Premier Bride's Top 10 favorite wedding stories of 2021.

Premier Bride Milwaukee’s 10 Favorite Real Weddings of 2021

December 31, 2021

As we bid adieu to  2021, we want to glance back at some of the beautiful wedding stories we featured.

Here are our top 10 favs, in no particular order!!!


Lisa & Schuyler’s Historic Story Hill Firehouse Wedding

When their original venue canceled due to Covid, Schuyler and Lisa pivoted to an outdoor-indoor wedding at Story Hill Firehouse in Milwaukee: “Despite all the changes, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Coordinator/Planner: Événement | Photographer: Hannah Toldt Photography | Ceremony, Reception, Bartending, Chairs and Furniture: Story Hill Firehouse | Catering & Cake: Café Corazon | Gluten/Dairy Free Cupcakes: Blooming Lotus Bakery | Coffee: Valentine Coffee | Signage: Clark Graphics | Flowers: Angie Spors | Music/Entertainment: DJ Dann ACA Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Addy and Matt Keese | Tintype Photographer: Margaret Muza | Linens: Windy City Linen | Save-the-Dates, Invitations & Venue Change Cards: | Pastor: Pastor James Hein of St Marcus Lutheran Church | Transportation: Schuyler’s dad, Tim | Gown:  Skirt: Wtoo by Watters Camisole: Jenny Yoo from BHLDN | Formalwear/Suit: JOE Joseph Abboud from Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Lisa’s engagement ring and band: MarrowFine Schuyler’s ring: Tungsten ring from Kessler’s


Caroline & Sam’s Astor Hotel Wedding in Milwaukee

After years of their mom’s scheming to get them together, knowing how compatible they were, Sam and Caroline tied the knot at downtown Milwaukee’s famous Astor Hotel. Their June wedding evoked old Hollywood glamour incorporating colors of champagne, black and white.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Astor Hotel | Caterer: Louise’s Catering | Dessert: Sara Strunk Cake Pops | Flowers: Urban Sense | Candles: Cover it with Class | Coordinator of The Astor: Premier Parties of Wisconsin | Rehearsal Dinner: Western Racquet Club | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Music/Entertainment: Smoov Music & Lighting | Photographer: Marissa Elise Photography | Wedding Gown: Amelishan Bridal | Bridesmaids Gowns: White Fox Boutique | Formalwear: DuBois Formalwear | Transportation: Churchill Luxurious Limo Service |Hair Stylist: Indulge Salon + Skin | Officiant: Steve Sonderman


Ally & Nate’s Lush, Lovely Wedding at The Cooperage

Nate and Ally’s tropic-inspired wedding made for a wonderful and whimsical evening in Walker’s Point. The couple described The Cooperage as “unquestionably beautiful with so much to offer…”

Ceremony, Reception (including Linens and Chairs, Catering): The Cooperage | Bartending: The Cooperage, Boone & Crockett | Photographer: Hannah Toldt Photography | Consultant: Midwestern Bride (Alex) | Invitations: Paper Source | Rehearsal Dinner: Oak Barrel | Cake: Craig’s Cake Shop (Verona, WI) | Chalkboard/Custom Signage: Alyssa Damaschke (sister-in-law) | Flowers: Atmospheric Floral | Music/Entertainment: Kidron Music | Photobooth: Kidron Music | Officiant: Marcus Hawkins (friend) | Makeup Artist: Glam Gals Hair & Makeup | Hair Stylist: Impressions (Molly @mollydoeshair.mke) and @glamgalswi | Gown: Sarah Seven from Strike Bridal Bar | Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Revelry (x2), Reformation, Lulu’s, and Show Me Your Mumu). The Bride sent the bridesmaids a color palate and they got to pick the dress (including style and fabric) from where they wanted. | Formalwear: Bjorn’s Clothing | Rings: Kesslers Diamonds | Jewelry: Cival Collective (bracelets) Olive & Piper (earrings and hairpiece)


Jessica & Justin’s Rustic Farm at Dover Wedding

Justin and Jessica’s afternoon wedding at the Farm at Dover in Kansasville, Wisconsin, was a beautiful bright spot in the season of Covid. The bride’s advice: “Invite people who you love and who love you just as much back! It’s your big day. Enjoy it, enjoy the people, and eat the food—it’s amazing!”

Ceremony & Reception: The Farm at Dover | Caterer: Chef Jacks | Photographer: DeGroot Film Co. | Cake: Miss Molly’s Cafe | Flowers: Gooseberries | Music/Entertainment: MKE Sound | Rehearsal Dinner: Couple’s Backyard | Invitations: Minted | Makeup Artist: Felicia DeLeon | Hair Stylist: Olive Grace Collective | Officiant: Jane from The Chapel | Gown: Eve of Milady from Bella Bianca’s | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse


Ashley & Jason’s Intimate Outdoor Wedding at Sugarland

After planning and canceling three wedding dates due to the pandemic, Jason and Ashley landed on an elopement-style ceremony under an old oak tree with just six guests—including themselves!

Ceremony & Reception: Sugarland, Arena, WI | Caterer: Old Feed Mill | Linens: Well Dressed Tables | Cake Designer/Dessert: Sweet Girls Bakery, Cascade, WI | Flowers: Mod Bloom, Janesville, WI | Music/Entertainment: Strategic, Appleton, WI | Invitations: Shutterfly | Photographer: Brenda Kay Photography | Videographer: RGZ Productions | Officiant: Pastor Jonathan Strohbusch | Gown: Amelishan Bridal | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair Stylist: East 14 | Rings: Etsy


Hailey & Adam’s Boho Wedding at The Barn at The Bog

College sweethearts Adam and Hailey’s rosy, rustic-boho wedding Saukville’s Barn at The Bog was full of happy tears, epic entertainment, and heaps of love.

Reception, Catering, Bartending, Linens, Chairs: The Barn at The Bog | Flowers, Draping & Centerpieces: Jane Kelly Floral | Photographer: Angela Jo Photography | Ceremony: Trinity Lutheran Church, Mequon | Cake: Delicately Delicious | Signage: Etsy | Save-the-Dates: | Invitations: Shutterfly | Music and Entertainment: Enclave Light and Sound | Photobooth: Enclave Light and Sound | Transportation: Imperial Partybus LLC | Officiant: Reverend Timothy Ludwig, Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, Hermantown, MN (Hailey’s Home Pastor) | Makeup Artist: Taijalee Harju, Indulge Salon | Hair Stylist: Jenny Dutkiewicz | Travel/Honeymoon: VRBO | Gown: Morilee by Madeline Gardner from Bliss Bridal | Bridemaid’s Dresses: | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Engagement Rings: Doland Jewelers | Weddings Bands: Necker’s Jewelers


Grace & Trevor’s Intimate Backyard Wisconsin Wedding

When the pandemic affected their original plans, Trevor and Grace leaned on their loved ones to formulate a back-up plan: an intimate backyard wedding at Grace’s family home. Ambrosia Events was the key component in bringing everything together from the very beginning to the very end.

Wedding Consultant: Oscar Sanchez from Ambrosia Events | Ceremony and Reception: Grace’s Parent’s House, Waukesha, WI | Catering: Zilli Hospitality Group | Bartending Services: Bartenders on the Go | Cake Designer/Dessert: Simmas Bakery | Flowers: Ambrosia Events did the floating flowers in the pool along with the greenery on the food table. The flower centerpieces on the high-top tables came from Sendik’s. The bride’s bouquet and the colored flowers in the greenery were wood and came from Southern Blooms Co (online) | Music: Dream City Music | Photographer: Annalise Marie Photography | Linens, Chairs and Candles: Ambrosia Events | Rehearsal Dinner: Mitchell’s Fish Market | Save-the-Dates & Invitations: Zazzle | Officiant: Trevor’s Dad, Jeff | Makeup and Hair: Kory & Ashley from 29ten Salon | Gown: Stella York from Bon Bon Bell | Formalwear: Nick’s Menswear | Rings: Hers – Spence Diamonds His – Etsy shop out of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Stephanie & Ronnie’s Delafield Hotel Wedding

Ronnie and Stephanie’s downtown wedding moved to Lake Country’s Delafield Hotel for a glamorous, unforgettable event. With accents of gold, white and blush to bring everything together.

Venue, Catering & Bar: The Delafield Hotel | Photographer: Randy Coleman Photography | Wedding Planning: Morgan Liddell, Executive Planner of Blue Fancy Events | Ceremony & Reception Draping/Aisle Runner: Heavenly Creations | Stationery & Signage: Paperwhites | DJ Services: Sound by Design | Floral Design: Jane Kelly Floral | Pin-Spotting & Uplights: Chance Productions | Rehearsal Dinner: I.d. | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linens | Glassware & Flatware Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | Charger Plates: Well Dressed Tables | Lounge Rentals: Parker Drive Event Co. | Bar Rental: Bartique Bar | Gold Fanfare Chairs: Marquee Event Rentals | Dessert: The Cake Lady | Guest Favor: Madame Macaron MKE | Hair & Makeup: The Bridal Beauty Team | Officiant: Sonja Coster

Caelin & Walter’s Romantic Halverson House Wedding

Walter and Caelin planned a vow renewal and reception in the picturesque Waterford countryside for a wedding day dream come true. With the groom being a part of a mariachi band, they couldn’t end the night without him serenading Caelin to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You!’

Ceremony, Reception & Bartending: Halverson House | Photographer: Allysha Noelle Photography | Videographer: Noble and Glass (Gordon Crum) | Catering: Dinners with Class | Flowers: Piscasaw Gardens (Harvard, IL) | Music/Entertainment: Mariachi Monumental de Mexico; and Vital Image (DJ) | Dance Lessons: Fred Astaire (Milwaukee) | Invitations: | Rehearsal Dinner: Bride’s Grandmother’s house; Catered by Celebrations on Wells | Officiant: Alissa Weber (2020 ceremony done by Sarah Harrison at Koru Ceremonies) | Makeup and Hair: Rebecca Ross (Style by R) | Bride’s Gown: Sarah Seven, shoes by Randall Camellia | Formalwear: The Black Tux (Nordstrom)


Ashley & Jon at The Barn at Back Acres Farm

From a glamping engagement to a beautiful barn wedding, Jon and Ashley take rustic romance to the next level.

Ceremony & Reception: The Barn at Back Acres Farm | Catering: Gooseberries | Photographer: Jyllianne from Complete Weddings | Music/Entertainment: Complete Weddings & Events |Bartending: Drink Inc | Cake: Family / Grahams 318 Geneva, IL |Flowers: Gooseberries | Invitations: Taylor Slager Designs | Linens: Gooseberries | Rehearsal Dinner: Airbnb – The Downtowner Lake Geneva; ordered from Rigatony’s in Delevan |Makeup Artist: SLT Makeup Artistry |Hair: Courtney Taylor | Officiant: Family Friend | Gown: BHLDN | Formalwear: Von Maur |Rings: Bride: Brilliant Earth, Groom: Ben Claus – Rise Designs for ring; bolo tie: Nick Cooney Tendai designs


We have an exciting lineup of wedding stories to feature in 2022!
Be sure to check our Real Weddings page often and see all of the unique ideas and beautiful wedding stories!