Our Wedding! Gold, vintage, travel themed - South Shore Pavilion, Milwaukee

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Our wedding! We got married in early June, thankfully the weather cooperated and we were able to pull off the biggest event of our lives. Drew and I have hosted large public events together before but this was an epic culmination of 2 years worth of planning, crafting, and strategic thoughts put to paper and then made a reality. Here are some photos of our day, or jump to the details at the bottom.


We stayed at the Kinn MKE Guesthouse, located in Bayview. The hotel was close to the venue (3 minute drive) and more than what we expected. The Guesthouse came with a full kitchen, living room, and super modern rooms. The lighting from the large windows in the rooms were great for our portraits.

Travel Themed Corsage, made out of vintage maps
Travel Themed Boutonnières, made out of vintage maps


Both the ceremony and reception were at South Shore Pavilion. Our ceremony was lined with geometric pieces and candles that we will later reuse for the reception tables. The windows and natural light in this venue were perfect. The brick and history of the building gave our wedding that vintage feel we were looking for. The hanging lights came with the venue. The East windows looked out over Lake Michigan and a small beach, along with views of the marina. 

We went with a circular gold arch to represent part of our vows that “Rings are a symbol of unbroken love, as a ring has no end.” My sister and I spent countless hours making the arch. 



Our dinner and reception had a little more of our personalities mixed in. While we had the gold and blush wedding colors, we also incorporated a vintage travel theme. We got a lot of the vintage pieces from Vintique Rentals. They had vintage luggage pieces, vintage books, vintage cake stands and lots of other decor that we incorporated into our wedding.

In lieu of a guestbook, we had guests sign our custom painted globe. 


The circular arch was moved from the ceremony to behind the head table. 

Wedding Photobooth Lounge

We went with a classy, vintage style Photo Booth lounge. When we've gone to other weddings, Drew and I get enthusiastic about taking nice photos when we get all dressed up. We wanted to offer our guests the chance to take their own nice photos in a unique but casually themed setting, steering away from the usual silly props and backdrops. 

Wedding Photobooth Lounge

South Shore Park Pavilion - Wedding Dessert Table
Dessert Table
The dessert table included more breakfast themes like Fruity Pebble, Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, and coffee flavored cupcakes. Along with modern geometric iced sugar cookies, rose gold chocolate covered strawberries, and an ombre colored collection of macarons. All of the food display pieces are from Vintique as well. 


Our wedding favors were really cheap to put together. We bought the little luggage boxes on WISH. The contents of the little hangover kits included mints, floss, hand sanitizer and Advil. We purchased these in bulk on Amazon.com! I printed a sign that read "Baggage Claim" from our home printer and voila! 

We also had a first look, not with each other, but at the reception right before guests were seated for dinner. I’m really glad we did this! We were able to view our reception area and the entire scene with just the two of us, before it was filled. We got to walk to each table, look at each and every detail, really take it all in. 

Call me crazy, but we also designed 3 different tablescapes for the dinner reception! A romantic, geometric tablescape. A classic tall, gold centerpiece with large floral arrangement. And a spherical floral piece with Lamb’s Ear garlands. All had vintage postcards featured as the “table numbers.”  




Our buffet menu included our favorite brunch items like Cinnamon Vanilla French toast, egg scrambles, brunch potatoes, and sides like sausage and bacon. All catering was handled by Brunch MKE. They have a location downtown and also in Brookfield. 

For cocktail hour, we handpicked and personally designed the cheese and charcuterie boards, serving breakfast pastries and fruit as well to tie in the brunch theme.



First Dance: Stone - Alessia Cara
Second Encore Dance: Paradise - Bazzi
Processional Song: Can't Help Falling In Love - Kina Grannis
Recessional Song: Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
Grand March: That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (Alan Walker Remix)


Planning/Coordinating: Lindsay Stayton

Wedding Officiant: Marry Me In MKE - Christian Alvirez

DJ/Hosts: Nathan Moore with Sound By Design
Lighting: Sound By Design
Videography: Jake Wollner with Films By Design

Catering: Brunch MKE

Photography: Dave Stremikis with Dave Stremikis Photography

Desserts (cupcakes, cookies, macarons): C. Adams Bakery
Gourmet Chocolate Strawberries: Glamour Sweets by Marcellina

Hair: Hnubhli Yang with Hnubhli Designs
Make-Up: MG Vang (Freelance make up artist)

Wedding Dress: Miss Ruby Bridal Boutique (Sadie, consultant)
Tux: Men's Warehouse - Greenfield

Accommodations: Kinn Guesthouse
Vintage Rentals: Vintique Rentals (Cathy and Betsy, owners)
Lounge Furniture: Forever Birdy (Courtney, owner)

Venue: South Shore Pavilion, Milwaukee, WI

OPEN BAR SERVICES provided by: Longshots Sports Bar

Created by us:
Invitations, ceremony programs, floral arrangements, tablescapes, wedding arch, wedding cake, wedding favors (boxes purchased on WISH), Menus, Seating Chart, Hashtag signs, cocktail hour cheese and charcuterie.

With the support of close friends, our wedding party, and my then-fiancé/now-husband, I was able to plan my dream wedding. Number 78 on my bucket list. With any questions about our wedding, definitely let us know. We are more than happy to help with advice or offer our experiences if you're in the midst of planning your wedding too. 

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