AN OKTOBERFIESTA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

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!

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Caterer - Freiburg Gastropub & El Grito Taqueria
Beverages - Barriques
Rentals - Event Essentials & Waunakee Rental
Cake/Confections - Bloom Bake Shop
DJ - Saturn's 8
Party Goods - Oriental Trading & Party City

 

ROMANTIC ROSE GOLD WEDDING IN A FIELD

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. 

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Coordination, Design & Photography - Bubbly & Lovely Events
Rentals - Event Essentials
Venue - Private Residence

FALL GLAM VINEYARD WEDDING

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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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). 

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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). 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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?

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Days before grape harvest season here in Wisconsin, these delicious red grapes were so perfectly hanging along the vines. 

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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
 

MAKING SENSE OF THE DIFFERENT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLES

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. 

DIY PLEXIGLASS WEDDING SIGN VIDEO TUTORIAL

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! 

Tools Needed:
8x10 plexiglass
or
5x7 plexiglass
White Chalk Marker
or
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! 

xoxoxo
Michelle

 

WEDDING IN THE WOODS STYLING SHOOT

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.

Event Design Mood Board

Event Design Mood Board

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

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Venue - Klapper Woods
Floral Design, Styling & Photography - Bubbly & Lovely Events
Linens - LA Linens

5 UNIQUE WISCONSIN DESTINATION WEDDING VENUES

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

Photo courtesy of Coon's Franklin Lodge

Photo courtesy of Coon's Franklin Lodge

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

Photo courtesy of Camp Wandawega

Photo courtesy of Camp Wandawega

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 

Photo courtesy of River Wildlife

Photo courtesy of River Wildlife

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 

Photo courtesy of Lace Hankey Photography

Photo courtesy of Lace Hankey Photography

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

Photo courtesy of Stout's Island Lodge

Photo courtesy of Stout's Island Lodge

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?

NICK & CHRYSTAL 8.1.15

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!  

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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

 

METALLIC WEDDING TRENDS

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!

Photo courtesy of Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Photo courtesy of Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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. 

Photo courtesy of Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Photo courtesy of Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Grace your guests with these lovely bev napkins from Lauren Hooper Calligraphy. 

Photo courtesy of Amanda Jameson Weddings

Photo courtesy of Amanda Jameson Weddings

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. 

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Photo courtesy of Shannon Leahy Events

Photo courtesy of Shannon Leahy Events

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These stunning rose gold/copper steel chairs captured by Sarah Street Photography.

Photo courtesy of Laura Babb

Photo courtesy of Laura Babb

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!

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Photographer unknown

Not big on floral? That's ok, try adding in some sparkly broaches or pieces of jewelry to your bouquet.  

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Photographer unknown, sold by Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of My Sweet & Saucy

Photo courtesy of My Sweet & Saucy

Switch up your traditional dessert for some of these pretty earl grey macarons sprinkled with some gold dustings. 

Photo courtesy of June Photography

Photo courtesy of June Photography

Add in a metallic table runner with some gold taper holders. 

Photo courtesy of Jessica Schmitt Photography

Photo courtesy of Jessica Schmitt Photography

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. 

SUMMER BACKYARD GARDEN PARTY

Monday, June 13, 2016

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If you are thinking of inviting a few friends over this summer, dazzle them with a backyard garden party. It doesn't have to be elaborate or a formal affair either. Serve up some cold finger foods and appetizers to munch on, provide a drink station of wine, margaritas or maybe some sangria to sip on. The options are endless! I had a really fun time doing this styling shoot one evening and luckily, finished just in the nick of time before a severe storm rolled in. A special thanks to my assistant, Deb a.k.a. my Mom for helping me style this. 

I shot this in a pretty garden I grew up in, right in my parent's backyard. As a little girl, I use to dream of having a beautiful walk through garden, so my Dad custom built this arch trellis years ago. 

With it being summer, I decided on some bright pops of color, creating bright pink peonies and wild rose centerpieces, along with some pretty in pink tableware and drinkware.  I found some empty wine bottles of different heights to use for the pink blooms or you can also use wine glasses or mason jars. It doesn't have to break the bank, so finding cute practical items around the house to use comes in handy!

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Adding some string bulb lights will help create that soft ambience, especially as it gets closer to dusk. 

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Adding additional soft lighting brings so much beauty to any backyard. All you need are some white votives and a few mason jars.  

A little vino, anyone? Use a mirror tray to fill with wine glasses and some wine to offer to guests. 

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You can't forget the bug spray, especially if you are near a wooded area. 

NOAH & LIZ'S INTIMATE FALL CAMP WEDDING

June 7, 2016

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Camp weddings, one of our favorites! Nestled in the north woods at Camp Lakotah alongside Little Hills Lake, Noah & Liz's camp wedding turned out gorgeous!  They decked out their day with a sense of rustic woods of memorable, custom wood built details, campfires and smore's. This definitely made for one of the prettiest celebrations!

A big thanks to LUXE Photo Company for capturing these stunning moments!

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Liz's beautiful blush blooms from Our Town Florist. 

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This rustic barn has been part of the groom's family farm for centuries. 

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More wooded details, this custom built picnic table was built by a family friend and used as a guest book to sign by guests. 

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The color scheme consisted of a pretty blush and gold palette. The center pieces were boasting with baby's breath, wood chargers, burlap and lace table runners. 

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Campfires and smore's bar completed this camp wedding, of course! There was a rustic wine barrel that had a smore's bar on top with all the fixings. 

Congrats Noah & Liz! 9.26.15

Venue: Camp Lakotah
Church: St. John's Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Floral: Our Town Florist
Catering: Captain Jack's BBQ
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Vintage Rentals: A  La Crate
Photographer: LUXE Photo Company

HAWAIIAN LUAU GRADUATION

Sunday, June 5, 2016

I love, love planning weddings, but it is so much fun to mix it up with some fabulous party planning for other celebrations and milestones in life. This weekend I had the honor of celebrating my cousin Nikki's graduation from high school in true Hawaiian luau spirit. The Polaroid photo booth was such a hit and yes, they still make polaroid film! Entertainment & music was provided by M & M Sound.

This was held at a gorgeous private residence in Montello, WI however it is available to rent out for weddings and special events.  It has a beautiful outdoor stone bar, double brick wood burning oven, built-in fire pit with lounge, 2 pools, hot tub, a pool house with it's own kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. If you have any questions or are interested, please message me for more details.

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The beautiful graduate, Nikki with her mom Patty and sister Miranda.