Whitney grew up on a pumpkin farm in Illinois. Although her parents retired from their farming a couple of years ago, they made an exception + grew over 100 heirloom pumpkins for their daughter’s special day. We’re holding back harvest tears over here! Through COVID challenges + a whirlwind planning process, Whitney + Trevor still managed to throw the coolest fall micro wedding imaginable.
Whitney, who’s a graphic designer + illustrator, shares some #bts insight: It was really important to me that the day felt like US, so I tried to include thoughtful details that highlighted our personalities. I designed all of the wedding collateral myself; as well as favors, table numbers, and our cloth napkins! Using many of our favorite local, small businesses as vendors really helped make the day what it was. A true labor of love!
Handmade details, a stunning bridal cape, and 100 pumpkins are key ingredients for this fall wedding at Dandy in Milwaukee planned by Rosewood Weddings. Every awesome moment captured by photo mastermind Cassie Rosch:
Here’s all the proof you need that the bride is a wildly talented graphic artist + illustrator. These artful details are full of whimsy and all designed by Wit And Co.
How To Rock a Bridal Cape
Let’s cut right to the chase. This bridal cape is pulled straight from our dreams; however, it’s only part of the whole stylish puzzle.
Whitney shares her styling journey: The beauty of a wedding dress is that it can be exactly what you want it to be. ‘Why spend a lot of money on something that would only be worn once’ was my thinking. I went for a simple Shona Joy dress that I found online (I’ll be having it altered to a midi dress, so I can wear it again), paired with a long pearl embellished cape by Prim + Prairie on Etsy, and the crown jewel – a custom, 100% beaver felt hat handmade by Royal Stag Hats. Because I oftentimes wear hats, I thought what better time to splurge on something special that I’ll wear forever? Something that feels perfectly me!
A grand fall bouquet with every neutral autumn color imaginable.
Walking up to Trevor on the roof with his back turned to me for our first look! He had read a note that I'd written him, and when he turned around to look at me the look in his eyes was indescribable. I never want to forget how I felt at that moment. A close second would be getting ready in my hotel suite with all of my best friends the morning of. Mimosas, food, hair and makeup - you name it. The whole day was just a dream.
Bridesmaids in Silk + Alleyway Photos
Marvelous + mysterious eyes! Peeking over that chic, rust-colored mask is the stunning hair + makeup work from Opal Bloom Mke.
Brown velvet suiting from Indochino gave this stylish wedding major autumnal richness! Love these guys in texture.
Hello fall wedding crew.
100 Heirloom Pumpkins for this Fall Wedding
Literally grown with love in every color palette the bride wanted, these heirloom pumpkins were show-stopping to say the least. Is there anything more personalized?
Dramatic dried florals make up the bride’s bouquet and decorate the venue. Alt’s Mke dries and forages his own product, and uses the most incredibly fitting harvest palette to compliment those pumpkins!
Processional: I'd be Waiting by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats
Recessional: This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies
First Dance: No organized dancing this time - but hopefully sometime in the future!
Excuse us while we ball up this adorable energy, and save it for a rainy day…
My biggest piece of advice would be: be prepared to change your plans...and change them again....and maybe again. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you're committing yourself to your partner - all the other stuff is just extra. Decide which bits and pieces are the MOST important to you, and let the other things go. Our wedding did NOT happen the way we thought it would, but we still made the most of it and had a very intimate celebration. There are a lot of other things I'd wished I could have done - but now that I'm past it I've realized a lot of those details I was worried about really didn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
Harvest Wedding Reception Vibes
These table numbers and place card knots are the stunning result of the bride working with a local ceramist. Unique pottery and personalized paper from Wit And Co.
Drinks on us! This vintage-inspired venue has the coolest ‘Midventurous’ vibes.
Figs and dripping caramel from Kate’s Kitchen Mke round out this utterly amazing harvest celebration.
Cheers to W + T! Thanks for sharing your intimate fall celebration with us. And happy harvest from GWS!
photography: Cassie Rosch Photography // venue name: Dandy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA // event design: Wit And Co. // planning: Rosewood Weddings // florals: Atl's Mke // wedding dress: Shona Joy // getting ready robes: Wit And Co. // hair stylist: Opal Bloom Mke // makeup artist: Opal Bloom Mke // groom attire: Indochino // paper goods: Wit and Co. // catering: From Scratch Catering // cake: Kate's Kitchen Mke // desserts: Kate's Kitchen Mke // bridal hat: Royal Stag Hats