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Sometimes, love strikes twice.  Such is the luck of Sue & Justin.  They’ve both weathered the loss of their beloved spouses, and in that strange new world after – found each other.  The homily from this sweet little elopement has stuck with me.  The priest talked about how Sue had called and left a panicked message, asking him to call back immediately.  Worried something was wrong, he did so.  “Oh no!” she laughed at him, “Something is right!  We can’t waste any time!”  And so it was, and here they were.  He also spoke about how their deceased spouses and the love they shared with them – it was all part of this new love.  It was such a lovely perspective – that love continues and flows.  What a lovely new beginning!  Adding an extra sweet layer to this day are the energetic grandkids (one who you will see, adorably refused to have her picture taken) and Sue & Justin’s wonderful children.  Like the practiced and wonderful grandparents they are – I was taken with how they put the needs of everyone else before theirs on this, their wedding day – even juggling tiny toys alongside bouquets.

        

    

     

                     

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Vanessa and Matt seek the unbeaten path.  To look at their travels together is to admire the long list of locales – far flung and exotic – most involving challenging hikes, kayaking or other fun excursions.  So when they planned their wedding, they went for the best and most extreme Wisconsin can offer in every regard: an epic snowstorm at a five star resort.  They got their wish, and reveled in every snowflake that fell.  When you seek out adventure together, marriage is sure to be a wonderful ride!

          

 

          

 

     

                

     

The Credits:

Ceremony Venue: The American Club Resort

Reception Venue: Blackwolf Run 

Floral: The American Club

Cake: The American Club

Hair & Makeup: Kohler Waters Spa

Bride’s Gown: Eddy K at BHLDN

Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo Collection

Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Stationer: Paper Source

DJ: Rhythm in Motion

 

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There are moments in life when the stars seem to align.  Everything goes your way and its as if you are living with the golden touch.  If you are extra lucky, that day happens on your wedding day, like it did for David & Kyle.  I could go on and on about how gorgeous this day is, and it is.  But there is so much from this day. So much love, beauty, so much JOY, friendship, kindness, depth, tradition, style…it is the muchness that gets you.  And Kyle and David?  They soaked it all in, appreciating every second.

  

      

      

       

                 

  

          

The Credits:

Planner: Tailored Engagements
Venue: Milwaukee Country Club
Florals: Wood Violet
Cake: Milwaukee Country Club
Ceremony Musicians: Fretless Strings
Band: Dan Hayes Orchestra
Tent: JK Rentals
China: Relics Vintage Rentals
Stationer: Layers of Loveliness, Charm Studio
Calligrapher: Bien Fait Calligraphy
Bride’s Gown: Lela Rose
Bridesmaids: Amsale
Suits: J. Crew
Officiant: Reverend Paul Costanzo 

 

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Somewhere in the gentle lapping of the waves on the shoreline, in the whistle of the breeze thru the pine needles, in the lilting float of a helicopter seed from the trees….is the spirit of Kyle’s grandfather.  He loved Gordon Lodge, and even more so, loved hosting his family there for vacation.  And so they return, again and again, year after year.  To feel close to him, to remember the fun, to bask in the warmth of the sunshine and recall his embrace.  The first time he brought Michelle to this little pocket of Door County, she knew she was pushing open a door in his heart that hadn’t been unlocked before.  Another trip brought their engagement, and with that it was an obvious choice to host their wedding at this special place.  Their day was peppered with gentle rain showers, but it didn’t matter.  They smiled and laughed thru it all.  Kyle couldn’t take his eyes off of Michelle, he was so enamored with his bride.  And at the end of the night, it was their hands tightly clasped on the dance floor.

                                              

                   

The Credits:

Venue: Gordon Lodge On North Bay

Floral: Buss Flower Shop

Cake: FlourGirl Patissier

Bride’s Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige

Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo Collection

Suits: Vera Wang

Invitations: Jessyca Scarpone Illustration

DJ: Musicbox

Makeup: Sara Miller

Placecards, Signage, Table Numbers: The Wildflower

**This wedding was shot by my amazing studio photographer, Melissa**

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Just like the movie, everything about this greek wedding is big.  Big guest list, big wedding party, big yards of lace, big bunches of roses, big cake….big, big, big.  But more than anything, was the big, big love.  This was my second time capturing a wedding story for this family, and I have to admit, there was a smile plastered on my face all day long.  There is just so much happy, so much laughter, so much history swirling around these two.  Just when you think there couldn’t be more, that you’ve heard all the stories, seen all of the embraces – you turn around and there is somehow more.  It’s dizzying in that way that champagne goes straight to your head and forces out a giggle.

                              

The Credits:

Ceremony Venue: Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Reception Venue: Concorde Banquets

Florals: Yanni Design Studio

Cake: The Baking Institute

Bands: Pindos, Alpha Tunes, George Manos, Cretan Dance Group

Makeup & Hair: Octagon Hair

Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang

Men’s Suits: Emanuels

Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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Now sits expectation in the air.

That’s Shakespeare, and it’s also handpainted on a sign as you enter Bjorklunden, the idyllic and enchanting wooded property where this wedding ceremony took place.  Such an apt epilogue to this day in Door County.  Family and Friends gathered on the peninsula to witness these two come together in marriage and party in celebration with them long into the night at About Thyme Farm.  For two lovebirds who met seemingly randomly in Mexico on vacation, it was only right that marriage start with such a relaxed vibe as well.

                                                           

 

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There’s only really one thing you need to know about Sri: He’s remarkable.  How many people do you know that could send out an invite to 24 out of town guests and get them to fly to Chicago, in January, on a whim, to celebrate his engagement?  But that’s exactly what he did, and what happened.  When you talk to Kim – she tells you this part of the story first – because it points out just how amazing her fiance is.  When you talk to Sri, he talks about how amused he was when she got mad about him insisting they walk 2 blocks out of their way in the snow so he could propose in front of her old apartment.  When it comes to what Sri loves, not much stands in his way.

           

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Barn weddings are among my favorite.  I just love the contrast of elegance and casualness that inevitably develops.  And, let’s be serious – any couple willing to get a little dirty on their wedding day is a couple willing to have fun!

When I started this list back in 2013 (yes, I was way ahead of the trend!), finding a barn venue for a farm style wedding is an exhaustive search with very few resources.  I’ve added to this list continuously, and now reposted it here.

These are my favorite barn or barn-like venues throughout Wisconsin.  And, it goes without saying that I would be THRILLED to shoot at any one of these wedding venues!

Madison Area Barn Venues

Sugarland Barn – (pictured above) A gorgeous property that has every rustic dream in its acreage.  A plantation style house (available for rent and use), a sweeping lawn, ancient trees, a country road and a beautiful giant red barn, all among remote farm fields and woods.

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Wedding by m three studio at this venue: Mariah & Warren

Lussier Family Heritage Center -It’s the outdoors of this location that really rocks – great exterior and beautiful prairie everywhere.

Hilltop – I’ve extoled the beauty of this location before.  Check it out here.

Serendipity Bed & Breakfast – A giant, beautiful white farmhouse turned B&B, with a big red barn right next to it.  White picket fences, rolling fields, manicured grounds.

The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond – a barn configured to host.  Built in bar, beautiful chandeliers, stained glass inset in the original walls, exposed beams….

Olin Park – Right in the heart of Madison, but some great rustic structures to work with, and right on the water

Badger Farms – An authentic white wood barn partially encircled with a patio deck for cocktails.  The property is also a working farm and surrounded by crop fields.

O’Brien Barn – the original red wood barn on a working dairy farm, this one has two levels – a lower one for eating, and a loft for dancing.

MJ’s Farm– they originally opened for concerts, but are now hosting weddings as well in their charming white washed barn.  The owners have a great relaxed vibe – worth checking out!

Over the Vines – (pictured above)  A lovely red barn with stone foundation and silo overlook a young vineyard.  The owners have renovated the original farmhouse into bathrooms and “getting ready” quarters. Their own wines are available to serve to your guests.

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Wedding by m three studio at this venue: Meg & Rob

Century Barn – miles of white post fences, sunflower and hops fields and a big white barn high on a hill

Schuster’s Farm – a rare round barn available for events and weddings, nestled on a friendly family farm.  Located near Fort Atkinson and Lake Mills.

Farmin’ Bettys – A classic Wisconsin red barn with an unfinished interior, nestled on a property that is truly built to suit all your event needs.

Windy Pine Barn – A red rustic barn true to all your pinterest visions – light leaking between the boards, rolling hills, timber beam ceilings.

Bridle Barn & Gardens – (pictures above) Charming farmhouse, big red 1870’s barn, and 14 acres of manicured gardens and landscape.

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Wedding by m three studio at this venue: Sarah & Nate

Quivey’s Grove – (pictured above) A charming little red barn that shares property with a rustic restaurant and plenty of space for a tented reception.  Near plenty of countryside – but requires driving.

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Wedding by m three studio at this venue: Ashley & Mike

Huntington Farm – A beautiful yellow (!) barn on a manicured, family-occupied property just outside of Madison.  Holds up to 150.

 Whispering Willows Farm – Extensive acerage capable of hosting any variety of tents or open-air configurations.  There is also a pole-barn for indoor accommodations.  Surrounded by farms and rural prairie land for miles.

Milwaukee Barn Venues / Southeast Wisconsin Barn Venues

Barn at Trinity Peak (aka Weide Barn) – Five acres of wildflowers and fields with a large fieldstone barn that can accommodate  up to 200.

Holy Hill Art Farm – A huge weathered wood and fieldstone barn nestled into the hills of Richfield, 20 minutes outside of Milwaukee.

Trimborn Farm – Three barns (stone, red and natural wood), an old lime kiln, several out buildings and plenty of land.

Old World Wisconsin – a round barn (!) nestled in among bunches of period buildings and surroundings.

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The Irish Barn at Whistling Straits – (pictured above) it’s only an hour outside Milwaukee, so I had to list it.  Gorgeous, rustic and a little slice of Ireland right on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Weddings by m three studio at this venue: Lauren & Mark, Lynnea & Jason, Jen & Jeremy, Jill & Jason, July & Michael, Alicia & TJ, Maura & Sean

The Family Farm Event Loft – just outside Milwaukee in Grafton, this space was tailor-made for weddings.

Schuster’s Farm – a rare round barn available for events and weddings, nestled on a friendly family farm.  Located near Fort Atkinson and Lake Mills.

Windy Pine Barn – A red rustic barn true to all your pinterest visions – light leaking between the boards, rolling hills, timber beam ceilings. One hour from State Fair Park.

 The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens – A beautiful red barn with a covered outdoor space for cocktails as well.  Located near Burlington, this is a very accessible option.

The Landing 1841 –  A gorgeous property located on the White river with panoramic river views, hosting a very large original red wood barn.

Ram Horn Farm – natural wood barn, beautiful outbuildings and charming gardens.

Twisted Willow Farm – Beautiful big barn, gorgeous little farm house, chickens and they grow all of their own produce for their onsite bar and restaurant.  Just outside Milwaukee in Port Washington!

LacLawrann Conservancy Barn and Learning Center – Beautiful rebuilt barn with wonderful lighting, new learning center with floor to ceiling windows all situated on a beautiful 145 acre conservancy just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee in West Bend. Wedding capacity is listed at 230.

The Farm at Dover – (Pictured above) So charming!  Beautifully landscaped in a wild/rustic manner with overgrown vines and pocket gardens on 7 acres, this property hosts a large weathered wood barn, several smaller buildings and a charming victorian house as well as a garden built into the stone ruins of a former structure.  Just 35 minutes south of Milwaukee, and only a short trip from I-94, the location is remote and convenient all at once.

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Wedding by m three studio at this venue: Andrea & Scott

Wind Beneath Our Wings – There’s no website for this one, but a well-attended Facebook page shows a lovely rustic barn, fantastic grounds and a lot of charm!

Rustic Manor 1848 – Twelve acres filled with meadows and fields, lined with trails, and a large red barn that can host up to 275 guests (on two floors).  Located in Delafield, just 30 minutes outside of Milwaukee.

Wedding at this venue by m three studio: Brittany & Matt

Bennett Barn – A gorgeous weathered wood barn that holds just over 300.  As a bonus, there is a big farmhouse for getting ready, and an adorable country church across the street as well.

Door County Barn Venues and Northeast Wisconsin Barn Venues

Woodwalk Gallery – (pictured above) a positively charming hobby farm with silos, a beautiful barn and other structures and plenty of land to work with including wild fields.

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Weddings by m three studio at this venue: Lanie & Rob, Emily & Nick

Garden Gables Farm – (pictured above) The most charming little hobby farm, with a pale green barn and beautifully manicured grounds and gardens.  Straight out of Martha Stewart this one!

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Weddings by m three studio at this venue: Terren & Shane

Silver Poplar Studios – an eclectic and artistic farm homestead.  Gardens, fields, and plenty of scenery.

Barnsite Retreat and Event Center – A big red barn (9,000 square feet!), exposed beams, scenery for miles.  There is also a full house built right into the barn that is available to the wedding party – for overnight guests, rehearsal dinners, out of towners, or just a getaway for the wedding party.

Willow Pond bed and Breakfast – a big red barn and plenty of lovely grounds with – as the name would suggest – willow trees in abundance.

La Grange Edgestone Barn – a new construction barn space with a lofted dinner area and new facilities built to accommodate.

 Birch Creek Music Performance Center – I heard a delightful rumor that this music venue housed on a lovely farm with weathered wood barns and great scenic grounds is now hosting weddings.  Check it out!

Whistler’s Knoll Barn & Vineyard – Chickens, grape vines and a rustic red barn – such a great combination!  Weddings can be held in the barn, vineyard, woods or tented on the property.

Mulberry Lane Farm –  Known primarily as a children’s petting farm, it is also available for weddings.  125 acres, a giant red barn, and all just 25 minutes outside of Green Bay.

About Thyme Farm – An original weathered wood barn atop a fieldstone foundation that can accommodate 200 for sit-down dinner.  A large yard surrounded by other weathered wood outbuildings. Larger weddings can put up a tent among the cornfields, rolling hills and beautiful scenery.

Wedding at this venue by m three studio: Jenna & Drew

Southwest Wisconsin Barn Venues

The Milkweed Club – just a unique and cool venue.  Perfect for a smaller, more intimate wedding.

Pedretti Party Barn – A white barn on a vineyard in Western Wisconsin (30 min outside of LaCrosse) – as picturesque as it comes.

Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center  – the property boasts a few homesteads with original structures (Log cabins, barns, stone buildings), an intimate cabin in the woods for a getaway and an arboretum.

Justin Trails – The jewel of this venue is the 100 year old timber-frame barn built and still owned by the Justin Family on their 200 acre farm.  3 acres of gardens, a disc golf course and on-site lodging add to the appeal of this venue.  They are able to accommodate guest lists under 200.

Northwest Wisconsin Barn Venues

Farm to Fork Wedding Retreat (Dancing Yarrow Retreat) – Multiple ceremony locations, a 1/4 mile of river frontage, barns, room for a tent.  A lot of care and craft has gone into this venue with a spiraling herb/flower garden, a frisbee golf course, canoeing, horseshoes, hiking trails and 4 acres of Organic gardens.  Since it is also a retreat center, 2 apartments are available for use by the couple and their families as well.

The Enchanted Barn – courtyards, two barn structures, balconies, weathered wood, incredible property, horses…

wedding by m three studio at this venue: Sandy & Cain

The Still Farm – a lovely authentic and rustic white barn near Eau Claire.

Fergusen’s Orchards – located near Eau Claire with tens of thousands of apple trees and a beautiful rustic barn

Brickhouse Getaway – a lovely barn and all the rustic elegance you could hope for.  The main house is also available for rental

Justin Trails – newly renovated 1919 post & beam barn with a red exterior.  Covered deck, silo, gardens, fields, and the cutest little yellow farmhouse.

Gatherings on the Ridge – A historic restored barn in white with open spaces between the boards for lovely filtered light.  There is a bridal room for preparation, catering kitchen and brand-new bathrooms.  A pick-your-own strawberry field is on the grounds as well.

Jean Acres – A tornado in 2013 afforded the owners the opportunity to rebuild, and the result is a beautiful big red barn that seats up to 200.   The property is full of homestead charm and the barn interior is light and bright!

Birch Hill Barn – a beautifully restored red dairy barn with two floors, that offers the comfort of modern touches while retaining the character of its historic roots.  Built into the side of a hill, it offers spectacular views of the countryside.

The Still Farm – A charming white-washed country barn, just minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The barn itself can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Blue Horse Farm – A 100 year old rustic barn that can accommodate up to 200 guests.  Surrounded by prairie land.

Dixon’s Apple Orchard –  Extensive grounds, a pole barn structure, fields and scenery for days.  A beautiful location with dedicated managers.

Central Wisconsin Barn Venues

Cedar Hill Farm – A gorgeous cedar barn (heated and air conditioned) on a working farm.  Horses, cows, fences, you name it.

Mulberry Lane Farm – a weathered red barn and stone outbuildings.  They are accustomed to hosting large groups as a petting farm and school group tour area.

Givens Farm – A little taste of rustic Tuscany in the heart of Wisconsin.  Charming european style gardens, rustic stone buildings, wonderful grounds, an old iron bridge…and don’t get me started on the artisan cooking classes…

Northern Wisconsin Barn Venues

Blue Vista Farm – stone and wood barn that overlooks Lake Superior.  Fantastic Apple Cider too!

Brule River Barn – Owners Jill & Kirk converted their farm property for their daughter’s wedding in 2012, and the results were so great, they’ve opened it up to others!

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Wisconsin has a lot of truly unique wedding venues, if you are willing to scratch a bit deeper than the surface.  I adore finding new locations to explore, and I’m always adding to this list.  In fact, I started this list back in 2013, but this version here is new and updated!

It goes without saying that I am THRILLED to shoot at any of these fantastic locales.  If location matters to you, please know it does to me too.  I’m so inspired by place and the ambience.

For Barn venues, please see my other blog post about just those locations. 

Givens Farm – A little taste of rustic Tuscany in the heart of Wisconsin.  Charming european style gardens, rustic stone buildings, wonderful grounds, an old iron bridge…and don’t get me started on the artisan cooking classes…

Stouts Island Lodge – built in the Adirondack style by a wealthy Chicago businessman, this lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Nestled on a lovely and quaint island in the northwoods, it features carved beams imported from Germany, multiple cabins for your guests, and a boathouse in addition to the main lodge.  The South Lawn would a be an idyllic ceremony setting, and the island is abundant with great picture locations.

The Inn on Madeline Island – a little touch of New England sea town right on the shore of Lake Superior.  Plenty of accommodations for your guests (and a private spot for you too), lakefront space for a ceremony or reception tent, and indoor options as well.  There’s no escaping the nautical feel here, and the easy-breezy atmosphere.

Villa Terrace – an Italian mansion right on the shore of Lake Michigan, in the heart of Milwaukee.  A gorgeous garden cascades down the hillside from the mansion and terrace.  Have your ceremony up on the terrace with an unbeatable view, your cocktails in the courtyard and then escort your guests down into the gardens for the party.

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weddings by m three at Villa Terrace:

Diana & Justen, Emma & Spence, LiNa and John, Editorial Shoot, Adriana & Ashish, Emily & Dave

Milwaukee County Historical Society – a giant bank vault, marbled columns, hexagonal tile, a gorgeous mahogany bar, balcony, chandeliers, coffered ceiling, the list goes on and on.  Full of vintage charm, right in the heart of downtown – the detail is deep with this location.

weddings by m three studio at this venue: Casie & Derek, Megan & Louis

Villa Bellezza – a little slice of Tuscany in Lake Pepin (near Eau Claire), this venue is transformative.  You can’t help but feel like you are in Italy when surrounded by the mediterranean architecture, beautiful gardens, and um – hello! a winery!

Heritage Hill – The sweetest little white chapel you’ve ever encountered (with beautiful light!) and a charming turn-of-the-century group of buildings nestled into a field.  I adore shooting here, it’s a feed the soul sort of location.

River Wildlife – A charming hunting lodge tucked deep in the woods with all the five-star service you expect from a Kohler venue.  In Summer, you mine as well be in a Thomas Kinkade painting it’s so lovely.  In fall, the color is explosive.

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wedding by m three studio at this venue: Nicole & John

Circus World Museum – antique circus train cars and wagons, the big top, the original buildings of the Ringling Circus Winter quarters.  It doesn’t get more unique than this place, right in the heart of the state.

Paine Art Center and Gardens – A beautiful 1920’s Tudor Revival cream colored mansion/castle right in Oshkosh.  Gardens, lawns and beautiful scenery abound.  In winter with a fresh coat of snow – positively fairy tale.

Paoli Mill Terrace & Park – a beautiful historical park just outside Madison.  Lannon Stone, a meandering creek, lots of wooded glens and green space.

John Michael Kohler Art Center – my favorite part of this venue is the sculpture garden where you can get married under the facade of the former Carnegie Library – a free-standing archway sheared off the former building. A beautifully modern and almost all glass main building could host your reception.  And your guests will never stop talking about the bathrooms…..

Wind Point Lighthouse –  A stone’s throw from Milwaukee, this lighthouse is on a beautiful piece of land that juts out into Lake Michigan.  Neighbored by a golf-course, it sits in a quiet community, tended to by an old-fashioned lighthouse keeper.  Plenty of property for a lakefront ceremony and a tented reception, all in the shadow of a beautiful lighthouse.

DeKoven Center – Gothic architecture, miles of brick, 11 acres of wooded property and Lake Michigan, all rolled into a venue just thirty minutes south of Milwaukee.  They have a sweet little church and a lovely great hall in addition to the outdoor spaces.

The Pritzlaff – cream city brick, wood beamed ceilings, old metal fire doors….this is the epitome of old warehouse turned chic.  You can transform the many spaces of the Pritzlaff into just about whatever you like and still be right downtown.  One of the few venues that can host a small or a super large crowd with equal ease.

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Milwaukee Art Museum – This one is no secret, but I couldn’t leave it out.  It’s hard to beat the supremely modern and all white space, so beautifully designed that the building actually moves.  One of the most beautiful places to get married and to photograph in Milwaukee.

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recent weddings at this venue by m three studio:

Caitlin & Steve, Dana & Ryan, Laura & John, Brandy & Joe, Courtney & Ben

Camp Wandawega – It’s campy.  In the most stylish, hip, nostalgic way.  Rustic, fun, a lake, pine trees and tons of charm.  A most unique venue perfectly suited to the quirky couple with a bunch of friends they’d rather camp with than anything else.

Historic Miller Caves – The original 150 year old caves that Miller beer was stored in.  Seriously.  It doesn’t get more Milwaukee than this!  Best for smaller gatherings (less than 100 guests, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours) this is a very special venue no one will forget.

Taliesin – okay, well you can’t actually get married at Taliesin, but you can do so next door at the visitor’s center, which was also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Need I say more?

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Stacey and Sean are a great example of couple comprised of two puzzle pieces that fit together like no other.  She brings refined taste, word-travel seasoning and polish, he brings free-wheeling energy and a stress-free relaxed nature.  They each give to the other what is lacking, and together they are a complete picture.  Their jewish wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum was a great display of this.  Curated, modern and refined, they showed off the gorgeous architecture and celebrated experience and tradition, while still injecting zaps of color and bolts of energy and excitement.

                                                                                              

The Credits:

Planner: Tailored Engagements
Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum
Floral: Belle Fiori
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang
Makeup: Isca Mayol
Hair: Erik of Norway Salon & Spa
Cupcakes: Miss Molly’s Pastries
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Invitations: Shine
Placecards: Cracked Designs
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chuppah: Vintique Rental

 

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