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Ironworks Hotel Wedding – Beloit, Wisconsin – Samantha & Luke

All love stories are beautiful but we really love this one! Samantha told the getting together and proposal story, “I had recently returned home from college and was car shopping at Hyundai. Luke was the salesman who greeted me. After hours of paperwork and subtle hints from my sister, Luke asked me out for celebratory drinks at a nearby restaurant. We talked for three hours and when he was walking me to my car afterward, he asked if he could kiss me. I said yes and we’ve been together since. Four years later, he got down on one knee in our living room while we were decorating the Christmas tree. He said, “I want to do this with you forever.” Christmas is one of our favourite times of year and this sweet story brought tears of happiness to our eyes!

On their wedding day, Samantha ran around like crazy showing off all of her gorgeous decorations while the girls got ready. Luke, on the other hand, spent some time with the groomsmen upstairs while also trying to peer out his hotel room window to catch a glimpse of his bride.

As the bridal party was getting ready, Samantha unwrapped her dress and freaked out in excitement. She put her dress on and we think she looks gorgeous! Before heading to the ceremony, she spent her final moments with her daughters sharing some laughs.

Samantha said that the color palette for their wedding happened by chance. “I couldn’t let go of charcoal colored bridesmaid dress, but loved the champagne tone of my wedding dress. In the end, I decided that clashing metals with fresh greenery couldn’t be more perfect. It was important to me not to overpower the wedding with strong colors. I wanted everything to be airy, light and simple. I would consider myself a non-traditional bride but there were some things we decided were important like not seeing the bride before she walks down the aisle and using a portion of traditional vows. I wanted the overall event to be sweet, simple, fun and memorable for all.”

The groom and groomsmen were all in classic slim black and white tuxes. Bridesmaids modeled unique two-tone beige and charcoal floor length dresses with mixed metal statement necklaces. The bride wore a gold hued, soft ball gown dress with beading covering the entire bodice and back – it looks simply stunning!
 
The bride said knew immediately that she wanted a copper arch with greenery. They met with many vendors who had nothing like it for them to rent, so three weeks before the wedding they were ready to give up until a friend suggested that the two of them should order a pizza and go to the supply store so that they could build it themselves. It turned out exactly as she had pictured and they couldn’t be more pleased!
 
Samantha and Luke didn’t want their tables to be cluttered so they opted for succulent and eucalyptus filled lanterns accented by small, gold-dipped concrete candle votives. “I’d say the greenery was the biggest role in the wedding d├ęcor. It accented our copper arch,  filled our guest tables and decorated our escort card table. Our bouquets were asymmetrical and long with no stems showing. Everything was off-center or wispy as I’m just the kind of person. Things were perfectly un-perfect.”
 
The couple decided to personalise their drinks menu with funny cocktail names that were inside jokes to the Bride and Groom. They had a modified open bar with beer, wine, and three signature drinks – to make it fun, instead of traditional “Mr” and “Mrs” they decided to make up their own. The cocktails featured were:
– Peach bourbon and basil – named for the grooms nightly escapades, The Sleepwalker.
– Vodka and cucumber spritzer donned The OMW for the Bride who is always on her way.
– The Honey Child for the bride and grooms two-year-old daughter.
 
After many years of living together, having a child and being an unofficial Jensen the bride said that most anticipated moment for her was signing the marriage license and being announced as Mrs. Jensen. “I felt a wave of relief and joy as I was finally and officially Luke’s wife and shared the same last name as the rest of my family.”
 

VENDORS

Photographer: Erik Anderson – Photography // Venue: Ironworks Hotel // Dress Store: Here Comes the Bride // Bridesmaid Dresses: Veils and Tails // Floral Designer: Pepper Creek // Invitation Designer: Adoration // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Caterer: Abreo // DJ: Admit One DJs

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