Bryan + Sarah’s Lake Geneva Wedding

Last weekend Alex and I jetted off to Wisconsin to attend Bryan and Sarah’s wonderful Lake Geneva wedding. Bryan is Alex’s cousin and we both went to Iowa State University with Bryan, Alex even roomed with him during our senior year.

I have to start this post with a few throwbacks to our college days… I was searching for some good ones and you better believe I found some gems…

{Cousins @ VEISHEA}

{Cousins @ VEISHEA – I am certain there was water in those Solo cups…}

{Bryan and Alex cheering on the always losing Cyclones}

{Bryan and Alex cheering on the always losing Cyclones}

{Halloween 2007}

{Halloween 2007}

{Bryan and me at 2007 VEISHEA}

{Bryan and me at 2007 VEISHEA}

{Me with Bryan and Alex at my 22nd birthday... man those boys had long hair!}

{Me with Bryan and Alex at my 22nd birthday… man those boys had long hair!}

 

Given their history and friendship, it was no surprise to hear that Bryan asked Alex to be his best man. I know Alex was honored to serve out that role. They all had an awesome time celebrating Bryan becoming a husband at his bachelor party in Chicago the weekend before. Alex had a great time planning the big hurrah and found a perfect bachelor pad next to Wrigley Field that came complete with a bar, urinals and a pool table.

{Alex and his cousins Jordan and Josh}

{Alex and his cousins Jordan and Josh}

On to the wedding! The vows took place at the Grand Geneva Resort right next to the pool {their event drew a crowd of lookie lous!} but overlooking the lake and golf course. It was a beautiful setting.

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The bridesmaids were absolutely adorable. Every last one of them was so darn cute! I loved the light peach colored dresses and they looked great next to the guys’ gray tuxedos.

{it was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding}

{it was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding}

Wanting a really personalized wedding ceremony, Bryan and Sarah asked one of their friends to officiate. It was Matt’s first wedding to preside over, and he nailed it! He kept it sweet, to the point and was well-rehearsed. You could clearly tell he was a genuine person and friend to the happy couple.

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After the ceremony we took the adorable trolleys to the “Mountain Top” which is a Wisconsin ski hill {emphasis on hill – if I could say “bump” I would…} on the property of the Grand Geneva Resort.

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The reception took place inside the ski chalet. Bryan and Sarah decorated the space with some rustic touches, like twigs and candles in mason jars, as well as romantic gestures through lighted draping over the dance floor.

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Pinterest was definitely involved in this wedding! Sarah executed on a number of adorable little details that made the day extra special, like the “Love is Sweet” candy bar, and the welcome bags that were in each room at the resort.

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Both the maid of honor and best man’s speeches were really heartfelt and mustered up a few laughs from the guests.

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We had a really nice time visiting with Alex’s family members during the cocktail hour and dinner.

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We so seldom see them that it’s always nice to get to catch up with his extended family, and I enjoyed connecting with his cousin Stacy, whom I had only met once before.

{Alina, Alex and Alberto}

{Alina, Alex and Alberto}

The evening went off without a hitch and it’s safe to say everyone had a great time!

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Finally, I really want to share their same-day wedding video. Seriously, watch this. Their videographer was AWESOME. They had a drone filming and the videographer edited this video and showed it at the wedding. Truly impressive!

Congratulations Bryan and Sarah!!

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