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Fall Outdoor Wedding on the Lake

I recently had the pleasure of attending the wedding of my lovely cousin, Colleen, and her new husband, Tim. The outdoorsy couple chose to have a lakeside wedding at a northern Wisconsin resort and thought of every detail to create the perfect mix of sweet and quirky to match their fun-loving personalities.

Photo by Lucas Botz Photography

Custom wooden signs by Trueconnection directed guests to various wedding events with a lighthearted sense of humor.

The ceremony was held lakeside.  Bridesmaids wore knee-length red dresses, flip flops and gorgeous gold jewelry made by 3 Maries Designs, a friend of Colleen’s, while the men wore suits with striped ties.

Photos by Dan Cooley

Cocktail tables were set with burlap runners and little vintage jars filled with custom straws from Bab’s Giddygappers for guests to sip signature drinks and a casual seating chart led guests to their table in lieu of place cards that could blow away in the outdoor setting.


Cheerful banners by Liddabits and little white lights brightened the reception tent.

Tables were adorned with burlap runners and several small, unique arrangements of colorful fall florals and candles in vintage glass jars and apothecary bottles.  Jars were accented by custom ribbons from The Lonely Heart with the couple’s nicknames or the phrase “je t’aime” in honor of when Colleen lived in France.  Colleen arranged the reception flowers herself with the help of family and friends.

Table numbers were tucked into large vintage Ball jars filled with red, orange or yellow jelly beans – perfect for a little post-dinner treat. Guests were encouraged to fill out custom mad libs from August Press and read them to the couple instead of clinking glasses to earn a public smooch.  Custom wire “Mr” and “Mrs” signs from The Funky Shack marked the bride and groom’s seats.

A photo station full of silly props helped guests to let loose at the reception. Even the bride’s parents and little flower girls got in on the action.

Photo by Lucas Botz Photography

Photo by Lucas Botz Photography
All in all, it was a perfect weekend for a perfect couple!

Resort: Dillman’s Bay Resort
Wildbooth Photos: Lucas Botz Photography
Bride’s Dress: Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaid Dresses: Simple Silhouettes from Flutter boutique, Minneapolis
Reception Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com (Wholesale – arranged by bride)
Bridal Bouquets: Just Bloomed, Minneapolis



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Rustic Fall Wedding

This past fall, the ladies of HAP were asked to style the wedding of dear friends of ours.  Lane and Craig’s vision of their wedding was very specific.  They wanted a rustic and organic theme with an emphasis on trees and nature.  They didn’t want anything too over the top, but wanted it very simple and personal.

The finished product was everything the couple wanted; rustic and simple with special personal touches.

The couple was married outdoors by the Calatrava in Milwaukee.  An arbor, created by La Tulipe Design, covered in fall foliage acted as the backdrop to the ceremony.

The programs were created by Katie and were kept simple with a tree watermark.


The bridesmaids wore different shades of burgundy and purple and carried fall colored bouquets with natural additions like leaves and twigs, also created by La Tulipe Design.  All of the ladies, including the bride, wore flowers in their hair.

The reception was held at Coast in Milwaukee.  Guests were greeted by a place card table dressed in burlap, natural twigs and and leaves, and personalized place cards.


The centerpieces were simple and played off the rustic and natural themed event. Low, glass vases were filled with river rocks, moss and candles.  Katie wrote table numbers on kraft paper and secured them to twigs, giving them a more natural feel.

Other tables had vases wrapped in burlap and filled with twigs, river rocks, seeded eucalyptus and other greens.

Instead of having a traditional guest book, guests were asked to write wishes to the couple on kraft paper tags and hang them on a wishing tree.

Most importantly, the couple spent the day blissfully happy and surrounded by family and friends.

Congratulations Lane and Craig!


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Haute Wedding: Tasha & Jeremy

Tasha sent over pictures of her amazing Backyard BBQ wedding.  The wedding was so unique with every detail being though of.  We just had to share it with you!

Read on for the details as told by Tasha:

My husband and I were both very hands on in the wedding process as I am an event planner by trade and he is in the music business.  Our goal was to have the wedding reflect “Everything Us.”

We are both very down to earth, healthy, active, family oriented people with great taste in music.  We were originally inspired by the common Backyard BBQ.  We have small parties throughout the year with family and friends and wanted to take that feeling and just make it bigger.

The ceremony itself was something we both treasured very much.  We had our dear friend marry us overlooking Lake Michigan in Milwaukee.  We were surrounded by green plants as our guests sat on hay bails covered in different linens enjoying the music of The Hen House Prowlers (a Chicago bluegrass band).  My husband’s father had passed the year prior, so rather than lighting a unity candle, we invited our parents up to add soil to Ivy which represented eternity and growth of his father’s memory.

At the reception we continued the Backyard BBQ with banquet/family style tables covered in brown linens with fruits & veggies for table names.  We also brought in Saz’s catering (Milwaukee’s #1 BBQ) to bring the experience to life.

Overall, the wedding was everything we dreamed of and were so happy with every decision once it was complete.

Photos by Kat Berger.

Thank you so much, Tasha, for sharing your special day with us!

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