Amanda and Andy had a weekend full of celebrating their big day! The couple started it off with a welcome reception the night before the wedding at The Reserve Ballroom in Neenah, WI. Guests enjoyed catering by Lombardino’s restaurant of Madison for the rehearsal dinner, which was followed by drinks and appetizers joined by out of town guests!
The beautiful couple were married at the groom’s family residence on the lake, and the couple was able to prepare for the big day in the home. As guests arrived on this beautiful day they were greeted by a cellist before they hopped aboard a trolley to take them down the road to the ceremony. Guests were then greeted with champagne and French horns which played throughout the ceremony, which was embellished with florals of Garden Laurels by Donna Sager out of the Madison area. Take a look at these photos from their unforgettable celebration!
Photography: Jenna Kutcher
Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Lombardino’s
Rehearsal Dinner Liquor: Club Liquor
Ceremony Rentals: Event Essentials (chairs) and Sperry Tents
Ceremony Musicians: Bruce Atwell (French Horns), Yulliya (Cello)
Reception Site: North Shore Golf Club
Florals: Garden Laurels by Donna Sager
Linens: BBJ Linens
Flatware: Event Essentials
Stationary: Socially Inked -Amber Abney
We are excited to welcome Brooke to the CBE team as our new CBE intern!
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be
- soft, romantic, twinkling, natural, lively
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at?
- I would love to have been an attendee at Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s wedding. Not only were the venue and her dress beautiful, but also with how great of dancers the two are, I’m sure the reception was the party of the year!
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend?
- My favorite wedding detail or trend is when the bridal party and guests set off floating lanterns at night. I think it is such a romantic, breathtaking moment that really brings everyone together!
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events?
- I love to stay active and enjoy being outdoors! I’m also a huge Badger fan, so I love to tailgate with friends and go to games at Camp Randall and the Kohl Center. I love to do any sort of DIY projects and also love to practice calligraphy in my free time.
Escort cards are placed on display at the entrance of your reception and include the names of your guests and the table you have assigned them to as well as their meal choice if applicable. They are a great way for guests to easily find their names as they are categorized in alphabetical order. This allows guests to choose their seats by placing their cards at the table. Escort cards can be a great opportunity to showcase your unique style during the first look into your reception!
Make your cards noteworthy by writing on something other than the usual cardstock, or by settling them into coffee grounds or pieces of wood surrounded by foliage. Adding details to your escort card design can express your personality and add to your guests’ experience which will not go unnoticed. Check out these photos for inspiration!
Hosting a spooky soirée for friends and family can be a great way to get people in the Halloween spirit! With holidays soon approaching, a Halloween dinner is a great time to get together before the busy season ensues.
For the Beetlejuice themed dinner we hosted, we had fun with the classic Beetlejuice incorporating elements of burgundy velvet, black and white stripe and a moody floral color palette. We layered in some eerie candlesticks and candelabras as well as working in some DIY fun by making some dramatic velvet chargers to create a moody, dark atmosphere for the gathering. Take a look at these pictures from the event for inspiration! Also a special thanks to Saffron Avenue for collaborating on this event with us! 🙂 So fun!
Creating a table assignment display can be a great way to add a big statement to your reception decor. Not only does it create a simple, organized way for everyone to find their tables, it gives you a chance to add a piece of art to your wedding! When they arrive at their table you would then have a name card at each place setting with their first name, another stylized detail to be able to layer into your tablescape design.
Get creative with your table assignment display by writing on a piece of glass for a clean modern look, or by using old books to add a romantic and enchanting feel to your fairytale. Adorning frames with foliage and flowers or incorporating a calligraphy will really top it off. Take a look at these ideas for inspiration for your own table assignment chart!
Check out some CBE Real Wedding Table Assignment Displays!
One trend we wouldn’t mind continuing to stick around is incorporating these beautiful stones into your special day. We’ve been seeing this trend for the past few years and love seeing all the different ways it can be incorporated into wedding design. Coming in vibrant to neutral colors and stunning sparkle, they are sure to catch everyone’s eye! We are especially loving the watercolor meets agate designs we are seeing as of late.
And can you believe some of these cakes are edible?! These stunning masterpieces are made out of sugar and are absolutely mesmerizing. You can add this trend into your dessert or almost any part of your wedding, including invitations, calligraphed agate slices, and table numbers. Check out these photos for inspiration!
Here are a few pictures from a CBE Real Wedding where we incorporated the look of the agate trend originally featured on the couple’s invite.
Today’s vendor spotlight is on Borrowed Bar in Madison! Borrowed Bar is owned by Adam and Marla Bergh, a husband and wife team that fired up their business in the Summer of 2017 with a soft launch at an anniversary party for Revel – Madison’s hip new DIY craft bar destination downtown. Borrowed Bar plans to officially launch by end of Fall 2017 with a website and social presence coupled with promotions and contest for rentals. Just in time for brides to book for their 2018 weddings and all the Holiday and New Year parties being planned!
Borrowed Bar rents pre-made and custom tap walls for events. The tap walls allow for a self serve bar where you can provide anything from champagne, wine, beer, coffee, kombucha, soda, and more – all on draft, from a keg! Borrowed Bar staff provides the customized tap wall rental plus the tapworks and gas to move the beverage from its keg behind the wall, to your glass! Owner Marla states that “having beverages on tap at your party is an amazing option and the fun customizations you can apply to your wall are endless. The tap wall is a centerpiece and definitely takes your event to the next level.”
Check out some of of these CBE parties that Borrowed Bar has done as well as a few other parties they have served! This Packer tap wall was perfect for our game day event and cheering on our favorite team (GO PACK GO!) while enjoying some delicious drinks. We also loved how our Old Fashioned tap wall turned out for our Camp Wed retreat featuring calligraphy by Saffron Avenue and was a huge success with our guests!
Angela Mondloch of Saffron Avenue
Marla Bergh of Borrowed Bar