August
27

Pier Wisconsin Wedding | Discovery World Wedding | Anne & Ian

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When I think back on Anne & Ian’s wedding day I think of one descriptor.  It’s the same one I think of for the two of them actually.  FUN.  Serious, serious fun.  What’s funny about this is that I think when you first encounter them, this quality of theirs isn’t immediately apparent.  They are professional, polished, even a touch reserved.  But it doesn’t take long to dig beneath that thin veneer and find that at their root is a giggly, goofy, fun-loving couple.  And if that adage is true – the one that says you are a composite of those you hold dearest – it’s no wonder this is their most endearing quality.  Just one glance at the family and wedding party photos below should tell you they are surrounded by a group that personifies fun in every conceivable way.  Even their priest brought a sense of lightness, fun and very personable love to their ceremony.  From my favorite shot from their engagement session as their welcome sign to the reception, to the spontaneous dance break right on the pier, to the rockin’ party courtesy of The Michael Walters Orchestra – scroll on down and join the party!

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Credits:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Pier Wisconsin

Florist: Fresh Design

Band: Michael Walter’s Orchestra

Bride’s Gown: Mikaella, Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor

Groom & Groomsmen Suit: Joseph A. Banks

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair/Makeup: Salone

Band: Michael Walters Orchestra

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August
25

Villa Terrace Wedding | Li Na & John

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A morning wedding at Villa Terrace is a special kind of affair.  Li-Na and John brought so much style and sophistication to the idea that I can’t possibly show you enough pictures of the beauty that surrounded them on this fine summer morning.  Top Shelf Events helped pull it all together with panache as well – a brunch reception, dancing on the terrace in the mid-day sun, punchy red parasols and chinese lanterns, mint green and gold touches everywhere, their favorite novels subtly celebrated, rustic yet elegant florals by the incomparable Marius Bell, a first look in my favorite room of this Italian mansion, personal vows so beautifully written, (and for Li-Na – recited in Chinese)….all make this one wedding I’ll never forget!

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The Credits:

Ceremony Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Reception Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Planner: Top Shelf Weddings and Events

Florist: Marius Bell

Catering: Lee John’s

Cupcakes: Milwaukee Cupcake Company

Stationer*: Sugar Pear Design

DJ: Double Platinum

 

**Photos containing identifying information of the bride and groom have been with-held at their request.  The invitations were gorgeous though, and you should check out Sugar Pear Design’s website!

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August
7

Wollersheim Winery Engagement | Kerri & Brent

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She fidgeted in her seat.  Nine hours on a plane had been enough.  Two weeks in Europe with spotty communication had been enough.  This taxi to the gate at a snail’s pace?  More than enough.  Finally the seatbelt light went ‘bing’ and she popped up like a jack-in-the-box.  She grabbed her a carry-on and walked straight to baggage.  45 minutes later she was pulling into his driveway and running up to the front door.  She paused briefly – for the first time since landing on American soil.  Shook her hair out, smoothed out her clothes.  The door opened.  ”I thought I heard you pull in” he said with that big, broad smile on his face that melted her.  Her heart skipped.  ”Enough is enough.  I’m moving in.” she stated matter of factly.  There was a pause, and then he laughed a bit.  ”Well, come in then” he said, throwing his arm around her shoulders.  

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August
5

One Quick Take

I’ve always loved the floral wallpapered room at the Villa Terrace.  It seems like the perfect room for a bride to get ready in.  That isn’t really allowed, but we were able to use it for a private first look for Li Na and John.  My creative heart leapt a little when I saw this on the back of the camera.

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