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A Midwest Camp Wedding With Loads of Charm

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Not only is Kelly and Dave's "how did you meet?" story pretty fantastic, but their wedding was kinda spectacular too. They incorporated DIY charm including flowers designed by the bride, "marriage" badges for guests to collect over the long weekend, a necklace commemorating a special day, and an illustrated motif that perfectly embodied the couple and their personalities. This Chicago duo's wedding at a Wisconsin camp resort, is definitely not to be missed. Thankfully, photos by Jaclyn Simpson and Jennifer Kathryn captured it all beautifully, and you can see for yourself.

Check out Kelly and Dave's gallery here!

Still want to see more? I don't blame you! Watch the short film, by XO Pictures, below.

Kelly Marie + Dave | Short Film from Tom Buttaccio | XO Pictures on Vimeo.

Our Go-To Site For Groom's Style

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Calling all grooms! Our go-to e-tail site for menswear, just launched a Weddings-themed issue of their online magazine, The Journal. We frequently turn to the site for all things dapper and handsome, so it was no surprise when Mr. P let us in on their latest editorial offerings for the sartorial set. Inspired by some of history's notable male fashion icons, this special issue takes it up a notch, pairing expected advice on day-of suiting with countless tips on suitable accessories, shoes, and expert tips to boot.

Whether you are looking to channel the classic style of a Kennedy or the cool edge of rocker Keith Richards, the team over at the Mr. Porter HQ have broken down how to shop their special day looks. The Journal's Style & Matrimony Issue will also guide your groom through honeymoon shopping, tailoring, and navigating the do's and don'ts of Black Tie dressing. Click here to view their Weddings special issue and shop it as well!

A Door County Wisconsin Rehearsal Dinner

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In our spring issue, the Ephraim, Wisconsin, wedding of Annie and Chris is such a charmer. It took place at the bride's family's summer house, and right before, they kicked off the wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner that was just as sweet and at home.

"It was important to us to invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner," Annie said. "Most of our guests traveled great distances to be in Ephraim for the weekend and we wanted everyone to feel included. Plus, we wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible!"

"It was a perfect Door County summer evening," Chris said. "one special memory was watching all of Annie's friends fall in love with my friends and vice versa. Everyone got along and I could tell they were connected—it was so special!"

The dinner was held at Annie's aunt's and uncle's home, The Sunflower. It is an old log cabin with great character and so many wonderful memories (the bride's grandmother grew up there). They did a pig roast barbecue for dinner (in honor of the groom's Texan roots) and served cherry pie (a local specialty!) a la mode for dessert. The tables were decorated with blue-and-white gingham tablecloths and sweet little arrangements of sweet peas, daisies, carnations, and cedar tied with pink-and-white grosgrain ribbon. Chris gave a short speech and thanked everyone for coming. He had to keep it short because he felt his eyes start to fill up with tears before he even started. "I really just wanted our guests to know that their journey was appreciated and tell everyone just how special Annie is to me," Chris recalled. "I didn't get very far."

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Photography: Jessica Lorren
Catering: The Top Shelf
Flowers: Michael Meulemans from Design Door County
Invitations: Zazzle
Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Bride’s ballet flats and Groom’s Attire: J.Crew

Stylish, Yet So Simple, Cocktail Hour Idea

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peter callahan cocktail hour style idea

Peter Callahan shares a new style idea for your cocktail hour.

When we do parties, there is often an aesthetic the client would like us to be in sync with. The new use of tags or food labels led us to create a new look for our buffets. We often place tags at each food station to identify each menu item, as well as to style the table.

On Wednesday, April 2nd we catered a cocktail party for the This is Story pop-up space, which was having a Teva sandals event. I had met the owner of This Is Story, Rachel Shechtman, at Martha Stewart's American Made party, where we created a very conceptual buffet. Rachel asked us to come up with a variation for her that tied into Teva's story.

I decided I wanted to use blackboard material to cover the top of the table and write on it in an organic way, so that it would be part menu board, part tablecloth, and part décor.

I always like function to be a design and the design to be functional.

This look tied in very well with the aesthetic and story of Tevas.  The food looked vibrant on a black background, and since then we have started using blackboard sheets for martini bars at other events.

We love this idea, and you’ll begin seeing it popping up all over our parties in a variety of ways!