Kim & Tom's Milwaukee wedding

Kim & Tom's Milwaukee Wedding

© 2012 craig john photography

Kim & Tom’s Milwaukee wedding

Tom and Kim have a website to thank for bringing them together, but it isn’t the dating type. She and her roommate had posted on, hoping to fill the third bedroom in their Milwaukee apartment. Meanwhile, Tom had just landed a job here. “He responded to our ad, and I set a time to show him the place,” she says. “We were instantly attracted to one another.”

Four and a half years later, the pair found themselves in wedding-planning mode, after an at-home proposal complete with their two dogs. Because guests were coming from around the world, Kim and Tom decided to marry where she grew up, and where they met. “Given that people would be coming from all over, we also wanted to make it a weekend celebration rather than just a one-day event,” explains Kim, who has recently relocated with Tom to Cupertino, California. “We felt that we’d be able to make that happen in a city we were both comfortable in and knew well.”

“We wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and walk away saying how much fun they had,” the bride says, so the couple put together an inviting and elegant event. To showcase their ornate venue, Kim and Tom decided on a white color palette featuring lush, textural flowers, such as orchids, gladiolus and hydrangeas. And to showcase their life together, the newlyweds focused on family (eight of her young cousins were in the wedding!) and included lots of personal details, like a “guestbook” of postcards from places they’ve called home. The pair also wrote their own vows—one of the most meaningful parts of the day. “It was exciting to hear each other’s vows and surprising how similar they both were,” says Kim, who (like Tom) would relive the day in a heartbeat.

“The best part of being married is knowing I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend,” the bride says. “We’re always goofing around and laughing together, and it makes me really excited for our future together.”

Location: Milwaukee
Date: June 22, 2012
Photographs: Craig John Photography

Venue: The Grain Exchange; Officiant: Rev. Jennifer Miller, PhD; Ceremony musicians: Intermezzo Ensemble; Caterer: Bartolotta Catering Company & Events; DJ and Lighting: Sound by Design; Gown: Paloma Blanca from Gigi of Mequon; Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo; Bride’s earrings and veil: Gigi of Mequon; Bride’s hair: Studio 890; Bride’s makeup: Blush Beauty; Tuxedos: Harleys; Bridesmaid dress: Aidan Mattox from Neiman Marcus; Flower girl dresses: Goo Goo Gaa Gaa; Rings: Blue Nile; Videographer: One Fine Day Productions; Florist: La Tulipe; Baker: Simma’s Bakery; Stationer: Touch of Whimsy, (262) 646-8915; Transportation: Blackline Limousines; Pre-wedding photo shoot: The Iron Horse Hotel, Harley-Davidson Museum; Rehearsal dinner: Palms Bistro & Bar

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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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