Jeni & Andrew: Cozy Modernity

Jeni and Andrew hired me almost 18 months before the big day, and yet time seemed to fly!  Working with them – their warmth, their quick genuine smiles and honestly happy outlook on life – was so wonderful.  I must be the luckiest planner in the world to become such good friends with so many of my couples, and Jeni and Andrew are no exception.  They have become fast friends to both myself and my husband, and it was an intense pleasure to help them create their wedding day dreams – from a Milwaukee inspired ceremony to a cozy, fallish loft for their reception – everything came together to make this a reality.

Though Jeni and Andrew, both doctors, worked and lived in Chicago, much of the groom’s family lives in Milwaukee, so they chose the Milwaukee Art Museum to hold their ceremony, as it’s the epitome of Milwaukee-ness.  Plus, the gleaming architecture was the modern sophisticated vibe they were drawn toward in their design aesthetic.

While the wedding day brought challenges to this location – it’s no small feat to wiggle through the huge Al’s Run to get to the ceremony early – the guests were easily valeted by Downtown Auto Parking, the bride arrived on the Lamer’s trolley, and the stage was set!  Almost exactly 200 guests watched Jeni, in her stunning, gorgeous dress, come up the elevator into the soaring Calatrava to say her vows to Andrew, and enjoy the view of Lake Michigan while listening to their very gifted officiant marry them.

The decor at the MAM was kept to a minimum; the couple wanted the museum itself to be the main attraction.  Narrow copper fabric runners were on either side of the wide aisle, with glass vases of varying heights held flowers, greenery and branches of leaves.  Ten foot tall trees graced either side of the stage, which was draped in copper linens.

After many photographs, the wedding party greeted their guests for cocktails at the Cuvee Champagne Lounge in the 3rd Ward.  Cozy, lit with deep amber lighting provided by Sound by Design (who was also the DJ and lit the ballroom as well), the cocktail area was stuffed with family and friends who had flown or driven in from all over the country.

Once cocktails had finished, guests were ushered into the main ballroom area of Cuvee for dinner.  The space was the exact cozy fall interior Jeni and Andrew had wanted – so many of their guests often go to banquets and galas, so they wanted this to feel like a warm, intimate dining experience for their guests.  The warm lighting, exposed beam ceiling, buffed wooden floors and cream city brick walls of Cuvee was the perfect match for this vision.  Long banquet tables from Canopies created a more intimate feeling than the usual rounds, and guests had comfortable seats with deep mahogany wood chairs.  Tables were covered in copper linen (all linen was from BBJ), and lined with lush fall floral, miniature trees and loads of candles, thanks to La Tulipe.  Paper products matched the invitations, all from Paper Envy.  It was truly cozy.

Delicious courses were served by Shully’s, and guests gobbled up the gorgeous cake from The Cake Lady.  Later on, guests also enjoyed a huge candy buffet and pizza, which was provided by the local Rustico.  I cannot wait to see the professional photos from Front Room Photography!

All night, Jeni and Andrew’s friends and family socialized, chatted, and tore up the dance floor.  It was the experience they had wanted for everyone – a modern, fall affair.  They succeeded in creating this warm happy vibe – and I know their marriage will too!  Best of luck and everything to them!

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