Real Weddings

Rebekah & Sam’s Romantic Wedding at the Hilton Crystal Ballroom

February 9, 2018
Rebekah and Sam Marry at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center

Rebekah and Sam met at summer camp before going into the 7th grade. They stayed in touch over time, reconnected years later, and the rest is history! Sam popped the question during a trip to Germany. “He proposed on a bridge over a river, the first night we were there,” Rebekah says. “Sam shoots time-lapse videos, so he was able to capture the whole proposal! There was a festival happening, so we got to walk around the city, listening to live music with Prosecco in hand. It was beautiful.”

To kickstart the wedding planning, Rebekah attended the Best of the Best Bridal Show in Waukesha. “We found our florist there!” she says. “Something Borrowed and More in Hubertus. Jen and Judy were amazing!” The ceremony was planned for Atonement Lutheran Church in Muskego, with a reception to follow at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Crystal Ballroom. Rebekah says one of the best parts of the ceremony, aside from the physical act of getting married and exchanging rings from Lyle Husar, was music by a string duo.

“We hired a cello and violin duo from Elegant Music Services to perform. They were great to work with from start to finish and did a beautiful job. We got so many compliments afterward! They had suggestions for traditional and non-traditional songs, and met with us so we could hear them in person. And they were affordable!” Sam and Rebekah’s favorite was when they played Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” during the recessional. “It was so cool to hear that as we were walking out of the church with everyone cheering. It was a great moment!”

Then it was off to an enchanting evening at the Hilton’s Crystal Ballroom. “The room immediately blew me away, with the chandeliers and gold accents,” Rebekah says. “Our event planner, Racheal, did a fantastic job making sure everything went smoothly. She gave me ideas where I lacked, incorporated so many items that I brought from home, and seriously made the ballroom look amazing. She worked with my other vendors so well and was flexible with us, being willing to meet after work hours — which meant she was there after work, too! She even came in on Memorial Day for our final meeting the week of our wedding. That was just above and beyond.”

To round out the ballroom décor, Sam and Rebekah looked to the florists at Something Borrowed and More. “They did all of our centerpieces and rental items, which mostly consisted of glass cylinders and candle holders. They set up in the time frame I needed them to, and cleaned up afterward. I never had to worry! The table centerpieces were very simplistic, as requested, and looked so beautiful in the ballroom.”

Dinner was catered by the Hilton: “Plated beef and chicken — which were both delicious! But we mainly wanted to focus on drinks and desserts. We decided to spend more and get an open bar, which is always fun. Our desserts included a collection of mini treats like pecan tarts, fruit tarts, lemon bars, mini cannoli, cheesecake squares, a yellow sheet cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting — all from Simma’s!” Rebekah and Sam also put together their own candy table, which was a lot of work, but a bit hit.

In the end, for their 250-person wedding, Sam and Rebekah say they just wanted to make sure everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. “It’s a celebration, after all! The drinks were flowing, the music was great. We had a photo booth set up for people who needed a dancing break.” Between all the fun and the years full of love leading up to it, Rebekah and Sam’s wedding day — and love story — is certainly a special one.

Invitations BigDayPrints Etsy Shop
Rehearsal Dinner The Country Squire, Muskego
Ceremony Location Atonement Lutheran Church, Muskego
Ceremony Music Elegant Music Services 
Reception Location The Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Caterer Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Cake Designer/Dessert Simmas Bakery, Wauwatosa
Flowers Something Borrowed and More, Hubertus, WI
Music/Entertainment Sound By Design
Transportation The Partridge Family
Photographer Christian Lipowski Photography
Gown Mikaelle by Paloma Blanca from Marah's Elegant Bridal, Mt. Horeb, WI
Formalwear Men's Wearhouse
Rings Lyle Husar Designs, Brookfield
Rentals Something Borrowed and More
Make up Case in Hand by Shannon Michelle
Hair J. Erin Designs, Middleton, WI
Local Spotlight, Planning

PREMIER BRIDE 2018 WINTER/SPRING COVER REVEAL

February 5, 2018
Premier Bride Winter-Spring 2018

New Year…New Book!

We are so excited to reveal to you the BRAND NEW issue of Premier Bride!  Milwaukee and SE-WI’s number one wedding planning resource that will help you from the moment you say “YES” all the way to the very last dance on your special day.
Inside you will find an easy to use Rehearsal & Reception Guide, a complete list of upcoming bridal shows, the top trends, and the best local wedding artisans in the industry! We’ve even made it easier to find what you’re looking for with color coded category pages. Stop by your local Premier Bride vendor to pick up your issue today!

And, while you’re finding that perfect vendor, don’t forget to register for our PB Rewards Program and let us know which vendors you’ve booked! It’s easy and you have the opportunity to win some Unforgettable Experiences.

This issue we will be giving away…..

HIT THE SLOPES Sponsored by The Chalet at Little Switzerland
LIVE LIKE A KING Sponsored by Lake Lawn Resort
PAINTING PARTY Sponsored by Uptown Art
FEED THE GIRAFFES Sponsored by Milwaukee County Zoo
FLOWERS AFTER HOURS Sponsored by Belle Fiori
WEDDING SPOTLIGHT Sponsored by Premier Bride
THE GREAT ESCAPE Sponsored by CTS Travel
FLOWERS FOR A YEAR Sponsored by Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop
STRUT YOUR STUFF Sponsored by Wonderful World of Weddings
NEW NAME, NEW STATIONERY Sponsored by Coqui Paperie
SIP N' SAVOR Sponsored by Golden Mast Inn
CAKE DECORATING PARTY Sponsored by Simma's Bakery
HOOK & COOK Sponsored by Rushing Waters
MODEL FOR A DAY Sponsored by Premier Bride
AMAZON FIRE Sponsored by Premier Bride
PONTOON PARTY Sponsored by Premier Bride
BON APPETIT Sponsored by Davians
WINE NOT Sponsored by Red Circle Inn
HOTEL HIGH LIFE Sponsored by Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

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Trends and Ideas

Bathroom Rentals for Outdoor Weddings: When you gotta go, go in style!

January 31, 2018
Arnolds Environmental portable bathrooms

We were thrilled to have Arnold’s Environmental Services on hand the day of our Premier Bride photo shoot at Ramhorn Farms. Their luxury bathroom trailers truly blew us away. These bathrooms rival those found in even the finest homes! If you’re in need of bathroom facilities for your rustic barn, tented, or outdoor wedding, there’s really no better way to go. Arnold’s trailers provide all the comfort and convenience of a brick-and-mortor building, and your guests will no doubt appreciate the the classiness of it all. Hey, when you gotta go, go in style!

Arnold's Portable Bathroom on a Trailer

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Outdoor & Tented, Pastel, Real Weddings, Rustic / Barn, Rustic/Vintage Style, South, Summer

Melissa & Andrew’s Love-Flooded Wedding at The Landing 1841

January 19, 2018

Melissa and Andrew met through mutual friends, but didn’t really hit it off until Melissa came to visit one of her best friends — and Andrew’s future best man — during graduation weekend at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The two got engaged at a Chicago White Sox game. Melissa and her dad had attended every Opening Day for the past 12 years, and Andrew had recently got in on the tradition. He knew this was the perfect chance to pop the question.

Andrew got himself and Melissa into the Home Plate Club with all-you-can-eat-and-drink. On the complimentary dessert platter was a box of Cracker Jacks — inside, a bright blue fake engagement ring, planted by Andrew. “Andrew has always said that if I’d accept a Cracker Jack engagement ring, he’d propose sooner,” Melissa says. “So I immediately said, ‘It would have been so perfect if you’d put a real engagement ring in here and proposed!’” Andrew grabbed the fake ring and got down on one knee, pretending to propose. Melissa, getting embarrassed, told him to get up. That’s when he pulled out the real ring — and the rest is history.

As a venue, Melissa and Andrew chose The Landing 1841 — a beautiful, newly-renovated barn. “It’s rustic but also very elegant, with tall ceilings, large open windows, gorgeous chandeliers, and a large wraparound deck. We used the venue to guide the theme of our wedding: vintage, shabby-chic, with some small rustic elements. We used a lot of vintage items, such as mismatched china that belonged to our grandparents, parents, and friends, as well as vintage frames and mismatched gold and silver decorative trays for the tables. We went with a neutral color scheme with lots of blush, ivory, champagne, and mixed metals for a soft, romantic look.”

The couple planned to have their ceremony outside at The Landing, along the river — but Mother Nature had other plans in mind. The week of the wedding, Wisconsin welcomed historic rainfall that resulted in severe flooding and a State of Emergency in Burlington. Just three days before the wedding, the grounds at The Landing, including the ceremony site, were completely underwater, had no power, and even the roads into the venue were flooded and inaccessible. “We had our hearts set on an outdoor ceremony, so we moved that portion to their Rustic Barn location, which was also extremely beautifulThe owners and staff were incredible, especially with all of the stress that the weather caused that week. They worked so hard to make sure our day was perfect. We couldn’t have asked for better people to work with!”

Melissa wrote the entire ceremony with the help of her close friend and officiant. “It was very true to us and special,” she says. “We debated whether or not we wanted to write our own vows to each other, but in the ended we decided to do it. There was so much love and emotion in those few minutes and we will never forget it.” Another highlight of the ceremony was when Melissa and Andrew’s son, who was the ring bearer, was pulled down the aisle in a red wagon, blowing kisses to everyone in the audience. The couple also did a tree planting unity ceremony, each bringing soil from their childhood homes, planting a tree, and watering it together; the tree is now planted at Melissa and Andrew’s new home.

Kicking off the reception, the bride and groom say that the speeches were definitely a highlight of the evening. Melissa’s dad went first, followed by Melissa’s sister and maid of honor, then Andrew’s best man, and finally Andrew’s mom. “All four of them had the most amazing, heartfelt, funny, emotional speeches. We were so touched. A particular moment we loved was when the best man got choked up during his speech. He’s the kind of guy who never shows emotion, so it was really special to see how happy he was.”

The dinner menu, catered by Bubb’s BBQ and All Occasions Catering, was very thoughtfully chosen by Andrew and Melissa. “We both love to eat and drink, so we really wanted to make sure we had good food and an open bar for our guests to enjoy. We tried a few caterers, but in the end we went with Bubb’s BBQ. The food was outstanding and the staff was so helpful, so we knew they were going to be a good fit. We chose BBQ because we wanted something different than the standard chicken and beef. Also, who doesn’t love BBQ with a bunch of side dishes!?” For dessert, there was a huge array of mini desserts made by family and friends, along with cupcakes — “so our guests could enjoy them all night long, as they were easy to pick up and eat while dancing and mingling.”

In addition to many of the desserts being homemade, so was a lot of the décor. “All of the signage was handmade, including the chalkboard signs, our menu sign, seat assignments, signs at the bar, ceremony, and various others used throughout the day. The flowers at the wedding were our personal potted plants. We had lawn games and a giant Jenga set, handmade by Andrew’s grandpa. We spent a lot of time trying to make the day as personal as we could!”

In the end, Melissa’s two take-aways were the importance of the ceremony and the fact that you can’t control the weather: “Even though the ceremony is a very short part of the day, it means the most in the end. I’m so happy I took the time to write our own ceremony. As for the weather, you seriously can’t control it. Even though we had a natural disaster occur the week of our wedding, we still had the most perfect day. Our last-minute ceremony site was even more gorgeous than the original, and we adjusted our timeline so we ended up with more time at our reception, dancing and having fun with our guests. After days of rain, we had a beautiful, sunny day for our wedding. It really was a blessing in disguise and wasn’t worth stressing over! The day was going to be perfect no matter what.”

Bridal Shows Attended Bridal Expo, Chicago
Day-of Coordinator Claire Haselow of Creatively Chic Events
Rehearsal Dinner B.J. Wentker’s, Burlington, WI
Ceremony The Rustic Barn, Burlington, WI
Reception The Landing 1841, Burlington, WI
Catering & Rentals Bubb’s BBQ & All Occasions Catering, Big Bend, WI
Drink Service Drink Inc., Burlington, WI
Desserts Cupcakes: Gooseberries, Burlington, WI
Various homemade desserts provided by our family and friends
Flowers Burlington Flowers and Formalwear, Burlington, WI
Ceremony Music String Duo: The Newbury (Anna Newbury), Burlington, WI
Reception Band Blue Light Scene, Milwaukee, WI
Transportation R&R Limousines, Burlington, WI
Photographer Kallidoscope Photography, Sun Prairie, WI
Dress Stella York from Diana’s Bridal, Skokie, IL
Formalwear Tommy Hilfiger Suits from Macy’s
Rings Windy City Diamonds, Chicago, IL
Hair Olive Grace Collective, Lake Geneva, WI
Make-up Kate Troxell, Brookfield, WI

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Classic Style, Downtown, Pastel, Real Weddings

Kelly & Cody’s Stunning Vineyard-Themed Wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum

January 12, 2018
Kelly and Cody marry in Milwaukee with reception at Milwaukee Art Museum

Kelly from Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Cody from Normal, Illinois, met during a bar crawl in Chicago. “We didn’t have any mutual friends — just bumped into each other on the dance floor and went on a first date a few days later. We’ve been together ever since.” The two got engaged on New Year’s Eve, during a quiet, cozy stay at the American Club in Kohler. After a nice dinner out, Kelly and Cody returned to the hotel to find a horse and carriage waiting outside. Cody suggested a ride before midnight.

“I put it together that he had arranged for the whole thing ahead of time,” Kelly says. “But as it wasn’t out of the ordinary for him to surprise me like this, I thought nothing of it.” After their ride through the charming town, Kelly asked for a photo with the horses. As the driver snapped the picture, Cody got down on one knee and asked the question Kelly had been waiting a lifetime to hear. “Lots of happy tears, hugs, and kisses later, we shared the news with family and friends, then went to celebrate. In true Cody form, we shared shots of Fireball to seal the deal.”

Cody and Kelly planned a Milwaukee Art Museum wedding with a vineyard theme. “We wanted to create a vineyard feel inside. The Art Museum is a beautiful blank canvas, and we felt it would be a perfect opportunity to try something different in the space.” To prepare for the big day, Kelly attended the Wedding Showcase at the Grain Exchange. She found her utterly romantic Nouvelle Amsale gown at White Dress Bridal Boutique.

Rental items for the day itself came from Relics Vintage Rentals and Canopies, and Janelle Meyer-Brown from événement Planning helped to coordinate and bring the celebration to life. “I have to give the most credit to our wedding planner, Janelle, and our florist, Esther. These two worked perfectly in sync and designed the dreamiest venue space! They took time to listen and really understand the look and feel I wanted at the Milwaukee Art Museum and stopped at nothing to accomplish exactly what I asked for.”

Before the ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi church, Kelly and Cody did a first look photoshoot at the Villa Terrace. “We’re so happy we had that intimate moment together before the whirlwind of the day took off,” Kelly says. “Everyone told us the day would fly by, and they were right! I will never forget walking up to Cody, nobody else in sight, and being able to lock eyes on each other on the best day of our lives.” The couple was then joined by their families and wedding party to take additional photos. “The Villa Terrace ended up being the perfect location.”

Cody says his favorite part of the ceremony was when Kelly finally opened the doors of the sanctuary at St. Francis. “It signified the true meaning of the day,” he says. “Nothing else was important in that moment except for the two of us, coming together.” Kelly says the vow exchange was her favorite: “The commitment we made to each other means everything in marriage.” Another unique aspect of the ceremony was that the altar was in the center of the room. “It felt as though we were surrounded by family and friends. We loved the intimate feel at St. Francis. Also, one of Cody’s best men was our cantor.”

Then it was off to the Milwaukee Art Museum for a grand and gorgeous reception. “The reception was so much fun and our favorite part of the entire day! When we first arrived and had a sneak peek of the room, I had goosebumps everywhere,” Kelly says. “I was a bride that had a hard time seeing the full vision. I second-guessed decisions, not knowing how it would all pull together. Everyone kept telling me to just trust that it would be perfect. I was speechless when we walked into the room and saw every little piece of the planning executed to perfection.”

The party started immediately with dancing. “Janelle suggested we do a ‘New-York-style’ wedding, with guests dancing as soon as they entered the reception and in between courses. We loved this idea as it kept the energy going throughout the entire night.” Overall, to decorate the space and set the ambiance, Kelly and Cody trusted their vendors rather than tackling any DIY projects. “We felt we had assembled the best team possible between Janelle and Esther. We knew we were in good hands and left all of the little details and projects up to them.”

Dinner was catered by Café Calatrava — “all of the food was amazing!” Cody and Kelly offered their guests the option of NY Strip, Rosemary Chicken, or Mushroom Risotto. “Having tried all of these at our tasting, we loved every dish! The hors d’oeuvres passed at cocktail hour were perfect; the shrimp cocktail appetizer was fresh and ready for our guests at the tables as they entered the room. We found out our guests also love Fireball! In a short speech, Cody mentioned that the bar was stocked with the cinnamon whiskey, and 30 minutes later, the entire case was gone!”

For dessert, the couple chose to put a sweets table right by the dance floor, “so that everyone could get the energy they needed to keep bustin’ a move. Last but certainly not least, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches put a tasty finishing touch on the night. Speaking with several guests, it wasn’t uncommon to nab two or three sandwiches on the way out. Who knew they would be such a hit!?”

Cody says his favorite thing about their wedding day was the energy at the reception: “It felt like everyone was on the dance floor the whole time.” Kelly’s favorite memory from the day: “Watching Cody get on stage with the band when his go-to karaoke song came on. They handed him the mic and he sang ‘Your Love’ by The Outfield to all of his friends and family. I couldn’t let him have all the fun, so I hopped up on stage, stood by his side, and looked out into the crowd of all of our loved ones. It’s truly a moment I’ll never forget!”

Kelly & Cody Wedding Highlight Film

Bridal Shows Attended Wedding Showcase at the Grain Exchange and another at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Wedding Consultant Janelle Meyer-Brown, Evenement Planning
Invitations Paper Envy
Rehearsal Dinner Pizza Man, Milwaukee
Ceremony St. Francis of Assisi Church
Reception Milwaukee Art Museum
Catering Café Calatrava
Cake & Cookies Sweet Tooth Milwaukee
Flowers Impressions by Esther
Music/Entertainment Live Band: Time Chicago
Ceremony
Cantor
Ben Jones (one of Cody’s best men)
Transportation Go Riteway
Photographer Booth Photographics
Videographer Imagination Designers
Gown Nouvelle Amsale from White Dress Bridal Boutique
Formalwear The Black Tux
Engagement Ring  Blue Nile
Wedding Bands Gold Creations Ltd.
Rentals Canopies & Relics Vintage Rentals

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Fashion, Planning

Premier Bride Photo Shoot at Ramhorn Farm Captures Classic Elegance and Hipster Chic Wedding Style

January 8, 2018
hipster chic bridal fashion

At our Premier Bride photo shoot at Ramhorn Farm, our team of stylists and vendors pulled together to create and photograph two unique wedding themes: Classic Elegance and Hipster Chic. You can find the entire fashion shoot featured in the latest issue of Premier Bride, so visit our website and pick up your copy today!

To bring Classic Elegance to life, a palette of true whites and natural greens sets the scene. Show-stopping flower arrangements immediately catch the eye, sprawling across the dinner table and cascading from above. A marbled gold leaf tiered wedding cake is the crowning jewel. Reflecting this modern beauty, our bride dons timeless lace and modern-romantic silhouettes, from a ballroom gown to a simple sheath.

 

The Hipster Chic look starts with jewel-toned décor, rich fabrics, a mix of patterns, boldly-hued flowers — all artfully combined. The overall sense is one of hand-made, thoughtfully-curated, vintage-inspired luxury, which plays beautifully off the rustic Ramhorn Farm. Our bride is dressed in looks like epitomize boho-chic, eye-catching accessories, and — if she must wear a ballgown — it’ll be one with a blush-toned twist.

Both styles of wedding are sure to capture wedding guests’ imagination — one refreshing in its simplicity and elegance, the other bringing that dreamy, hipster romance. Thank you to all of our talented friends who helped bring this photo shoot to life. Enjoy!

Images beautifully photographed by the Artist GroupPhotography & Video.
Video created by JC Design Video.

Classic Elegance Vendors:
Venue Ramhorn Farm
Coordinator événement Planning
Floral  Feisty Flowers
Jewelry  Lyle Husar Designs
Wedding Cake   Simma’s Bakery
Invitations  Paperwhites
Gowns Gigi of Mequon
Hipster Chic Vendors:
Invitations Coqui Paperie & Gifts
Rentals Relics Vintage Rentals
Signage Chalk'd MKE
Favors/Gourmet Popcorn Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn
Floral Bank of Flowers
Gowns Bucci's Bridal
Gowns White Dress Boutique
Jewelry Julie Schnoll Designs
Menswear Harleys: A Modern Man
Watch/Jewelry Lyle Husar Designs
Coordinator Timeless Events

 

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