Ceremony & St. Francis of Assisi

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I’m not going to lie, picking a ceremony venue was the hardest part of our wedding and I am beyond grateful we picked St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, WI.

Let me preface this whole post by saying, I was raised Catholic and Mac was raised Southern Baptist so when we were thinking about what we wanted to do for our wedding ceremony, we literally had no idea. My family wanted a full Catholic service (yep, the whole almost two hours worth of Mass) and Mac’s family didn’t really have a preference, so after talking to my Godmother, Mac and I decided to have a wedding service (about 45 min ceremony) as opposed to a Mass. My philosophy was this wedding was two families coming together so why have a full two hour Mass where half of the congregation didn’t know what was going on, right?!

I was on a mission! I was on a mission to find a church who was willing to let me do what I wanted, when I wanted and unfortunately I was coming up dry. I contacted some of my favorite priests along with the church that I grew up in and I was not happy with what they were offering. All of the churches were very strict with their music and reading selections and folks, that was just not me or Mac!!

Thankfully, my parents play in a golf tournament at their country club every year called the Lombardi Classic and the year I got engaged they were coincidentally paired up with THE Green Bay Packer Bryan Bulaga. (Before we go on, OMG OMG OMG ITS A GREEN BAY PACKER…Ok I think I’m good now, thanks for that!) My Mom and Dad spent the whole day playing golf with him and while they were chatting Bryan mentioned that he got married at St. Francis of Assisi downtown and my parents were intrigued. Not because they had never heard of the church but because how Bryan explained to my parents how welcoming Fr. Mike was.

When I heard everything about the church I was pleasantly surprised (and hoping this would be the church!) and the day Mac and I met with Fr. Mike, we were sold!! In fact, my Southern Baptist husband told me that if we lived in Milwaukee, St. Francis of Assisi would be the church we would go to because of how amazing Fr. Mike is!

We wanted our wedding ceremony to be “us”. We wanted my cabaret company to sing the entire service, I wanted a Southern Baptist Hymn to be sung during our ceremony, and I wanted secular music to be sung/played – and folks, Fr.Mike was ok with it all!! I was overwhelmed with his kindness. What I love about Fr. Mike is his philosophy on Catholic Weddings. He believes if someone wants to get married in the Church we should not make it a difficult process but a fun one. And that folks is why we chose St. Francis of Assisi – the warm, loving, and accepting nature of Fr. Mike.

So thank you to Fr. Mike and the welcoming congregation of St. Francis of Assisi. My family has found a church home and we are so grateful. If anyone is in the Milwaukee area and wanting to go to Mass, please consider celebrating with everyone at St. Francis of Assisi. I PROMISE you, people will come up to you and introduce themselves because that is how amazing and homey the St. Francis of Assisi parish is!!

Thank you Fr. Mike for allowing us to create the wedding ceremony we always dreamed of. You are forever a part of our lives and we love you and St. Francis of Assisi so very much!!

Another huge thank you goes to my cabaret company, The Cabaret Project, for singing the entire service for us!! The music was as follows (to get you inspired for your own wedding or if you are helping someone plan!) Prelude: “SOMETHING GOOD” – SOUND OF MUSIC and “THINKING OUT LOUD” – ED SHEERAN, Seating of Grandparents, Parents, and lighting of the candles:  “THE LUCKIEST” – BEN FOLDS, Wedding Party Processional: “MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE” – INSTRUMENTAL, Bridal Processional: “MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE” – ADELE (my dear friend Merideth sang me down the aisle and oh my gosh it was perfection!!), Responsorial Psalm: SOUTHERN BAPTIST HYMN – “STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD”, GospelAcclamation: CELTIC ALLELUIA, Lighting of the Unity Candle: “BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD” – RASCAL FLATTS, Recessional: “WE GO TOGETHER” – GREASE (Instrumental)

PS…Scroll all the way down past the tradition Church pictures to see the BEST picture of our ring bearers!! #Classic!

WEDDING VENDORS

CEREMONY VENUE: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church |  RECEPTION VENUE: The Grain Exchange  |  DRESS:Miss Ruby’s Bridal Boutique  |  BELT: Jaxie Bridal |  VEIL: Agnes B. Miles of Love, Lulu Mae |  SHOES & BAG: Kate Spade  |  EARRINGS: Lizzibeth  |  TUX: Calvin Klein via Men’s Warehouse  | GROOMSMEN SUITS: Calvin Klein fromMen’s Warehouse  |  SOCKS: Argyle Socks for Men  |  BOW TIES: Tie Bar  |  BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Rent the Runway  |  PHOTOGRAPHER: Defining78  |  VIDEOGRAPHER: Mann Frau |  FLOWERS: Urban Sense  |  INVITATIONS, PROGRAMS, MENUS, PLACE CARDS, & TABLE NUMBERS: Touch of Whimsy Invitations  |  LIGHTING: Sound by Design  |  LINENS: BBJ Linen  |  BAND: Michael Walters Orchestra  |  CAKE: Baked Custom Desserts  |  CHOCOLATE FAVORS: Fazio’s Chocolates  |  HAIR: Jen and Pam of Chromahair  |  MAKEUP: Shauna and Sepidah of Neroli Salon and Spa  |   CEREMONY MUSICIANS: The Cabaret Project  |  HARPIST: Mary E Keppeler  |  PRIEST: Fr. Mike Bertram

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(Above) One of my favorite pictures of my proud Poppy (Grandpa) taking pictures of our day! #PoppysGirl

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WEDDING VENDORS

CEREMONY VENUE: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church |  RECEPTION VENUE: The Grain Exchange  |  DRESS:Miss Ruby’s Bridal Boutique  |  BELT: Jaxie Bridal |  VEIL: Agnes B. Miles of Love, Lulu Mae |  SHOES & BAG: Kate Spade  |  EARRINGS: Lizzibeth  |  TUX: Calvin Klein via Men’s Warehouse  | GROOMSMEN SUITS: Calvin Klein fromMen’s Warehouse  |  SOCKS: Argyle Socks for Men  |  BOW TIES: Tie Bar  |  BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Rent the Runway  |  PHOTOGRAPHER: Defining78  |  VIDEOGRAPHER: Mann Frau |  FLOWERS: Urban Sense  |  INVITATIONS, PROGRAMS, MENUS, PLACE CARDS, & TABLE NUMBERS: Touch of Whimsy Invitations  |  LIGHTING: Sound by Design  |  LINENS: BBJ Linen  |  BAND: Michael Walters Orchestra  |  CAKE: Baked Custom Desserts  |  CHOCOLATE FAVORS: Fazio’s Chocolates  |  HAIR: Jen and Pam of Chromahair  |  MAKEUP: Shauna and Sepidah of Neroli Salon and Spa  |   CEREMONY MUSICIANS: The Cabaret Project  |  HARPIST: Mary E Keppeler  |  PRIEST: Fr. Mike Bertram

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