Considering how much I loved our wedding and the photos of it (and still do!), it’s sort of a shock that I had never really shared that much about it on the blog – especially since I did not hesitate to spout off a handful of anxiety-ridden planning posts. But you live, learn and then write about it two years after the fact.
To set the stage for you, the year was 2015: Barack Obama was still in office, Jon Stewart was still hosting The Daily Show and I was scouring Goodwills on the reg for the best vintage teacups. On June 12, Michael and I tied the knot at the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery in front of 90 of our most beloved family and friends.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the location. The Best Place is a total and complete treasure. It has that Old World charm with a heavy dose of Midwestern-meets-German flair that I really appreciate. In fact, when I first visited the Best Place for their annual Christkindlmarket, I told my mom in passing that it would be a great place to get married. I thought that such an incredible place would be out of the question – I mean only the fanciest of fancy people could afford such a place! – so the fact that it was attainable and we actually could book it with less than six months notice was a miracle to me. And in the end, it really set the stage for a beautiful day. The stone courtyard and wood-paneled dining room really added a certain warmth and character to our day, and I’m so thankful we got to celebrate there.
Many of these photos, though, are taken kitty-corner from the Best Place at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. Also a part of the old Pabst complex, the hotel had old school bones topped off with really modern and stylish decor. It made for a really lovely and relaxing place to get ready for the day. The prep part was fairly quick, so when I say “getting ready,” I mean putting on my dress and eating chicken tenders.
My dress, like the location, was also an incredibly lucky find. For the uninitiated, getting a dress from a traditional bridal salon means that you can expect your dress six to ten months after you order. So when I walked in with four months to spare, I had very few options. Lucky for me, some bride out there ordered a lovely Wtoo gown and decided against it, so I got a brand new dress for a (relative) steal. Besides it being my style, it was a lovely lightweight thing that didn’t slow me down for a second while I shoved my face with cake and danced a few polkas.
I’ll be back soon with more details about our ceremony and reception!
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Also, huge credit to Bobbie from Roberta Rae Photography + Design. She did such an amazing job capturing the spirit of our wedding day. Wisconsin folks, I highly recommend her!