Preppy with an unexpected twist – that’s what I think of when I see this wedding. There are so many wonderfully colorful and classic details, and then you get surprised by little touches like gold studded bridesmaids’ shoes, gold sugared champagne glasses, a subtly plaid groom’s suit, and decidedly modern bridal jewelry. The look brings a whole new spin to the Irish Barn at Whistling Straits. This whole day is playful and pretty, just like Jenn & Jeremy.
Ceremony Venue: Whistling Straits
Reception Venue: Whistling Straits Irish Barn
Planner: Cherry Blossom Events
Linens: BBJ Linen
Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals
Invitations: Paper Love
Florist: The American Club
Cake: The American Club
Makeup: Natural Radiance Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Men’s Suits: Joseph A. Banks
Hair: I Du Hair
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At first, this looks like a beautiful and understated day, but then you notice Allison’s dramatic dress and earrings, Bryan’s surprising red suspenders. It’s your first clue that something else is about to happen. This observation is true of Allison and Bryan themselves as well. Preppy, understated and sophisticated, if you judge too quickly you’ll miss the little touches of drama, humor and playfulness that are their true selves. So, pay attention, because it isn’t long before you realize that the all-white flower palette, the classic tuxes and the miles of white draping are all just a canvas for color to play on. When the heart of this day emerges at the ceremony, you look around and realize the room has exploded in color. Allison and Bryan have come to play, and they are bringing everyone else along for the ride.x
Venue: Milwaukee Athletic Club
Wedding Planner: Tailored Engagements
Flowers: Friend of the Family – Al Havaich
Cake: Sweet Perfections
Hair & Makeup: Lovely Salon
Quartet: Lakeside Strings
Lighting: Design Lab Chicago
Backdrop Draping: Barking Pony
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bride’s Gown: Mikaella
Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply
Bridesmaids: Various choices from Little Borrowed Dress
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So, we’ve been on an unscheduled blog hiatus lately. Why? Because Baby Michel 2.0 decided to make her debut early! That lovely condition I’ve been dealing with all thru this pregnancy reared it’s ugly head and sent me to the hospital with two significant bleeds in the space of a few days, scared our doctors, and before we knew it, we were in an operating room saying hello to our little 34 week peanut.
I’ll put together a blog post all about little Miss Waylynn’s dramatic debut soon….I swear. She’s already two weeks old, but we’ve only been home a week from the hospital. Everyone is doing really well, and we are still adjusting to our new lives as a family of four.
The biggest adjustment with bringing home a newborn this time? It isn’t the constant feeding and diapers. It’s that I have gone from a person with a life threatening medical condition who was watched constantly and had to be hyper vigilant with all my activities, to someone who can wash dishes, walk long distances, even drive my car. No one watches me like a hawk, tells me to sit-down, or admonishes me for doing too much. Seriously, it’s taken me several days to wrap my head around the idea that I am now “normal” again. It’s mind-boggling how the coin can flip on such a condition. Even Baby Girl (who I suppose needs a new moniker now) says to me “Mama, you can walk?” – she got used to my restrictions too.
I missed out on a lot of things with this pregnancy and it’s complications – including Halloween. But, Hubby and everyone else face-timed and video-ed and took pictures so I could see all the fun from my hospital room. Baby Girl stole the cuteness as Bucky Badger in a custom costume I made for her – finishing it up from the hospital of course.
I saw actual snow today outside. Not sure how I feel about that, or if I’m ready. I went into the hospital at peak color for fall, and when I came out – all the leaves were gone. Now it’s snowing already? At least it didn’t stick.
Before the last trip to the hospital, I had a chance to check out Onesto in the Third Ward for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It was quite lovely. The service was excellent, the food was very yummy and even Baby Girl had an excellent time. Thumbs up!
So, most of life is about babies and hospital stays lately, and I won’t bore you with all of that. Have a great week (what’s left of it)!
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Ashley is a dreamer. But she’s not the kind to while away with her head in the clouds, because she’s also a doer. I’ll never forget popping upstairs at the Madison Club before I was scheduled to start on their wedding day to find her arranging centerpieces and cutting flowers – in fresh hair and makeup (and stunning red manicure) no less. The girl has tenacity. It’s something that hits you right away when you meet her. When you meet Tim, you think you’ve encountered a somewhat shy and unassuming guy – but as time passes you uncover his quiet strength and his easy laugh. They are a great pair – like a picture and a frame, they fit together well, both doing their part at just the right moment.
A dress with bling! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen something so classic and modern all at once – just loved this gown.
Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church
Reception: The Madison Club
Cake: The Madison Club
DJ: Capitol Sounds
Bride’s Gown: Victor Harper
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Suits: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Earrings: Ben Amun