Touches of emerald, hunter green, gold and black in Cassidy and Brett’s Winter Wonderland Elegant Wedding. Cassidy took the time to tell us all about their love story and wedding details.

Our Love Story

We met in college and were briefly friends before I was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and needed brain surgery in January 2015. My recovery was the basis of what formed an incredible friendship and slow-forming dating relationship. We’ve been together ever since. College was a struggle for myself (Cassidy) as I had spent most of it recovering from my surgery and battling epilepsy challenges. Brett was my rock through the entire process. When I graduated in December 2017, not only was I a first generation college student, but it was a major milestone for me as it took me nearly 6.5 years to complete my undergrad degree. Brett also decided my graduation date was a great time to propose. We had planned to take a short trip to Las Vegas to celebrate and we were leaving on a red-eye flight later that day. My family and his parents were both present and he had planned this beautiful trip to one of my favorite landmarks in Milwaukee – The Pabst Mansion – to kill some time between the morning graduation ceremony and our celebratory lunch reservation. They decorate for Christmas every year and it’s always one of my favorite exhibits. He proposed at the top of the staircase overlooking the beautiful foyer – I’ll never forget it.

Our Wedding

Our inspiration came from our love of the winter, snowboarding and an elegant-rustic vibe. We loved deep jewel tones – emerald/green and gold which were the staples to our color scheme. We wanted our guests to enjoy an elegant event that gave them the chance to wear formal gowns and suits or whatever they felt their best in!

We really wanted to enhance the elegance. We’ve always loved to dress up, go out and feel our best and we incorporated this into our wedding day. My wedding dress was originally purchased as a sleeveless/strapless dress. I knew I wanted long, lace sleeves and a silhouette back for my dress. I found a seamstress who worked with me for almost 8 months to help the rest of the dress come to life. She absolutely nailed it. Brett’s tuxedo was all black – from the under shirt to the bowtie while the groomsmen had white button ups and green vests to match the bridesmaids. The all black was stunning on him and added this hint of boldness while keeping intact with our theme. All of our jewelry was gold to follow suit and compliment by stunning engagement ring that Brett had designed, and we wanted them to be stand out pieces. The rest of my jewelry was subtle and timeless.

Congratulations to Cassidy and Brett. Special thanks to Gavyn Taylor Photo for the submission.

Our vow exchange was the most memorable part of your wedding day.  We didn’t do a first-look prior to the ceremony.  We wanted every ounce of pent up emotion and excitement to be expressed during that first glance as I walked down the aisle. That was by far the most anticipated moment of our day.  Our reactions when we saw each other as the church doors opened were unexplainable and unforgettable. There will never be enough words to describe the emotions we both felt in that moment reading our written vows to each other. It set the tone for the entire day in the best way.

So much of our decor was DIY – our guest book was an old tree trunk that was arranged for our guests to sign. Brett’s mother wood-burned our initial and wedding date into the center which made it extra special. All of the place cards and logs to hold them were also DIY. It allowed us to bond over the process but also to save some money along the way! There’s nothing a spray paint can of antique gold can’t spruce up!

I LOVE florals but I also trusted our incredible florist to bring my ideas to life. I just told her a rough theme we were going for and I knew we wanted a lot of greenery, roughage and pinecones and she made that all happen. The pinecones were spray painted to give them a frosted look which really helped tie together our winter wedding theme.

Our favorite parts of the wedding day were how much time we actually got to spend together. Everyone always says that you really don’t get much time alone but there was a moment later in the evening where we snuck off to a quiet/dark outdoor portion of our reception venue and just sat and watched our guests dance and enjoy themselves. It was like looking at our big day from an outside perspective. The stillness, quiet and those 10 minutes alone were so important and wonderful to us.

Advice for future Coordinated Brides – Enjoy the process and take the time to bond with your significant other. We loved the planning process for the most part.  Of course, it came with hiccups, but we had so much fun making the day special and curated to our tastes and things we’d remember.  And hire a day-of coordinator, they completely change the way you enjoy the day and it’s a necessity.

Vendor Collaboration

Second Shooter: Domenic Pellicori // Other: Mandalyn Joy Designs // Jewelry: A Trio Jewelry // DJ: Double Platinum DJs // Cinema and Video: Chris Siegel Multimedia // Floral Designer: Floral Keepsakes // Cake Designer: Rick’s Bakery // Invitation Designer: Design That Flies // Dress Store: Amelishan Bridal // Linens and Coverings: Cover It With Class // Event Planner: A Perfect Day Event Planning LLC // Reception Venue: Golden Mast // Ceremony Location: St John’s Military Academy Chapel // Accomodations: Delafield Hotel // Photographer: Gavyn Taylor Photograph || Submitted via Two Bright Lights