Thursday, January 29 2015

Erika's Bridal Couture might be named for the owner who started the shop in 1973,  but today it's Katie McCarty and her passionate team who are bringing brides' dreams to life. Katie, who is originally from Appleton, spent five years working in finance in Arizona before moving back to her Fox Valley home with her husband. It was here that she decided to make a career change to purchase and run the very store where she has purchased her own bridal gown.

Wednesday, January 28 2015

Since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of Wisconsin just this past fall, I'm happy to present our first-ever gay marriage on (cue the confetti)!  While Dalyn and Sebastian met and fell in love in New York, it was the Midwest--surrounded by friends and family--where they wanted to begin their married life together. In a casual weekend-long affair at Camp Wandawega (my favorite place in all of Wisconsin...despite never actually have been there), the couple turned lazy summer days with their loved ones into an event to remember.

Tuesday, January 27 2015

Planning a wedding is a second job that requires pinning, planning and perspiring and for some this induces a weight loss plateau. Managing bridal stress is just as important as watching what you eat and exercising. During times of particularly high stress, you may feel ravenously hungry or eat in an attempt to fulfill emotional needs when you are not hungry. Here are a few tips to keep your cortisol and corticotropin-releasing hormones in check!

Monday, January 26 2015

If you thought you could only get a cool urban vibe photo session in the heart of Chicago, you haven't been to Milwaukee's east side. The engagement photos of Jessica and Dan, shot by Joe and Jen Photography, have a city chic feel despite being in the heart of Wisconsin. We love how the bridge lends so much character to the setting, while at the same time feels symbolic of the joining of two individuals. Congrats to the soon-to-be bride and groom!

Friday, January 23 2015

"Rustic" is often equated with the barn weddings so popular today--especially in Wisconsin. However, the more weddings of this kind that I see, the more the word "rustic" seems to be replaced with that of "elegant." Crystal chandeliers, long trailing tables set up family style, and vintage details dotted here and there lend a delicate feel to the rough wooden setting. Alexandra and Matt's wedding is a perfect blend of rustic and elegance, giving them the northwoods wedding of their dreams, while still feeling like a sophisticated special occasion.