Eclectic Wisconsin wedding: Hollis + Nick

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We know you love pouring over oodles of swoon-worthy photos, so here to deliver your next batch of pin-worthy images is Paper Antler, who had the pleasure of shooting Hollis + Nick’s Madison, Wisconsin wedding.

Love the way Hollis keeps it real when describing her wedding (we’re sure you’ll all be able to relate): “As for a theme, it was kind of a hodge podge of sorts. In fact, “the theme” question kind of haunted me for the entire year leading up to the wedding because I never really had a theme, but felt like I should. The main things that were important to us were for it to be “Madison”, classy but laid back, with a bit of handmade/thrifted charm – so really all over the board.  In the end we just chose every detail based on things Nick and I love.”

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

The bridesmaid dresses were all made from scratch by my best friend, Kara Opfer.  I picked out the fabric at Hancock Fabrics and she gave me a sketch based on what I told her I wanted, and then fitted each of the 5 bridesmaids, including herself!  I feel so special to have such a creative friend!

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

The venue really fit our “theme” of feeling like an authentic Madison location with the charm that we were looking for. At first, we really struggled to find the perfect place for our reception because there weren’t many great places that held 200 people.  But we knew the second we walked in the University Club doors that we had found the charm we were looking for.

eclectic wisconsin wedding

Instead of a “guest book”, we collected vintage postcards from Ebay and local card shops. When guests finished writing their memories and advice on the cards they placed them in the cute little mailbox we picked up at our favorite local thrift shop.

eclectic wisconsin wedding

Looking for an eco-friendly favor to give your guests? How about these heart-shaped birdseed favors that Hollis + Nick had hanging from steel branches!

eclectic wisconsin wedding

We had half of the vases (Johnson Dairy bottles from Nick’s Great grandparents dairy farm where his parents still live today) given to us by family members.  The other medicinal bottles, vintage decanters and vases were picked up at local thrift stores (about $1/each).

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

And, their first dance song? You and Me by Dave Matthews Band.

Listen to it here:

eclectic wisconsin wedding

eclectic wisconsin wedding

We loved our exit! After I changed out of my dress and into the one above, from Anthropologie, everyone lined up on the steps of the venue and made a sparkler tunnel. We kept walking up State Street (the place to go when you visit Madison), toward the capital. The two of us sat on a bench talking and reminiscing about how perfect our night was and moseyed on over to our fancy, historical hotel, Mansion Hill Inn, that we booked using JetSetter! It was the perfect ending to the perfect day.

eclectic wisconsin wedding

Congrats Hollis + Nick!

As a side note: Jonny + Michelle of Paper Antler recently announced a project they will be embarking on beginning in January, with the ultimate goal of using wedding photography to aid human trafficking victims. The goal is to: photograph 50 weddings, in 50 states, within 50 weeks, donating $1,000 per wedding for a total donation of $50,000.  All of the info your heart can handle can be found here.

Photography: Paper Antler / Florist: Daffodil Parker / Coordinator: Rachel Tatge with Top Shelf Weddings / DJ: Savarino Parisi / Videographer: Turner Hall / Cupcakes: Daisy Café and Cupcakery / Printer: Alpha Graphics / Ceremony Venue: Allen Centennial Gardens /Reception Venue: University Club / Bride’s dress: Watters / Bride’s shoes: TOMS / Jewelry: sister-in-laws earrings that she wore for her wedding last summer, and my sister’s simple pearl drop necklace that she had been wearing that day / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Kara Opfer / Bridesmaid’s jewelry: Francesca’s Collections / Bridemaid’s shoes: Steve Madden / Grooms suit: Ben Sherman / Grooms vest: John Varvatos / Grooms shoes: Vintage Allen Edmonds / Groom and Groomsmen ties: Nordstrom Rack / Groomsmen pants: Banana Republic

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jillian on Aug 17, 2011

i adore the unique touches to this wedding. the bridesmaid dresses are fantastic! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Holly Schoenke, Simply Sweet Weddings on Aug 17, 2011

Ahhhh!! I want her hair color!!!

Katherine on Aug 17, 2011

Hollis and Nick, you did a superb job! Not only is your wedding beautiful but all your guests look like they are having great fun. And, you can really tell you are both so deeply in love with each other. Congrats on a wonderful wedding!

Dani | Studio Fleurette on Aug 17, 2011

GORGEOUS photos....amazing detail! The lighting is so dreamy! Way to go Paper Antler!

Carly on Aug 17, 2011

I LOVE the Allen Centennial Gardens! My dad and stepmother were the very FIRST people to get married there (almost 20 years ago!) and it is always a magical place to visit. This wedding is so beautiful! Don't tell my parents, but this wedding is definitely way more stylish! (Blame it on the early 90's.)

Madeleine on Aug 17, 2011

Who made the fab personalized hanger? I know they're a dime a dozen out there but I'm loving the handwriting!

Simple Side of Life on Aug 17, 2011

Beautiful photos! I love the rings in the bird nest!

Rebecca Woods on Aug 17, 2011

I love every detail of this wedding - especially what the bridal party wore!

Colleen / Inspired to Share on Aug 17, 2011

Hollis did such an amazing job! Their wedding was beautiful. Paper Antler is so talented, they photographed our wedding, too. Thanks for featuring this wedding, 100 layer cake! It should be shared. xoxo

Susan @ {Godbey & Gant: vintage and couture bridal} on Aug 17, 2011

What a beautiful wedding! It feels so intimate and vintage, and every piece seemed to come together perfectly! Thanks for sharing this lovely wedding; you can believe I'll be taking note of a few of my favorite items :)

Ceren on Aug 18, 2011

You look like the princess.I wish you happiness

Hollis on Aug 18, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you for featuring our wedding. We are so happy Paper Antler is getting the press it deserves. They are an incredible team!

jacin {lovely little details} on Aug 18, 2011

aw - we used "you and me" for our cake cutting - love it!

Jennie @ Jenn Lane Design on Aug 18, 2011

I absolutely love photobooths at weddings. Everyone always looks like they are having so much fun in them! And I'm pretty much in love with this bride for wearing Tom's.

Katie on Aug 19, 2011

@Madeleine: the personalized hanger was bought from DawnsCraftStore on etsy! She was extremely helpful and prompt in responding to messages. I had a large order with many different shipping addresses and she was very accomodating. Every bride I have given one of these hangers to has LOVED it!

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