When Amanda and Zach told us their sweet story, we knew we wouldn't be able to keep it to ourselves... Read on to find out how these Milwaukee-loving jetsetters went from conference attendees to husband and wife.
Let's get some background. How did you and your S.O. meet?
We met at a work conference in Phoenix, Arizona. We were both working for the same company in Wisconsin, at different locations about an hour apart and both got sent to the conference. One night, everyone went out and Zach and I decided to leave the rest of the group and go on our own adventure. Our first kiss was on the airplane on the ride home and a few months later, I moved back to Milwaukee to be closer to him.
And how did the proposal go down?
After we'd been dating for about a year, Zach got relocated to Tampa for work so we made the move together. The next Christmas we were at the airport about to fly back to Milwaukee for the holidays. As I mentioned, we love to travel. In the middle of the airport, Zach got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life traveling the world with him and asked me to marry him. He even had a friend taking pictures behind us. I said yes, we got champagne, and flew home! He had planned a surprise engagement party for us that weekend with all of our friends.
Now, tell us about your big day!
Zach and I love Milwaukee and wanted our day to really encompass the unique features of the city. We chose Cuvee, an industrial venue downtown, with Milwaukee cream-city brick, high beams, and an amazing bar. We had local Spotted Cow beer, and did our first look on the Milwaukee Riverwalk right behind the condo we just bought together.
Our colors were mauve, white, and gold, and we carried that through with mauve bridesmaid dresses, white and green flowers, and gold centerpieces. We love to travel so our guest book was a bucket list where guests had to write an adventure for us to complete in our lifetime. We went to the Amalfi Coast in Italy for our honeymoon so decided to have a late night gelato cart to share with our guests. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!
When it came to the wedding, what was your overall theme and vision? How did you bring it to life?
Our overall theme was industrial romantic. The industrial venue mixed with the mauve, white and gold colors brought a romantic vibe to the entire day.
What part of wedding planning came as the biggest surprise?
All of the little details! There is SO much to do and so many little details that you never would have thought about before.
What was the most helpful piece of advice someone gave you about wedding planning?
Stay organized. Make sure you have to-do lists with timelines so you know what you need to get done when. Also, don't stress the small stuff. Remember that the day is about the two of you and the love you share and that's really what is important.
Now that you've been through it yourself, what is the one thing you think all engaged couples should know before they plan the big day?
Don't lose sight of why you are getting married and enjoy being engaged!
Photography: Elizabeth Haase
Videography: Simply Love Films
Caterer: Zilli Hospitality Group
Florist: Bloom Lovely Floral & Event Design
Dress Boutique: Bliss Bridal Designer - Tara Keeley
Hair: Style Salon and Boutique
Makeup: Maria Chrisoula
Cake: Eat Cake
Gelato Cart: Cold Spoon
Lighting: Sound By Design
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