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So many love stories now are about how the couple finally found each other, but not this one. Lisa and Tony knew each other for a long time, and eventually decided to choose each other for life. Getting married in the town where they grew up together was a traditional choice, but they definitely added their own personal touches for a fun, elegant day.

From the Photographer:

Lisa & Tony grew up together and their parents are great friends. Lisa discovered that her long time friend would be the perfect companion, love, and husband for her future. They decided to celebrate their I Dos back in Milwaukee instead of Minneapolis where they live. A little bit of distance can do great things for one’s appreciation of hometown. Lisa and Tony’s design for their wedding was a delicious mix of all things home grown Milwaukee and seriously classy, big city, easy elegance. They are a couple who understands that sentimental fun can mix perfectly with elegant style to create extremely personal wedding day. The day started with Tony, getting ready on the open air terrace of the Milwaukee Athletic Club’s roof. He donned custom cufflinks while Lisa zipped into an exquisite Vera Wang gown. Her sparkly blue Kate Spade shoes matched the navy calligraphy of their letterpress invitations. The invites weren’t just letterpressed, they also hinted at the night of fun to be had with their electric green edge tinting. Lisa & Tony joined their guests on the Pilot House’s wrap around terrace. The watery blue and bright white details plus calligraphy, great eats and a polka band set the tone for the evening. As a special surprise for Tony, Lisa enlisted the Milwaukee Brewer Sausages to kick off the party and the fireworks.

Reception Venue: The Pilot House at Pier Wisconsin / Flowers & Decor: Urban Sense / Polka Band: Flying Dutchman / Bridal Salon: Vera Wang via L’Atelier Couture Bridal, Minneapolis, MN / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride's Bag: NELLE Handbags / Bride’s Jewelry: Penny Larsen / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Flower Girls' attire: Lily Pulitzer and Us Angels / Invitations & Stationery: Paperista, Minneapolis, MN / Cake Baker: Le Cakery / Catering: The Bartolatta Catering Company / Trolley: DMI Limosine / Photographer: Heather Cook Elliot Photography


  1. The food! The dress! The shoes! This is such a great and inspirational wedding. Complete with the fireworks! I’m swooning.

  2. Congratulations to Lisa & Tony your photos are amazing and I just adore Lisa’s wedding shoes.

  3. Thank you for blogging Tony and Lisa’s amazing wedding. We hope their beautiful Wisconsin rich details help to inspire others couples.