Summery Frida + Fruit Infused Wedding Shower

This one’s a doozy, y’all. Hosted at La Merenda, one our personal faves + a true Milwaukee gem, this wedding shower is a feast for the eyes.

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Right off the bat, Let me just get one thing straight — this is my favorite wedding shower, ever. Probably because it was thrown in my honor by Ashley Ulmer herself, plus a gaggle of my best gal pals + fam. Biased? You bet. Let’s dive in.

The Vision + Vibe
Ashley dreamt up this insanely lovely, Frida Kahlo-esque vision full of brilliantly placed pops of color, natural citrus elements, unexpected mixed textures, and a vibe that was sophisticated, yet casual. She sourced those gigantic balloons from the always amazing Paper Fox L.A., adding a playful touch to the decor. Single floral stems were placed at each guest’s seat with a citrus flavored lollipop. The tables were draped in vibrant, gauzy runners in a variety of summery hues. All around the space, Ashley placed these outrageously beautiful floral arrangements (she did them herself — WUT) in copper vessels.

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The Venue
La Merenda’s rear patio is more like a secret, vibrant, floral + fauna oasis in the heart of Milwaukee. Ashley worked with the incredibly professional + accommodating Amanda, planning the menu, layout, and overall aesthetic. The contact on the day-of, Jess, made it all happen! For guest seating, there were scattered tables under the pergola which was perfect for our group of 25. There was a private outdoor bar and restroom that were unbelievably convenient. The patio space was equipped with mixed outdoor couches, tables, benches, and a gorgeous stone fireplace. The extra outdoor space was the perfect spot to set up yard games like cornhole + dice.

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The Paper
Noir graphic designer, Bryce Ulmer, created an extension of the wedding paper suite that flowed seamlessly into the shower. The invites were dark + moody, but brought in a touch of citrus with the blood oranges. Bryce also created a sweet little card for each guest to fill out, which included sketching my wedding dress, guessing the wedding details to come, and jotting down any wedding day advice.

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The Food
Never in my life have I had so much food at a shower. Think tapas. Think brunch. Now combine those two things + you have magic. Typical for my huge Italian family, all the food was served family-style. We rounded out brunch with homemade churros from Gloria’s Cake Shop with the most mouth-watering sauce selections: Bavarian cream, milk chocolate, mango, and raspberry.

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The Drinks
La Merenda did not mess around when it came to cocktails. The signature drinks included “The Coco Made Me Do It” Classic Mojito + a Traditional Mimosa, all made to order for each guest. They were so fresh + flavorful — just what we all needed on a humid, July day.

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It was the most perfect afternoon I can remember. I am eternally grateful for all of the incredible women in my life who love me so well!

Xo,
Colette

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