Gowns, Planning

Reign of Love Fashion Shoot at Abloom Farm

July 15, 2019

Your wedding day is for feeling like royalty. It’s a day for gowns adorned with dreamy lace and appliqué, suiting rendered in rich hues, majestic floral arrangements, and beverages that take time for details. We worked with an incredible group of Milwaukee wedding experts for our latest fashion shoot, resulting in wedding inspiration fit for queens and kings.

To coordinate the shoot at Abloom Farm, we turned to Katy at Artist Group as the design lead and Événement:Event Design & Consulting for the overall coordinating of the scene. Artist Group also captured all of the photos seen here. The day was dressed with flowers galore: A pattern of petals creating a red carpet moment along the aisle, a vow-worthy backdrop of gathered branches and wild foliage, and floral-laced greenery hanging from above and stretching across the head table. Bouquets from Fantasy Flowers featured exotic blooms mixed with field-picked favorites.

Our brides wore gowns from Bucci’s Bridal and White Dress Boutique, chockfull of mixed textures, corseted boning, and tiers of ruffles. While all-over lace and lovely overlays dotted with appliqué and beading bring the drama, more casual fabrics keep things simple for boho beauty. Makeup by Wide Eyed Bride is kept natural with loose waves to compliment it. A crown of hair adornments create the perfect photo op.

For menswear from Dubois Formalwear, grooms dare to mix hues and patterns, even adding a bright pop of color. Shades of merlot are a new on-trend neutral. Whatever the color, fashionable fellas are encouraged to take risks with their style and lean into their personality.

We washed down the day with bartending by Bar Stars. There were picture-perfect beverages and garnishes paired with cigars for the taking. Assorted glassware displayed in the background keeps the eye moving. For a scrumptious appetizer, All Occasions Catering served an ale-braised duck tostada with black bean purée, house-made Asian slaw, fresh avocado, and cilantro. A fresh feast fit for royalty!

Vendors:

Location~Abloom Farm
Fashion Photography~Artist Group
Dresses provides by~Bucci Bridal & White Dress Boutique
Formalwear provided by~DuBois Formalwear
Consulting~Événement:Event Design & Consulting
Bouquet~Fantasy Flowers
Flowers~La Tulipe
Bartending/Cocktails~Bar Stars
Catering~All Occasions Catering
Rentals~Elements East & Vintique Rental
Hair & Makeup~Wide Eyed Bride
Jewelry/Accessories~Julie Schnoll Designs
Cigars~Lake Country Cigars
Models~The Rock Agency   | Groom: Bobby Nicol | Bride:Bronwyn H
Stylist~Laurel the Stylist

 

 

 

Planning, Real Weddings

Amy & Andrew’s Magical, Merry Winter Wedding

July 9, 2019
Amy and Andrew marry at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, WI

Amy from Meriden, Connecticut, and Andrew from Burlington, Wisconsin, met while working at Epcot at Disney World. “Andrew was a trainer at Mission: Space,” Amy says. “I was working there during college, and I immediately thought he was the cutest guy I had ever met. I called my mom on my lunch break to tell her all about him!”

When Andrew proposed to Amy, he did so with her sweet mother in mind. “After my mom passed away in June of 2015, I had a hard time enjoying anything Irish — I was an Irish step dancer throughout my childhood, an activity my mother and I did together.” Hoping to honor Amy’s mother and turn her heartache into joy, Andrew chose a Celtic-style engagement ring and popped the question at Raglan Road, an Irish restaurant in Orlando. “It was perfect.”

The two planned a winter wedding in Wisconsin. The theme: A Celtic Wisconsin Christmas. “We focused on the natural beauty of Wisconsin during the holidays while bringing in family Celtic heritage.” The ceremony, reception, and all photos took place at Lake Lawn Resort. Even the rehearsal dinner was held at Lake Lawn’s LookOut Bar and Grill. “We did an old-fashioned Friday fish fry. Our guests loved this traditional Wisconsin meal!”

Andrew and Amy had a wonderful experience working with Lake Lawn. “Jaci was our coordinator. Between her attentiveness and the staff treating us like family, they took our wedding from wonderful to unforgettable. Everyone from the front desk to the spa made us feel like our wedding was the most important thing happening at the resort.”

The ceremony was held in the Great Room at Lake Lawn. “The room is so grand that we didn’t decorate it much — it didn’t need it! We had a single Christmas tree in the middle and let the natural gold glow take center stage.” Hilarity ensued when the Ring Bearer mixed up the rings, and the Best Man and Man of Honor had to switch rings in front of everyone. “It added a laugh to an otherwise very romantic and serious ceremony,” Amy says. “We built our ceremony around the Claddagh, an Irish symbol of friendship, loyalty, and love. We had three readings that signified these pieces.”

For the reception, the celebration moved to Lake Lawn’s Queens Table. Amy calls it “the greatest Christmas party ever!” The bride and groom focused all their efforts on highlighting the wonders of Wisconsin throughout the evening. “We wanted to showcase Wisconsin specialties, since most of our guests were visiting Wisconsin for the first time. We had beer cheese soup and Sprecher sodas and Spotted Cow on draft.”

On the menu, catered by Lake Lawn, guests enjoyed a coursed dinner of green salad, rolls with Wisconsin butter, raspberry sorbet, and entrees that included pan-seared petit filets, apple-almond-stuffed chicken breast, herbed potatoes, and green beans.

Dessert came courtesy of Julie Michelle Cakes. “We had two flavors and everyone was served a slice of each!” There was chocolate cake filled with boysenberry, champagne, and fresh raspberries, and lemon cake filled with champagne and fresh blueberries. A hot cocoa bar was a delicious and extra-special treat. “Lake Lawn lovingly set up the cocoa bar for us. We had dark hot cocoa and white hot cocoa and all the toppings you could imagine. It was fun and elegant and really made the whole party feel like Christmas!”

Aside from scrumptious hot chocolate, Amy and Andrew agree that seeing the reception room for the first time was one of their favorite moments of the day. “Jaci let us go in before we opened the room to guests. We were floored with how perfect it was. It’s not often you get to see something you’ve only imagined in your head come to life. It was beyond magical and we will remember that forever.”

Make-up ArtistCalladora Spa at Lake Lawn  (Make Up- Artist, Lauren)
Hair StylistJackie at Calladora Spa at Lake Lawn
Rehearsal DinnerThe LookOut Bar and Grill at Lake Lawn Resort
CeremonyThe Great Room at Lake Lawn Resort
Reception, Catering & BartendingThe Lake Lawn
CakeJulie Michelle Cakes
FlowersGooseberries, Burlington, WI
Music/EntertainmentDJ Felix Entertainment (DJ Alex)
PhotographerSublime Image Photography
GownsDavid’s Bridal
FormalwearMen’s Wearhouse
Farm TablesForeverBirdy
Ask the Right Questions, Before the Wedding, Planning, Style, Tradition / Theme / Culture

Ask the Right Questions: Finding Your Wedding Officiant

July 5, 2019
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“You may now kiss the bride.” Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold your horses. There’s a bit more to a wedding than a gorgeous dress and I couple of I dos. Someone has to charm your guests, guide you through your vows, and make it official. Entrusting your ceremony to a skilled pro who also gives you all the right feels can be a tall task. Here are some key questions to make sure your candidate fits the bill.

What sort of experience do you have? The more weddings your officiant has performed, the more confidently he or she will be to speak before your guests. More experience means better insight and copious suggestions during early consultations. Requesting referrals or video of a wedding they are especially proud of will go a long way toward gauging their comfort level with the job.

What goes into formulating your script? Is there a template you follow, or do you craft it unique to the couple? Find out what sort of leeway your officiant has with their wording, and if you will have “edit rights” in advance. While it might be nice to hear the ceremony fresh at the altar, some couples prefer to avoid any sensitive material that might not go over well with Grandma and Grandpa.

How long is your service typically? Can you walk us through your ceremony structure? Be sure your officiant’s style meets your vision, and their cadence matches yours. A more staid and formal emcee might be a bad fit for a backyard-boho couple, and the pace of a casual, humorous speaker might speed up a more traditional or black-tie wedding. Your preferred tempo and tone might not be every officiant’s forte.

How often will we meet ahead of the wedding? Shaping the ceremony will require an initial consultation, and more thereafter in order to fine tune the details, and allow the officiant to get to know you better. Be aware as well that some clergy may require premarital counseling to be sure you two crazy kids are well-equipped for not just getting married, but being married.

Is this going to be legal? It cannot be stressed enough the importance of knowing your officiant is legally licensed to process your documents in the state in which you will be marrying. Additionally, it is best to know who will be sure your forms are submitted to the state, by which means, and within the allotted amount of time to do so. An inexperienced officiant might not know the procedure, and this could spell disaster for an unwitting (and hence unmarried) couple.

What can I expect the day of my wedding? Knowing your officiant has arrived with plenty of time to spare, and perhaps had a moment with the both of you can provide comfort the day of. This person should be collected, prepared, and enthusiastic to marry you, and not rush in at the last minute with scattered notes. Find out what they intend to wear and their flexibility with that, and if they can attend your rehearsal the day before.

Will we be signing a contract? Getting the fee, date payment is due, and clear service expectations on paper ensures there will be as few surprises the day of, and give you recourse should anything not go as planned. Be sure to include their back-up plan in the event of an emergency or illness. The protection of a signed agreement is especially comforting for professionals booked long in advance of the wedding, or for elder officiants who might encounter health issues.

Download the questions guide below and bring it with you when you meet your officiant.

Download the Questions Guide

Click here to find your Wisconsin wedding officiant

Behind the Lens, Photography & Video

Behind the Lens – Memory Lane Photography

July 2, 2019

Interview with the Experts | Photography | Behind the Lens
Finding the right photographer to capture your day is such an important element in your planning process, so we created “Behind the Lens” to give you a more in-depth look at each of our photographers!
Take a look below and get to know Memory Lane Photography!

Jessica | Memory Lane Photography

How did you know you wanted to be a photographer? How did you go about starting out?
After becoming a mom, my passions and dreams really started running in full force. Watching my babies grow, I realized how essential it is to document important stepping stones of their lives. In my opinion, the wedding day is the first and foremost significant step in this journey. This is what gave me faith and determination to become a professional photographer. I built a photography portfolio showcasing my talents through friends and family. Thankfully for social media and my creative skills, word spread around quickly. In my first year of portfolio building, I met a local, professional wedding photographer who introduced me into the wedding world.

How long have you been in the business?
I started photographing weddings in 2016 as Memory Lane Photography by Jessica Lane. In my first year, I booked 16. Since then, I book about 20-25 weddings per year. However, I started building my business in 2015 and officially became a business in 2016.

What are the qualities that make a successful wedding photographer?
I am a creative and unique photographer. My talent lies in making my clients feel comfortable while I capture the candid and loving moments of their special day. I am blessed with encouraging enthusiast personality that goes above and beyond for your wedding day.

Why do you love photographing weddings and engagements?

I love documenting two people in love and sharing their journey as they enter this new chapter of life. Each couple and story are different from the next. I have the honor of freezing their moments and creating a photographic love story to treasure forever.

How has your photography (style) changed since you started?
My photography style has changed tremendously since I started due to personal growth and experiences. My posing and client experience have also grown into a whimsical collection of not just boring posed pictures. My creative eye has been trained to capture the candid, sweet and journalistic moments during the wedding day.

When choosing their photographer, what should a couple look for?
When choosing a photographer, make sure that your photography style and dreams fits their unique style!! Have clear communication and build a timeline that will cover ALL your wants and needs. Having a traditional church wedding? Book a photographer that has experience with church lighting + photography. If your planning an adventurous, wedding in the woods, book a photographer based on their adventurous whimsical wedding in the woods portfolio. If your style fits your desired photographer, then book! Don’t book someone based on their price. You get what you pay for!

Is there anything you wish couples would ask?
If pets can be included during their engagement or wedding day… the answer is YES!

How do you assist in keeping the wedding day running smoothly? Do you work hand in hand with the other vendors?

I ask my couples for their list of vendors before the wedding day. I get familiar with the venue and locations prior to the wedding day. We follow a timeline and stay on track. I make sure my couple’s give me a “Must Have List” of important family photos for the day. After the ceremony, I make sure all the generations and family formals are complete so the rest of the day can be creative, candid and focus on the bride + groom. When arriving to the wedding, I introduce myself to the vendors and we become friends! My FAVORITE part of the wedding day is the bridal portraits!

What is a typical wedding day routine for you?

Arrive to ceremony location, shoot details, getting ready images of bride + groom, first look (if interested), ceremony, family photos, bridal party photos, cocktail hour, grand march, cake cutting, dinner, first dances, and reception fun! (For the average 8-9 Hour Wedding Day) I also book custom wedding days (3+ hours), for the smaller more intimate wedding day.

 

To learn more about Memory Lane please click here!

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Lindsey & Jake’s Rustic-Chic Wedding at the Cupola Barn

July 1, 2019

Though Lindsey and Jake first met at a college party, it wasn’t until a few years after school that the two reconnected in Minneapolis and started dating. Lindsey was on a trip to visit her sister in San Francisco when Jake proposed. The two sisters went to Sonoma for the day, only for Lindsey to find Jake waiting on the back patio at Bella Vineyards with an important question to ask her.

The happy couple planned a September wedding. Jake and Lindsey agree that one of their favorite parts of the day was first seeing each other at the ceremony. “We didn’t do a first look, so walking down the aisle was a big moment for me,” Lindsey says. “I was happy we didn’t see each other before then because it made the moment even more special.” Jake echoes that his favorite wedding-day memory is first seeing Lindsey in her Pronovias, Barcelona gown: “It was a surreal moment of excitement and joy that resulted in some tears.”

The reception took place at the Cupola Barn in Oconomowoc. Barn-chic was the style — rustic but elegant, with a palette of blush pink, gold, and lots of greenery. The bride and groom made sure to get there right away to greet their guests. “Because we wanted to welcome everyone to the barn, we did all of our couples photos there. The barn venue and outdoor space are gorgeous, so it was an easy decision!”

Jake and Lindsey especially savored the moment they first entered the space. “It was so special to walk into the barn together and see how everything came together. As we sat down during dinner, we stopped to take it all in, surrounded by all of our family and friends.” Dinner was catered by Saz’s, with bartending services by Bar Stars. There were passed appetizers and a Mediterranean and cheese board platter for starters. For the main course, guests had a choice of plated filet, chicken, or a vegetarian option. Later on, there was pizza, and the bar was open all night.

Dessert was made special by Press Waffles, serving warm Belgian Liege waffles right out of their mobile food truck trailer. “Jake and I don’t really like cake, so we wanted to do something different for us and the guests,” Lindsey says. “The waffles were a hit! Jake and I enjoyed thinking up the small details that we thought would make our wedding unique and enjoyable for everyone.” Their advice to other brides and grooms: “Start planning early and figure out what’s important to you as a couple — and make sure those things get incorporated into the day.”

ConsultantKrista Dentice, Weddings with a Twist
Make-up ArtistJenn Hendrickson, Anton’s Salon Delafield
Hair StylistAutumn Schwane: Anton’s Salon Delafield
InvitationsMinted
Rehearsal DinnerBelfre Kitchen in downtown Delafield
Ceremony LocationSt Joan of Arc, Nashotah, WI
Reception LocationCupola Barn, Oconomowoc, WI
CatererSaz’s Catering
Bartending ServiceBar Stars
DessertPRESS Waffles – food truck
CakeCake Lady Milwaukee – Wedding Cake
Chalkboard/Custom Signage ArtistEtsy
FlowersJane Kelly Floral
Music/EntertainmentDJ Smoov Music
TransportationParty bus for the wedding party; chartered coach bus for all other guests to go from hotel to venue
PhotographerIvory+Bliss
VideographerSalem Media Productions
Wedding Dress DesignerPronovias, Barcelona
FormalwearThe Black Tux
RentalsVintique Rental
LinensSaz’s Catering
ChairsCupola Barn
Hotel AccommodationsDelafield Hotel
Attendants and Wedding Party, Before the Wedding, Just for Fun, Planning

Thinking Outside the Gift Box

June 28, 2019
Bride and Bridesmaids in flowered robes

Friends. Who needs ‘em? Well, you do, because you’re getting married and they’re about to do a lot for you. These people are your BEST friends, the ones you chose to stand by you on your biggest day, and they should be given a gift that reflects your appreciation and sentiment. Show them how you feel with  these fun and thoughtful ideas.

 

Chronicle of Us Photo Book

Comb through your shoeboxes of years old snapshots, social media posts, and phone archives and create a memory book. Personalize for each attendant, or if your team has always been close-knit, create one depicting your group’s friendship from childhood to keg-stands to now. Add captions to include inside jokes, milestones in your shared lives, and a message of thanks on the last page.

Put the "Treat" in Spa Treatments

Who doesn’t want a free rub down from a stranger? No one. This one is a no-brainer and very few can say no to a day of Zen, particularly during a period of high intensity and tight schedules. For the shy friends and family, offer a facial or mani-pedi as a substitute. Don’t forget hand written thank you cards, and be sure to treat yourself along with them.

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Woodwork for Their Good Work

You chose these people because they stand by you, but also because they are darn fun. Send some good times home with them with customized Bags Game Sets like these from Display Products. Every home should own at least one set, so why not make theirs artisanal and easily portable? 

Woodwork for Their Good (continued)

Display Products also offers customized cutting boards engraved with your attendant’s name, longstanding catchphrase, favorite recipe, or wedding hashtag. When not in use, flip for a decorative memory and put on display. (Pun intended.)

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Within just about 20 miles of anywhere you will find a winery, distillery, or brewery, and within them an opportunity to visit and taste. Typically these places are situated among breathtaking scenery or historic buildings, making for picturesque places to entertain as a group. Send each home with their favorite bottle and probably a buzz, and a few sloppy declarations of love and sisterhood/brotherhood.

Custom Cozies

Sleep. We love it more than anything, even more than we love each other. Select for each party member a pajama set in your wedding’s theme or color scheme, or monogram a plush bathrobe, silk kimono, or house slippers. Everyone loves snuggle wear, both as pre-wedding wearables and beyond. Let them lounge and think of you long after the I Dos, and don’t forget a set for yourselves for true slumber solidarity.



Sun's Out, Guns Out

Ride the wave of your sunny destination, whether it be a beach in the tropics or local resort, with all they’ll need to shine. Wrap SPF and aloe gel, a stylish cooler cup, and a hat or visor in a customized plush beach towel, then let the good times roll. Throw in some local rum or tequila to really show them how much you love them.

Jazz Up Their Hobbies

Presumably you and these people share some sort of common interest, and a nod to that might be a personalized golf glove, or golf balls imprinted with their initials or your wedding day hashtag. Customize a gym bag or tennis racket sleeve. Pay ahead for a rod building clinic for your fishing buddies, or spring for matching beer-league jerseys. Remind them that getting married won’t mean losing their best outfielder.

For the Greener of Thumbs

The gift of plants connotes an investment of time and effort toward something beautiful, a requirement for longevity be it marriage, family, or friendship. It’s also pretty. Pot a seasonal arrangement for their front porch, or gift them a tree to watch blossom and mature through the years. Tell your attendant “I dig you” with engraved planting tools and a good kneeling pad.

 

To find the perfect gift for your best friends, click here!

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Rachel & Troy’s Magical Summer Wedding at Veterans Terrace

June 18, 2019
Rachel and Troy marry at Veterans Terrace in Burlington, WI

Rachel and Troy met through mutual friends on St. Paddy’s Day in 2011. “A friend from work insisted I go out, and I reluctantly decided to go.” The whole night, Troy kept chatting with Rachel, which worked—in the end, he got her number. The two had planned to wait until Rachel completed Nursing school before getting engaged, but Troy had another idea.

One June day, a week before Rachel’s graduation, Troy popped the question on a bike trail in Delafield. “He said there was something wrong with his bike,” Rachel laughs. That’s when Troy got down on one knee and proposed. “We were both so emotional following the proposal, many passersby stopped to inquire if we were okay!”

Troy and Rachel planned a July wedding at Veterans Terrace overlooking Echo Lake in Burlington, Wisconsin. The ceremony was held on Memorial Terrace, the reception in the Liberty Ballroom. The wedding colors were navy, blush, and neutral tones of gold and white. Troy’s favorite part of the ceremony was seeing Rachel walk toward him in the beautiful dress she found at Eva’s Bridal in Oak Creek. With their dear friend Stu officiating, Rachel says her favorite moment was when Troy nearly forgot to repeat his vows. “He said, ‘I’m sorry, I got lost in your eyes.’ It definitely brought some ‘awww’s and laughs from guests.”

For the reception, Rachel’s goal was a classy, elegant vibe, without a hint of pretention. With Veterans Terrace as a backdrop, that was easy to achieve. For photos, photographer Janelle Rose Photography didn’t even have to leave the grounds to capture beautiful images. “We were fortunate that our venue was located on a lake, so alternate locations for photos were unnecessary.”

When it came time for dinner, Rachel and Troy chose a choice of beef tips or chicken in cream sauce with sides of mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, green beans, garden salad, wild rice, and pasta salad. “It was important to us that there be various food options to accommodate all guests’ preferences.” For desserts, there were various flavors of layer cakes and cheesecakes.

To decorate the Liberty Ballroom, the whole family pitched in to bring Rachel and Troy’s vision to life. “It was an enormous undertaking and we’re eternally grateful to everyone who contributed to making our day a dream come true.” Rachel’s brother Caleb made four-foot LOVE marquee letters. “They were amazing! Veterans Terrace actually chose to acquire the letters so Caleb’s masterpiece can bring the same amount of joy and love to other couples.”

Troy and Rachel made a copper pipe backdrop adorned with hanging crystals and glass terrariums. Troy’s dad made a cornhole game for outdoor entertainment, and the entire family and wedding party arranged all of the flowers and bouquets. That’s the one thing Rachel would have done differently: “I would have gone through a florist. It was a stressful process!”

When it all came together, Rachel and Troy say their day was glamorous, emotional, and utterly unforgettable. During their first dance out on the terrace, Rachel’s dad surprised them with confetti cannons showering the scene. The evening ended with a sparkler ceremony — 200 of their closest family and friends lighting the way for happily ever after.

Makeup ArtistSt Glam Co.
InvitationsMinted
Rehearsal DinnerTuscan Grill, Lake Geneva, WI
Ceremony, Reception, BartendingMemorial Terrace & Liberty Ballroom at Veterans Terrace
CatererStowell’s Catering
CakeCreative Cakes by Sara Welty Strunk
FlowersCostco and Sam’s Club Bulk Floral
Music/EntertainmentAll Around Celebrations
PhotographerJanelle Rose Photography
GownEva’s Bridal, Oak Creek WI
FormalwearMen’s Wearhouse
Linens & ChairsVeterans Terrace
Ask the Right Questions, Before the Wedding, Planning, Transportation

Ask the Right Questions: Booking Transportation

June 7, 2019
Newlywed bride and groom riding scooters

Unless your plan is to marry in your living room, you are going to need some way to get around. This is a big job for the right driver since you and your loved ones will need a ride to the ceremony site, from the ceremony site to the reception, quite possibly to whichever offsite location you might be taking photographs, and finally to your honeymoon suite for some marital co-sleeping. Be it limousine, party bus, vintage car, or horse driven sleigh, the challenges of selecting the right provider can be simplified by asking some key questions. Vroom on below to your helpful guide on wedding transportation.

What selection of vehicles is offered? Can I be guaranteed my preference is available the day of?

It might also be beneficial to ask which of the fleet are the most popular, and which are the most practical given your party size, the size of your dress, and your cargo (luggage, beer, etc.)

Do you offer any package pricing?

You might need multiple vehicles if your fiancé’s party plans to travel separately, and if you opt to provide transportation for family. Perhaps you can score a bulk discount on multiple vehicles, or by combining your bachelor and bachelorette party transport contract with your wedding day.

Will we be paying you by the hour, by the mile, or is there a flat rate for the entire day?

The layout of your day should dictate which of these is best for you. For instance, short distances over a long day might be better suited for a mileage based fee. A brief need for a driver from the wedding site to the reception would find an hourly rate more advantageous.

On a related note, is there a minimum number of hours required for booking?

Are there overage fees should we exceed the booked window of time? Surprise hidden charges will just about kill the vibe when you’re in honeymoon mode, so it’s best to be on the same page with your potential service from the start.

How will your driver be dressed? Can we request a particular suit or style?

Themed wedding may like to incorporate a specific get-up, or perhaps you prefer a tuxedo over suit for a more black tie affair.

While we’re talking aesthetics, are you okay with us decorating?

Streamers, signage, window paint, and strings of aluminum cans all seem harmless, but some transport companies prefer you refrain. It’s best to know this in advance rather than toss that carefully crafted “Just Married” sign in a dumpster last minute.

Give me the basics: how far in advance should I book? What is your cancellation policy?

And what sort of deposit do you want from me? Prepare in advance for any potential whoopsies, and this includes any unexpected changes of plans and scheduling confusion.

To see a full list of transportation questions, download the guide below:

Download the Questions Guide

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Emily & Kyle’s Wedding Under the Stars at Lake Lawn Resort

June 4, 2019

Kyle from Lake Geneva and Emily from Williams Bay have known each other most of their lives. They first met in nursery school at church, became best friends in 7th grade, and started dating when they were 16. “We fell in love, and the rest is history!” Kyle proposed in Washington, a state which holds a special place in his and Emily’s hearts. While in high school, the two visited Washington together, and when Emily lived in Seattle for a semester during college, Kyle also flew across the country to see her.

“We all went to Chelan together as a family for Thanksgiving the year before we got engaged,” Emily says. “We also visited beautiful, remote Stehekin. It’s in the middle of the North Cascade Mountains, and you can only get there by boat or airplane.” The year Kyle proposed, Emily’s entire family once again decided to celebrate the holiday in Stehekin. Because Kyle lived in South Carolina for college at the time, Emily believed he was spending Thanksgiving there with his parents. But after the two-hour ferry ride to Stehekin, a surprise was waiting. “We get off at the dock, and I saw someone at the end. I realized it was Kyle! I thought he was only there to surprise me for Thanksgiving — then I realized that wasn’t the only reason!” Naturally, Emily said yes.

Emily and Kyle decided on a natural and boho August wedding in Lake Geneva. The rehearsal dinner was held at The Ridge, and the ceremony and reception were both held at Lake Lawn Resort on Lake Delavan, outdoors from start to finish. The resort spa, Calladora, did Emily’s makeup, and every photo, including the first look, was snapped right at Lake Lawn. “Jaci at Lake Lawn was our wedding coordinator, and she was wonderful! We couldn’t have pulled it off without her.”

The ceremony was held along the lake. “My Uncle Andy played the guitar as the bridal party walked down,” Emily says. “My dad walked me down the aisle — that will always be my favorite walk!” Kyle and Emily said “I do” under a wooden arch covered in eucalyptus greens, reciting personal vows and using sand from their respective homes for the unity ceremony.

Cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony. Guests were invited to mingle in a white tent under some trees, overlooking the lake.“During cocktail hour and dinner, we created our own playlist with our favorite alternative music — Gregory Alan Isakov, Lord Huron, Hollow Coves, Edward Sharpe, and more. We wanted the whole wedding to have a vibe that reflected us!”

There was also giant jenga, corn hole, local cold brew coffee, an open bar, and charcuterie boards. Kyle and his dad actually made the wood boards, and at the end of the night, each vendor was gifted one of the boards to take home. Kyle’s dad also made the wooden guest book, which friends and family filled with polaroid photos. “My mom and I made a lot of things for the wedding, too,” Emily says. “I made the menu cards for each place setting, we made all the signs and the wedding favors, personal jars of honey.”

Thank you for sharing in our sweet beginning honey guest favor

For dinner, there were food stations, each named after a significant place in Emily and Kyle’s relationship. The Bay, where Emily grew up, offered sliders, mac ’n’ cheese, and pulled pork sandwiches. Lake Como, where Kyle grew up, served up fish and chicken tacos. Surfside, where the happy couple moved after being married, was a salad bar with build-your-own potato salad and assorted fruit. Chelan, where Kyle and Emily spent their engagement weekend, was the drink bar, and Stehekin was the dessert bar. Sweet treats included individual apple, cherry, and s’mores pie, plus scrumptious chocolate-covered strawberries.

The dance floor was set outside next to the tent, under trees strung with café lights. “It was so dreamy,” Emily says. “When the night was over, everyone threw olive leaves at our send-off. Kyle dipped me for a sweet kiss, and we were off in our 1966 AMC Marlin — the car we took to all of our proms in high school! It was the most perfectly beautiful day. Everything we dreamed of and more!”

Make-up ArtistCalladora Spa at Lake Lawn Resort
Hair StylistLake Zurich House of Hair, Diana Giannini
InvitationsEsty download/Vista Print for printing
Rehearsal DinnerThe Ridge
Ceremony, Reception, Catering, Bartending & CakeOutside at Lake Lawn Resort
FlowersForget Me Not Flower Market
Bride & Flower girl's Floral CrownPesche’s Greenhouse
Music/EntertainmentDJ Felix Entertainment
PhotographerRaegan Lintner Photography( now Clay House Photography)
GownBHLDN from Show Me Your Mumu
FormalwearDobel
RentalsLinens & Chairs: Lake Lawn Resort
RingsFontana Jewelers
Before the Wedding, Catering, Just for Fun, Planning, Reception, Season, Style, Tradition / Theme / Culture, Trends and Ideas

Customize Your Clinks! 7 Signature Wedding Drinks

May 30, 2019
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Crafting a signature cocktail that reflects your wedding theme and personality requires two parts ingenuity, one part sense of humor, and a heaping dollop of delicious. You can’t expect your guests to go thirsty, so why not quench them in style? Belly up to the following guide to your unique brew.

 

Think Seasonally

For a summer wedding, consider refreshing fruits like watermelon, citrus, grapefruit, and mint. Spring is an appropriate time to roll out new and unexpected flavors like basil, rosemary, lavender, and elderflower. Cinnamon, cream, vanilla, and espresso harken cozy fall and winter vibes. You can practically taste the firewood.

Think Outside the Boxed Wine

Have a favorite go-to that needs just a touch of nuptial oomph? Take things up a notch by adding fruit or liqueur to your regular sipper. Berry mojitos, jalapeno margaritas, and a bourbon cherry pop take classics to another level.

Build Upon Your Bubbles

Champagne toasts and champagne chugs alike deserve an upgrade. Imagine a crushed peppermint rimmed glass for a wintery refresher, or tinted glittery sugar for some spring zing. Or serve a fizzy, creamy dream by pouring brut champs over a scoop of sherbet.

More-Tinis

You can’t go wrong with a pretty martini. Serve the classic if that’s your particular poison, but martinis have come a long way since the original. Grasshoppers, Cosmos, Appletinis are only the beginning, and the glassware alone takes your party uptown and your pinkies out.

A Nod to the Locals

Pander to your audience and go with a local favorite. Is your hometown known for its brewery? Serve its beer with an orange garnish, or sweet soda to make a fun radler. Old Fashioneds are a great homage to the Midwest, beloved by all in its many incarnations. Think local and create accordingly.

Don’t Forget the NA Crowd

The underaged and non-drinkers need not be relegated to the Kiddie Cocktail. Choose a cocktail-mocktail combo for fully festive participation. Champagne can be substituted with sparkling faux-sé, sweet sodas and juices replace rums and tequilas, and just about every liqueur has a syrupy doppelganger sans booze.  

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What service!

Presentation will be what distinguishes your signature drink, so get creative with how and with what it’s served. Skip the fancy tumblers and serve right inside of old timey Coke bottles, mason jars, or go tropical with halved coconuts or pineapples. Miniature umbrellas, fun stir sticks, and even sparklers can garnish your glassware. And don’t forget fun signage for a detailed description of your designer drink. It’s the clever details that leave a lasting impression with your guests and photograph adorably.

 

 

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Before the Wedding, DIY, Invitations, Just for Fun, Planning, Reception, Trends and Ideas

5 Trends to Explore in Wedding Signage

May 23, 2019
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Welcoming your guests to the reception, identifying the gift and card table, and introducing your bar menu needn’t be about as exciting as a PowerPoint presentation. Providing information via wedding signage can entice and excite, and using unexpected materials sets your tone and allows for personality to shine through.

Glass

Quite literally your personality can shine through using reclaimed windows, empty picture frames, or even mirrored glass. A vintage or more rustic presentation can be met by customizing the edging with paint or faux aging, or by adjusting the transparency of the glass itself using frosted spray and decals.

Acrylic

Allow your wording to float in mid-air using the clean and very chic option of unframed acrylic. Position your signs in front of showy scenery such as Mother Nature herself or dramatic lighting for an immersive, ethereal effect.

Chalkboard

Whether jotted by the bride herself or beautifully crafted by an area artist, chalk art is warm, nostalgic, and hip. Clever wording and colorful flourishes allow for a boutique feel and cute customization.

Fabric

Consider semi-sheer cotton sheeting or even silk for a dreamy touch. Paired with calligraphy, the look brings romance to even a “Restrooms This Way” sign. Fabric is on trend this summer and you cannot deny its elegance.

Wood

Harken cozy cordiality using rich stained wood planks to welcome and inform your guests. Paint is a popular choice, but consider a wood burner for an elegant look that doubles as beautiful home décor and a sweet memento once all is said and done.

Printed

Fancy fonts and beautiful stationery combined with your personalized theme and style. These printed options, framed and displayed, are cost effective and look lovely. Plus, they can be redisplayed as a wedding momento in years to come.

If you’re looking for custom designs to create your perfect wedding day signage, visit these local vendors!

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Traci & Adam’s Heartfelt & Handcrafted Wedding at Terrace 167

May 20, 2019

Traci and Adam met through mutual friends in college and clicked instantly. They dated for eight years before Adam took Traci down to Chicago’s Navy Pier for a day of riding the ferris wheel, basking in the city, and, in the end, asking her to be his bride. “Adam told me how much fun he’d had that day and that he wanted to spend the rest of our lives making memories just like this.”

The two planned an October wedding at Terrace 167. The vibe was a mix of industrial and the outdoors with a color palette of navy and grey with gold accents. The ceremony was held outside at sunset. “We had all eight of our nieces and nephews stand up in the wedding. Our favorite part was being so surrounded by loved ones. We knew it would be pretty cold out, so we had a warming station with blankets and hand warmers to help guests stay toasty.”

Traci says the Terrace 167 reception space was the perfect blend of her and Adam’s style. “The chandeliers were elegant and the barn wood tables and industrial touches were beautiful. Terry and Stephanie at Terrace 167 were so great at communicating throughout the planning process. They made sure everything went according to plan; we didn’t have to worry about anything.”

Adam and Traci ended up making a lot of their decorations. “Adam is a carpenter,” Traci says. “We cut wooden blocks and used decals to write the table numbers. We made a welcome sign and seating chart, along with many others. We also used hexagon marble tiles to write everyone’s name on for their place cards. We had so many kids at our wedding, we also made a kids pale for each one with a custom word search, coloring pages, and other things to keep them busy.”

“We loved looking around and seeing all of our signs and details that we made come together.” In addition to all their handcrafted pieces, Traci and Adam worked with Well Dressed Tables to outfit the space with extra-special necessities, such as gold cutlery. “The design of the space and the table decor was everything we dreamed and more!”

Make-up ArtistHannah Elisabeth Beauty (From LA)
Hair StylistAmanda Flowler (MACDADDY Salon in IL)
InvitationsMinted
Rehearsal Dinner Pizza Man Tosa
Ceremony, Reception & BartendingTerrace 167
CateringIrene’s Catering
Cake Designer/DessertAggies Bakery
FlowersPink Opal
Music/EntertainmentDJ Milk Love ENT
TransportationGo Riteway
PhotographerJB Photography
VideographerChris Siegel Multimedia
GownEssence of Australia from Veiled by ChaCha (Handmade veil and sash)
Bridesmaids’ gownsAzazie
RentalsWell Dressed Tables
RingsRogers and Holland