Jenna and Tyler's Vintage Charm Christmas Wedding
It's often said that to save money on decorations at your wedding, you should get married in December, as most churches and venues have decked their halls with boughs of holly. While bride Jenna was motivated by true holiday spirit with Christmas being a favorite day of hers, she and groom Tyler took full advantage of this festive time of year to throw a holiday soiree that looked right out of the scenes of a classic Christmas movie. No detail was spared, and guests were given the back story on many of the special touches as reading material in the church program. With rooms of spectacular opulence greeting the wedding party and guests, you'd think it took a team of wedding planners to pull off such a stunning event. However, the bride says that it was the absolute diligence of the her mother and Wisconsin Club's Kris Frye who helped make this Christmas wedding miracle come to life. Santa and Steve Bowman Photography paired up to package the highlights of this special day, and we are so happy to deliver it to you with very merry wishes of a happy holiday season.
From the bride:
My husband, Tyler, and I met nine years ago on New Year’s Eve in our hometown of Kenosha. He had just returned home a month earlier from his tour in Iraq, and I was in town for the holidays. We just so happened to meet while out that night and, after talking for about an hour, we realized our families had known one another for many years but we had never met previously. We had a lot to talk about and immediately hit it off.
Tyler quickly learned that Christmas is a true passion of mine. Over the years, we have shared many wonderful memories with our families, and have begun our own holiday traditions. On November 17th, 2013, Tyler proposed down on one knee in front of our Christmas tree with a personalized wedding ornament from my favorite Old World Christmas collection that said “Jenna, Will You Marry Me?” This is now part of a tradition in which we hang the engagement ornament as the first item on the tree each year.
On December 20, 2014, Tyler and I were married at St. Robert of Newminster Parish in Shorewood. Waiting outside of the church were four horses and carriages that whisked the entire wedding party away for a brief photo shoot by the lake. We thought ahead to be sure that our wedding party was kept warm, and presented each of them with gift bags in the carriages. The bridesmaids received cream colored gloves and shawls, and the groomsmen received black scarves and leather gloves. We then made our way in a warm bus to Marquette University’s campus and continued our photo shoot at the historic St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
As guests entered the Wisconsin Club for our reception, they were greeted in the lobby with the festive sounds of Christmas carolers, dressed in Charles Dickens’ style attire. Upstairs, at cocktail hour, Santa himself made the long journey to sit in a tall wing-backed chair. Guests eagerly sat on his lap for photos, and were given Lindor truffles as a gift. A “Tree of Angels” decorated with ornaments of family and friends who couldn’t be with us shined the entire evening. Each cocktail table was arranged with “Did You Know?” signs which gave information about special details incorporated into the evening, including the same cake topper that was used in my grandparent’s wedding back in 1938.
A gourmet dinner followed, with many speeches full of love, memories, and laughs. Each place setting was paired with bells, which guests would jingle each time they wanted us to kiss. Dessert was served with a local favorite of Kopp’s Custard in martini glasses, topped with edible reindeer heads made, with love, by both of our mothers. Then, a surprise happened! Both of our brothers recreated a rendition of White Christmas’ “Sisters” in front of our guests to kick off the dancing. It was a stitch!
Our wedding day was so very special to us and, looking back, will always give us so much meaning. We cannot thank our parents enough for all of their hard work and dedication to our beautiful day that made everlasting memories. We would also like to thank a few very special vendors who made our experience seamless and captured our visions perfectly. Kris Frye of the Wisconsin Club was instrumental in the flawless execution of our planning from start to finish. Greg with the Shorewood Florist was pure perfection; his meticulousness captured the romance in our ceremony, and the centerpieces set the tone of the ballroom. Our photographer, Steve Bowman, and videographer, David Lebherr, are such artists. They have given us such a special gift of memories for the rest of our lives.
We are now approaching our one year anniversary and looking forward to toasting champagne while viewing (again!) our wonderful memories in our wedding slideshow and video!
Wedding Day Forever Videography, Highlight Video
Steve Bowman Photography Video