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Tattoo garden wedding of my dreams

Floral-filled winter wedding at the Filament in Milwaukee

You know me, always touting: keep it authentic. 'Authenticity' is the buzz word that's been wildly overused lately (mostly by me) when describing a wedding style or vision.

Today, instead of spewing the same ill-defined piece of wedding planning advice...the one where I tell you to just be yourselves and keep it authentic...instead I'm giving a visual demonstration!

Cue Rebekah and Derek. One of the most authentic couples I have ever worked with. Their authenticity was ablaze from start to finish of this wedding planning journey. Every decision that they made was effortlessly true to heart. Rarely were there second guesses.

Aside from making it official with her hottie, Air Traffic Controller husband, Bekah's main wedding day goal was to keep things entertaining. She never wanted guests plopped in the corner of the venue, feeling bored and disinterested. To ensure this, Bekah and Derek had a farmer's market display, dessert display, specialty cocktails, guest book photo booth, DIY tattoo bar, DJs for dancing, live illustrator and a Belgian Liège waffle truck.

And I'm not saying authenticity translates to infinite entertainment, either. It's the thoughtfulness behind every one of these delights was factual. 24-carat. Pure Rebekah and Derek.

Derek is a Sneakerhead, so they commissioned a family member to create sneaker graphics which we incorporated into the seating chart + table numbers.

Bekah loves bloody marys; but prefers her savory mix-in to be pickle juice. In fact, she's bananas about pickles altogether. So, naturally, Bekah and Derek had a dynamic pickle bar as part of their cocktail hour offering. Everything had a purpose.

If it isn't evident from her intricate tattoos, Bekah is also nuts about flowers. She wanted to soften all the cool, industrial vibes of Filament with an English garden feel. Jaclyn's team with Feisty Flowers did just that.

This wedding had no toasts, no first dance and no specialty (father/daughter, mother/son) dances. Bekah and Derek gave a brief thank you toast, and it was right onto dancing. They talked to each one of their 80 guests, had private time with one another to decompress, got tattoos, ate waffles...I mean that's the dream, right?!

The big takeaway here is, if your wedding planning decisions (big or small) are rooted in you...individually and as a couple, then you're setting yourselves up for wedding day success! Big time. Keep doing you.

-Venue: Filament

-Photography: The Uttkes

-Floral: Feisty Flowers

-Entertainment: Milwaukee Airwaves

-Paper goods: Ever Yours Paper Co.

-Dessert: Yield Bakehouse

Cranky Al’s Doughnuts

-Beauty + attire: Shalisa Elizabeth Artistry


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