This European-Inspired Wedding in Wisconsin Was a Floral Fairy Tale

Customized details were plentiful during this event, featuring unique flower designs, dozens of lanterns strung, and a huge cake.

Alexis and Frank were introduced by the parents of their children, and they are excellent friends. And they thought their kids could be too. They were right: when Frank returned home to Chicago to attend the wedding of his older brother, they were able to get each other’s number they began to text and soon began to get along. However, when Frank’s appendix was about to ruptured during the time they planned to meet, Alexis faltered; she believed he had come up with reasons to get rid on the day. Once they were able toget to know each other in the month of January of 2018 Her worries were swiftly eased as Frank was certainly attracted (and that night was their first date of many).

In September, following an exhausting day working, Alexis arrived home with the intention of finishing her assignment before retiring. However, Frank got her convinced to take an outing on their preferred path with their pup Gunner instead. “It was the last thing in the world I wanted to do, since I was so preoccupied,” Alexis admits. When they walked, Frank said his leg was hurting and he began to lower himself, shocking Alexis with a surprise offer.

The couple initially intended to get married at the end of fall 2020 but the pandemic led the couple to move their wedding date back one year and to change the venue of the reception. They were fortunate enough to continue their ceremony on the grounds of the Straits Chapel and invited their guests of 160 to Riverbend Kohler in Kohler, Wis., to a tented reception October 2nd 2021. “We both loved the old Scottish feel of the hills and scenery,” Alexis states. “The brick buildings were gorgeous and gave off a romantic scene that kind of transported you outside of Wisconsin. Plus, we knew that being from Chicago, this would be an easier destination for some of our guests.”

The long planning time proved fruitful and the wedding was well worth the waiting. The couple worked together with Kate Dawson Events to realize their dream of a refined, food-focused and florally-pretty wedding using a color palette that included tan, mauve, navy maroon, cream, and.

Custom Floral Invitations

The couple’s customized invitation suite, created by Emily Rose Ink included blue linen keepsake containers that were filled with watercolor hand-drawn floral designs of the flowers that were used in the wedding. “Emily created numerous hand-illustrated floral patterns for our wedding, two of which were featured in our invitation suite on the box and the wrap,” Alexis states. “The flowers in those patterns were the exact varieties that Kelly Lenard used in the floral arrangements at the wedding, so the invitations really set the mood this way.”

The cards of the suite featured gold-colored letterpress with blue edges and a velvety dusty blue paper, and other papers featured mixed flat-printed and letterpress details including a book that was layered with wedding day information. The collection was held together by a soft flower wrap, tied with the caramel velvet ribbon. the monogram wax seal was the final finish.

A Warm Welcome

The couple loved creating welcome boxes for guests’ welcome. “They were filled with some of our favorite treats (sugar cookies, popcorn, and italian almonds) and included some beautiful bespoke elements by Emily Rose Ink (a candle wrapped in our custom toile design, tissue paper that matched our invitations, and a beautiful keepsake welcome note),” they wrote. “We made sure to incorporate both Kohler treats (local chocolates) and Chicago treats (Garrett popcorn). Flourish Cake Design also created some custom cookies for the box, as well.”

Antique Vibes

Alexis began her wedding dress look for a vintage-inspired dress with long sleeves and delicate detail. She showed her wedding consultant, Marissa, her Pinterest board of inspiration. “She was able to pick up on the styles I was looking for right away,” Alexis states. “She even got me to try on a full puffy dress with pockets!”

It was an embellished Ersa Atelier dress with an elongated neckline that made the difference. “When we put the belt on with the dress, I knew it was the one,” Alexis says. “It was sleek, but also romantic with an antique vibe.”

Alexis Her parents gave her an aquamarine ring for the “something blue.” “The stone belonged to my grandmother,” the bride claims. “My parents had it set into a ring and gave it to me on my wedding day.” The earrings were gifts from Frank the Frank and Jimmy Choo shoes to complete her bridal outfit.

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