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Crimson Milwaukee Wedding

DIY Weddings

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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

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Shutterfreek Photo+Video

It’s so nice to meet you! We are Katie & Paul McPherson “Shutterfreek” a husband wife Photography & Videography duo. We absolutely love capturing people’s most important moments in life.

We are drawn to the wild outdoors. Our photos are light, airy and fresh, but with deep undertones- the calm, cool presence of mountain air mixed with the light, airy warmth of desert sun. 

Our ability to shoot this adventurous, candid, emotional style of Wedding photography, complimented by the fact that we offer “the whole package” with photography, video, & photobooth services, absolutely set us apart from the competition.

We would love to be part of your Special Wedding Day!

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Intimate Ballroom Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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Ultra glamorous sans the fuss, ballroom wedding with a cozy feel. That’s how Emma and Craig’s wedding shot by Apryl Ann Photography could be described in a nutshell. The different shades of blue with sparkly gold touches set the tone for the day, which included Toms shoes in glittery blue for the bridesmaids for the reception!

Straps tank wedding dress Lazaro
Art Deco glamorous wedding invitations periwinkle blue
sock bun wedding updo
From the bride, Emma: As soon as Craig and I got engaged, we started planning the wedding. Actually, let’s be honest, we started talking about the aesthetic of the wedding before we got engaged. We did not want the typical ballroom wedding, which is why we chose the Aldredge House. We love the vintage feel of the house, and we loved that it felt much more personable and cozy than a typical ballroom wedding. Once we chose the venue, everything else fell in to place.

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purple gray bridesmaid dresses
Including the venue, my four most important wedding components were my dress, the invitations, and the photographer. First, my dress was love at first sight. The minute I tried it on, I knew it was for me. I checked that off my list early in the process. Then I started researching invitations, save the dates, wedding programs, and was shocked to see how expensive paper goods can be. I talked to some people at Paper Source and read some DIY blogs and decided to tackle the invitations – letterpress and screenprinting – myself. I am now obsessed with making invitations and cards and anything involving paper. The invitations set the tone for the wedding. A lot of brides overlook invitations, but I think that they deserve a lot of thought, because they really do set the tone. We received so many compliments on our invitations with several people telling us that they were the most beautiful invitations that they have ever seen and they could not wait to see more at the wedding.
Art Deco glamorous wedding invitations periwinkle blue
Art Deco glamorous wedding invitations periwinkle blue

Now comes our photographer – Apryl Ann. I found her featured on Ruffled and fell in love with her vintage, whimsical, personal style. We knew she was perfect once we met her. Our photographs will last forever, and we did not want to skimp on the photographer and regret it later. We are only doing this once, and we want the photos to be perfect, and Apryl delivered. We could not be happier with Apryl and her beautiful photos of the most important time of our lives to date.
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groomsmen tuxedo boutonnieres
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sapphire wedding engagement ring
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sapphire wedding engagement ring
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My advice to other brides is to slow down and enjoy every moment of the day. I had put a year of my life planning the wedding and was so anxious the day of that I feel like I missed out on some moments. I never saw the food display (we are separately upstairs at the reception site before being announced, which was awesome). I never saw family photos that were placed around the house for guests to view. There are guests that I have seen in photos from the wedding that I did not get to see. The night was a blur and over before we knew it, but it was the most perfect night of our lives. Enjoy every minute.

Oh, and our DJ suggested doing a last dance for the evening, and I highly recommend it! It was such a sweet moment and some of my favorite photos from the entire day are of Craig’s tux loosened and me in my Tom’s and we are in such bliss, spinning around the room.
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Wedding Songs:

First dance: Mushaboom by Feist
Father and bride dance: Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Mother and groom dance: I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack
Bride and groom last dance: Home by Edward Sharpe

Wedding Vendors (Dallas, Texas):

Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Ceremony: Greenland Hills United Methodist Church / Reception: Aldredge House / Cake: Frosted Art Bakery / Caterer: Food Glorious Food / Dress: Lazaro from Stardust Celebrations in Plano/ Invitations and Paper Goods: Designed by Alaina Cherup of CheerupCherup on Etsy; printed by bride / Out of Town Guest Bags: Purchased from Enviro-tote and made by bride / Bridesmaid and Groomsmen shoes: Toms / Transportation: 360 Limos / DJ: Mathias Carthen of Randal Stout Entertainment / Wedding Planner: Factor 110 from Oklahoma City / Bride Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane

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Italia Celebrations

“When it comes to weddings there is no one with more knowledge, dedication and fantasy than Brenda Babcock and Italia Celebrations” Vera Wang

Italia Celebrations began in 2004 as a wedding planning service for Americans and other world travelers wanting to be married in Italy’s most spectacular locations. Since then we have created memories of a lifetime for couples from all over the world.

Prior to living in Italy Brenda was a director at Vera Wang in NYC. She helped take the company from its beginnings to become an leading authority on weddings. She now lives in Rome, Italy and is fluent in all things Italian. She enjoys sharing the best that Italy has to offer with her clients and their guests.

Each couple is unique and their wedding should reflect what is special about them. Our team at Italia Celebrations would be honored to assist you in planning your wedding in Italy.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We’re finally getting some great weather this week here in NY, which has us dreaming of spending our afternoons at a French bistro, dining and chatting the night away. That’s this week’s color card, inspired by moody palettes of a quaint sidewalk bistro. Chalkboard menu sign, off white blooms and bakery treats…hmmm hmmm hmmm!

Colors: sugar, cocoa and chalkboard

French cage wedding ideas mocha pink

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In case you missed any features from this week…

A homemade ranch wedding in California
Wedding inspiration with stunning floral arrangements
This double wedding by a lake
Our Pennsylvania Local Wedding Guide
A chic Brooklyn affair
An assortment of our favorite hanging centerpieces
A handmade wedding from Amber Springs
This DIY Tennessee wedding
A rustic chic Santa Barbara wedding

And finally, a few gems from our Recycle Your Wedding classifieds…

A vintage typewriter from the early 1900s
Amber bottles with chalkboard tape
BHLDN Yarrow-in-Flower dress, size 2
Collection of 12 mason jars
4 vintage cigar boxes

Happy weekend, everyone!