How can we resist a wedding that literally ends with a walk into the sunset? Molly and Sam are high school sweethearts who tied the knot with help from Dynamic Events by David Caruso and The Flower Garden, and the designs they whipped up have us feeling inspired. Just take a peek at the images from Paper Antler!
A whimsical, woodsy elopement? Yes, please! Cherry Blossom Events delivered this shoot our way and it was chock-full of darling photos by Booth Photographics. The husband and wife duo captured all of the lovely details like that pristine tablescape nestled in the middle of the woods and the cherry on top of it, a lush centerpiece of dusty and bright colors by Daffodil Parker. Enjoy all of the goodness here!
From the event designer, Cherry Blossom Events: We are delighted to share with your readers this intimate, soft, and romantic styled shoot in one of Wisconsin’s hallmark mossy glens. We believe that great event design can take it’s biggest source of inspiration from the event setting. Instead of pursuing a collection of wedding trends, note the setting-natural growth, textures, time of year, and you’ll have an event design that’s cohesive, and beautiful!
We recently put this into practice in this shoot, nestled back in a quiet mossy glen. The space is moody and romantic, rife with delicate textures, earthy smells, and soft breezes that we wanted to reflect in the design. Our talented stylists created a tablescape to draw out the natural tones and textures of the space.
Natural textures such as wood, linen and breezy plant dyed silk reflected the ambiance of the space, from of the velvety moss covered rocks to the gentle breeze in the glen. The specialty sweets table, chock full of delicious gold leafed macarons, mossy profiterols, and mushroom shaped meringues and more completed the forest feel beautifully. When you work with such a talented creative time, your wedding will be so much more than a collection of trends that come and go. You’ll create a timeless, beautiful, and cohesive event you’ll savor for years to come.
Event Design and Coordination
Hair and Makeup
Candlesticks and Vintage Mirror
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
Let’s start off by saying this: how dreamy does Wisconsin look at the cusp of fall? It’s surreal and with all of the greenery and lush landscapes roaming everywhere, it’s no wonder that Cherry Blossom Events concocted this vibrant, bohemian shoot. Laurels & Stars Photography documenting of the day was sublime, and speaking of sublime, the whimsy that Floral by Jamae packed into those wild floral arrangements is pure bliss for us.
From the event designer and stylist, Cherry Blossom Events: This vibrant and lush backyard inspiration will make your inner bohemian sing and awaken. The ethereal mix of light and vibrancy of color feels almost tropical, when in reality this was shot in a backyard in Wisconsin in September — further proof that brides and planners can create just about anything using what they have. This stunning project was planned and styled by Laura of Laurels and Stars Photography along with the amazing creative genius of Andrea and Sarah of Cherry Blossom Events.
Along with the help of many talented vendors, we were able to create an editorial piece that is just really beautiful to look at. Using unique and personal details like my Grandmother’s old clock, Andrea & Sarah transformed a simple barn table into a gorgeous lush piece of artwork. Andrea & Sarah also added touches of DIY, you’d never know the escort board and chargers were stained to compliment the color scheme of the floral arrangements. Furthermore, the desserts and naked cakes add to the intimate and bohemian feeling of this inspiration. And finally, the escort cards and invitations complete the feeling of vibrant and lush bohemian. The watercolor blues and handmade vibe coupled with the coppery calligraphy really finish the look. We were so pleased with the way this styled shoot came together, our hope is that it provides inspiration to others in our industry.
Photography and Model Styling
Styled Shoot Design and Styling
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cakes and Desserts
Linens, Flatware, Dinnerware, and Glassware
We’re serving up a good dose of organic bridal inspo, with photos courtesy of Laurelyn Savannah Photography. It’s safe to say that the botanical romance of this styled shoot by Mint + Lovely is unreal and we’re all about that intricate lace wedding dress that was custom-made just for this shoot! It complements the impeccable floral wall installation by Belle Fiori and is the just right touch of feminine for the space used in the shoot. We’re fangirling over these delicate details today!
From the photographer, Laurelyn Savannah Photography: I’m thrilled to share this bridal inspiration with you today. This collaborative shoot features an incredible floral wall installation that mixes industrial, brick texture with nature – bringing the outdoors into a downtown city space in a fresh way. The bride’s gown is a custom piece that was handmade by a local bespoke gown maker, specifically for this shoot! The unique lace ties in with the organic feeling of the bride’s surroundings, and adds a delicate touch to balance the somewhat masculine brick + industrial space. It’s a marriage of textures that are a beautiful part of the area where the shoot took place, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Today’s styled shoot from Booth Photographics and Mint & Lovely Studios is just too charming to resist. It tells the story of a bride and groom who chose to return to their hometown to exchange vows, making it a domestic destination wedding of sorts. The team blends modern and organic style brilliantly, using wood details and always-cheery greens and whites to create a clean vignette that will be as relevant today as 50 years from now!
From the photographer and event designer, Booth Photographics and Mint & Lovely Studios: A destination wedding normally conjures up images of warm beaches, tropical drinks and exotic locations that are brand new for both the couple and their guests. However, for this destination wedding shoot we chose to highlight a couple who headed back to their hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate their big day. A beautiful and meaningful marriage of cream city brick, a delicious doughnut bar and personal touches of the city where they grew up and met, serves as the backdrop for this stunning ‘Rooted in Love’ shoot.
We envisioned this wedding taking place in the late Midwest spring which can bring along some unexpected weather challenges, rain or even snow wouldn’t be too surprising! Instead of using the expected bright spring color palette, we chose saturated emerald green with touches of cream, white and shimmery silver to create a rich and romantic feel. The Third Ward district buildings are known for cream colored brick walls that were used at the turn of the century to construct the buildings. To complement that natural texture and give a nod to the “rooted” theme, we incorporated wooden signs and elements, hand torn muslin ribbons, and naturally textured florals and greenery on the table.
Incorporating personal touches that were special to the couple without becoming cliche was a special challenge that we took on for this shoot. We hope it serves as inspiration for readers who are searching for a way to feature their hometown pride in a refined way. A shimmery chocolate from a local chocolate shop molded with the iconic Third Ward Arch arrived with the boxed invitation to let guests know where they would be heading. Guests were treated to a spring tulip favor, set in rocks collected from the Lake Michigan shoreline. Wood table numbers showcased calligraphy with a location in the city that was special to the couple and seamlessly tied into the “roots” theme. Each one of these elements contributed to a marriage of thoughtful ideas and gorgeous decor to create a truly unique and personal event.
Event Styling and Design
Venue and Catering
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Dress
Hair and Makeup
Though this wedding from Anna Page Photography takes place in Milwaukee, you’d almost never know it by its heavy English influence. There are many darling details to behold, but I’m particularly smitten with the bridesmaids’ headpieces – a trend I hope to see take more traction soon on this side of the pond!
From the newlyweds, Bill and Hillary: We envisioned our wedding to be simple and timeless. We wanted the style to be clean and soft. We hoped our guests would feel a sense of magic with pretty white lights, yet have people feel comfortable being surrounded by natural fabrics at a down to-earth-venue. We hoped for the smell of freshly cut grass and fall foliage. We envisioned our wedding to have a personal touch through aesthetic details and also through experiences like having us and our wedding party go around to the tables and pour the first toasts.
Our wedding was comforting, magical, happy, quirky, and honest. Comforting because of the wonderful love and care our friends and family brought to our big day, magical because of the glowing wall of lights, happy because this was the one day we had everyone who is important together with us on one day and we had the chance to announce the love we have for each other, quirky because of details like having a pinata for the kids and having the bouquet fall a part in the air so that more than one lady would catch a flower after the bride threw it from the top rungs of the barn ladder, and honest because we had our hand in every detail of the day.
We had only the suggestion of a color scheme, as we wanted all white with accents of soft linen colors. We had a lot of DIY projects for our wedding. It’s important to point out the reason this was so successful was because of dedicated friends and most importantly a bride and groom who were both equally invested in the event. First thing we did was design our family seal. This design would go on our save the date, invitation, programs, and favor of custom stemless champagne flutes. Friends and family wove together Salal, Italian Ruscus, and Seeded Eucalyptus into long leafy garlands for the doorways and tables. We also sewed together long lengths of linen for the tablecloths. We made our seating board by framing a vintage map and posting table assignments to all of our visited locations around the world. We painted our last names in our special font on printed patterns in giant square frames for the big wall. We hung large empty frames and tied glittered twigs to the wall for a photo booth corner where people could adorn themselves in pieces from our costume box that we brought from home. We scattered the ground with jars that we filled with LED tea lights which made it feel like fairies were at our wedding too.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to delegate small tasks to friends and family. On the day they will feel a part of your big day. Also, hold tight to what your wedding is really about. It’s not just about the two of you, it’s about you, your friends, and your family all coming together to celebrate. Also, designing a family seal was fun and useful and will be a part of our lives for long after the wedding and is a happy reminder of the day and your union.
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: Vivaldi’s Spring
First Dance: “I Follow Rivers” Lykke Li (Live on the Moon)
We played mostly songs that everyone could dance to. We only had a few slow songs in the bunch. The Groom made the entire play list for the wedding. He started collecting songs for the wedding day even before our engagement! There were classics like The Beatles and Gloria Gaynor along with new pop such as Rihanna and Iconapop.
Wedding Location: Milwaukee, WI / Photographer: Anna Page Photography / Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Mother of the Bride Dress, Flower Girl and Ringbearer Outfits: Made by the bride, Hillary Amber / Headpieces: Made by the bride / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Zara / Groom’s Tie: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen’s Ties: Uniqlo / Tie Clips: The Tie Bar
When the always-inspiring Rue had their third birthday, they went straight to Confetti Pop for a styled shoot to celebrate. Studio Fleurette and Paper Antler were also brought on board, and turned out one of the prettiest modern nouveau shoots full of wedding ideas we’ve seen in ages.
From the stylists at Confetti Pop, Maddy and Shauna: We were asked to design and style an inspiration shoot in honor of Rue Magazine’s third birthday, and packed it full of fresh details to inspire your wedding, as well! We wanted the bash to feel like Rue brought to life, so we incorporated a graphic black and white palette and a vintage modern aesthetic, which matches Rue’s focus on modern, yet eclectic decor. Incorporating natural elements, like stained wood and herbs, makes creates a layered, texture-rich feast for the eyes.
Shoot Location: Baldwin, WI / Photographer: Paper Antler / Event Styling: Confetti Pop / Floral Design: Studio Fleurette / Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers / Venue: Mystical Rose Gardens / Honeycomb Tissue Balls, Glassine Envelopes, and Drink Stand Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu / Bulk Candy: CandyWarehouse
Andrea and Jeremy decided on a farm setting photographed by Studio 29 and chose to have a pop up dinner style reception. A chef came to the farm and prepared everything fresh, from farm to table – which is precisely what we love about farm weddings. These two foodies also went on handcrafting most of their wedding decor, from the glorious ribbon backdrop to balloon table numbers!
From the bride, Andrea: We first got the idea for a farm wedding by watching a show called Wisconsin Foodie on MPTV. The video featured Pop-Up dinners that take place right on a farm prepared by master chefs. We loved the idea so much we wanted to try and re-create this at our own wedding! Everything else just fell into place with the help of Pinterest, and good family and friends of course :)
We loved having a small wedding party. It meant a lot to us to have the closest of friends and this also made it very personal and incredibly easy to coordinate! We also loved the idea of the themed wedding. We didn’t register anywhere and we really received some one of a kind gifts that knock the typical toaster out of the water:) Just enjoy the day and soak it all in!!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? We are absolutely in love with our special day and couldn’t be happier with how everything worked together to make it memorable. However, seeing as this is the advice section; two things that I would advise other couples to do now that we have been through this. Have at least the Ceremony video taped. Even if it is by a friend or family member. We really didn’t think that this would be that important, but after going through it, we really wish we would have not tightened the budget on this idea.
The other thing that I would recommend is to have someone (who is not in the wedding party, so they can enjoy themselves) keep track of time so the program for the day of flows. It is almost a given that things are going to run somewhat behind, but just so it doesn’t go too off track (and if you didn’t have the budget to hire the actual wedding coordinator)- it would have been nice since the day FLEW by!
Processional: “This Year’s Love,” David Gray
Recessional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
First Dance: “No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band of Horses
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Wedding Location: Burlington, WI / Photographer: Studio 29 / Flowers: Gia Bella Flowers / Wedding Venue: Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens / Wedding Dress: Galina via David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil and Sash: The Paisley Moon / Wedding Shoes: Ariat / Hair: Mary Shimek / Makeup: Bride / Maid of Honor’s Dress: ModCloth / Maid of Honor’s Shoes: Ariat / Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic / Groom’s Tie and Shoes: Kohls / Groomsmen’s Attire: Dads and best man had suspenders from Kohls and whatever grey pants they already owned / Wedding Caterer: Generations at Five Points Cafe and Lounge, Waukesha / Wedding Cake and Cookie Buffet: Sweet P’s Cakes and Confections, Sheboygan / DJ: Smoov Music DJ / Wedding Invitations: Mary Angeli’s Wedding Shoppe, Sheboygan
This wedding has such a special place in my heart, I can’t even pick just one favorite element about it. Between the utterly unique venue pick (Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery), the bride’s nontraditional patterned wedding gown from BHLDN, and the relaxed aura, it’s impossible for me to choose. Thank you Photos by Jenna Leigh for sharing your photos with us!
From the bride, Jourdan: The idea of having a traditional wedding did not resonate with Jeff and me – no church, no tux, no big white dress, no veil, no cake. Even though it took us a while to figure out what we wanted our wedding to be, determining what we definitely didn’t want made the planning process pretty simple. The only important rule we followed was that our wedding needed to feel like us – relaxed, informal, genuine, colorful, funny, and full of good food, good drinks and dancing.
We didn’t have a specific “theme,” but I’d describe our wedding as relaxed, colorful, homemade and a little bohemian. We DIYed a lot for our wedding: Jeff and I hand-stamped our save-the-dates w/ a custom stamp from Antiquaria, we also designed, printed, assembled and did all the calligraphy for our invitations, I hand-made all our corsages, boutonnieres and my flower crown (using artificial flowers), we designed and printed our programs, we thrifted, made and assembled our centerpieces and table-runners, I made a streamer backdrop, but sadly it was FAR too windy on our wedding day to use it, we made our place cards, I wrote our ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t feel like you need to plan your wedding a certain way just because “that’s how it’s done.” Liberating yourself from wedding traditions actually makes the planning process a lot easier. You free yourself up from expectations about how something “should be,” which means you can instead focus on how you want your wedding to be. Focus on how you want the day to feel for you and for your guests. Themes and color palettes will then fall in line. Do everything as far in advance as possible so that you’re less burdened by to-dos the closer you get to the wedding.
Bridal Party Processional: “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” The Velvet Underground
Processional: “Rise,” Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “Holland, 1945,” Neutral Milk Hotel
First Dance: “Pale Blue Eyes,” Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground
Wedding Location: Milwaukee, WI / Photographer: Photos by Jenna Leigh / Floral Design: DIY by Bride / Centerpiece Florals: Whole Blossoms / Wedding Venue: Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Beaded Belt: Anthropologie / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Earrings: Andara / Heart Cuff: Shopbop / Watch: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: B’Lovely Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, Etsy / Groom’s Suit and Shirt: Suit Supply, Chicago / Groom’s Tie: The Belle and the Beau / Wedding Caterer: Ball ‘N Biscuit / Pies: Honeypie Cafe / Potted Succulent Favors: Amazon / Groom’s Ring: Minter + Richter / Bride’s Ring: Mociun / Save the Date: Cafe Press
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As a wedding blogger, I love hearing about how friends and family come together to plan a special day for their loved ones — much like how the mother of today’s bride, Dani, grew squash and sunflowers after hearing her daughter wanted them in her wedding. So sweet! Tory and Dani’s day was full of heart-warming details like these, and was captured to utter perfection by Emily Steffen.
From the bride, Dani: We wanted something that felt like us. As artists and musicians, we wanted details that spoke to who we are. When people asked us our “theme” or our “colors” in our planning process, we were kind of at a loss! The best we could come us with was that it would be something eclectic, with a nod to vintage. We love thrifting and antiquing, so we just filled our wedding with the kinds of things we love and already had in our lives.
It felt like we had a million DIY projects! The wedding was held on a portion of land owned by my mother in northern Wisconsin. And when Troy and I wanted sunflowers and squash for ceremony decor, my mother grew them for us! A good friend and neighbor let her use a part of his field (all of my mother’s land is wooded) and helped her keep it up over our very dry summer, and the result was amazing! We had so many extras we gave away boxes of squash, and our extremely talented florist incorporated the extra sunflowers into our reception flowers and each of the bouquets. One of my mother’s good friends sewed our favor bags to hold our locally-crafted chocolates, and my dad spent a few nights finishing them off with string. My dad also found all of the barn wood for our directional wedding and parking signs which he made and painted by hand.
We were engaged over a year before our wedding, so we had plenty of time to collect! We collected dozens of vintage metal frames for table numbers and signs, which I painted by hand the day before the wedding. For reception flowers, we used our own vintage glassware and mason jar collections, which our florist worked into beautiful, eclectic arrangements. We also purchased over 100 vintage wooden folding chairs, and another 100 or so vintage metal folding chairs for our ceremony. We also collected a few dozen glass, ceramic and brass hand bells which we decorated with bows of floral fabric to match our favor bags for each table, so guest could ring them in lieu of clanking glasses with spoons.
My favorite DIY project of all had to be my floral headpiece – I made it the morning of our wedding using vintage leaves and flowers, and silk ribbon from Tinsel Trading Company in New York. It felt good, as an artist, to make something on my wedding day! As gifts to my maids, I gave them custom monogrammed totes, and vintage handkerchiefs. Each of the men also had a vintage handkerchief to use as a pocket square, and our guests were provided with an assortment of handkerchiefs to choose from at the ceremony, all of which I collected from antique shops and eBay, and that my mother washed and pressed.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept all offers of help and don’t take on took much at one time. And be sure to get to work early! Our wedding ended up being a month or so after a large-scale move to another state, a job change and a few weeks Troy started his graduate program – none of which we expected when we set our wedding date! I feel like we had to put off a lot of the smaller details of until the last week, simply for lack of time in the months before, and some projects just didn’t happen. Our family and friends, and especially our parents, were an amazing help though – we couldn’t have done it without them, and they tried to help as much as they could since were a bit overwhelmed by life in those chaotic months!
Processional: Bartok’s Violin Solo Sonata: Fuga and Bach’s Partita No. 3-Prelude
Ceremony: Original music by Spiral Joy Band
Vow Exchange: Couple’s rendition of “If Not For You,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Unchained Melody,” Righteous Brothers
Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of my Life,” Stevie Wonder
Wedding Location: Wausau, WI / Wedding Photographer: Emily Steffen / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue and Caterer: El Tequila Salsa / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Dress, Jacket, and Earrings: “Crashing Waves” by Va Et Vien via BHLDN / Reception Dress: Hoaglund New York via Bloomingdales / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair: Lori of Salon Allure, Appleton, WI / Wedding Rings: Bill Fuhrman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor, J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Pocket Squares: Vintage and Handmade / Wedding Cake: Sweet Nothings Cakes / Ceremony Music: Laura Schafer and Spiral Joy Band / Wedding Invitations: Dani Schafer / Transportation: Lamers
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Melissa and Mike’s Wisconsin wedding shot by Melissa Schollaert incorporates some of our very favorite motifs — classic glamour, fresh florals, and the occasional horse. One of the sweetest details of the day? A thank you note to all guests: “You are our teachers, partners in crime, guides, and favorite people in the world.” Aww!
From the photographer, Melissa Schollaert: Melissa and Mike’s wedding was held at a family farm in central Wisconsin. The location was beautiful and housed several old barns and fields for the horses. Melissa & Mike chose a vintage aesthetic using heirloom items throughout their day. First, guests were greeted in the main barn with cucumber water & pink, raspberry lemonade and antique cheese crate containers (we were in Wisconsin after all) holding programs.
The bride & groom also crafted a DIY display of old window frames & suitcases to hold cards & gifts, along with a display of vintage press print letters that spelled out “Bovee”, the groom’s last name. The guests were also treated to handmade candy in old glass containers, as well as a “thumbprint” tree in an old frame to sign for the bride & groom to hand on their wall in their home.
The bride and groom crafted many other DIY items for the wedding including hand-making all of the custom napkins for the guests, crafting all of the table number signs made from old wine bottles, as well as crafting each centerpiece display in old vessels & bottles. The colors were green & tan, along with creams & whites. The florals in the brides bouquet & bridesmaids bouquets were ranunculus, olive branches/leaves, white garden roses, anemones & succulents.
Wedding Vendors (Mosinee, WI):
Wedding Venue: Paulson’s Country Farm / Wedding Photographer: Melissa Schollaert / Event Coordinator: Jim Moore / Wedding Dress: Amelishan Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bandolino / Bride’s Accessories: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Ties: Cyberoptix Ties / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Caterer: The Wright Place / Paper Goods: Leia Zeigler of Paper Reflections
How dreamy is the idea of having your wedding reception in the middle of a cornfield? The wedding, expertly shot by m three studio, was a true family affair — the couple was married by the bride’s father, and the reception held on family property. And the getaway car? An icy blue vintage Corvette.
From the photographer, Molly of m three studio: Abby and Greg live right in the heart of downtown Chicago, amongst all the hustle and bustle of city life. But their hearts are vintage and down-home, and so it was Abby’s family’s farm in Wisconsin that proved the location best suited to their true selves. The wood veneer wedding invitation promised a chic but comfortable celebration.
The couple was married at Abby’s father’s quaint small-town church. Being a pastor himself, he officiated half of the ceremony himself. Abby wore her grandmother’s diamond necklace and she and her mother had made a new headpiece out of part of her grandmother’s wedding ensemble. Greg carried his deceased father’s ring in his jacket’s heart pocket. Their closest friends and family made up the wedding party, including a gaggle of nieces and nephews serving as flower girls and ring bearers. The couple hand-made their programs using coordinating fabric to their table linens.
The reception was held in a tent on the edge of the bride’s family’s cornfield, with cocktails on the patio. Drinks were served in mason jars with striped straws. The scrapbook style guestbook invited guests to leave a note for the couple in their own little envelope. hand-calligraphed placecards were pinned along a miniature clothesline. Guests were given home-made strawberry jam as a favor. Abby and her mother hand-sewed the ruffled and vibrant table linens. Greg and Abby pulled the vintage oil lamps and food boxes for floral arrangements from their own personal collection. Images of their beloved dog were used for the table numbers. Hay bales were set up in a semi-circle for gourmet ‘smores later in the evening, enjoyed along with the tunes of a bluegrass band.
Wedding Vendors (Waterford, WI):
Ceremony Venue: North Cape Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: m three studio / Wedding Dress: Watters & Watters / Lace Bolero: Glory by Jeannie Lee / Bride’s Bracelet: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Wedding Flowers: The Wild Pansy / Wedding Caterer: Saz’s / Wedding Cake: Jo Guay / Milliner: Debra Shirley / Wedding Band: SweetGrass / Wedding Stationery: The White Aisle / Calligrapher: Laura Condouris of Trial by Cupcakes / Favor Tags: Roberto Sand / Rentals: Canopies
We might say it too often, but this wedding really could be the cutest darn thing we’ve ever seen. Emily and Tim took the on the challenge of a country DIY wedding, and they didn’t take it lightly — they didn’t just stop at designing their own invitations, they even went as far as to whittle their precious kissing squirrels cake topper! Their reception is inspiration central, right down to the cookie tree (yes, cookie tree. yum). Thank you so much to the ever-fabulous Emily Johnston Anderson for sharing her captures of the day with us!
Wedding vendors (Walworth, Wisconsin):
Wedding photographer: Emily Johnston Anderson / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Wedding Dress: the bride’s altered her mother’s wedding dress
Part II of Jeline and CJ’s wedding day, now just the two of them alone right after they said their I do’s. The yellow balloons and shoes are beyond darling. I can’t stop looking at these images! Photos by Adam LeSage Photography.
I jumped out of my chair when I saw Kodi of Adam LeSage Photography email with images from Jeline’s wedding. Jeline, the stylish bride, wore a charming tea length wedding dress and yellow suede ankle boots that matched the yellow bridesmaid dresses they purchased at Modcloth. Jeline found her wedding dress at, drumroll please, David’s Bridal. Isn’t it a gem? CJ, the stylish groom, wore a slim fit white suit to contrast with the black suits the groomsmen wore. More from their sweet yellow and white wedding below:
We’re really excited to share this wedding with you, the Jilane (the bride) has such great style and the couple worked hard to keep the wedding affordable yet beautiful. It was a fun day that resulted in some great images. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Heritage Hill State Park, the ceremony at 11:30AM and the reception immediately following. The centerpieces at each table were birch logs tied with ribbon with pies made by a family friend of the bride on top of them, and guests were assigned to tables based on the kind of pie which they then ate for dessert. After the meal everyone participated in swing dancing lead by friends of the couple. Jilane is also a photographer and gave us complete creative freedom to get the images that she wanted.
Wedding Vendors (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
More images coming up soon!