A Colorful, Art-Themed Wisconsin Wedding
Liz and Jeff
Although they "met" online, Liz and Jeff actually met for the first time at Starbucks on Thanksgiving Eve 2008. After going face-to-face, they started dating (and celebrated and reminisced at their special coffee spot each year since).
On their fifth anniversary, before their traditional trip to Starbucks, they peered out into bright, orange sunset in the yard of their home. "We are really lucky to have this place to share," Jeff said of their house in Wisconsin. As he dropped to one knee he proposed with Liz's great grandmother's engagement ring.
Seven months later, on June 14, 2014, or as they like to refer to it 14.6.14, Elizabeth Carr and Jeffrey Whitmore wed with 134 guests in attendance at Liz's family's Big Cedar Lake home in West Bend, Wisconsin. The party continued at the newly renovated Museum of Wisconsin Art, a museum that solely showcases local artists. The venues were fitting for the artist/event planner bride and her mechanical engineer partner—both from the Badger State.
Keeping with the color theme, the save-the-dates were made of Pantone color chips that Liz got from a hardware store and customized using a machine that cuts images out of paper. Each card was individually cut with the couple's names, the wedding date, and location of the big day.
Liz wore a white Romona Keveza dress with cinched waist and a crystal necklace. On the wedding day, Liz's mom surprised her with a custom fascinator by Loreta Corsetti Millinery, which incorporated lace from her mother's veil, as well as a detachable blush veil, and embroidered rainbow beads. Jeff wore a dark gray Sager's Men's Apparel, Inc. suit.
The bride held a colorful bouquet of pink peonies, yellow craspedia, orange leucospermum, red ginger flower, blue gladiolus, delphiniums, and succulents.
The Bridal Party
Inspired by American artist Barbara Kruger, the Jeff Hearts Liz wall was one of the many nods to contemporary art. As the guests walked down the stairs toward the ceremony space, they were encouraged to sign the wall (which the couple created with stencils, spray chalk, and help from the bride's uncle) with chalk. Liz says, "Over a year later, we haven't washed the wall off and some of the writing is still there!"
Because it was a warmer day, the couple provided drinks for guests to have during the ceremony. Liz and Jeff loved the fun, colorful Izze sodas, and they were paired with multi-colored straws.
Grosgrain ribbons of different widths and colors fastened to a white sheet of fabric and attached to poles in the tent topped the aisle.
The Flower Girls and Ring Bearers
Flower girls in Yoryu dresses held paint buckets filled with flower petals that matched to color of their dresses. The ring bearers held artist's palettes with little boxes for the rings.
Ceremony on the Water
Liz and Jeff tied the knot by the shore at their family's lakehouse in a service officiated by their good friend. Eight white balloons on both sides of the couple symbolized their grandparents whom had passed away. The ceremony consisted of heartfelt vows, inspirational quotes, and upbeat music by Imagine Dragons, American Authors, and Meiko. The bride and groom also surprised each other with special passages from their favorite books.
Unique Unity Ceremony
In keeping with the art theme, the couple opted to include a creative unity ceremony that was not only entertaining, but also intimate. Liz and Jeff drew a blind contour drawing of each other only, looking at each other and never at the paper. The couple was able to focus on each other during this special moment, and demonstrate their mutual sense of creativity and humor.
Sweet and Spicy
For cocktail hour and the reception, guests traveled to the Museum of Wisconsin Art. The cocktail hour's signature drink (habanero vodka, puréed passion fruit, and cane sugar) nodded to a beloved cocktail the pair first had on a trip to Portland, Oregon.
The Escort Cards
The escort cards were paintbrushes dipped in paint, left to dry, and then signed with the guests' names. Guests matched the color on their escort card to the color of the tablecloth in order to find their seat.
Each centerpiece was the same hue as the cloth, with flowers arranged in a paint can.
The splatter-shaped menus were placed on the white reception chairs for a pop of color and a touch of whimsy.
Miniature canvases printed with a quote by Danny Kaye, "Life is a blank canvas, throw all the paint on it you can," served as the place settings for each guest.
Liz and Jeff chose to have a small cake for the symbolic cutting. The cake topper is a miniature "Love" by American artist Robert Indiana, which they found online at Blue Butterfly Design. The vanilla, three-tiered cake was cut using the same knife that Liz's parents used at their own wedding. Her parents engraved both couples' initials and wedding dates.
The classroom at the museum was available for guests to paint on the miniature canvas place settings. As an art teacher at the museum, Liz is always looking for new and exciting ways to encourage people to be creative through art, and she wanted her wedding to be no exception. "Everyone thought I was a bit crazy for wanting guests in formal attire to paint, but they loved it!"
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Reception Location: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Event Planning and Stationery: Elizabeth Carr Whitmore
Catering: Saz's Fine Catering
Flowers: Sendik's Home
Videography: Best Man Media
Music: Sound by Design
Hair: Carpe Diem Hair Studio
Bartending: Jeff's Spirits on Main