Mansell and Rich Daugherty
July 14, 2012
Rich have a fashion focus in their lifestyle and careers," says
wedding planner David Caruso, owner of Dynamic Events. She owns 5
Hearts boutique, he works for Kohl’s Corp., and both have a
"love for beautiful things."
But their lives
are not all glamour. Kelly says, "We are a very laid-back couple.
We do simple things together."
Their first date
was Valentine’s Day, an evening of takeout and the Olympics. One
year later, Rich presented Kelly with another pizza box. She
discovered an engagement ring and Rich down on one knee. "It was
a very ‘us’ proposal, not grand, super easy," she says.
a family friend, was enlisted to help plan the wedding. "There
was not one detail missed to create the ultimate experience for their
guests," he says.
the ceremony at St. Monica Parish were created by Paper Envy with
calligraphy by The Blooming Quill. The bride was styled by Neroli
Salon & Spa, Gloss Nail Spa and Blush, and wore a Vera Wang gown
with Jimmy Choo peep toes. Tucked into her Fresh Design bouquet of
cream, peach and pink flowers was something old, borrowed and blue.
"My grandma, my dad’s mom, gave my oldest cousin a blue bird,
which has been passed from cousin to cousin. It was very
special," Kelly says.
outdoor reception was held at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Caruso’s
team spent a week setting up the custom-built Canopies cabana with a
head table for 24, a raised bar and lounge area, and a multitiered
stage for the eclectic David Rothstein Band with lighting and sound by
Majic Enterprises. Décor by Barking Pony Studios and BBJ Table
Fashions balanced Kelly’s soft, romantic style with dramatic,
more than I ever imagined, absolutely gorgeous," Kelly says.
"We have David and my parents to thank for that."
custom cocktails and late-night snacks of sliders, fries and mini
croque monsieurs were provided by Bartolotta Catering. The Cake Lady
designed an elegant vanilla cake. Each table contributed marital
advice to the guest book, which featured engagement pictures by Front
Room Photography. Props encouraged interactive photos and guests
danced all night on a unique fenced-in floor.
"We were happy it was beautiful, but more than that, we had fun.
It was a joyous occasion."
Yousif and Joe Froehlich
July 28, 2012
In summer 2008,
Rocio and Joe were individually invited to a dinner party at the
Mequon home of Geralyn and Bill Cannon. Out on the balcony, the guests
watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal, and Rocio and Joe saw
each other for the first time.
the chances?" Rocio wonders. "Our paths had never crossed,
but it seems like they should have. We have many friends in
friends first, before they started "American dating," says
Rocio, who was born in Columbia. Both had been married before and each
had children about the same ages. "We were in the same phase of
our lives," Joe says.
yet, "In many ways we couldn’t be more opposite. She gives me
the things I don’t have, and I her — a completing part. That’s
what makes us so happy."
In January 2012,
Joe gave Rocio a unique ring from Rohr Jewelers. "It was a very
simple proposal," she says, "more of a process than a
They planned a
small, elegant wedding. Fabick Design crafted invitations to this
celebration of family, friends and the couple. Judith Kubish
officiated their ceremony, which was held on the Cannons’ balcony,
overlooking the lake. Rocio and Joe wrote their own vows, and Joe
recited them to her in Spanish. "My parents were in tears,"
Jessica Kaminski captured the event, from the yellow flowers adorning
Rocio’s knee-length Monique Lhuillier gown to the vibrant lemon
centerpieces by Sendik’s in Mequon. "Yellow was the theme of
the day," says Joe, whose tie coordinated perfectly. "We
didn’t want to be extravagant," Rocio adds. "This was
festive and special."
formal reception was hosted by their friends Dona and Terry Wakefield,
and then everyone headed to Rocio’s house for a casual after party.
Event planners Adriana and Gabriela Guardia of El Mazapan managed all
the details, including rentals by Canopies Events with Distinction.
Disc jockey Michael Weiss spun backyard beats. Rocio says, "It
was a ton of fun."
About a month
after the wedding, Joe and Rocio moved into a home of their own in
River Hills. Their four children are back in college, but Romeo, a
Portuguese Water Dog, keeps them company. Rocio says, "We can be
very selfish. This time is about being with each other."
Stolman and Rich WIlkie
Nov. 1, 2012
In the aftermath
of Superstorm Sandy, Steven and Rich ended up in The Bronx for their
nuptials, not lower Manhattan as planned. "The airport was
closed, the subway was partially down, there was no power below 39th
Street," Steven remembers. "We took four trains to Yankee
They were wed by
Shirley Saunders, a deputy city clerk at The Bronx Marriage Bureau,
and exchanged simple platinum bands from Tiffany & Co. A photo
snapped outside the courthouse recorded their jeans, ties and custom
Then began their
journey to Milwaukee, where Rich grew up. "We booked two flights
to be sure we’d get out," he says. "So many people were
fleeing the city."
the newlyweds did arrive in time for their weekend celebration.
"We love Milwaukee and think it’s underappreciated," Rich
says of their destination. "This was our opportunity to show it
Guests stayed at
the University Club and The Pfister Hotel, were treated to a Friday
fish fry at The Knick, toured the Milwaukee Art Museum and explored
Discovery World. On Sunday, everyone gathered at Rich and Steven’s
Wauwatosa home for a Packers game-day brunch of bagels and lox and
beer and brats.
The highlight of
the weekend occurred on Saturday, Nov. 3. Steven and Rich hosted a
cocktail party with a piano bar vibe in the University Club’s
rooftop lounge, timed for panoramic views of the sunset on Lake
Michigan. "It was a dreamy city party," Steven says.
Haas Photography took candid images throughout the event, which was
emceed by their attorney friend Earl M. Crittenden Jr. In an emotional
moment, he read an excerpt from the New York State Marriage Equality
Act. Both Steven and Rich participated in the traditional breaking of
the glass, and everyone chorused, "Mazel tov!"
cocktail fare was served by the club, and Zaffiro’s Pizza provided
late-night sustenance. A large arrangement of orchids by Regency
Florist was displayed near Buckley’s carrot cake. Children were
welcome, but spent most of the party in the kid’s lounge with a
special menu and entertainment. Adults gathered around Michael Ferreri
at the piano to sing along. The Chicken Dance, a requirement of
Wisconsin weddings, closed the night.
"There is a
Yiddish expression, freilach, that means happy or cheerful. Our
reception was truly freilach," Steven says.
Bunting and Nathan Walton
July 28, 2012
Travel is the
highlight of Ali and Nate’s life together. They met in the Los
Angeles airport, reconnected 18 months later in New York, and then
spent three weeks hiking in South America. On New Year’s Eve on a
beach in St. Barts, Nate proposed.
again in Grafton, with the blessing of her parents and an 8-carat
yellow diamond ring. Though the couple reside in Santa Monica, there
was nowhere else they’d rather be married than Bunting Family Farm.
Janelle Meyer-Brown of événement to help plan the wedding. A
relative, Susie Redding, also was integral to the event, creating
programs inspired by airline tickets and menu cards featuring antique
ceremony was held in a gazebo where Nate, son of basketball legend
Bill Walton, waited with his groomsmen, who were dressed by Anchor
Menswear. The procession included a bagpiper, children dressed in
white, bridesmaids in ivory BariJay dresses and wreaths of good-luck
herbs, and the bride. Ali carried a bouquet of Wisconsin flowers from
Impressions by Esther Fleming, and wore a bohemian dress from BHLDN by
Anthropologie with white Jimmy Choo cowboy boots. The Rev. Ron Meyer
officiated. Paper airplanes were thrown instead of rice.
horse-drawn carriage whisked away the newlyweds for photos with The
Artist Group. Guests rode in the carriage, played lawn games and
enjoyed signature cocktails from Bartenders on the Go. White ducks and
white turkeys, bred especially for the occasion, wandered the
Rental erected a tent near the cornfield, which charmed all the
out-of-towners. Mismatched tables were covered in white eyelet BBJ
Linens. Dinner by Shully’s Cuisine was served on antique china,
collected for a year by Ali’s mother and grandmother. Guests took
home vintage berry bowls. Door County cherry cobbler replaced the
traditional wedding cake.
by ACA Entertainment included Xeno & Joe and SaddleBrook. The barn
was decorated in black and gray, with fresh greens and uplighting. A
men’s lounge for cigars and spirits was located in a nearby
outbuilding, labeled the W Saloon. Lanterns glowed in the trees. The
evening concluded with everyone gathered on the beach of the pond to
make s’mores and relax by the fire.
"We tried to make every detail fun and different. We wanted it to
be memorable for everyone."