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A Cozy Ski Lodge Was the Perfect Spot for this Wedding on Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva

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Nov 112016

Hannah Koch and Max Clink first met a decade before they said "I do," as high school students at a mutual friend's party. "We didn't get along at first, but over the course of our high school years, we started to really bond," Hannah remembers. By the time senior prom and graduation rolled around, they'd fallen in love, and their relationship only grew as they studied at DePaul University together. On October 24, 2014, on the way to Hannah's parents' lake house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Max invited his longtime girlfriend to join him for a walk down the pier. "The lake is our getaway from the bustle and noise of Chicago," Hannah says. "We stood at the end of the pier, looking at the stars and listening to the sounds of the lake at night. Then Max got down on one knee! It was just the two of us, and it was perfect."

Exactly one year later, on October 24, 2015, they returned to Lake Geneva to celebrate their marriage. "Ever since I was a little girl, I would point to the little stone church in town and tell my parents I was going to get married there," says Hannah of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, where she and Max had their ceremony. They wanted an equally fairytale-inspired location for their reception, so they explored ballrooms and barns until they found something that fit their personalities to a T: Mountain Top Ski Chalet at Grand Geneva Resort. "When we saw the huge stone fireplace, cozy lodge styling, and floor-to-ceiling windows, Max and I knew it was the place," Hannah says. With 150 guests in tow, they headed to the cozy, intimate setting for a weekend of eating, drinking, and relaxing (and of course, celebrating!) with the people they love most. The bride's godmother, a former event planner, came out of retirement to bring the couple's magical day to life, and Carly McCray Photography captured every sweet memory. Take a peek, below!

Swirling calligraphy and handwritten block font were the perfect intersection of elegant and relaxed on this couple's invitation suite. The text took on an almost watercolor vibe with ink that shifted between shades of blue and green.

Hannah's accessories were a big part of her wedding-day look. Her shoes, sparkling Jimmy Choo flats, were found during a weekend in New York City with her mom. "They're a great memory from our trip, and I tore up the dance floor in those bad boys!" she remembers. Her cathedral-length tulle and Battenberg lace veil was made by her great grandmother for her paternal grandmother's wedding — and was also worn by Hannah's mom on her wedding day. Last, but not least, are the buttons down the back of her Watters wedding dress. "I took silk buttons from the dress that my maternal grandmother designed for her wedding day — the dress my mom wore for her own wedding! — and had them added to the back of my dress. I loved having that legacy with me!" Hannah explains.

Her Watters wedding dress combined traditional and modern details, with an illusion neckline, lace appliqués, and beading across the bodice. "I didn't have a train. I had every intention of being able to move on the dance floor!" she says.

We can't get enough of her oversized bouquet, combining garden roses, peonies, clematis, olive branches, and pepper berry. "I asked for something cascading and loose, and boy, did our florist deliver!" says the bride.

"Seeing Max at our first look was one of my favorite moments," says Hannah. "It was so special to share that quiet time before a night of partying. We both immediately burst into tears!" Max wore a navy blue suit, which he designed himself. "He isn't usually one for formal attire so watching him get into the details was so fun."

The bridesmaids all wore navy blue cocktail dresses from Lazaro. The lace neckline was a beautiful complement to Hannah's gown, while the shorter length gave the ladies a more relaxed vibe. Their bouquets also echoed the bride's, with the addition of blue privet berry to match their dresses.

Max stood out against a group of groomsmen in gray suits, which they paired with navy ties to coordinate with the rest of the wedding party. Their seasonal boutonnieres contained garden roses with blue privet berry.

Since Lake Geneva plays such an important role in Max and Hannah's wedding, it should come as no surprise that they headed out to the pier for photos!

The front door of the church was decorated with a garland of bay leaf, silver dollar eucalyptus, olive branches, and salal. As guests arrived, they were handed programs that perfectly matched the couple's blue and white invitations.

"My dad walked me down the aisle to 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles," says Hannah. "If I could change one thing about our wedding day, I would have walked more slowly to make that moment really last."

As the ceremony came to an end, the bride slipped on her aunt's antique fur jacket to ward off the fall chill.

At the Chalet, the chandelier was draped with peonies, garden roses, clematis, silver dollar eucalyptus, and olive branches. "It was so breathtaking when you walked into the room — you could smell the eucalyptus and peonies as soon as you walked through the door," Hannah says. At the head table, a garland of greenery was woven between vases that held the bridesmaids' bouquets.

Tables were named after destinations that were special to the couple, from Oahu (where they were set to honeymoon) to Chicago (where they live). Some tables were lit by candles in gold lanterns, while others featured taller candlesticks wrapped in eucalyptus and olive branches.

For dinner, guests were served a family-style feast of peppercorn-crusted sirloin, scaloppini of chicken, and wild mushroom ravioli. "Max and I frequent Portillio's in Chicago and have had more Italian beef sandwiches than we can count, so we had to have Italian beef sliders as a late night snack," says the bride.

The roughly-frosted wedding cake, topped with roses and pepper berries, had three flavors: cinnamon cake with hazelnut filling, white cake with Bavarian cream, and almond cake with lemon filling.

Outside around the fire pit, guests could gather on chairs draped with buffalo blankets and indulge in the make-your-own s'mores bar for a sweet and cozy treat.

"The best choice we made was to have our dinner while everyone else was eating the salad course," says Hannah. "That way we could have a full meal and still have time to visit with the tables during dinner. It was a whirlwind, but I'm so glad we were able to greet everyone in person."

Ceremony Venue: Holy Communion Episcopal Church || Venue, Catering & Cake: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters, from BHLDN || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Kerry Gilligan || Hair: Hair by Lauren || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lazaro || Groom's Attire: Zeglio || Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: R.L. Jewelers || Floral Design: Frontier Flowers of Fontana || Invitations & Paper Goods: Vichcraft Design Studio || Music: Moeller Music; Okyne Media Lab || Favors: Graham's Fine Chocolates || Photographer: Carly McCray Photography

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A Relaxed, Elegant Wedding on the Coast of Lake Michigan

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Jan 012016

In November of 2013, before heading out to dinner, Tom told Karyn that he wanted to have a drink on the rooftop deck of their apartment building first. "When we got upstairs, I saw that Tom had decorated the entire space in lights," says Karyn. The next thing she knew, Tom was down on one knee, telling her he had a question he'd been waiting to ask her since they started dating seven years earlier.

The college sweethearts decided on Door County, Wisconsin — where Tom grew up along Lake Michigan — as the setting for their May 30, 2015, wedding. They invited 200 guests to the Horseshoe Bay Beach Club, with a relaxed, elegant vibe and breathtaking views. "We wanted a venue that was outdoors, where our guests could really enjoy the scenery," says Karyn. And that they did, with a waterfront ceremony and a tented reception on the lawn. Keep reading to see the stunning photos, taken by The McCartneys Photography!

The airy, elegant theme began with the invitation, combining navy and gold on crisp white stock.

Karyn didn't shy away from the sparkle, pairing a Martina Liana gown with shimmering cap sleeves with glitter-covered Kate Spade slingbacks.

The bridesmaids' gowns were perfect for the spring celebration, a rosy hue in flowing chiffon. Their bouquets of blush roses and hydrangeas (tied with blush ribbon, of course) were the perfect match for Karyn's lush white peonies.

Tom and his groomsmen put a relaxed spin on their navy blue suits with brown shoes and light pink ties. The ring bearer followed suit, with an appropriately adorable bow tie.

The waters of Lake Michigan set a dramatic scene for the couple's celebration.

At the ceremony, two arrangements of hydrangeas and peonies flanked the altar.

Nosegays of hydrangeas and peonies were hung on chairs along the aisle. The groom's best friend's father officiated, and personalized the ceremony by reading what the bride and groom had each written about why they were excited to marry one another. "It was so special to hear what we'd each said in that moment," says Karyn.

A close friend of the bride and groom sang an acoustic version of "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle.

The reception took place in a Sperry tent strung with café lights. Table assignments were elegantly pinned to a board featuring a quote from The Great Gatsby.

The 25 tables were a mix of bare farm tables and round tables topped with ivory linens. Cut glass vases were filled with roses, astilbe, and peonies in blush and white. Karyn's mother made all of the place cards, with gold ink on navy paper.

The head table featured a wooden box filled with the bridesmaids bouquets, creating an overflowing floral display. Tom and Karyn sat at a sweetheart table, which was draped with a vine of greenery, hydrangeas, and roses.

The two-tiered wedding cake — layers of lemon cake with raspberry filling &mdash was paired with the couple's favorite dessert, Door County cherry pie. "We wanted to incorporate little things that we love," says Karyn. Later in the night, another one of the newlyweds' favorite foods made an appearance: A burrito truck serving chicken and sweet potato burritos!

After Karyn and Tom danced to John Mayer's "XO," she and her dad took a spin to a slowed-down acoustic version of "Sweet Child O' Mine." "The band did a really beautiful rendition," she says.

Her advice is to try to enjoy every minute of planning — "even when you're redoing the seating chart for the tenth time! Tom and I made sure to open a bottle of wine and plan the things we really cared about together," says Karyn.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Horseshoe Bay Beach Club || Wedding Planner: Door County Event Planners || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana || Shoes: Kate Spade || Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. || Hair & Makeup: Brett Dorian Artistry Studios || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Bar III at Macy's; The Tie Bar || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: K. Stonehill Creations || Florist: Flora || Invitations: Elizabeth Grace Paperie || Music: The Bluewater Kings || Catering: Horseshoe Bay Golf Club; Nistebox || Rentals: Sperry Tents Great Lakes, Celebrations Party & Event || Videography: Copper Clover Films || Photography: The McCartneys Photography

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Two University of Wisconsin Alums Headed Back to Campus to Say “I Do”

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Nov 232015

Margaux and William met as students at the University of Wisconsin, where they were close friends for years. "Will and I set one another up with other friends, and were so close that we even lived together," remembers Margaux. "Eventually, we realized what our friends and family had seen for years: That we belong together." After a romantic dinner in Madison and a walk around the capitol building, Will got down on one knee and proposed.

For their November 1, 2014 wedding, the Badger alums knew they wanted to celebrate the city where they met and fell in love. While a November wedding might inspire thoughts of dreary days, Margaux saw it differently. "I was inspired by a quote from Anne of Green Gables that says, 'It was November — the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.'" So the couple focused on the season's best elements, lending an old-fashioned, romantic air to their wedding. See how they made the best of the season, photographed by T. Lynn Photography.

After an exhaustive dress search that failed to yield the old fashioned, elegant, and simple silhouette she was looking for, Margaux had a stroke of luck. "My mom found a gorgeous Watters sample gown online. It was several sizes too big, but the shape and fabric were just right," she says. She purchased a beaded lace jacket to wear over the strapless bodice, and when the dress came, she tried them on together and burst into tears. "It looked terrible, and the wedding was two months away!" Thankfully, the biggest problem was that the dress was simply too large, and a tailor took it in and created exactly what Margaux had dreamed of.

The bride paired her romantic gown with a fall-hued bouquet of dahlias, garden roses, and antique hydrangeas.

Will wore a dark navy suit with a blue tie, as well as a billy ball and peach spray rose boutonniere.

Margaux's bridesmaids wore gray dupioni silk dresses by Alfred Sung, each choosing a different silhouette. To combat the November chill, the bride gave them each a cream cable-knit sweater.

Will's groomsmen matched the groom in navy suits and brown shoes. Their gray ties were the perfect complement to the bridesmaids' dresses.

The ceremony took place at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Madison.

Guests headed to the University of Wisconsin Student Union for the reception, giving them a real Madison experience. Margaux, who has coordinated a number of weddings in the past, took on the wedding planning herself. "I avoided too many DIY projects, and focused on the details I knew were important to me," she says. Centerpieces included books, moss, and apothecary jars full of antique hydrangeas, ranunculus, and yellow billy balls.

The cake combined chocolate cake with mocha filling, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and vanilla cake with raspberry filling. Fresh flowers covered the tiers, and shaved white chocolate gave the frosting a unique texture.

The couple surprised their guests with an appearance from Bucky Badger, the university mascot. "He came out as we played 'Jump Around,' and everyone flooded the dance floor!" says Margaux.

After a whirlwind weekend, the bride and groom honeymooned in Charleston and Savannah, wandering the historic streets and eating amazing food. Says Margaux, "We really emphasized the guest experience while we were planning. We thought a lot about what would be fun, and convenient, for our guests to make the most of the weekend."

Ceremony Venue: St. Bernard Parish || Reception Venue & Catering: Wisconsin Union || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: The Frye Company || Veil & Jewelry: Aeva || Hair & Makeup: Anaala Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung || Bridesmaids' Sweaters: Gap || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: JC Penney || Wedding Bands: Armbruster Jewelers || Florist: Bloom Floral & Event Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Creative Werks || Music: Midwest Sound || Cake: Craig's Cake Shop || Photographer: T. Lynn Photography

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Go Inside Fashion Blogger Mary Orton’s Classic Wisconsin Wedding

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Oct 152015

Mary Orton, the creative behind the style blog Memorandum, first met Richard Scudellari in November 2010. By day, Mary now works as the CEO of her own technology startup, but when she first graduated college, a stint at a New York City investment bank brought Rich into her life. "We were introduced by one of my college friends when we were both working in New York," she remembers. "It wasn't an intentional 'set-up,' but when life gives you a killer eighties cover band, an aggressive dance floor, and an open bar, love has to be in the air, right?" They spent the evening chatting about their favorite football teams and, at the end of the night, Rich asked Mary to join him for dinner the very next weekend.

Four years later, Rich surprised his love with a special backstage tour at Broadway theater where they'd just enjoyed a musical for Mary's birthday. "Instead of a tour, we walked onto center stage and he dropped to one knee as we looked out onto the beautifully lit theater," Mary says of the proposal. "He had timed it perfectly with the stage managers to make sure the theater was completely empty since he knew I wasn't a public proposal kind of girl." Once she said yes, the duo started planning their August 14, 2015 wedding in Mary's hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Just nine months after they got engaged, the pair exchanged vows at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (where the bride's parents had been married 33 years before!) and celebrated with 200 guests at the Pfister Hotel's Imperial Ballroom. Keep reading to see all of Front Room Photography's photos of their Old World-inspired day below!

Mary may be best known for her impeccable work-wear style, but that doesn't mean the bride didn't know how to rock a wedding dress. She chose a strapless silk faille Oscar de la Renta gown, which she customized with an off-the-shoulder lace caraco that provided extra coverage for the ceremony. "I wanted a dress that would fit the formality of the Catholic ceremony, but could transition well to festive dinner and dancing," she says. "It was incredibly special to wear one of the last dresses designed by Oscar himself and work with his team to really make it my own and a completely unique gown."

She completed her look with a sleek-yet-intricate low bun, delicate earrings, and a fresh face of makeup that the bride applied herself! Mary chose a cascading bouquet of ivory roses and spray roses, white freesia, Italian ruscus, white orchid blossoms, and variegated ivy.

When it came time to choose a dress for her seven attendants, Mary already had an idea in mind for their look. "As a lifelong fashion devotee, I've always been enamored with the work of Edith Head, the iconic American costume designer. In particular, there is a dress that she designed for Grace Kelly in the Hitchcock film To Catch A Thief that is exactly what I wanted to emulated in selecting the look for my bridesmaids," Mary says. She chose a blue Watters gown, which felt reminiscent of the iconic dress thanks to a Grecian cut, modified sweetheart neckline, and shirred bodice. "I had the bridesmaids flip a long piece of chiffon from the skirt up over their shoulder for a more conservative, formal look during the ceremony and sported a more simple spaghetti strap for dinner and dancing," she says.

Each bridesmaid carried a dainty posy of roses and greenery that complemented Mary's larger arrangement.

Rich and his attendants looked equally fashion-forward in their classic black tuxes and bowties.

Before the ceremony, Mary and Rich met for their take on a first look, which didn't actually involve seeing each other before the big day. The met on a grand staircase to trade notes and gifts for each other.

The couple fell in love with the grandeur of the ornate cathedral, so they chose floral decorations that highlighted the space rather than took away from it. Tall arrangements of hydrangeas, white roses, and blush spray roses welcomed guests into the space and smaller arrangements of roses and freesia decorated pew ends.

"The ceremony was scheduled to start at 3 p.m., and I really wanted to keep everything on schedule so that the reception wasn't cut short," Mary says. Just 13 minutes before the couple was set to exchange vows, one of Mary's bridesmaids tore the zipper of her dress. "I immediately grabbed a sewing kit and my mom and I sewed her into her dress. We managed to finish it in about six minutes!"

After the near snafu, the bride and her father walked down the aisle while an organist, trumpeter, cellist, violinist, and flutist performed. "We wanted the ceremony to be special, not just for us, but for all of our families and guests," the bride says. She and Rich exchanged traditional Catholic vows before exiting the church as a vocalist sang "You Are Mine."

The reception then moved to the Pfister Hotel, where guests found their seating assignments attached to antique-inspired keys. In keeping with their formal vibe, the ballroom was decked out with lush centerpieces roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. At each place setting, guests found their favor (a box of gourmet candies from Mary's hometown) that was finished with a wax seal to indicate meal choice.

After a five-course dinner, which included offerings like mushroom risotto, wild Atlantic salmon, filet mignon, and spinach polenta, the couple sliced up their four-tiered wedding cake, which was filled with layers of raspberry preserves and lemon curd, all topped with cream cheese white chocolate buttercream.

The couple skipped signature cocktails and chose to serve drinks from their full open bar with custom-made cocktail napkins. Gold foil designs included sayings like "Don't worry, Mary and Rich will be raising their children as Packers fan. (Rich just doesn't know it yet.)" and "When you heard it was an exotic destination wedding, you immediately thought Milwaukee, right?"

Mary and Rich shared their first dance to Carole King's original version of "Some Kind of Wonderful." Later, the bride slipped into a knee-length flapper-style beaded dress from Aidan Mattox that was perfect for dancing to their 14-piece orchestra. "Having every single person out on the dance floor the entire night made the evening incredibly fun," Mary says. "The entire band was so spectacular!"

After their wedding, Mary and Rich honeymooned in the Seychelles and South Africa. "Even if you want to do all the planning yourself, at the very least hire a day-of coordinator," the bride advises. "There are so many small details that come up in the last 48 hours that are impossible to anticipate and you don't want to waste your special day running around trying to problem solve."

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist || Reception Venue & Catering: The Pfister Hotel || Wedding Planner: Janelle Meyer-Brown of Événement Planning || Officiant: Reverend Timothy Kitzke || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Veil: HOMA Bridal || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair: Pfister Well Salon + Spa || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters, purchased through Weddington Way || Groom's Attire: Armani || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Flowers: Fresh Design Flowers || Invitations: Crane & Co. || Music: Anthony Nunziata; Michael Walters Orchestra || Cake: The Cake Lady || Videographer: I Do Films || Photographer: Front Room Photography

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Aug 052015

Sometimes in the great search for that one perfect dress, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? With an appointment at a top-notch bridal salon. In our new August/September 2015 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best 50 bridal salons — big and small, luxury and budget-friendly, boho and traditional — across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,100 real brides nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to find that dream wedding dress by rating and submitting their own gown-shopping experience. From precious, personalized boutiques in the South to giant wedding dress meccas in the Northeast to intimate indie shops in California, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the Midwest.

Ultimate Bride, Chicago
Owned by industry vet Elena Grapsas, this Oak Street salon specializes in swank labels like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. "But I never felt pressure to spend more than I wanted," says a bride.

M.H. Pomander's, Indianapolis
Bringing Mom is a must, say reviewers: Along with gowns from the likes of Lee-Ann Belter and Theia, the shop is known for its flattering MOB dresses. P.S.: In-house seamstress Erin Young is couture trained.

Laura's Couture Collection, Shawnee, Kansas
This chic boutique carries fresh-off-the-runway gowns from designers like Marchesa and Pronovias. Says one bride, "My mom and sister couldn't be there, so owner Laura Mease FaceTimed them while I was trying stuff on."

Roma Sposa, Birmingham, Mich.
Fashion-forward Detroiters, take note: Anna Castaldi-Roselli stocks her salon with haute designs from Vera Wang and Inbal Dror. Reviewers raved about the trunk shows: "After she knew my taste, my consultant suggested I go for one by Ines di Santo. I found the perfect gown and met the designer!" says a bride.

A & Bé Bridal Shop, Minneapolis
Owned by the same duo as Denver's Anna Bé, this laid-back boutique is beloved by boho brides, who tout the crazy-good selection of indie labels (Anna Campbell, Rue de Seine) and range of prices: Many gowns ring in under $1,500.

L'Atelier Couture Bridal, Minneapolis
At this gallery-like salon, you'll find gowns by hot designers like Jenny Packham and Mira Zwillinger displayed like works of art. As for the service, one recent bride told us that her consultant made a video to show the out-of-state 'maids how to bustle her gown.

See more: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide: The Best Necklines by Body Type

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique , St. Louis
Again and again, reviewers said that shopping here was the highlight of their wedding-planning experience. Not only is it the only salon in the city with sought-after designers like Rivini and Judd Waddell, but if you avoid a Saturday appointment you'll also be the only bride in the store.

Rhylan Lang, Omaha, Nebr.
Love lace? This chic salon is the state's go-to spot for ultrafeminine lines like Hayley Paige and Anne Barge. Area brides are obsessed with the private dressing rooms; each one has an elevated platform and enough space to fit even the largest entourage.

Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal, Cincinnati
At this intimate spot, each bride gets the whole shop — and a reserved parking spot — to herself. Says one, "I was greeted at the door with champagne and a sign that said, 'Welcome, Jennifer!'"

Something White, Independence, Ohio
This light-drenched salon is filled with gowns from hard-to-find labels like Leanne Marshall and Ivy & Aster. It's also the only Ohio store selling perennial fave Lela Rose. "I loved that they weren't afraid to stray from the poofy princess dress," says a fan.

Gigi of Mequon, Mequon, Wis.
City brides flock to this mecca outside Milwaukee for gowns by Peter Langner and Monique Lhuillier and spoil-you-silly service. Says one, "In Chicago, appointments are stacked on top of one another. Here, I felt like the only bride they'd ever dressed."

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

A Dreamy Lakefront Wedding in Wisconsin

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Jul 212015

When Robert Zdaniewicz first met Kelli Kunes, it was love at first sight. In April 2011, Bobby found himself taken aback by the beautiful brunette working in the car dealership where he had just bought a new truck. After their first introduction, Bobby and Kelli were inseparable. Just two years later, the pair was in Door Country, Wisconsin celebration Bobby's 30th birthday when he popped the question. "I wanted to make it really special for his 30th birthday. What I didn't realize was that he had something even more special for me planned," Kelli says.

The couple decided on a September 6, 2014 wedding at the Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin. They worked with Becky Dreyer from Something Blue Lake Geneva to plan a romantic, waterfront wedding and Kristina Lorraine Photography captured every moment of their classic outdoor bash!

Kelli had been eyeing her Hayley Paige gown throughout her engagement, but didn't try on the strapless silk and tulle style since she had already purchased a wedding dress. "After giving up on the first dress, I went to Chicago and saw it in person," she remembers. "The second I put it on I knew it that was it. It was light and romantic and the texture was amazing." As a plus, she knew Bobby would love it, too. He had pointed it out in a magazine but had no idea Kelli purchased it until their wedding day!

She kept her hair in soft curls and added a veil from Rivini with horsehair trim reminiscent of the details on her wedding dress. Kelli wanted a loose, asymmetrical bouquet that felt lush and eclectic. Her florist put together a textured arrangement of English garden roses, freesia, ranunculus, peonies, jasmine vine, and seeded eucalyptus.

Kelli's eight bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns in the same dove grey tone. Their bouquets matched the bride's, but incorporated brighter pops of pink.

Bobby and his groomsmen all wore slim fit Vera Wang tuxes and accessorized with blush rose boutonnieres that were wrapped with denim.

Kelli arrived at her lakefront ceremony with her father in a vintage car. "We really wanted to have an outside ceremony looking over the lake," the bride says. "It was really the backdrop of the wedding." Their stunning space was further dressed up with floral arrangements and a petal-strewn aisle. The couple exchanged vows in front of an antique trellis draped with a floral garland.

The reception was held in a sailcloth tent, decorated with café lighting and reclaimed wood farm tables. To find their seats, guests located their names on tags that were pinned to a framed corkboard. Inside the tent, soft-hued centerpieces of dahlias, garden roses, and greenery were arranged in both high and low vessels.

Kelli and Bobby gave out tulip bulbs as their favor. A sign read, "Thank you for being part of our special day. Please take a tulip bulb to plant this fall and as they bloom, think of us next spring."

Following a dinner of filet mignon and herbed chicken, the couple cut into their three-tiered cake from Cakes by Anne. They also offered an inventive "Below Freezing Bar," where mixologists used liquid nitrogen to create ice cream from alcohol! Flavors included RumChata and chocolate tequila.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lake Lawn Resort || Wedding Planner: Becky Dreyer of Something Blue Lake Geneva || Bride's Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige || Veil: Rivini || Hair & Makeup: Clear Waters Salon & Day Spa || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sorella Vita || Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang || Flowers: Frontier Flowers of Fontana || Invitations: Bella Figura || Programs, Menu Cards, & Table Numbers: Lolo Lincoln || Calligraphy: Andrea Nay || Ceremony Music: Chloe Groth || Reception Music: Band - Rainbow Bridge; DJ - Your Night Productions || Cake: Cakes by Anne || Rentals: A La Crate; Lakes Area Rentals || Linens: BBJ Linen || Chair Rentals: Elegant Presentations || Tent Rental: Sperry Tents || Liquid Nitrogen Bar: Wonka Desserts || Videographer: Don't Shout Films || Photographer: Kristina Lorraine Photography

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