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October in Milwaukee


We’re starting to feel a chill in the air here in Milwaukee, which means it’s time to break out the plaid and polish up your boots. This weekend I’ll be getting into the Fall mood—pulling my cool weather wardrobe out of storage, giving the apartment a little seasonal make-over, and checking off some items on my October in Milwaukee to-do list:
—Grab a coffee and cuddle up next to the fire on the Stone Creek Coffee patio, located at their newest location next to the new Radio Milwaukee studios.
—Master the art of pie-making (and if you fail, there’s always The Elegant Farmer)
—Head out to your nearest pumpkin patch
—Whip up a batch of Spoon Fork Bacon’s Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup (love the shout-out to Wisconsin’s Mars Cheese Castle)
—Find creative inspiration in the season—whether in nature (loving these DIY pumpkin candle holders) or the fine art realm—I’m especially smitten with artist Steven Vasquez Lopez’s incredible hand-drawn works on paper, from the Some Strings Attached and Patches series.
Steven Vasques Lopez, Patches 016, 2013, Ink on paper

Steven Vasques Lopez, Patches 016, 2013, Ink on paper

Steven Vasquez Lopez, Some strings attached 006, 2012, Ink on paper, 11 x 14 in.

Steven Vasquez Lopez, Some strings attached 006, 2012, Ink on paper, 11 x 14 in.


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Happy Tears

Some of the most praised details from our wedding day, were the various DIY projects and antique store hunts we completed for the big day. Amongst which included, chalkboard signs, a wooden arbor for the ceremony, ‘happy tears handkerchiefs’ for the guests, and vintage pitchers for the reception centerpieces.

Photo by Matt Haas Photography

These little but important touches ended up becoming lovely memories for many of the guests—many guests expressing how painstakingly they chose a special handkerchief to take home—hankies which were much needed I might add, our ceremony was definitely a tear filled event (after our vows the husband and I even pulled handkerchiefs from our pockets at the same time, a moment which caused plenty of laughter amongst our guests). Others even contacted us later with stories of how the hankie had become a part of other special moments in their lives—my uncle who found the hankie in his pocket (in a moment of need) after dropping his eldest daughter off for her first day of college shortly after the wedding, another guest used her hankie to dry her tears while her granddaughter who lives in China was visiting. When the seven year old expressed concern over her grandmother’s tears, her grandma explained that they were not sad tears, but happy tears, as she was using her ‘happy tears hankie’. The seven year old then became even more concerned over the fact that she did not own a ‘happy tears hankie,’ and so the hankie was passed down, and now resides in China. It’s these little stories that will make the lovely memories from our big day continue to grow.

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Yesterday turned into DIY wedding craft day—DIY table numbers, chalkboard signs, outdoor altar, oh my.

I will be creating chalkboard signage for the ceremony and reception, including one large chalkboard which will be placed on our family heirloom easel at the ceremony, and two smaller chalkboards for the Guestbook and Dessert tables. I purchased custom sized frames from Pictureframes.com, and opted to have blackboards placed inside the frames for me (for a pretty reasonable fee). I started & finished (woohoo!) the Guestbook Chalkboard yesterday, by printing our desired text to fit within the chalkboard dimensions, and using the old-school art class method of tracing (trace the back side of the design with pencil, sketch over the paper on the chalkboard to create a carbon tracing), which I then filled in with Chalk Ink.

I’m looking forward to working on our large ceremony program chalkboard!! Though our Thank You sign was fun to work on, the tiny lettering is a bit of a struggle. More DIY projects to come!

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Wedding Palette

Raoul Dufy
The Opera, Paris, early 1930s
Gouache on paper

I am marrying a beyond wonderful guy this August, and it’s finally starting to sink in that the big day is approaching. The past year has been pretty crazy with wedding planning, and I’ve found it’s nice to have one inspiring image to go back to, in making sure the entire look and feeling of our day comes together. From the start, I immediately choose Dufy’s The Opera, Paris as inspiration for our color palette, a painting which I fell in love with while working as a curatorial intern at The Phillips Collection in D.C.

Lovely place cards from an Equestrian affair found on Grey Likes Weddings / Floral Wreath Notepad by Rifle Paper Co., perfect for table numbers / Grey suit with black tie from an Oregon Wedding, photo by Daniel Usenko via Style Me Pretty / Pretty in Peach bouquet, photo by Elizabeth Messina spotted on Style Me Pretty / Banner and Branches invite by Alethea and Ruth, available on Minted / beautiful arrangement perfect for our garden ceremony by Poppies and Posies / Cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop, photography by jacshoot, spotted on Style Me Pretty / Signature Cocktails with quotable drink stirrers via Martha Stewart Weddings / DIY chalkboard sign by Anna via Ruffled


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