdrop

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Pick one thing you are going to splurge on that means the most to you and one thing you are going to let go and live without. For Jp and me, having wonderful photography to look at after our wedding was a must so we splurged on photography. While I love cake we decided that the cakes didn’t really matter to us in the grand scheme of things. This really helped us gain some perspective that everything in the planning process is not equally important and somethings you can live without.


red and gray bridal party

white framed seating chartsilhouette cake toppers

red pinwheel backdrop

bride and groom first dance


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Milwaukee, WI):

Ceremony Venue: Holy Apostles (New Berlin) / Reception Venue: Villa Filomena / Wedding Photographer: Anna Page Photography / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Rings: Britta Kauppila / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Wedding Flowers: Gabriella Bras

10 comments
  1. Julie

    I LOVE that red pinwheel / umbrella wall! How was that made? It’s incredible.

  2. Carolyn (Flowerfinder.co.uk)

    Stunning colours! Really makes an image to remember.

  3. Libby James

    The pinwheel wall is ah-mazing! Did the couple DIY that themselves?? I also adore the cake silhouettes. Uber cute!!!!

  4. Libby James

    When I scrolled back up to Ooh and ahh some more, I noticed it said they DID do it themselves. I musta missed that the first time around. Was blinded by the gorgeous red wall! ;)

  5. chicago wedding photography

    Love the shot of the B/G with their shoes : D

  6. Calie Rose

    Love the red and grey hues throughout…quite striking!

  7. Lacey Parr

    Oh that dress! How gorgeous!

  8. jessica parks rourke

    that red pinwheel backdrop is perfection!!

  9. Alpa

    I love this wall. I’m making something similar and I’m having trouble with how to hang them on a free standing wall like this one!! Please help!!! Im afraid pipe and drape can’t hold all the weight of the paper!!

    Thanks!!!

    You guys did an amazing job!!

  10. Stephanie

    I’m with Alpa. I have started making the pinwheels (they look amazing) but I am not sure how to hang them. It looks like they used pipe and drape…but how did they attach them?

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