Jess + Zach {West Bend Country Club}

Jess and Zach’s rehearsal was the first I’ve ever been involved with that all guests stood in a circle, holding hands with one another (some complete strangers) and one by one not only had to tell a story about themselves, but also had to give a well wish to the soon to be wed couple. In addition to each and every wish, there were several attendants who mentioned having sunshine over the rain showers that were being forecast for the upcoming day. You could tell people were a little nervous at first, but it was entirely evident after the fact that everyone had huge hopes for Jessica and Zach as well as undying love. Something else that was evident? Just how IN LOVE this couple was. Jess seemed smitten, shy and giggly throughout the evening. Zach couldn’t take his eyes off his bride to be. If they were near one another, which chances are they were, their hands were always interlaced. At some points in time they were entirely oblivious to everyone around them. It turns out that this wonderful, free and easy going rehearsal was definitely a sure-fire indicator of what the wedding day would be like. Looming clouds gave way to a bright and gorgeous day, just as the bride was stepping foot onto the shuttle. Yes, this sounds too good to be true-like a fairy tail. Yes, it really happened. Jess wanted to add sparkle and shine to every element of the wedding day that she possibly could. And pink. She loved pink. The pops of pink in her bouquet were absolutely stunning. Throughout the evening,...

TGIF

A few months ago we created a blog revolving around specialty drinks for your wedding day cocktail hour. I think right then and there we decided we’d have to sample at least one…or all…and maybe make up a few on our own. Yesterday we decided to get crafty and I think I can successfully say we designed the Tailored Engagements signature drink. We know you want the recipe: Strawberry Lime Crush This summery cocktail is perfect for sipping on the porch after a long day in the office. The sweetness of the strawberries, tang of the lime and spice of the ginger meld together perfectly. 2 oz vodka 4 oz ginger beer (We used Boylan) 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 4 strawberries sliced (two for each drink) Fresh mint leaves Lime slice for garnish Shake (we shook) or muddle vodka, strawberry slices and mint leaves with ice and strain into a glass (over ice). Add lime juice. Pour the ginger beer over top. Garnish with a thin slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Optional: Add a parasol so you feel absolutely at ease. TIP: As sad as I am to admit this, we didn’t have a fancy pants cocktail shaker. Instead we used a coffee thermos and just made sure the lid was closed tight. Still got the job done. It is not detrimental to strain the fruit and mint from your shaker; we solely did for aesthetic reasons even though we ended up adding more strawberry slices...

Danielle + Paul {Osthoff Resort}

You know when you see those wedding day photos where the snow is falling perfectly overhead and the couple looks like they haven’t a care in the world? The icy white somehow comes off as warmth and makes you feel all cuddly inside? You probably have a smile on your face and maybe, if you’re a little on the sappy side, your eyes tear up just a little? Well, Danielle and Paul are two people to be jealous of. Not just because their picture portrays exactly what I just described perfectly, but because along with the beautiful wedding day and engagement shots you can tell just how perfectly in love they are. Need the proof? Seriously, did they even notice it was cold outside? Danielle and Paul were two of the biggest sweethearts to be around that day. They were so grateful for everything. There was an obvious ease between the two and their relationship. Getting Danielle ready to walk down the aisle was a breeze; if there were nerves, I couldn’t sense any. After the ceremony the two only had eyes for one another. They took the time to relax before their reception, just the two; throughout the night the pair would have quiet time alone, but at the same time, they seemed to cater to their guests. Each and every person there was somebody they were close with. And in a room chock full of people that might be hard to believe, but this was a type of wedding where you feel right at home-like you’ve known these people forever. The couple wrote a letter to each...

Shay and Tom got Hitched!

  Shay and Tom had a wedding day that was SO perfectly them.  All evening I heard guests commenting “This is SO Shay!”  Shay wanted a playful, cheery wedding day and it came together as just that.  The colors included a soft sherbet palette including pale pink, peach, yellow and shades of orange.  The centerpieces were playful, the candy table was cheery and the place card display was fun.  The day was captured perfectly by Heather Cook Elliott Photography. Guests mingled on the Riviera patio that overlooks the lake while snacking on mini favorites from Chicago and Wisconsin including mini brat’s paired with a beer shot and tiny Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.  They danced the night away and laughed with friends. The couple planned the day wanting to spend time with friends, family, and each other.  They mingled, shared good food and drink, and most of all enjoyed each other.  It was such an honor to be a part of a day so filled with love. Photo Credits: Heather Cook Elliot  Check out more of the amazing pictures from Shay and Tom’s wedding on Heather’s Blog...

The Details Made My Day

My wedding was a disaster!  Alright, so true to form I am being a bit, okay very, dramatic.  But truthfully, it wasn’t perfect.  I thought it would be. I had planned and re-planned, created list upon list, directions, itineraries, plan B’s, and even a few plan C’s.  Besides, every bride you ever talk to says that their wedding was perfect.  My friends who were married always seemed to glow when talking about their big day.  Every bride I saw on T.V. gushed about how amazing everything was.  Why would it be anything but perfect? Well, one of the biggest storms in the last decade rolled through the Thursday before my wedding, destroying my outdoor BBQ rehearsal dinner and ruining my spray tan, which was going to cover a farmer’s tan.  I burnt half of my eyelashes off (long story) and after spending two hours picking out the right flowers for my bridesmaid bouquets they all had to be switched to roses at the last minute. Don’t get me wrong idea, I had a lot of perfect.  My dress was perfect, my hair was perfect and the guest tables blew me away.  My photographer … She was beyond perfect. (Check her out at http://claryphoto.com/) And most importantly, the man at the end of the aisle was perfect … ok cheesy but true! Despite what you may think from the beginning of this post, I actually adored my wedding day.  I loved every detail and I even loved the imperfections. I loved my dress. My grandmother passed away a few years prior to my wedding and picking out a dress was...