Melissa + Dan

Incredible photos courtesy of JBe Photography. (And a couple of less incredible photos from us.)

Incredible photos courtesy of JBe Photography. (And a couple of less incredible photos from us.)

I can barely believe it, but here we are, with Melissa + Dan's wedding come and gone, to share all of the fun details from their beautiful day.

Wedding planning is an interesting business because after months and months of planning and communicating with a couple every week (if not every day) the wedding finally arrives and then, very suddenly, the whole thing is over. There are no more decisions to be made, emails to be sent, chalkboards to hand letter...

With Melissa and Dan's wedding this felt especially vivid because they gave us the opportunity to really be part of every detail of their wedding from vendor selections right down to paper design. And it was awesome! They truly put their faith in us and, for that, we are immensely grateful.

Dan and Melissa are a fun, adventurous couple and they wanted their wedding to reflect that. Luckily for us that meant they were open to some really amazing locations in Milwaukee, Merriment Social and Hot Water Wherehouse, and a non-traditional mix & mingle style reception with enough southern food and donuts to feed the entire state! Merriment Social knocked it out of the park with the spectacular menu they put together which we shared below because it's just that fabulous. The incredible couple also hired some of our favorite people in the biz: Jesse Lynn of Kidron Music, JBe Photography and Wood Violet. We love these vendors to the moon and back!

When it came to decor for the day, we really had to flex our creativity muscles to find ways to fit big decor dreams into a reasonable budget. Our two venues have their own style and drama without any effort so we decided to use that to our advantage. For the ceremony we went super romantic. Hot Water Wherehouse is all brick and glass with a bit of a dark & foggy feel thanks to its huge old windows. Candles upon candles upon candles played on that dark and romantic vibe. A couple of tall vases filled with sticks placed on stage acted as a frame for the couple up front. Tall stools on the ground continued the framing—one featured candles, the other held a wine box for a sweet part of the ceremony.

With a mix and mingle reception, we went for a low-key vibe for decor. We let the gorgeous wooden tables (mix of high and low) shine through and placed tin vases with succulents on each. Candles made their return on several tables, including the head table where we also re-used the bouquets to add a floral touch. 

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For some added drama, we built up the donut station with 2 glass window panes draped in marsala fabric. A gold mailbox to hold cards added some fun to the gift table and a little station on the bar let guests write date ideas for the new mr. and mrs.

Every station featured a sign designed by our very own Bryce Ulmer to match the invitation suite he created for the wedding. Throw in a few reserved signs and chalkboards drawn in the same design style (by yours truly) and we had a cohesive, modern look with a slight feminine flair.

It was a blast putting these plans together and we're so grateful for Dan and Melissa's faith in us. Cheers to the happy couple!

Xo,
Ashley

the vendor list
the photog: JBe Photography
the ceremony: Hot Water Wherehouse
the reception + food: Merriment Social
the flowers: Wood Violet Floral Design
the music: Kidron Music
the rentals + lettering: Noir Event Co.
the hair + makeup: Scottfree Salon
the dress: MoriLee | Eva's Bridal
the suits: Michael Kors | Mike Bjorns
the paper: Noir Event Co.

the menu (because are you kidding me with this)
cocktail hour: veggies + ranch dip, cheese + crackers, roasted garlic hummus + pitas
food stations: beef brisket, bbq pulled pork sliders, chopped salad, baked beans, mac 'n cheese, buttermilk biscuit bar, nashville style hot chicken, fried brussels sprouts, shrimp & grits, and blackened catfish sliders
donuts: maple bacon, old dirty bastard (aka chocolate w/ cookie crumbles), boston creme, sugar w/ blueberry compote, and apple pie cyclops
late night snack - dumplings!: brat & cheese curd w/ beer jam, breakfast sausage w/ maple tamari, cheeseburger w/ social sauce, and buffalo chicken w/ bleu cheese