Damone - 8/31/14
Photos by Front Room Photography
Held at the
Milwaukee Art Museum, Damone Turner and KaMyia LeFlore’s August 2014
nuptials were anything but ordinary. The couple, who met in February
2007, partnered with Dynamic Events by David Caruso to execute their
vision, which included building a custom lift to introduce LeFlore to
both Turner and their guests.
entrance was by far phenomenal and the most exciting part of our
wedding," says LeFlore. Caruso and his team worked with Majic
Productions and a staff of engineers to construct the lift — the
first of its kind to ever appear at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
"What made this moment so intriguing is that our guests had no
clue where I would come from, and the gasps from the audience as I
slowly appeared from underground still gives me an overwhelming
feeling," LeFlore adds.
Set in the
rotunda of the museum’s Calatrava entrance, the lift was also used
by the couple after they changed into more dance-friendly attire,
introducing themselves as husband and wife for the first time. The
reveal was met with arguably the biggest surprise of the night — a
special guest appearance by R&B singer R.I. The singer treated
guests to a 20-minute set and then serenaded the couple for their
first dance. "Damone planned this portion of our wedding on his
own as a surprise to me, and it left me absolutely
flabbergasted," remembers LeFlore.
arrived at the museum via a horse-drawn carraige, says that seeing
KaMyia escorted down the aisle by her father is one of his most
memorable moments from that day. "He wanted to give KaMyia her
dream wedding," adds Monica Orr of Dynamic Events by David
Caruso. And considering LeFlore used adjectives like "absolutely
perfect" and "outstanding" to describe their day and
vendors, it’s clear that Turner did exactly that.
& Max - 7/19/14
Photos by Craig John Photography
self-proclaimed "foodies" decide to get married,the result
is a Bartolotta-catered wedding reception. The couple, Megan and Max
Stephenson, met while attending Marquette University and hosted their
wedding reception at the Grain Exchange last July. "We’re very
traditional, and we felt that the Grain Exchange’s history, high
ceilings and artistic detailing encompassed that," notes Megan.
to their Cream City beverage of choice — beer — was high on the
couple’s priority list, so they transformed the Grain Exchange’s
balcony into a late-night beer and Belgian pretzel bar. "We
selected a few of our favorite mirco beers and paired them with
Belgian pretzels and various dipping sauces," Megan recalls.
surprising that one of the Stephensons’ favorite memories from their
day involves food, too. After insisting to her coworkers that Max
would never smash cake into her face during their cake cutting
ceremony, he did just that, much to Megan’s astonishment. "At
first I was shocked, then realized I had to get him back," she
says. "Craig did an amazing job taking pictures because you can
actually see where I go in all sweet to feed Max cake and then at the
last minute just hold his chin and rub it into his face."
weddings often require plenty of planning, there are certain
unexpected hiccups that simply can’t be accounted for. "We
rented a white 1954 Bentley to drive us around on our wedding
day," explains Megan. "We hit a bump in the road, quite
literally. We had a flat tire after finishing up with photos."
One hour later, the couple hailed a cab and made it to their reception
"in the nick of time" — armed with a memory to last a
lifetime, no doubt.
& Andy - 8/16/14
Photos by Artist Group
Holly Nelson and Andy Smith, planning a wedding meant honoring their
strong family ties, a feat accomplished by their commitment to
incorporating meaningful elements whenever and wherever possible.
showing of this commitment was choosing to hold their wedding at
Nelson’s parents’ property in Waukesha. Her parents own and
operate Nelson Landscape Inc. and have inevitably turned their own
yard into what Nelson describes as "nature’s paradise."
"I asked myself, why would I go pick a venue and have my wedding
at a ‘place,’ when I had a venue, my yard, my home, my
sanctuary," she remembers. "Andrew and I love the outdoors
and nature — it’s where we spend most of our free time, so he
instantly agreed on the location."
Her father and
two brothers got to work, remodeling the barn, driveway and
sidewalks, installing new landscaping and lighting, and planting
thousands of new flowers throughout the property. The small backyard
pond was transformed into a 10,000-gallon pond with two waterfalls, a
bridge and floating stepping stones. A path through the wooded
property was cleared, allowing Nelson and her father to "walk
down the aisle," and the ceremony was held under an arbor
overlooking the pond. "The ideas, the coordination, the design —
I owe it all to my parents. The vendors then helped them execute
everything precisely to perfection." says Nelson. "It was
the perfect fairytale."
ceremony, Nelson and Smith took a short drive in her late grandfather’s
1976 Cadillac Coupe Deville, a promise made by Smith before Nelson’s
grandfather passed away last May. Smith wore his own late grandfather’s
cuff links and sported an ivory white tux (just like the couple’s
fathers did on their own wedding days), and Nelson carried her
grandmother’s purse. "Everything was built and designed around
family and love," adds Nelson. "So many people lose sight of
this, and we wanted it to be the focus."