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Nothing quite excites me as much as a Midwestern wedding with personality and flair. Sarah and Brian stayed true to their personalities and carried their theme of vintage throughout their entire day. Plus, how can you not love when a bride really looks to her surroundings to find the perfect palette?

RoJo Foto

From the bride:
Right from the start of our planning, Brian and I wanted a very personal and intimate wedding for our family and friends. We wanted each guest to feel as though they were coming to the joining of two lives and not just to another wedding. We incorporated many personal details to make our overall “feel” just so. Most of those details were DIY projects. Since my mom and I are kind of the crafty ones, we decided to tackle most of the projects together.

The theme we went with was a twist on a romantic-vintage feel. The color scheme was green with touches of light pink and ivory. I wanted each detail to be thoughtful, soft and romantic. The bridesmaid dresses were from a vintage vogue pattern and turned out better than I could have imagined. For inspiration I would take walks through a local garden (Olbrich Gardens) where the deep, vibrant greens and the outstanding pinks of peonies jumped out and made lasting impressions. Also, online blogs and wedding magazines didn’t hurt.

I just loved the simplistic beauty of our centerpieces. We had an array of hydrangeas and roses in two designs. Next to them we had the table “number” cards. Instead of having numbers we had cities that meant something special to us, such as our hometowns and where we had our first kiss etc… Also at our reception, we had an adorable reading room where we had our hors d’oeuvre hour. In this room we displayed wedding pictures of our families up to five generations back. For our favors, my grandmother agreed to make 125 jars of her famous strawberry-raspberry jam. It was amazing! My mom and I then hand crafted a unique thank you tag on each jar.

Some of my favorite details were the flower girls’ tutu’s (made by my Mom), the “I Do” stickers on the bottom of my shoes, the lockets sewn into my bouquet (pictures of my late grandfather and great-grandmother), writing our own vows, the wood burned wedding signs (made by my aunt and uncle), wearing the same veil that my mom did when she walked down the aisle and our sparkler lit departure!

If I could share any piece of advice for brides-to-be it would be to have FUN! Although the planning process can be stressful, take the time to Stop. Relax. And Reflect… Enjoy your day and remember the real reason that you are walking down that aisle—the wonderful man waiting for you at the end of it and the love that you share!

Photography: Robert Johnson, RoJo Foto | Ceremony Venue: Pres House | Reception Venue: University Club at The University of Wisconsin – Madison | Wedding Gown: Judd Waddell | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Lace Jacket: Etsy | Bride’s Purse: The Perfect Pair | Groom / Groomsmen Ties: The Tiebar | Florist: Blooms | Stationery: Bride and her mother | Videography: Silverback Productions | Cake: Carl’s Cakes


  1. Love this! SO sweet!

  2. Her dress is STUNNING! I love, love lOVE the sleeves! They are AWESOME! All the outdoor pictures and details are amazing!

  3. What an infectious smile they both have! The bride is absolutely a natural beauty! It looks like they both had a great old time!

  4. 🙂 now I want cake and to dance. love this wedding.

  5. what a gorgous couple.. love her dress too, I am a big fan of lace

  6. Those green dresses are amazing! What a gorgeous wedding all around!

  7. The bridesmaids dresses are so pretty! Lovely wedding! 🙂

  8. Love the green of the bridesmaids dresses.. you don’t see that colour often. And her lace sleeves/shrug is lovely!

  9. Michelle Klock
    7:34 pm on April 17th, 2012

    Beautiful way with words Sarah. It was simply a lovely day with love permeating through every detail.
    Love, Mom