Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Plant No. 4 in Milwaukee
A little bit of my heart breaks after every wedding, because those planning months leading up to the wedding are so special and I know things won't be the same afterwards. What gets me through the little heartache are memories from the day. In this case, it was New Year's Eve. An incredibly magical night.
I can't describe the joy that planning this wedding with Lindsay + Harlan brought me. These two are so f*ing in love. Their smiles + positive energies literally light up every room they walk into. From the beginning, they were so appreciative + trusting. More of my heart broke than usual on Jan 1, because L + H are just amazing people.
The vision for their day was always rooted in NYE fun. Lindsay wanted her bridesmaids in varying champagne + gold colored dresses...with a bit of glam. Harlan + the guys wore classic black tuxedos. For floral, they wanted just white + natural greens...elegant, classic, with a touch of NYE whimsy. That's where the interactive champagne wall came into play...
The venue has an elevator to cocktail hour on the 7th floor, so we knew we needed to entertain guests + remedy that waiting time. Because L + H wanted champs all around at their wedding, I thought of creating an interactive champagne wall - something memorable + fun for the wedding guests.
Mad props to Emily + team from Wood Violet, Shannon with Ever Yours Paper Co., Don + team from Cocktails by County, my crafty husband + my assistant, Mandi, for believing in my idea and making it come to life! Ultimately, thanks to L + H for trusting my crazy idea which was initially sent via psychotic text (horrible drawings included). The ring for champagne wall was a hit, and added a 'lil NYE magic to the day.
L + H have a dog named Wilma (who's first birthday is today - hbd, gril!). I wanted Wilma to be at the wedding even though they couldn't have brought her from Minnesota. Alexis with Yield Bakehouse did a badass job creating Wilma cookies as a surprise for the couple. Their reactions were, weirdly, one of my favorite moments from the evening. I'm a sucker for surprises.
Staffing a holiday isn't easy - and even beyond that, the team of wedding professionals for this one were just unbelievable! So much love + hard work went into this day; here's who I worked with: