Modern-Traditional Wisconsin Wedding

Sep 30 2014

We’re excited to bring you Brian and Alyssa’s modern-traditional Wisconsin wedding today. Love and familiarity was in the air as their stately ceremony took place in Alyssa’s hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin at her old church. Alyssa looked lovely in her ivory beaded dress, so beautifully embellished with pearls and rhinestones. Everything about this plum and ivory wedding was accented with love and thoughtfulness. And even though it started to rain, a sunny outlook never left their dispositions. Their day was full of joy and excitement–just look at their happy faces! Enjoy as Brian and Alyssa share details and advice from their big day.

Colors: Plum | Ivory | Silver Accents | Purple Shades
Style: Traditional
Ceremony: Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton, WI
ReceptionButte des Morts Country Club, Appleton, WI

Photography: Ari Rosenthal Photography
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings

DIY wedding thank you sign

bridesmaids in purple dresses and groomsmen in gray

purple, pink and ivory wedding bouquet

groomsmen in gray suits

bridesmaids in purple long dresses

The best part of the whole day…
Having everyone we love and care about with us on our special day, and being with each other!

bride and groom and wedding party in church

engagement photos at wedding ceremony

Highlights from the day…

Alyssa: “Walking down the aisle and seeing my family and friends, and my hubby-to-be!”
Brian: “Seeing Alyssa walk down the aisle in her beautiful dress!”

Our Maid of Honor and Best Men speeches. Each one of their speeches was wonderful and they put so much thought into them.
Watching our guests do the Chicken Dance to make us kiss!


wedding rings photo

Alyssa’s Dress…

Alyssa’s wedding dress was an ivory, strapless, fit and flare from David’s Bridal. It had lots of beading and accents (pearls and rhinestones), as well as a corset and a train. Her veil, hair piece, necklace, bracelet and earrings accented the details in her wedding dress very nicely. Each piece had a mix of pearls and rhinestones on them. Alyssa got her necklace and earrings from Etsy.

bride and groom

Advice well taken…

Things will go wrong. All of us hope for the perfect wedding day, but going into our day, it helped for us to look at it as hey, things may go wrong, but that is okay. It rained on our wedding day, but fortunately we made the best of it, and we were able to work around the rain while taking our wedding pictures. It started pouring rain once our reception started, thankfully it was indoors!! The day turned out great for us after all–because of the mindset we had.

wedding party with unbrellas in rain

dramatic wedding photo

outdoor wedding photo

wedding party in front of limo

Advice you’d like to give…

Take a moment to step back and look at all that you have accomplished leading up to your special day. It takes so much time and effort to get to that one day, and it is over with so quickly. Also, cherish your day with your spouse and loved ones, and don’t sweat the little things. Some other things to consider: make sure to provide a meal for your wedding party either prior to the ceremony or providing snacks during pictures, especially if you have a long afternoon ahead of you before the reception starts! Another thing would be … selecting a videographer. It is a wonderful way to relive the day. We find ourselves watching our highlight video over and over again!

bride and groom in limo

purple wedding program and reception decor

purple diy candy buffet wedding sign

wedding reception with purple accents


purple dog house card box


Wedding Pro Shout Out

MagnetStreet Weddings

We enjoyed using MagnetStreet’s website over any other wedding stationery website because of the amount of personalization and flexibility the site offers.  No other site offered the amount of customization in color preferences, viewing options, and stationery design. We made our Save the Date Magnets, Wedding Programs, and Thank You Cards using MagnetStreet tools. We utilized various photos from our photographer in designing our stationary. We had a wonderful experience with using their website, and would highly recommend it over many of the various other offerings available.

Vision of Love Tea-length Wedding Program, Photo of Thanks Thank You Card

Wedding Invitation Suite


Ari Rosenthal Photography 

Erin was our photographer and had taken our engagement photos, so it was great to see the kind of work she did way before our wedding. She does an amazing job, and we would highly recommend her! Marisa was our videographer. We were fortunate enough to be able to have her, especially since we decided to go ahead with a videographer about a month before our wedding. She also did an amazing job and she comes highly recommended! She also put together a beautiful highlight video for us.

Butte des Morts Country Club

Butte des Morts Country Club was our venue. We worked with Kim from beginning to end. She helped us greatly when it came to the final details of table placement, table linens, meals, beverages, etc. Butte des Morts provided a beautiful venue, as well as delicious meals and beverages.

Manderfield’s Bakery

Manderfield’s Bakery made our wedding cake. It had three different layers: chocolate cake with strawberry filling, marble cake with fudge filling, and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling.

Branching Out & Company

Branching Out & Company did our flowers. We had real flowers for the bouquets, corsages, boutineers, and wedding arrangements. From our rehearsal dinner to our reception, we reused our centerpieces to be used on different tables (i.e. place card table and pre-function room tables) at our reception. It definitely saved us some money! Also, we had our church pew arrangements reused on the staircase at our reception hall. It was a great addition to both settings!

Audio Excitement

Audio Excitement provided our music. Nic Betow was our DJ that night. He did an amazing job, and not only played our music, but also took pictures from the start of dinner to the end of our reception! It worked out great, because our photographer left at 9 pm. Nic took pictures up until 12 am! He also provided us with a DVD of our pictures at the end of the night. Another thing that really stood out about Audio Excitement was the fact that they provided a large screen and would play music videos along with the songs. It was awesome reliving music through the past 50 years! Our guests really enjoyed that, as well as the plastic blow-up guitars they provided!

Night Out Limousine
Night Out Limousine was very reliable, and showed up on time. Their vehicle was very well maintained.


“We would like to give a special thanks to all of our vendors for helping to make our wedding day memorable, and something we will cherish for a lifetime!  You all did a fantastic job!”

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Arnold


Thanks Brian and Alyssa–for sharing your big day with us. And, I’m sure I speak for everyone in saying THANK YOU for your kind words … we wish you every joy and blessing in marriage!


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Color Monday: Chic Palette for a Modern Winter Wedding

Sep 29 2014

By its very nature, a winter wedding has more inherent challenges, but the rewards can be great! A vibrant color scheme has the potential to really pop against subdued surroundings while unique textures can be introduced for a fun guest experience. Today’s “Color Monday” features a chic and sophisticated color palette with scarlet red leading the way. Bold and modern, scarlet looks simply amazing {and fun!} alongside slate, ashwood and sugar. Instead of a veil, our beautiful bride is wearing winter greens on her head and a red flannel shirt {great photo op!} for a more bohemian look and feel. Even the husky pup is adorned with winter greenery. Other unique wintry elements include cake frosting that resembles birch bark, red berries, and an invitation suite that’s simple, sophisticated and easily personalized in your colors. Are you having a winter wedding? How are you taking advantage of the season’s best attributes?

Colors : Scarlet | Slate | Ashwood | Sugar

Square Wedding Invitation from the Sweetly Charmed design suite. Get free custom samples.

Red, gray winter wedding inspiration board and color palette

Deets on the suite…

Sweetly Charmed is the name of this chic and uncomplicated design suite. The simple yet sophisticated look is what makes this suite so popular … clean lines and modern typography are great for a modern wedding style. Get free samples in this chic palette, or… personalize the suite in your wedding colors!


With permission to use their photography, much thanks to…

Bride, Bride + Groom, Pastry Stand by Amber Lynn Photography {via Wedding Chicks} | Cake display, Puppy + Bride by Jacque Lynn Photography | Styled by Michelle Leo Events {via Elizabeth Anne Designs }

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They’re Here! Custom Canvas Prints

Sep 26 2014

Sale! 25% Off Wedding Stationery |  Code: WSPTH20

Hooray! Custom Canvas Prints are now available at MagnetStreet! And they’re completely customizable. Turn your favorite photo or phrase into something timeless, artful and beautiful. Personalize the colors, fonts, wording and photos… And, there’s a size for every space, from 8″ x 10″ to 30″ x 40″ {15 in all}. Create a collage or a dramatic focal point–it’s up to you.

Some of our fave Canvas Print ideas:

  • an engagement photo & the lyrics to “your” song
  • your wedding vows
  • dates you never want to forget
  • a beautiful, unforgettable wedding photo {of course!}

Wedding Canvas Prints from MagnetStreet


Take a Closer Look

Friends, these canvases are top quality–impressive actually! The corners are perfect, the canvas is tight, the print resolution is stunning, and they arrive with pre-installed hanging hardware. {Learn more}

Canvas Print Details


Personalized Canvas for Every Occasion

Crazy but true… Christmas is just a short 3 months away! A custom Canvas Print makes a gorgeous, meaningful gift. Browse Canvas Prints in our Life Moments store–where you’ll find gifts for the whole family and every occasion.

Happy Weekend!

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5 Alternatives to Unity Sand Ceremony

Sep 25 2014

Unity ceremonies represent a “coming together” or the “joining” of a couple and their families. Usually performed after you say your vows but before the rings, a unity ceremony is a beautiful and symbolic way to show your love and commitment to each other. The most popular types of unity ceremonies we see most often are the candle and sand rituals; but in recent years, we’ve seen some wonderful alternatives. Since there aren’t too many rules surrounding this type of ceremony, you have lots of freedom to get creative. Will you be having a unity ceremony? If so, be sure to use your Wedding Program to explain the significance and the meaning of your ritual. Here are 5 ideas to inspire you.

5 Modern Unity Ceremony Ideas

Unity “Handfasting” or “Tying the Knot” Ceremony

This ancient Celtic ceremony uses cords, ribbons, ropes… With your hands together, your officiant will bind you together–a beautiful and symbolic gesture of love and commitment. Get creative in using materials that carry your wedding colors and style.

Modern handfasting wedding ceremony


Unity Wish Lantern

This lovely ceremony represents the casting of fears while the prayers, hopes and dreams of the couple take flight. Another way to further the significance of this ritual is by having your closest family and friends write notes of blessings on the lantern. Then, watch them sail. Since wish lanterns can be a fire hazard, check into environmentally-friendly options as well as your city about using them.

Wedding lantern in Venice, Italy


Unity Rose Ceremony

More than any other flower, it’s the red rose that represents love and devotion. In the rose ceremony, the bride and groom each have their own vase and a larger, central vase to hold all the roses. If desired, you could have family members participate as another symbolic gesture of families coming together.



Unity Painting Ceremony

This artistic expression of love and devotion is a beautiful ceremony that artfully reminds us that although we start out with a blank canvas, we each bring our own colors to the table. As the bride and groom paint, they {along with their guests} watch as the paints drip, cross, meld, mold and stray across the canvas. Great food for thought. What a pretty visual reminder of your commitment to have hanging in your home!

unity painting


Unity Wine Box Ceremony

The premise behind this ceremony is that couples write love letters to each other and seal them up along with the bottle of wine. Some couples choose to open the box when they are having difficulties in their marriage–to remind them of their love and why they got married in the first place. At a wedding I recently attended, the bride and groom put champagne in their box {the groom made the box} and have chosen to open it up each year on their anniversary. They intend to replace the bottle of champagne in sweet anticipation for the next year. Love this idea! Suggestion: choose a bottle of wine that ages well!



Which is your favorite unity ceremony ritual? 

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