Inspiration for your road to the altar

Welcome back to Erin and Derek’s lovely Milwaukee wedding! In addition to the beautiful pictures, Erin was kind enough to provide us with more details in her own words:

I was the main planner of the wedding…no wedding planner here! Many of our projects for the wedding were DIY, but the one we were most proud of was escort cards. We decided to make tags that would hang off of a bunch of painted manzanita branches that would include mini-buttons that Derek designed. They were so cute! We had an array of buttons, some that had our silhouettes in a contrast of black and white, some had the outlines of our glasses (something we are known for), some had our monogram which was “ED,” and some said I {heart} MKE…which some were confused by, but said “I Love Milwaukee.” We hung them with red ribbon off of the manzanita tree so people could go up to the tree and find their table placement.

I think it goes without saying that their vision was a great one, and executed perfectly. Congratulations Erin and Derek and thank you for sharing your day with us!


Erin and Derek’s wedding is beautiful in every way and so infused with style. Their ceremony is most definitely one of the most lovely events I’ve seen – I adore the candlelight and the simple color palette. But since the bride can do a much better job of explaining her vision that I ever can, I will let Erin do the talking:

Our vision for the theme was vintage glamor meets modern design. I really wanted to go from a stark color palette at the ceremony to an explosion of color in the ballroom at the reception. At the ceremony, we went with all white and black from the flowers to the programs. That transitioned to black, white, and pops of red at the cocktail hour, and finally melded into brightly colored flowers in reds and fuchsias to contrast with the citron colored linens.

Erin and Derek’s vendors are listed below, and I will post all the reception pictures in another post very shortly. Don’t miss the picture of Erin’s Dad looking at her before they walk down the aisle – its impossible to see it and not smile!

Photographer: Front Room Photography,
Florist: Urban Sense,
Cake: The Cake Lady,
Dress: Piper by Vineyard Collection, Priscilla of Boston
Church: Calvary Presbyterian,
Reception: InterContinental Milwaukee,
Linens: BBJ Linens,
Makeup: Sarah Brucker at Blush
Hair: Maria Curro at Freya Salon

Neutral and Black

June 2, 2009

I used some of these images in a post about a month ago, and I am still really loving this color palette. Its simple and classic and could really be used during any season. What do you think – have any of you considered using something similar? You can find the sources for all the pictures below…

{Row 1: Hammerpress via 100 Layer Cake, Table via Design is Mine, Dresses from jcrew}
{Row 2: Bride & Groom from jcrew, bouquet and favor box from Martha Stewart}
{Row 3: Favors from Martha Stewart, Heart from The Love Shop, Necklace from Jess LC}