let the wedding planning begin!

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This 7,200 square foot hall provides a commanding view of Geneva Lake. It handles 350-400 for sit down dinners

It’s official, Patrick Klepek and I picked a date!!! 8-10-12!

Here’s the venue: The Riviera. It’s beautiful. Right on the shores of Lake Geneva, it’s not only a venue, but is a dock for boats, a pier for tours, and has a bunch of fun shops in it. The view of the upstairs ballroom overlooks the lake and is naturally gorgeous without even decorating it. BONUS: it’s super cheap AND we can BYOB without a licensed bartender (SAVINGS $$$).

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From left to right: strawberry rhubarb, chocolate chocolate, red velvet, carrot cake, and two servings of peanut butter mousse that we tried on top of brownies!

I tried on my mom’s wedding dress, which my grandma handmade. It literally fit like a glove. I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I am going to change the neckline and upper portion of the dress (I’m thinking of a sweetheart strapless neckline), but shh…I have to keep it a secret from Patrick!

We also had time for cupcake tasting and that was a huge success. The amazing pastry chef at OMG Cupcakes came up with the idea of mini cupcake displays for each of the tables in 3-tiered stands with a floral arrangement on the first tier. Kills two birds with one stone, because no I don’t have to worry about centerpieces for the tables! On the bridal party’s table, she will do a bigger cupcake display with a cake topper on the first tier, which Patrick and I will cut into and then save the other half for our 1 year. The flavors we picked were strawberry rhubarb, carrot cake, and a chocolate brownie with peanut butter mousse! OH MY!!!

I already have a bunch of things crossed off the list from one trip home, pretty successful! I was even able to squeeze in family and friends, an engagement bonfire, and a girlie sleepover with some of my bridesmaids.

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My little sister and I at the Horticultural Hall, while venue shopping.

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My mom and sister, getting dogs in the park!

My shotguns hanging by the lake: Kristen, Emma, and I!

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I'm definitely in Wisconsin: bloody mary, little can of Miller Lite, and fried cheese curds!

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The whole Klepek gang and I taking a ride in the Jeepster. (We are definitely driving away in this after we are hitched!)

Of course, it’s only the beginning of planning. I will make sure to post along the way. But until then…

❤ the shark

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