I adore all the unique architecture of today’s fabulous wedding venue! Captured by Heather Cook Elliot Photography, Margaret and Andrew were married on a stunning July day at the modern Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The museum features a soaring Santiago Calatrava designed brise soleil, defined by sleek white ribs. Soft light is found throughout the museum, with fabulous Calder mobiles filling architectural voids. Margaret and Andrew shared a first look under a large Calder mobile; Margaret descending the dramatic, wide, curved staircase to meet Andrew in a private cylindrical room. A simple color palette of black and white with hints of navy and green allowed the gorgeous architecture and art of the venue to shine.
I love the quirky, unique venue of today’s wedding! Captured by Natalie Lane Photography, Rachel and Justin were married on a gorgeous June day in the Wildflower Garden at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The off beat sculptures of the AVAM provided the perfect, unconventional backdrop for a super fun event. A lovely variety of purples were used throughout the wedding party attire and reception decor. Be sure to read about how the couple met and their wedding inspiration below!
A few words from the bride:
Justin and I met and became friends while working at the same restaurant after college. (Best hire I ever made!) We dated on and off for years before we finally moved in together. Then came our rescue puppy, Fiona. A little while later, we bought a house together in Baltimore. Justin proposed to me the morning of the big move! Thinking of that moment still makes my heart beat a little bit faster.
When it came to our wedding, I knew just where I wanted to have it because I had catered an event there years before and fallen in love with the quirky charm (Our guests got to walk through the museum throughout the event. Over and over they came running up to me to laugh about the “Bra Ball” and the fart machine!) We scheduled a visit to AVAM and I told Justin that if he agreed, he wouldn’t have to visit a single other venue! He was happy to comply.
As for the rest, our main goal was to make the wedding a party that we would love to attend. The food was very important to us, we wanted it to be delicious but not stuffy so we went with food stations that had favorites like crab cake sliders, quesadillas and tacos, and a french fry bar (as an homage to my maiden name, spelled ‘Fries’.)
My favorite details from the day include the bridesmaids dresses (the ladies picked their own purple dresses, the variety was gorgeous), the lace from my mother’s dress that I wore in my hair and on my flowers, and the love that we felt from celebrating with our amazing family and friends. It was perfect.
Doesn’t the above image make you wish for rain on your wedding day? Captured by Morgan Trinker Photography, Maren and Quint were married in a gorgeous art museum ceremony on a slightly rainy May day in Auburn, Alabama. The couple had planned on an outdoor, garden wedding, but they moved the event inside due to a good old southern downpour. Of course, the museum ceremony and reception spaces were magnificent, and the stunning portrait above would not have been possible without the rain! The bridesmaids all looked lovely in varying shades of pink, and Maren stuns in her sleek Jenny Packham gown. This art themed wedding was bursting with artistic and personal details from start to finish. I love the board of portraits of the couple drawn by their family and friends. Be sure to read more about the inspiration and execution of this fabulous wedding below!
A few words from the bride:
Quint and I wanted our wedding to be a fun party about two people in love with art at its center. My mother is an artist, so it’s been a huge part of my life. She used to volunteer to teach art class at my elementary school when I was growing up. She was famous for rebutting kids who said, “I can’t draw/paint/do this project” with “You are an artist.” I’ve always loved how she sees beauty and art in everything and everyone. So, we tried to see every aspect of the wedding as art—from photography to food to clothes to venue.
The most important thing to us was that our guests had a great time and felt comfortable. I woke up in a panic a few weeks before the wedding wondering if people would want to dance. I made my bridesmaids promise that they would, so guests wouldn’t feel crazy being the first ones out on the floor. At the reception, as a chanting, clapping dance mob/circle formed around me and my cousin Scott, I realized that worry had been a silly one.
For DIY projects: My mother and I worked on creating the ceremony programs together. We used a floral monoprint she made as the cover and I hand lettered the inside. Quint and my father helped to put them together, competing to see who could tie the ribbons the best. We asked members of the bridal party to draw portraits of us as a couple and ended up with hilarious drawings—the two of us as monsters, animals, robots and bagels. We displayed these along with some of the art made by us as children on an easel. To our joy, the daughter of a close friend showed up to the wedding with her own drawing of “Marin and Qwit” that we can’t wait to frame and hang up. It is a family tradition on my mother’s side to have a picture taken in my great-grandmother’s wedding dress before your own wedding. We displayed photos of all of the prior wearers of the dress alongside a photo of me and my great-grandmother at the reception.
In my mind, I planned an outdoor garden ceremony followed by outdoor dancing on a moonlit patio draped in beautiful, sparkling globe lighting. In Alabama’s mind, May 12th was a great day for a southern downpour. At the last minute, we decided to move the wedding inside. I was disappointed, but, I think it probably made the wedding better. The ceremony was in a smaller space than we had planned, so all of our guests were close together, creating a feeling of intimacy. The rain went on and on all night, but it set the scene for our very favorite picture of all time–a picture of me and Quint under a clear umbrella surrounded by light and a thousand raindrops, taken by the best photographer of all time, Morgan Trinker.
My very favorite part of the day was the ceremony and the moments right before and after it. Every emotion and moment felt so heightened. I couldn’t wait to see Quint. I felt like I hadn’t seen him in forever. I was so happy standing arm-in-arm with my dad. It was incredibly fun to be with all of my best friends at the same time and have them laughing (and crying) with me. I remember how powerful a feeling it was to say our vows to each other and I love seeing the dumb grins plastered on our faces as we walked back down the aisle.
I’ve decided that your wedding day really is everything that you hear people say. It is a giant whirlwind. It is beautiful and perfect no matter what goes wrong. It is lots and lots of emotions. But, there is also this part of the whole experience that I have a hard time describing. You have all of these people in one room who truly want to be there to see you make this big, huge life step. They genuinely want to share in your joy and love. And that experience is worth all the trips to flea markets and Michael’s and the ungodly number of pins on your “Wedding” Pinterest.