Vintage Train Birthday

Well, for all of you who adore Pinterest, watch out!  I’m coming in full force with a very cool vintage train birthday party theme for the firstborn, who happens to have been born on 9/11.  We’ll be doing something casual – a little “hey classmates, show up at this park for two hours, run around and eat cake!” as we’ll be taking him on the Hiawatha for his birthday present, and a trip to Chicago to run around the parks and eat…his usual Greek yogurt.

But, stay tuned!  I’m dreaming up some very fun invitations and might even wax a little poetic on them!  Hurray for trains!

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Our new favorite videographer

Milwaukee doesn’t have a lot of wedding videographers.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe because it’s a time-intensive job that requires hours sitting with earphones on, watching, clipping, capturing, editing, coordinating, and referencing, and that’s all AFTER the hours spent actually filming the wedding day.

Maybe because there truly is a bit of an intense passion, beyond an artistic eye, that comes with doing a fabulous wedding video.  There’s the question of being a tad traditional for the parents and using newer technologies for the couple; who can mesh both qualities together?

I (Sara) have known David since 1991.  We’ve gone to homecoming dances, worked on 7th grad math problems, and shared drinks on Milwaukee rooftops with our significant others.  He’s hung with my kids and hubby, and I am counting the weeks before we all can barge in on his brand new baby.  I know that from the beginning, David has loved video.  He made the best Huckleberry Finn video for sophomore English class, and has made countless home movies of excellent quality while we were growing up.  And now, he’s become this fantastic videographer for weddings in Milwaukee.  His passion shows.  His eye for art shows.  And I know he cares about every video he makes, and that, right there, makes all the difference.

He’s done the videos for many of my couples, and I believe they are all thrilled with the final product.  Check him out here: and maybe he can capture your day in motion too!

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Hello Kitty Success!

Well, more than anything, we were lucky with the weather – the 3 yr old’s birthday party was able to be held entirely outdoors and with over fifty people in attendance, it was successful and a blast!

We grabbed most of the food from the local Costco, and the ingredients for mimosas for the adults, a candy stuffed Hello Kitty pinata, and had the huge bounce house delivered and set-up in the bright sunlight of a Sunday morning.

Gorgeous linens, a beautiful cake that was doubly delicious, and a lot of fake tattoos, bubbles and chalk meant a lot of happy kids and a very thrilled little girl.  Happy Golden, my daughter!


Cake:  Cakes by Erin Salerno

Flowers:  La Tulipe

Linens:  Elegant Touch


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More Gorgeousness {Megan & Chris}

Some more shots of the gorgeous May wedding of Megan and Chris!  Thanks Craig John Photography!

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Megan & Chris {May 22 2015}

It was about 1.5 years of planning, some meetings, design thoughts, and honestly lots of laid back decision making.  Megan and Chris are sweet – on each other and with others – and they wanted a wedding day that was not only all about the actual “getting married” part, but something vintage and classic, rustic and elegant.  We created that vibe, and their 260 guests enjoyed delicious food, excellent music, and a warm, thoroughly joyful evening.  Megan and Chris – many many cheers!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Pritzlaff

Photographer: Craig John Photography

Floral: La Tulipe

Cake: Simma’s Bakery

Linens: BBJ Linen

Transportation: Badger Coaches

All Music: Front of House





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The Gala of the Year

We helped with the Port Catholic School annual fundraising Gala in April, and it was out of this world gorgeous!!  (Plus it raised over $110,000!) With a delightful Alice in Wonderland theme, we were able to produce a lovely evening for all who attended.

Guests arrived and walked through the Rabbit Hole, registered, and were immediately greeted by the option to have a delicious Moscow Mule served in copper mugs (and the guests got to keep the mugs!).  They could buy raffle tickets, or choose a gift card off the “Dine and Dash” wall, before walking through a lovely hallway draped in red with gold frames and red roses suspended in mid-air to the silent auction tent.  The tent was filled with over 400 items on black crushed taffeta linen, while playing cards and red fabric hung above.  Tables draped in red with paint cans filled with red and white roses completed the Queen of Hearts vibe.

The ballroom was out of this world – hundreds of china teacups and teapots were suspended in mid-air amid swathes of white gossamer draping.  Icy blue uplights gave the room a little other-world vibe, while the white and silver linens were piled high with many types of eclectic centerpieces – branches dripping with keys and piled with teacups and flowers, teapots, cups and saucers laden with fresh floral, birdcages adorned with butterflies and filled with moss and flowers and little blue caterpillars, and lots of old books and candles.  There were details everywhere, from the menus to the little corporate name tags on the backs of chairs.  The creme de la creme was both the extraordinary cake to celebrate the school’s 25th year, and the Couture Table, which was a lovely vintage table surrounded by old chairs, covered in lace and more floral and china with white butterflies dangling above.  The Mad Hatter himself (an actor) headed the table in full costume.

It was a fun-filled evening for all the guests and parents, which could not have happened without an ARMY of volunteers, and we cannot wait to see how 2016 unfolds!

Design help: Little Shoots Photo House

Cake: Cakes by Erin Salerno

Lighting in Ballroom: ACME

Lighting and sound in Tent: Accent Events

Linens: Elegant Touch of Cedarburg

Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals

Venue & Caterer: Country Inn & Suites with Saz’s

Tent: Arena Americas

Costume: Miller & Campbell

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Bridal Shower Beauty

Recently had the opportunity to work with the American Club and their Floral Department and Confection Chef to create a gorgeous bridal shower at the Kohler property.  The bride, getting married in August, is having a silver and deep purple wedding, so since the shower was in April I decided to lighten the palette by using lavender with touches of lime green and deep purple.  It was an intimate event, designed to let the bride get to know a part of the groom’s family whom she had never met.  A multi-course meal was served around games and discussion, culminating in sponge cake with lemon curd and fresh strawberries.  Gorgeous, fun and special!


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The Cake!

I am so asking Cakes by Erin Salerno to do this – a golden, glistening two-tiered cake covered in luster dust with a cute Hello Kitty holding up the Birthday Girl’s number!  I’m tempted to ask for vanilla cake, but Hannah has asked for chocolate with pink buttercream filling.  She’s got style, that’s for sure!

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Finished Hello Kitty Birthday Invitations

Well, everything’s been printed up – I used a local printer for the 10 invitations and it cost me about $8 total.  Then, after cutting them out and getting hot pink envelopes (I used A7 size for the roughly 5×7 cards) from Amazon, I put on some gold stamping glue to decorate the little middle of the bow, add a gilt “3″ to Hello Kitty’s foot and very lightly with a toothpick added some gold to the words “Golden Birthday.”  Like most of my ideas, it ended up to be far more labor intensive than I planned.  But worth it!

Then I calligraphed the envelopes with a metallic gold sharpie (Hannah wanted mostly “regular” font but I got to make the names pretty) and soon will send off, as her birthday always lands on a crazy time of year for people – the sooner I get the date out, the better attended the party!

(Dates/phone and address are smudged out for personal privacy :) )

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Erin & Christopher {September 2014}

A fresh taste on a Milwaukee classic, Erin and Christopher chose a great venue to host both their wedding ceremony and their reception.  The couple had a streamlined, elegant affair and spent the entire day toasted by their family and friends at this downtown landmark.  We remember their day fondly and wish them love forever!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Milwaukee Athletic Club

Photography: Roberta Rae Photography

Linen: BBJ Linen

Cake: Simma’s

Floral: Bloom

Lighting & DJ: A Personal Touch

Stationary: Paper Envy

Rehearsal Dinner: Water Buffalo

Salon: Pfister WELLSpa




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