May 15, 2022 | Photography by Ideal Impressions Photography
Christian and Grace were dating long-distance after the Navy transferred Christian to Pensacola, Florida, for training. Grace traveled to Florida to visit him, and found that Christian had arranged to take her to the top of the lighthouse on the naval base, where he proposed.
The couple officially married in 2020 but, due to the global health crisis, decided to delay their celebration with friends and family to the spring of 2022. Opting for an intimate gathering of about 85 people, Christian and Grace described Boxed and Burlap as an “irresistible” site for their second ceremony and a reception to celebrate their marriage. They loved the beautiful, outdoor location and the indoor reception space. Grace says they opted for simple greenery and minimal decor, choosing to use the setting itself as a theme. “We wanted the main focus to be on our love, ” she explains.
Grace wore an elegant gown that featured beaded spaghetti straps, a fitted bodice and a long, flowing lace train. Christian opted for a custom gray wool suit with matching vest. Grace’s bridesmaids wore floor-length, emerald green dresses to complement the green of a Wisconsin spring. The floral design included white peonies and white roses with greenery, baby’s breath and eucalyptus.
Grace says the highlight of the evening was the celebration with family and friends, which culminated in a rollicking dance party. Following a dinner catered by Annie’s Burgertown in Elkhorn and cake from Lake Geneva’s Poppy Cakes, the couple and their guests hit the dance floor to a custom playlist, dancing the night away at a party that was well worth the wait.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Boxed and Burlap
BRIDEʼS GOWN: Essence of Australia
BRIDEʼS JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES: Heirlooms from the bride’s mother and grandmother
BRIDEMAIDSʼ DRESSES: Baltic Born
GROOMʼS FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
GROOMSMENʼS FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
HAIR: Level 9 Salon
MAKEUP: Katelyn Pearson, Health Accel
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Zola
FLORAL & DECOR DESIGN: The bride’s friends and mother
CATERING & MENU: Annie’s Burgertown
CAKE & SWEETS: Poppy Cakes