Lakeside Wisconsin Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

With hints of both modern and vintage, this lakeside Wisconsin wedding photographed by m three studio is one that people will be talking about for quite some time. Chevron table runners line salvaged tables, while hand-made lanterns hang from the tent ceiling and colorful floral centerpieces provide a bit of a pop against the soft waterfront setting. Look at this wedding long enough and you may be able to feel the lake breeze from your seat.


From the bride, Liz: I wanted our lakeside wedding to be an inviting and festive occasion that integrated our tented reception with the outdoor space. In addition, I wanted the decor to be both vintage and modern. The bridesmaids wore airy champagne gowns and the groomsmen wore crisp navy suits. I wanted their attire to nod to a waterfront setting. The orange and pink flowers created a pop of color.

Wisconsin lake wedding
midwest chevron wedding
Wisconsin lake wedding
midwest chevron wedding
Wisconsin lake wedding
madras wedding tie
midwest chevron wedding
Wisconsin lake wedding
Wisconsin lake wedding

My mother made the lanterns that hung in the tent, and she and I painted the votive holders that were scattered across the tables. I also made the simple table numbers and well wishes cards. I worked very closely with our invitation designer and our stationary designer to design all of the printed items.


ring bearer wearing converse
midwest chevron wedding
Wisconsin lake wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Since we had an outdoor wedding, with no back up plan, we had to account for potential weather and electrical issues. We literally built a wedding venue and restaurant from the ground up. Luckily, my husband, mother, caterer, wedding stylist and I worked extremely hard to be prepared for the day. It is extremely important that you have a team of people you can trust to pull your vision together. I was incredibly lucky to have had an amazing catering team (my parent’s next door neighbor who was a former restauranteur) and his colleague who not only built an outdoor kitchen from scratch, but created the most lovely, seasonal meal anyone could ask for.


Wisconsin lake wedding
midwest chevron wedding

I also had an extremely talented wedding stylist who executed my vision perfectly. She brought in dining tables her father had made from salvaged barn wood and an array of vintage furniture and decor to build the entire environment. She understood my aesthetic and brought the design together. I would recommend a day-of wedding planner. I wish I would have had someone separate from my family, friends, and vendors who was checking in with me throughout the day and keeping everyone on a timeline.

chevron table runner
midwest chevron wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
I walked down the aisle to a single mandolin playing Lara’s Theme from Doctor Zhivago…My grandfather passed away a few years ago, and he loved to play this song on his mandolin. Walking down the aisle to this song was a way for me and my family to remember him on my wedding day.
First Dance: My Morning Jacket’s “Golden,” My Morning Jacket
Father/Daughter Dance: ” Dream a Little Dream,” Eddie Vedder
There was a low hanging orange harvest moon late in the evening, so my father and I danced to Harvest Moon as well. We both love Neil Young.

Wedding Location: Algoma, WI / Photographer: m three studio / Event Design and Styling: Angie McMahon of Viva La Cottage / Wedding Flowers: Flora / Wedding Venue: LaSalle Park / Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah / Wedding Veil and Alterations: Connie Simpson / Wedding Shoes: Heiress via BHLDN / Earrings: J. Crew / Bracelet: Kate Spade / Rings: Genovese Jewelers / Hair: Tracy Grundy, The Shoppe / Makeup: Jessica Espinosa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Bridesmaids’ Sandals: Dolce Vita / Bridesmaids’ Bracelets: Kate Spade / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Tod’s / Wedding Caterer: Mitch Wise and Julie Beaudoin / Wedding Cake: FlourGirl Patissier / DJ: Sound by Design / Rentals: Event Essentials / Wedding Invitations: Courtney Callahan Papers / Paper Goods: Jennifer Brin / Videographer: One Fine Day Productions / Transportation: Babler Bus



7 comments
  1. Chelsea

    This is beautiful! I am in love with her belt! I am trying to find something similar for my wedding in Sept…where is this from??

    • Liz Berra

      The “belt” was actually a part of the waistline of the dress ;).

  2. Georgia

    My Dad and I absolutely love Neil Young. What a sweet father-daughter dance. Congratulations on your marriage :)

  3. Hawaii Wedding Planner

    The bride looks stunning! Love the dress! I also love the whole group photo!

  4. rin

    that video is good!!!
    what it song name? please tell me~

  5. Amanda Hill

    I love the chevron details with this color scheme. Beautiful wedding! I love all the shots, especially the group one!

  6. Sarah

    This wedding looks amazing! I’ve looked into renting out the parks, but the lack of electricity deterred me. How did you get around that? We had thought of generators, but were warned that they’re very loud.

Leave a comment

Photos by:

m three studio

You might also like