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Madeline & Brian: A Superior Wedding

Most brides don’t get to see the First Lady wearing their wedding skirt in the pages of Vogue. But then Madeline isn’t most brides.

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    The couple shared a private moment and enjoyed the sunset
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    Custom invitations by Paperista captured the theme
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    The bride with her J.Crew-clad bridesmaids
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    The wedding cake by Cocoa & Fig featured the charcoal gray and white chevron motif
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    The bride worked with Nelle and Penny Larsen for a custom bag and jewelry
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    The groom hand-tied fly-fishing lures to put in the boutonnieres from Munster Rose
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    The interior of the tent with the custom runners crafted by the bride’s mom
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    The guests’ view of the ceremony
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    The delicious dessert table
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    Cocoa & Fig made cake pops as escort cards
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    One of five different custom napkins and coasters the couple commissioned from Paperista
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    The couple’s rings by Security Jewelers

Most brides don’t get to see the First Lady wearing their wedding skirt in the pages of Vogue. But then Madeline isn’t most brides.

She has worked at L’Atelier Couture since 2009 and dreamed about her own wedding much longer, so when Brian proposed to her in 2010 after seven years of dating, she already had a jump-start on her planning.

“I wanted it to be very elegant and glamorous,” she says. “And I wanted to plan every detail to a T.” She certainly did that, starting with the chevron design in the wedding’s white and charcoal gray color palette. Madeline had fallen in love with a print on Pinterest but had a hard time finding it in real life until she thought of wallpaper maker Schumacher. Though Schumacher only sells fabric to trade, Madeline decided to make a special request. “They were very gracious and said because no bride has ever done this, we will do it for you,” she says. That fabric was soon sewn into table runners by Madeline’s mother and appeared everywhere from the invitation envelopes to the waitstaff’s ties to the wedding cake.

The Schumacher fabric was hardly the only one-of-a-kind touch. Madeline carried a custom clutch by Laura Nelli and wore custom jewelry by Penny Larsen. And L’Atelier owner Amanda Kautt helped Madeline pair a ready-to-wear Oscar de la Renta skirt and bustier. “What’s especially unique for me is there’s only one other store in the U.S. that ordered this skirt in ivory for bridal, and they ordered a different bustier,” says Madeline. “So I call it my own little L’Atelier Couture custom.”

Madeline also made sure Brian’s personality was well represented in the wedding. “For me, the water element was a must,” says Brian, an avid fly-fisherman who proposed in the Boundary Waters. Fishing became another wedding motif: Brian and his groomsmen wore custom bow ties with fish embroidered on them, and Brian hand-tied fly-fishing lures for the boutonnieres, the hors d’oeuvre trays, and his own cuff links. Paperista created a design with the couple’s initials and a fly detail, which repeated from the cocktail-hour coasters to the coffee table in the tent’s lounge area. “Madeline had so many amazing ideas,” says Brian. “My wife created something special.”

Ceremony/reception: Glensheen • Dress: Oscar de la Renta from L’Atelier Couture • Bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew • Clutches: Nelle • Groom’s/ groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse • Custom bow ties: Freedom From Doubt • Rings: Security Jewelers • Catering: Savories • Dessert: Cocoa & Fig • Flowers: Munster Rose • Invitations and papers: Paperista • Videographer: Capture Studios • Tent/lighting: Sperry Tents Great Lakes • Décor and furniture: Bungalow 6 • Place settings, glassware, and ChiAvari chairs: Après Party & Rental • Linens: BBJ Linen + custom Schumacher-print table runners • Ceremony music: Heartstrings Quartet • DJ: Flow Event Group • Wedding planner: Laura Mullen Event Design • Hair: J. Lydia Salon • Makeup: Ardie Besser • Honeymoon: Huatulco, Mexico

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