Stephanie and Bill’s Romantic Travel-Themed Wedding

September 19, 2016

Stephanie and Bill met in Barcelona, Spain, during their junior year of college. The two attended different schools here in the U.S., but ended up in the same business program abroad. Five years later, they took a trip back to Barcelona with a small group of friends. “We had a very hectic first day of trying to meet up with friends and get to Tibidabo, a mountaintop amusement park,” Stephanie remembers. “We finally got a cab with our friends an hour before the park closed. Bill was sweating bullets, but I attributed it to the warm weather. Little did I know he was so nervous!” When they arrived at the park, Bill immediately wanted to snap a pic with Stephanie, and that’s when he popped the question.

The happy couple planned a romantic wedding at the Milwaukee Athletic Club with lots of candles and soft lighting. Stephanie had a Cinderella moment in a beautiful ball gown, which she found at Amelishan. Throughout the wedding, there was an emphasis food and travel, as the two have a passion for both. Their ceremony was unique in that Bill and Stephanie had two officiants: a rabbi and a pastor. “We wanted both of our backgrounds represented, so we had a blended ceremony.” They incorporated traditions from both Judaism and Christianity, such as the breaking of the glass and the unity candle. The two also recited their own vows to each other.

At the reception, Stephanie says the food and personal details really made their wedding unique. “I had custom signs made to put on each food station with a little blurb of why it was significant to us. For example, our signature drink sign said: ‘In honor of the place where we danced our first dance, we selected red sangria, with hopes that this Spanish treat will inspire you to put on your dancing shoes.’”

For dinner, there was stuffed chicken and salmon with a champagne buerre blanc. Dessert played off the travel theme: a traditional wedding cake with a suitcase base, and Stephanie surprised Bill with a groom’s cake that was a replica of the bar where they met in Barcelona. For a late-night snack, the couple indulged in their love of Chinese food, unveiling a station of spring rolls, crab rangoon, and beef satay.

Stephanie’s two DIY projects also revolved around food. For the party favors, she put together small bags with an English cookie and either a jar of raspberry jam or lemon curd. The bags were tagged with “Spread the love.” For the late-night food station, Stephanie painted two large gold posts and strung traditional Chinese lanterns on a wire between the posts, forming an archway over the catering station. “I wanted it to represent the entrance to China Town.”

To preserve every moment and detail, Bill and Stephanie worked with R&R Photographic Imaging. “They were such a fun team to work with! The pictures capture the day perfectly and are a great reflection of the amazing evening we had.” For videography, the couple chose David Schulta: “Super talented. You could just tell he knew exactly what he was doing. The video really brings the day to life!”

Wedding Consultant~Sara Dahmen, Golden Chic Events
Rehearsal Dinner~Salotta Zarletti
Ceremony Reception and Catering~Milwaukee Athletic Club
Late Night Food~Emperor Of China
Cake/Dessert~Eat Cake
Flowers~Impressions by Esther
Music/Entertainment~Double Platinum DJs
Wedding Painter~Julie Jilek
Transportation~Phase 1 Limos
Photographer~R&R Photographic Imaging
Videographer~David Schulta
Wedding Dress~Mori Lee from Amelishan
Bridesmaid Dresses~Bill Levkoff from Amelishan
Men’s Formalwear~Harley’s
Rings~Derco Jewelers, San Francisco
Party Rentals~BBJ Linens

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