Kelly & Tim’s Grafton wedding

Kelly & Tim’s Grafton Wedding


Kelly & Tim’s Grafton wedding

Some couples meet in bars, at work or online, but not Kelly and Tim. They met at Storm the Bastille! After a few months of emails and phone calls, Tim took Kelly sailing on Lake Michigan. “It’s been fun and adventure ever since!” they say.

Their church happens to be blocks from where the couple first said hello, but that’s not the only sweet detail of the day. Many personal moments stand out, Kelly says, including getting ready with her mom and matron of honor, walking down the aisle with her dad, and having standing room only at the ceremony because so many loved ones came to see her marry Tim.

When Kelly and Tim got engaged, they gave themselves almost 18 months to put the wedding together; nailing down their reception venue was one of the easier choices. Fire Ridge Golf Club is in the family—her dad’s one of the owners. “Tim and I love golfing with our friends,” Kelly says, “and we enjoy sitting on the deck watching the sunset, or the ‘fire on the ridge.’”

This Grafton pair used their space to the fullest. “The reception was spread out to keep the flow of the night moving,” says Kelly of their classy, whimsical celebration. From dinner on the putting green and desserts in the clubhouse to the scotch and cigar bar and a night full of dancing, she and Tim planned something for everyone.

“Our favorite detail of the wedding was the first dance,” agrees the couple, who started dancing before dinner to get the party going. Kelly majored in dance and Tim took a few dance classes in college, too. Before the wedding, they took more classes to brush up. “It was well worth it,” says Kelly. And so was everything else they did that day: “We believe the day turned out perfect.”

Locations: Milwaukee, Grafton
Date: September 1, 2012
Photographs: Reminisce Studio by Miranda & Adam

Church: Old Saint Mary Parish; Officiant: Fr. Javier Bustos; Ceremony musicians: Violinist Casey Unger, cantor Amy Sobczak, organist Joseph P. Wittmann; Reception: Fire Ridge Golf Club; Caterer: Flannery’s Catering; DJ: Randy Lanensack of SOS Productions DJ Service; Gown and bridesmaid dresses: Stone Manor Bridal; Junior bridesmaid dresses: Le’s Bridal; Bride’s shoes and jewelry:; Bride’s hair and makeup: Carters Salon; Bridesmaid jewelry: White House | Black Market; Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank; Rings: Kesslers Diamonds; Florist: Bloomin Olive; Baker: Delicately Delicious; Stationer: Robin’s Paperie; Favors: Limoncello, personalized golf balls, flip-flops and coloring books for the kids (from the bride’s father); Photo booth: Brandon Bieber of ShutterBox Entertainment; Guest transportation: Lamer’s Bus Lines; Wedding party transportation: Riteway; Tent lighting: Ikea; Dance classes: Fred Astaire Dance Studios

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By the end of high school, Ellie Martin Cliffe was completely enamored of journalism, so she chose the most logical college major possible: anthropology. Disappointed by the minimal emphasis on writing and editing, she changed tracks and earned a comm degree from Carroll College. Ellie has since tackled many facets of the field including books, magazines and the Web at places like The Knot and Reader's Digest. She now works full time in book publishing, and is thrilled to get her wedding fix with When she isn’t wielding her (red) pen, Ellie can be found in the garden, at any concert that showcases a fiddle, playing pub trivia or in the kitchen. She and her husband live in Riverwest with their hedgehog, Guinness, and grapefruit tree, Sprout.


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