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From a beautiful ballroom to the perfect brag-worthy bridal style, Tianna and Brian’s wedding had the perfect combination of modern style and timeless elegance.
Tianna and Brian met in high school, where their assigned lockers were only one away from each other. It all began with a homecoming dance that they technically didn’t go to together (since Brian never responded to Tianna’s invitation). Luckily, it all worked out as that night became the beginning of their love story.
Just like their beginning, there was a twist to their marriage; Tianna and Brian technically got married before they got engaged! In January of 2020 Tianna had just finished grad school. The two knew that they wanted to get married but were also aware that Covid-time wasn’t the ideal time to plan a wedding. So, on June 4, 2020, they gathered some close friends and family at their home and signed their marriage certificate. They hoped that they would be able to have their dream wedding on their second “anniversary,” June 4, 2022. In 2021, a year after their first “ceremony,” Brian led Tianna on a scavenger hut ending with his proposal with a ring of his own design.
Tianna only had to take one shopping trip and try on five dresses before finding “the one.” She said that she couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience. “Michelle at Erika’s Bridal Couture was amazing! I had narrowed it down to two dresses after originally trying on all five, and once I put my dress on for the second time and walked out of the dressing room, I knew it was the one. I felt so beautiful in the dress, yet so myself. I loved that the dress was beaded in the bust area but flowed into a simple skirt. And it had pockets!”
Tianna wanted the invitations to be uniquely their own, so she decided to design them herself using Canva and had them printed through Magnet Street/Truly Engaging. She also designed the save the dates, signage, programs, and table seating chart. “I think designing these items was one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process because it wasn’t insanely difficult, and I was able to utilize my creative outlet.”
Tianna and Brian were more than impressed by their photographer, Abigail Miles. “Abigail was so easy and nice to work with, and she made us so comfortable. Both our engagement and wedding photos turned out beautiful.” Not only did they get the background beauty of the venue, but they were able to take extra pictures at Doty Park in Neenah.
After a lot of research of vendors and the wedding process, Brian and Tianna decided on the Ballroom at the Reserve in Neenah, WI for their dream venue. They found it had a ton of character and loved that it was in downtown Neenah, where there were numerous photo opportunities.
They loved their time on the dance floor with their friends, but also a special guest of honor, a cardboard cutout of their cat Rosita. Everyone joined in the fun and took turns dancing with Rosita in spirit, while the real Rosita was at home most likely napping.
One of the most unique additions to the wedding was the rotary phone guest book. Friends and family were able to record loving and hilarious messages for the happy couple that they will be able to cherish for a long time.
Although Tianna and Brian received many compliments about the food as well as the ambiance of the wedding, their favorite parts of the day were the dancing and speeches. Tianna’s sister and maid of honor Carissa, though nervous, captured the full embodiment of their relationship. Cassie, Brian’s sister, a bridesmaid as well, gave her perception of Brian and Tianna’s relationship as she was growing up. Best Man Jon relayed hilarious college memories and what an amazing friend Brian has been.
Overall, thanks to everyone involved, Tianna and Brian were able to get the wedding of their dream’s, years in the making.
|Service||Vendor||Kind Words from Tianna and Brian|
|Photographer||Abigail Miles Photography||“We are so lucky to have had Abigail as our photographer. Abigail is so talented! During our engagement shoot, it was very nice getting to know Abigail. She took so many amazing photos in our hour session. Abigail provided a sense of calm on our wedding day and took charge to ensure an album of amazing photos. We loved that we received every photo in color and black and white.”|
|Makeup Artist||K Charles Beauty (Kate Charles)||“Kate also did my makeup for our engagement photos. Kate is so down to earth and easy to talk to. She made me feel so comfortable and genuinely wanted to get to know me.”|
|Hair Stylist||Twelve Fourteen Salon (Savannah & Raina)||“Savannah is my hair stylist in my day-to-day life, so I was extremely excited for her to do my wedding hair as well.”|
|Rehearsal Dinner Venue||Becket’s, Oshkosh|
|Ceremony Location||Ballroom at the Reserve|
|Reception Venue||Ballroom at the Reserve||
“Julie Hart, venue owner and day-of coordinator. Julie was amazing at answering all of our questions and kept us up to date on all the information we needed. Julie also made sure the day ran so smoothly and helped with set-up and dispersing thank you cards. Julie did so much behind the scenes we are grateful for!”
|Catering||Heirloom Kitchen||“Heirloom Kitchen’s appetizers and dinner was amazing. I can’t eat dairy, so Tracy ensured we had accommodations for myself as well as other guests with allergies. We enjoyed the formalness of a plated meal, and everyone had amazing things to say about their dinner. We loved how Heirloom Kitchen sources their ingredients from local farms, and the concept of picking two main meats, chicken and pork, while Heirloom Kitchen had creative freedom to piece together the menu, was a very cool experience.”|
|Cake Designer/Dessert||Happy Bellies||“Rebecca at Happy Bellies was amazing to work with. Rebecca was so responsive and answered all of our questions. I can’t eat dairy, so it was amazing to have desserts and our wedding cake be allergen friendly so I could enjoy them as well! Happy Bellies also delivered, which was an amazing help on such a busy day!”|
|Flowers||The Flower Mill (Lauren Morin) Appleton||“Lauren was such a pleasure to work with. Not only is Lauren super talented, she listens to what her clients want and creates amazing arrangements. Lauren also has an eye for beautiful decor and assisted with some aspects of decorating, from the ceremony arbor to little pops of florals throughout the various little spots in our venue. Lauren also did beautiful pressed florals of my wedding bouquet florals so I have art to remember the day by.”|
|Decor Designer||Wedding Perfect||“Jenny was so fun to work with and had amazing ideas based off of the vision we talked about. Wedding Perfect has so many amazing rental pieces, so you can ensure you are utilizing pieces you love and fit your theme and vibe. Jenny even ordered additional products to ensure the decor was exactly what I hoped for. It was also nice that Jenny and her team set up the day before and day off, and came the following day to take everything down!”|
|Music/Entertainment||Matt’s DJ Service (Peter)||“Peter was awesome! We gave him some specific genres and artists to primarily play throughout the night, as well as a few do not play songs, and Peter stuck to the script! Guests, as well me and Brian, were out on the dance floor all night long. We also had a Photo Booth through Matt’s DJ service which was so fun!”|
|Wedding Gown Designer||Enzoani|
|Bridal Boutique ( Wedding gown )||Erika’s Bridal Couture||“The team at Erika’s was amazing! Michelle was so friendly though out my try-on experience, and Amy made sure to keep me updated every step of the way so I knew what the timeline was for receiving my gown. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience!”|
|Rings||Alyssa & Anna Fine Jewelry||“We felt so lucky to have such an amazing jeweler in our town, and appreciated the many updates we received from Madison whole we were working with. They listened to exactly what we wanted and made our perfect rings!”|
|Videography||Lindsey Bloom Photo & Video||“Lindsey was a pleasure to work with. She was so friendly and got amazing footage. We love having a short feature video, as well as extra footage to watch, too. Lindsey worked so well with our photographer and made us feel comfortable while filming our day!”|