Martha and Drew Marry Nature and Vows at Milwaukee's Discovery World

Under a full moon with a tent on the beach and a campfire flowing, Drew proposed to Martha on the Pacific Coast's Rialto Beach. After she said "yes," the couple, who now lives in Seattle, returned to Martha's roots to have a Wisconsin wedding that encompassed their big love of nature. Their cold weather November wedding played up deep romantic shades of cabernet, greeney, pinks, champagne, and ivory to deliver a day that melted the heart. Guests were treated to a real delight with a venue that took the nature theme to the next level. The Great Lakes room and aquarium of the Discovery World felt like a cocktail party under the sea with exotic fish swimming all around. And the reception in the Pilot House brought in the Milwaukee city skyline for a special night against the bright lights. Studio 29 Photography didn't miss a moment of this gorgeous wedding, which means you won't either. 

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From the bride:

We got married the Saturday right after Thanksgiving on a very cold, but bright, sunny day. The day was joyful and pretty relaxed; I went running with my Dad that morning (family tradition) and Drew spent the morning surrounded by his best friends and family. Our awesome photographers Ren and Caleb came to document our day and made us feel relaxed and comfortable.

We had a great first look down at Lake Michigan (even though it was freezing) and had a beautiful ceremony at the church I grew up in (St. Mary's Visitation in Elm Grove). The music was really important to me and the combo of the cellist, violinist, and pianist was perfect.

When we arrived at the reception, we just had a party. Although it was slightly unconventional, our cocktail hour was in the Great Lakes room and aquarium at Pier Wisconsin. The guests had a lot of fun sipping on classic Brandy Old Fashioneds (nod to my Wisconsin roots), checking out the fish, with the backdrop of gypsy jazz music from 4th Street Elevator. After the cocktail hour, we moved up to the Pilot House. It's a beautiful circular room with windows looking out on Lake Michigan. We had string lights across the room, lots of candles, and outside there was a full moon over the lake, and the twinkling city skyline. It was absolutely perfect, warm and romantic, just the way we wanted it.

To bring in that "rustic" feel (I've indeed acquired the wedding lingo), our head table was a beautiful wooden harvest table. The flowers and centerpieces were unique and beautiful. A mix of pine boughs with floating candles on wooden slabs, cabernet peonies and dahlias, little succulents, eucalyptus, etc. Our guest book was a beautiful drawing of a pine tree that I had originally seen on Pinterest (which for the record is a bride's best friend and worst enemy for ideas) and custom ordered off Etsy. Guests signed the branches and it's now artwork hanging in our home! Our "card box" was a vintage box that normally held the love letters that Drew had written me every day, for a year, when I was in France. For dessert, we had Elegant Farmer Apple Pies, in honor of Drew's love of pie, and for me, I got my "Martha friendly" cake that was gluten and dairy free and 100 percent delicious. (Molly's Gluten Free Bakery in Pewaukee did a fantastic job). Our wedding favors were "camping mugs" in honor of our love for the nature/camping/the Pacific Northwest.