When it comes to planning a wedding, there can be a few gray areas where questions arise. Manners matter, especially on the most important day of your life! But how do you deal with those sticky situations that will inevitably come up along the way? What is appropriate and what is not when it comes to the guest lists, invite wording, dress code, the new age of social media and more. As a Madison wedding planner expert, I’m here to weigh in and provide you with some answers on the do’s and don’ts all right here.Read More
This Fall wedding fete was an absolutely stunning day. Nicole and Justin chose downtown Madison’s historic venue, Wisconsin Historical Society for it's location and vibe that housed their reception and the University Club for their ceremony. We had a dream team of vendors with rentals from Event Essentials, rich blooms in plum, blush and ivory from Daffodil Parker for a modern-luxe finish and incredible Mediterranean cuisine from Pig In A Fur Coat. Flash Branch Photography was behind the lens capturing all the beauty, so scroll on to see some of our favorites from Nicole and Justin’s Madison wedding affair.Read More
There really is something ultra romantic about an Autumn wedding, when the brisk air makes it's debut and the leaves turn golden as they begin to fall. Sophie and Spencer knew they wanted their wedding to be during this incredible time of year and also chose the groom’s parent’s exact same wedding date for theirs! With a color palette of blues and grays, wildflowers, cowboy boots, and an insanely gorgeous barn wedding venue at Huser Farm, located outside of Green Lake in the beautiful countryside, Sophie and Spencer’s Wisconsin farm wedding was pure perfection. It was an honor to be a part of their celebration and just icing on the cake to be entrusted as their wedding planner and florist.Read More
Thanksgiving is upon us and if you’re playing hostess with the mostest, you have a pretty tablescape to plan in just a few short days. Which is why I’m breaking down a few tricks for styling a gorgeous Thanksgiving table. Plus these event planning tips will work for any gathering you have coming up, whether for the holidays or just a fancy little dinner party.Read More
Bon appetit! Bringing the French countryside to Wisconsin in this wedding inspiration shoot captured among a sprawling field in golden light as the leaves and colors are peaking with dusty French blues, Fall tones of butter, and apricot along with textures of foliage and fruits - settle in my loves and pin away to use this event and wedding florist design for your very own playbook of dreamy wedding inspo.Read More
Prosecco on tap? Sign me up! This must see Origional Prosecco Van is a 3-wheeled Piaggio Ape, imported from Italy and lovingly converted into a unique little bar. The Ape’s compact size means it can fit into most event spaces, making it perfect for your garden parties and Wisconsin weddings.Read More
A whimsical romantic Wisconsin fall wedding affair nestled among the Wild Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells, planned and designed by Bubbly & Lovely Events with peach, blush and marsala hues with lush greenery and blooms from Wild Apples. See more from the gallery here.Read More
From a build your own burger bar, loaded potato bar, tasty pie station, local Wisconsin micro brews, to a 90's get down dance party, this was a true, authentic celebration that reflected Jessica and Josh's style. Pretty burgundy and sage color palette, and vintage elements, see more of this Wisconsin fall wedding day coordinated by Bubbly & Lovely Events at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond barn venue North of Madison in the countryside of Poynette.Read More
This simple, organic winter wedding shoot brings us back to our Wisconsin roots of beautiful natural beauty filled with birches, pines and oak trees. Oh, and SNOW! Pure, fresh white snow that makes any winter wedding something so magical and dreamy, like something out of a magazine.
We incorporated lush greenery, a trend we are going to continue to see a lot of in 2017! The great thing about greenery, is it much less costly then other blooms and you can use it throughout your wedding space, tying on the backs or sides of chairs, fireplace mantles, stairways, ceilings, chandeliers and arches/arbors. Greenery also lasts so much longer, so you definitely get your money’ worth more with this element.
And let's not forget about all of the gold calligraphy paper goods we designed. Custom chair signs, place cards, invite suite, you name it, we can do it!
Coordination, Design, Floral, Calligraphy & Photography - Bubbly + Lovely Events | Venue - Private Residence | Cake - Mom's Bake Shop
It was an incredible privilege to celebrate two people as special, rare, kind and so cute as my grandparents, Edward and Marlene, spending 60 years together. And after 60 years, that definitely calls for a celebration.
Planning this special event with my grandma was so much fun, especially getting to really hear and help share their love story, the when, where and how it all began 60 years ago. Edward + Marlene were married on December 25, 1956, yes, they had a Christmas winter wedding, which any winter wedding you know is hands down stunning! My Grandma even saved pieces of her purple velour dress and pink hair piece she wore on her wedding day, which were displayed on the table along with photos. Right next to the photo of the very handsome and charming Ed in his early days when he was in the Navy.
The color palette consisted of blush, marsala, white, gold and lush greenery with seeded eucalptus, olive branches, pines and mix n' match brass/gold candle sticks and vases. This was held in the church hall and I just so happen to see one of the old pew benches that was just sitting there looking lonely, so why not add this vintage pew bench for seating that tied in so quaint and beautiful?!
Thank you so much Grandma + Grandpa for letting me be a part of planning your special day! Cheers to you! xoxo
A special thank you to everyone including my parents, Darrell + Deb, that helped make this day possible including:
Venue - Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Catering - Kathy Beahm
Cake - Theresa Campion
Coordination, Design, Floral & Photography - Bubbly + Lovely Events
Paper Goods + Signage - Ivy + Aspen
Linen Rentals - Modern Rental
Saturday, October 15, 2016
When Emily, Jim's wife reached out to me to plan her hubby's surprise 50th Birthday celebration, I was so, so excited. Especially, when she told me she was thinking of a themed, Oktoberfiesta! Ummmm, I'm so in! I love switching it up and planning fun themed parties like this, especially when they are surprises! Shhhhh!!!
Oktoberfest meets fiesta, we mixed in custom beer steins filled with ice cold, Oktoberfest beer, a delic margarita station from Barriques, cute sombreros, maracas, German tyrolean hats, pinatas, tiki torches to a top shelf Mexican taco food truck, El Grito Taqueria that rolled right up & yummy German hors d' oeuvre's from Freiburg Gastropub. Jim & Emily just recently finished off their backyard with a gorgeous stone patio flooring and breathtaking fireplace. This is seriously, hands down the most beautiful backyard! Of course, we can't forget about tying in some fall favorite elements, bringing in pumpkins, mums and lanterns along with a beautiful ambience from the soft glow of candles all around. All of the guests dressed their part in either Mexican or Oktoberfest costumes, and although it was a brisk fall evening, they all stayed warm cozied up to the fireplace, outdoor heaters and a little tequila!
Thank you, Emily & Jim for allowing me to be apart of such a fabulous celebration! Happy Birthday, Jim and cheers to many more!
Monday, September 19, 2016
Summer sunsets among roaring Wisconsin fields are just a few breathtaking & beautiful things about living in the midwest. And God knows there are more fields & farms here in Wisconsin then there are coffee shops or bars put together. Maybe you are dreaming over there of an outdoor backyard wedding. Well, my lovelies, here is a little romantic inspiration with all things blushes, rose gold & gold metallics at that golden hour when everything looks so magical, like something out of a fairytale.
Coordination, Design & Photography - Bubbly & Lovely Events
Rentals - Event Essentials
Venue - Private Residence
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Fall has hands down become my fav season here in Wisconsin. Bust out the cute fall boots, sweaters, yummy pumpkin spice lattes & candles, harvest fests, corn mazes, candy corn, apple everything desserts and umm, hello, badger football games! Go Bucky! I think I hear "Jump Around" coming on in the background!!!
It has also become the most popular wedding season around here. So, when I had the opportunity to design & style a fall glam wedding shoot at a local Wisconsin vineyard in Neshkoro at Lunch Creek Vineyard, not far from my hometown of Montello, I danced around on a few tables I was so excited!
A vintage meets glam style, this design has a mix of golds, brasses, black & crimson, geometric dinnerware paired with gorgeous vintage gold amber drinkware (thank you to my Aunt Patty for pulling these out).
A special thank you to my fabulous mom, Deb for assisting me with this styling shoot (and trying to keep those candle tapers lit with very windy conditions).
Custom modern hand written calligraphy on plexi glass is a beautiful & chic way that you can carry through out all of your paper goods from escort cards, menus, table numbers & specialty signage.
If you are offering wine with dinner for your guests and really want to get fancy, pull out all the stops with this gorgeous vintage gold amber decanter.
Have some fun with the drink stations and barware by mixing in these chic "drunk in love" gold foil calligraphy beverage napkins or maybe some stir sticks, straws or coasters.
Don't be afraid to get personal with your wedding by adding a specialty dessert station that might offer your or your fiance's favorite dessert to your guests. Carmel apples anyone?
Days before grape harvest season here in Wisconsin, these delicious red grapes were so perfectly hanging along the vines.
A special thank you to Lynn & Nancy with Lunch Creek Vineyard, Mary Ann, & Aunt Patty.
Coordination, Design & Photography - Bubbly & Lovely Events
Rentals - Event Essentials
Venue - Lunch Creek Vineyard
Thursday, August 18, 2016
I have been wanting to write this blog for some time as I have had several couples jump into hiring a photographer right away without doing their research. Where the photographer they hired didn't fit their style of wedding photography they were imagining, leaving them in almost tears when they received their wedding photos back.
Hiring a wedding photographer can be one of the most important vendors for your wedding and the struggle can be real trying to understand all the different types of wedding photographer styles out there. You might have your Mom suggesting Aunt Mary, because she posted some really great photos on her Facebook and she would offer her services for free. But you might not be crazy on all of her posed shoots. Or, you might have one of your friends that just got married recommending her photographer, but you're not really loving all the serious church shots.
There is no one size fits all, which is why it is so important for you as a couple to first determine which photography style you love the most. Because at the end of the day, you two are going to be the ones looking at these photos for the rest of your life and the last thing you want to do is be unhappy with them. Check out the 3 main photography styles below and what they are all about. Once you determine what photography style makes your heart flutter, search the area for that specific type of photographer and check out their portfolio on their website. Or, I would be more than happy to give you some local recommendations for some fabulous photographers!
1. The Traditional Photographer
This photographer leans towards posed photos that need to be setup, with time spent on portraits and wedding day milestones such as first kiss, first dance, cake cutting and group shots with Great Grandpa Bob. The photographer will bring artificial lighting and possibly a backdrop. They will shoot a lot of frames to get the perfect picture and interact heavily with the guests, so be sure their personality is on point. Keep in mind trying to capture those perfect pictures requires a lot more time and can take 2 hours or longer.
2. Photojournalist, Reportage & Documentary Photographer
This photographer strives to document the day as it unfolds, to tell a a story. Their unscripted and candid photos as the events are unfolding have more of a modern look than traditional wedding photography. A photojournalist who shoots on the fly may not use artificial lighting and instead use more natural lighting. Some documentary photographers won't setup portraits at all, while others are more flexible. Find out and also ask if they would be willing to work from a shot list, as some may not.
3. Fine Art Photographer
This photographer takes a beautiful artistic approach with a distinct style that is quite different from their contemporaries. They typically have a background in editorial or art and are a pro at editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. They use somewhat of a traditional element with some of the shots and setup but tend to be stunning unique pieces of art that could be seen hanging in a gallery or wall art for your home. These photographers are style gurus and light years ahead of the average photographer.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Plexiglass signage, a fairly new trend making its way onto the wedding scene that I am kind of totally loving! So much, that I scoured the web for a DIY video tutorial to simply share for all of you couples, but to my surprise couldn't find much of anything out there. So, why not create a fun video myself?
Maybe you want to have a bar sign with your signature cocktails or have menus at each place setting for your guests? You can pick and choose the size of plexiglass and either buy these pre-cut or have them specialty cut at your local hardware store.
It is so easy and you only need a few simple tools that will not break the bank at ALL!
White Chalk Marker
Gold/Copper (or whatever color you choose) Krylon Leafing Pen
Printable from your computer of your saying, "Signature Cocktails" or "Pop, Fizz, Clink" in a calligraphy font
That's it guys! Clink on the image below for the video tutorial. Drop me a message or comment if you have any questions!
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Inspired by the outdoor whimsical woods and a chic color palette of rose gold, copper, gray and white, this summer styling shoot themed, "Wedding in the Woods" turned out stunning! I hope this inspires and gives all of you lovely brides out there ideas for an outdoor woods wedding or convinces you hands down to do an outdoor wedding if you were thinking about this as an option.
Growing up in this very woods where this was shot, there is something enchanting and magical about this place. Where the natural beauty of the outdoors surrounds you. So the question is, why not do a wedding in the woods?
I want to send a special thank you to some of my dear family, Dennis & Becky Klapper, Grandpa & Grandma Klapper, Theresa Campion, Mary Ann Paul, Matt & Tasha and my parents for their help and contributions to make this styling shoot possible! xoxoxo
Venue - Private Residence
Rentals, Floral, Styling & Photography - Bubbly & Lovely Events
Linens - LA Linens
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Are you planning a destination wedding here in Wisconsin? Maybe you have friends and family driving from Chicago or flying in from the west coast for your special day or long weekend celebration. There sure are some unique hidden gem wedding venues throughout Wisconsin from northern woods lodges, quaint inns and camps, depending on the ambience and vision you have. When planning a destination wedding, with a majority of your guests coming from out of town, it is extremely important to offer lodging onsite of where your wedding, pre and post wedding events are going to take place for the convenience of your guests.
Below are 5 incredibly unique destinations your guests can spend a long weekend relaxing, with a cold Spotted Cow in hand along the shores of some of Wisconsin's charming & pretty blue lakes.
1. Coon's Franklin Lodge, Woodruff, WI
Located in the northern woods of Wisconsin by Minocqua, this beautiful lodge offers both indoor and outdoor space on Trout Lake for 130+ guests. There are also 28 comfortable cabins, on-site all inclusive dining and many fun recreational activities from tennis, golfing, boating & kayaking to keep your guests busy all weekend long in between the wedding festivities.
2. Camp Wandawega, Elkhorn, WI
This historical camp, founded in the 1920's during prohibition boasts an idyllic camp wedding venue in Elkhorn, just 16 miles north of Lake Geneva. Although this camp operates as a non-profit and often hosts band, theater and art camp for kids, it can be rented out for weekend long weddings. The resort can sleep 55 guests and can accommodate up to 150 guests for a wedding reception.
3. River Wildlife at American Club Resort, Kohler, WI
River Wildlife is a distinguished private recreational & dining club nestled amonga wilderness preserve that encompasses more than 500 acres of unspoiled land, 5 miles of the meandering Sheboygan River and more than 18 miles of scenic woodland trails. It is a quaint country club in the woods offering 6 intimate dining rooms, cozy fireplace and offers many outdoor activities within the American Club for a long wedding weekend.
4. Inn on Madeline Island, La Pointe, WI
Imagine a beach setting with sailboats gliding by in the distance as you say I do. This charming inn on Madeline Island, near the Apostle Islands just at the northern tip of Wisconsin offers a little something for everyone. From suites, nautical lodge rooms, private condos and townhomes, outdoor pool, private beach, beachfront patio, marina and bistro, what more do you really need? It offers indoor and outdoor space that can seat up to 150 guests and on-site catering.
5. Stout's Island Lodge, Birchwood, WI
Check out this unique, historic island resort on Red Cedar Lake near Rice Lake, WI. Offering 43 guest rooms along with accommodating up to 175 guests, this is a perfect rustic island wedding! And how ahhh-mazing are those cabins with their own private dock to pull a boat up to?
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Nestled on a beautiful, pristine hill at the highest elevation in Wisconsin, Nick & Chrystal said, "I do" at one of the most prestigious Catholic Churches, Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary on August 1, 2015. This is by far the most breathtaking and immaculate church I have ever set foot in, where thousands of people each year come to visit.
Chrystal said, "I wanted to mirror our passion for hunting and wildlife conservation while keeping our day elegant and classy." Accents of antlers, wood, birch trees and flowers boasted throughout the tables, bouquets, centerpieces, even the groomsmen's boutonnieres were adorned with antlers the bride & groom found while shed hunting. The groom himself even hand crafted the cupcake holders out of birch trees.
Located right outside of the quaint town of Hartford, the celebration continued throughout the evening at Scenic View Country Club, where bottles were popped, shots were poured & dancing to a little whip/nae/nae all night long. Of course, Nick & Chrystal made their lovely guests work a little to see them kiss, so they provided a kissing menu where guests could pick from to demonstrate in front of everyone. Love this idea! All the paper goods were especially hand crafted by the bride, Chrystal herself. Such a beautiful and amazing day this was!
Congratulations Nick & Chrystal! 8.1.15
Church - Holy Hill
Reception - Scenic View Country Club
Photography - Joceyln's Photography
Florist - Jess Fleur Fun
Bakery - Cake & Bake
Bridal Gowns - Betrothed Your Special Day Boutique
Tuxedos - Men's Warehouse
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
It's finally here! Today is the big day that my re-branding unveil is happening! I've poured my heart and a lot of hard work into Bubbly & Lovely Events over the past year. Last summer I left my full time job at the Edgewater and took a leap of faith, pursuing my dream of starting my own event design and wedding planning boutique; however it was under a different name; Good Ol' Fashioned Events.
At the beginning of this year, I reflected on my business and what I could improve and do better. I decided to make some rebranding changes and choose a new name that truly reflects weddings & special events for the fun celebration that they are (pop, fizz, clink) and of course the bubbly party girl in me, which is where Bubbly comes from. I think it is also important; no matter the couple's different styles and tastes; every wedding is lovely and unique. So it was then that Bubbly & Lovely Events was born.
I am so happy to have worked with Corinne from Hamptons Designs to create a gorgeous new brand & look that truly reflects Bubbly & Lovely Events & myself as the heart behind BLE, as an Event Designer & Wedding Planner. Thank you, Corrine from the bottom of my heart. You are so artistic and have an eye for branding, logo design & so much more. xoxo I am just over the moon right now!
Below is the stunning branding board and logo designs.
Inspired by all things rose gold, copper, blush, golds and grays this sets such a chic, classy and modern look.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
If you love a little glitz and glam, metallic accents are the perfect way to turn it up a notch and add a little sparkle to your wedding. Metallic weddings certainly aren't new. They came onto the wedding scene back in 2014, but they certainly are here to stay, at least for a little while.
Here are some gorgeous metallic wedding trend ideas to give you a little inspiration and some of these are totally DIY, which is even better!
Are you planning to offer guests a signature cocktail during the cocktail hour? Perhaps it is one of your or your fiance's favorite drinks. Add these cute stir sticks and moscow mule copper mugs to add a little zazzle.
Grace your guests with these lovely bev napkins from Lauren Hooper Calligraphy.
Geometric shaped vases really give your tablescape a modern chic look. These are a great buy at Hobby Lobby and you can also reuse these for home decor after the wedding.
These stunning rose gold/copper steel chairs captured by Sarah Street Photography.
Adding small personal details such as pretty paper goods add so much to a table setting. These uniquely shaped bronze and gold menus are so adorbs!
Not big on floral? That's ok, try adding in some sparkly broaches or pieces of jewelry to your bouquet.
Switch up your traditional dessert for some of these pretty earl grey macarons sprinkled with some gold dustings.
Add in a metallic table runner with some gold taper holders.
Replace the standard silverware with some flashy gold or copper/rose gold flatware. Most event rental businesses carry these for you to rent for the day of or weekend.