A beautiful bride and a handsome groom shared this classic Milwaukee wedding.
We wanted classic and formal, but with plenty of room for fun. Giant dance floor, swinging band, quirky photo booth props – a summer soiree to remember.
Our planning started with the venue. We had our hearts set on one specific Wisconsin venue and were lucky enough to book the last summer Saturday date available. Our initial tour of the ballroom set several ideas into motion—the rich reds, golds and dark wood of the ballroom worked beautifully together, so we built our wedding details with the venue top-of-mind, wanting to embrace its rich history and not compete with the elaborate architecture and existing decor.
Our vision was to have a cohesive look and feel for the full day. It took a great deal of research and out-of-state planning, but we made plenty of on-the-fly decisions too. We trusted our instincts. When I found out the ‘Wild Beet’ (Cranberry-colored) J.Crew bridesmaid dresses was being discontinued, we literally bought up the remaining inventory. After seeing color, I knew it would blend beautifully with the venue, and I couldn’t find anything else that came close.
We wanted the vintage luxe trend to extend beyond the ballroom, so we collected an array of gold frames to use for all signage needs and accessorized the cake table with a vintage hand-beaded pearl sash I scooped up at a consignment shop. The head table was dressed up with a long lace runner topped with gold mirrored trays, mercury votives, and tarnished champagne buckets. Rather than sticking to a specific decade, we choose pieces that we liked that worked well with the venue and overall gold, cranberry, black and ivory color scheme.
On our wedding day, our ceremony was greeted with a torrential thunderstorm and luckily we had decided on a traditional Catholic ceremony inside of our local church, safe from the lighting and thunder. After the rain stopped, our photographer had to do a little bit of convincing to get the bridal party outside for some photos. She was right about the after-rain effects creating a nice backdrop to our photos, they turned out great!
Planning a huge celebration from afar proved to be difficult but our clear wedding vision and desire to stay classic but fun helped us dial-in on our inspiration and create a beautiful wedding day that spoke to our personal tastes. – Martha, the Bride
VENDOR LOVE –
Photography: June + Jae Photography | Reception Venue: The Wisconsin Club | Ceremony Venue: St. Jude the Apostle, Milwaukee, WI | Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston | Dress Store: Bridal Aisle Consignment | Brides Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Suit + Tuxedo: Neil Allyn | Suit Store: Milbern Clothing Co. | Grooms Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Florals: Sendiks Market | Cake: Baked Custom Desserts | Makeup: Kelly Polansky | Accessories: Rent the Runway | Band: Velocity | Paper: Minted / Etsy | Rentals: A La Crate